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2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Review

Motorcycle.com reviews the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Be sure to read the article and watch the video footage and let us know what you think by posting your comments and feedback within this thread. Enjoy!




The year was 1988 and I was standing at the entrance of Coleman Powersports in Arlington, VA, looking at a sea of chrome, plastic and metal. Iíd bought my first bike there and after one summer and 3,000 miles on a 200cc machine, I was ready to move up. Right smack in front of me were two black and red sportbikes that looked more like Samurai blades than anything else. The Ninja 250 and the Ninja 600 parked nose-to-nose made my heart race with thoughts of screaming past the DC police at 3 am on my way home from a night of slam dancing at the 9:30 Club. I sat on both, decided that with thirty-five dollars and only a six-pack to my name, I couldnít afford the 600. And why buy a 250 when I was moving up from a 200cc bike?

Fast forward 20 years and Iím swinging my leg over a bright red (just like my hair) 2008 Ninja 250R ready for a road test. There are so many new aspects to the 2008; itís hard to know where to start. First and foremost, this little screamer doesnít even look like a 250. The new sleek and contemporary body styling more closely mirrors that of the 600 model. Kawasaki wisely left off the 250 sticker, so only a true bike-ofile would know the difference. Thereís a new windscreen, new 2-into-1 exhaust with single canister and a new two-piece seat with optional rear seat cowl ($99.95) to finish off the sporty look. Wow.

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The 2008 version claims 50 mpg from its 4.8-gallon tank. After 100 miles of city, freeway and canyon riding, I still had well over half a tank on the dial.
The 250 better be a lot more efficient than that. My 650R easily gets 50 mpg.

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unless the minor engine changes drastically decrease the efficiency... it should still get at least 60, closer to 70mpg it looks more aerodynamic than the old one...
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The 250 better be a lot more efficient than that. My 650R easily gets 50 mpg.
It won't. It's heavier and more powerful, I don't look for more than 50 mph. My 2006 never broke 60 and rarely broke 55.
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It won't. It's heavier and more powerful, I don't look for more than 50 mph. My 2006 never broke 60 and rarely broke 55.
You must have killed that throttle. If I take it easy, my 650R gets up to 59mpg. The 250R is usually reviewed at ~70 mpg easy riding. Of course they go way down from there when you ride hard.

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You must have killed that throttle. If I take it easy, my 650R gets up to 59mpg. The 250R is usually reviewed at ~70 mpg easy riding. Of course they go way down from there when you ride hard.
There is no 250 on earth that will get 70 mpg. Maybe dropped from a plane.
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There is no 250 on earth that will get 70 mpg. Maybe dropped from a plane.
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I own a '08 250 I picked it up from the dealership straight out of the crate wednesday 27 Feb 2008 with 2 miles on it and about 5/8 tank of gas. I took it for a 100 ride this past weekend and I have cruised around town until this past tuesday 4 March. I went to fill up and had about 1/8 tank of gas left and 153 miles on the odometer at the time of fill up. So if my calculations are correct with the tank size being 4.8 gals I used 2.4 gallons over the 151 miles that I rode the bike. I believe I was averaging somewhere around 62.9 mpg. I might be off alittle bit but then again I wasn't being easy with the bike either when I first got it. I wanted to see what it was capable of.

Now the really unfortunate part is that while I was at work this past tuesday I guess someone decided that they wanted to sit on it and see how it felt; in the process loosing control of it, possibly due to the handlebars being lock, and ended up dropping it on the right side causing over $1300 in parts damage to it. I believe the only part that wasn't damaged was the fuel tank.

I went to get replacement parts for it at the dealership and I was told that at this point in time they couldn't get them cause the bike wasn't updated in their ordering system yet. Go figure right?
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I own a '08 250 I picked it up from the dealership straight out of the crate wednesday 27 Feb 2008 with 2 miles on it and about 5/8 tank of gas. I took it for a 100 ride this past weekend and I have cruised around town until this past tuesday 4 March. I went to fill up and had about 1/8 tank of gas left and 153 miles on the odometer at the time of fill up. So if my calculations are correct with the tank size being 4.8 gals I used 2.4 gallons over the 151 miles that I rode the bike. I believe I was averaging somewhere around 62.9 mpg. I might be off alittle bit but then again I wasn't being easy with the bike either when I first got it. I wanted to see what it was capable of.

Now the really unfortunate part is that while I was at work this past tuesday I guess someone decided that they wanted to sit on it and see how it felt; in the process loosing control of it, possibly due to the handlebars being lock, and ended up dropping it on the right side causing over $1300 in parts damage to it. I believe the only part that wasn't damaged was the fuel tank.

I went to get replacement parts for it at the dealership and I was told that at this point in time they couldn't get them cause the bike wasn't updated in their ordering system yet. Go figure right?
You need an alarm with a perimeter sensor. Can't believe someone would do that.

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Mine fell into my tailgate when I was unstrapping it from my carrier. Did very very little damage to the right side. Needs a little paint. I have always known that we won't be able to get parts period. Even if it's a warranty repair, there won't be any parts available.
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I'm sorry to hear about the damage, but at least you guys have yours! I'm STILL waiting for the dealership to call me about mine!
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I'm sorry to hear about the damage, but at least you guys have yours! I'm STILL waiting for the dealership to call me about mine!
I put almost a mile on mine today.
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There is no 250 on earth that will get 70 mpg. Maybe dropped from a plane.
I haven't seen 70 on my '07, but I'm in the vicinity. These are the ROUGH MPG calculations of my last 11 fill-ups:

56.42
56.32
63.74
63.87
61.01
65.20
61.27
65.55
62.46
62.86
59.48
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61.65 <== average of the 11

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We'll have to see if the added power of the '08 is beneficial to mileage or not. I never got more than 62 out of my '06.
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i was really looking forward to this bike but after reading this review i'm not sure... and really it's just one thing that bothers me... this bike is an '08 and it's got a carburetor? that just bothers me for some reason. fuel injection is cleaner, more precise and leads to longer engine life but they went with the cheaper solution...? i personally, and i don't think i'm alone, would MUCH rather pay the premium for fuel injection. that's the only downside i've seen to it, everything else about it i love.
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i was really looking forward to this bike but after reading this review i'm not sure... and really it's just one thing that bothers me... this bike is an '08 and it's got a carburetor? that just bothers me for some reason. fuel injection is cleaner, more precise and leads to longer engine life but they went with the cheaper solution...? i personally, and i don't think i'm alone, would MUCH rather pay the premium for fuel injection. that's the only downside i've seen to it, everything else about it i love.
The only real upside to FI is convenience. It doesn't extend engine life or offer significant performance improvements over a well tuned carburetor. The only issue with carbs is knowledge. Very few people know how to tune them. So much easier to connect a computer that does all the work.

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would the 08 250r be a good beginer bike? whats insurance on it? does it have some get up and go for some one who is 6'3 200pounds?
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would the 08 250r be a good beginer bike? whats insurance on it? does it have some get up and go for some one who is 6'3 200pounds?
Do you have any riding experience?

If Yes, with your size, you might want to look at a V-twin like the SV650S, slightly larger in all aspects, but still not the responsivness of an in-line 4 (race replica).

If absolutely no experience. Go with the 250, it won't have a lot of get up and go, but that means you won't get into a lot of trouble.
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if your ballin out of control or perhaps even shot callin you will buy a new gold plated kawi 10r with 4 turbos and some chrome everythings
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would the 08 250r be a good beginer bike? whats insurance on it? does it have some get up and go for some one who is 6'3 200pounds?
If a guy as big as you got on an ex250 you'd look like a monkey fucking a football. You need at least an ex500 or some form of a 600 i.e. a ninja 650r or an sv 650.
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