No question, Honda hit a home run with the 2011 CBR250R, a compact, fully modern interpretation of the quarter-liter commuter/sportbike. The Honda entered a market segment that had been dominated by Kawasaki’s twin-cylinder 250R ever since the little Ninja’s introduction in 1986. The Kawasaki hadn’t seen many updates over the years, simply because there wasn’t [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
While browsing the new-model listings in this Buyer’s Guide, some of you may experience a severe case of sticker shock. The symptoms could include uncontrolled outrage, repeated shouting of off-color expletives and a sudden need to reach back and make sure your wallet is secure. This is what often happens when people discover that among [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Kawasaki Ninja 250R: $3999 This junior Ninja has stood the test of time. It was first sold in the U.S. way back in 1986 and is now in its third generation. The latest model, updated in 2008, has a 249cc parallel-Twin engine, a six-speed gearbox and styling that mimics that of its bigger Ninja stablemates. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Kawasaki Ninja 250R vs. Honda CBR250R – Comparison Test Small but meaty: Can Honda’s new Single outrun America’s biggest-selling sportbike?
Like Warren Buffett says, nobody knows who’s swimming naked ’til the tide goes out. In much the same way, nobody knows who’s riding naked ’til the horsepower plug gets pulled. On the CW dyno, the Honda CBR250R makes a piddly 23.7 horses, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R just 25.5. Whoopee! All that means on our favorite [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)
Kawasaki Ninja 250R vs. Honda CBR250R – Video Small but meaty: Can Honda’s new Single outrun America’s biggest-selling sportbike?
On the eve of its national dealer meeting this past October, Kawasaki bused a load of moto-journalists to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a night of drag racing with nine-time world champion Rickey Gadson. Here at Cycle World, Road Test Editor Don Canet has for years handled streetbike performance testing. Other members of the editorial [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Since 1986, there’s been one bike that’s always on our short list of answers to the question, “What’s the best first bike?” It’s Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R. And for 2008, the answer is even clearer with an improved model. New buyers are trying to balance several factors. They don’t want to spend too much money. They [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
XtraPix: Small Fortune – First Look Photos, video and notes from the June 2008 CW test of Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R.
Photography by Brian Blades “We’ve got an invitation to the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R press intro in San Diego,” said Editor-in-Chief Edwards during our weekly editorial staff meeting. “Who’s going?” All the editorial eyeballs swiveled toward me; they knew I had recent experience racing the little Ninjas, and was a vocal proponent of small-displacement motorcycles. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Fifty years ago, when the Volkswagen Beetle was the first economical car to make a mark on U.S. sales charts, Road & Track‘s publisher John R. Bond came back from a cross-country trip with the astute observation that the people buying VWs didn’t need them, while those who did need to save money on gas [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Here’s the thing about the Kawasaki Ninja 250. A Harley guy walked into the garage, saw the Kawi and said, “Ninja, huh? What is it, 750, 500?” “Nope, 250,” I said and he nodded, not bad. Kawasaki must have had just that in mind. The company name is prominent, likewise the Ninja label, but the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)