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10-28-2009 02:27 PM
zercath 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. .

At 5-foot-1, the new 30.5-inch seat height had me on my tippy-toes, but the bike is so light (reported 333 lbs. dry, up nearly 30 lbs) this was hardly a concern. The narrow seat certainly helps those of us who belong to the inseam-challenged group Viagra Online or the new rider who feels most comfortable with both feet down. Kawasaki research indicates that 62% of Ninja 250 owners are new riders, and 33% of that group is women. Being able to plant both feet firmly on the ground is one of the most cited concerns for all beginning riders who are purchasing their first bike.

Once in the saddle, the seating position is a tad sportier and more forward sloping than before, but still quite upright with an easy, comfortable reach to the high and wide bars. This makes a trip through city traffic much easier than one might be if reaching for low-slung clip-ons. Reach from seat to footpegs was so comfortable I had to make myself take note. Levers are easy to command and the feel is quick and responsive. The clutch engaged rather far out, but even with my 2.5-percentile hand, I had no problems.

New for 2008 is a large speedo right in the center, with a tach to the left and new gas gauge to the right. Apparently a gas gauge is important to Ninja 250 owners, so now they have a big juicy one. At first I thought I would miss the center tach, as my last experience with the previous model was thumb-wrestling riders at a Kawasaki-sponsored trackday to see who would get to ride the screamin' little 250s. Keeping an eye on revs is crucial when trying to ride as fast as you can on the track, not so for street riding, which is the most common use of the 250. Big speedo, good. Gas gauge, better.
06-07-2008 10:55 PM
rickb I ride a 2004 ninja 250 and only run premium gas. I weigh 153 lbs. and around town I get 65-67 mpg. I recently took a road trip on 2 lane roads and with an average speed of 60 I went 206 miles on 2.6 gal. That's over 77mpg. The best I've ever gotten and my bike has 16,000 miles on it. The 2008 Ninja is estamated between 50 and 60 mpg. I'll keep my old school gas sipper.
05-06-2008 08:57 PM
Eycman
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Originally Posted by Phenix_Rider View Post
You need an alarm with a perimeter sensor. Can't believe someone would do that.
Do you by chance know where I can get an alarm with a perimeter sensor? Also I have finally got the parts in for my bike a few weeks ago and got it back together. The unfortunate part is that the weekend afte I joined this forum I was out riding withsome buddies when an OHP (Oklahoma Highway Patrol) that was in front front of us pulled off to the side of the road then at the last second he decided to turn around and cut the group of us off causing myself and the guy beside me to end up laying the bikes down at 65mph. Fortunatel enough I had all my gear on that day and only ended up with a shattered right elbow. So I haven't been able to type until here recently.
04-08-2008 07:13 PM
cbjones
wrong!

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Originally Posted by bradiniowa View Post
There is no 250 on earth that will get 70 mpg. Maybe dropped from a plane.

i have a 07 ex250r with muzzy exhaust, 43 tooth rear sprocket, stage 1 jets, k&n filter other then that its stock and im always riding 90-110mph an on average i get about 70- 72 mpg! im about 5'7" an about 160 lbs so there is a 250 that get 70 mpg!!
04-02-2008 04:40 PM
happibunni915
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Originally Posted by dlynch View Post
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.
04-02-2008 12:17 AM
Brads500isslow 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
04-01-2008 02:22 PM
justpucky
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Originally Posted by dlynch View Post
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.
04-01-2008 02:13 PM
dlynch 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?
03-12-2008 07:57 PM
Phenix_Rider
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Originally Posted by moonlightcheese View Post
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.
03-12-2008 12:53 PM
moonlightcheese 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.
03-12-2008 07:37 AM
bradiniowa 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.
03-12-2008 06:20 AM
EX250F
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Originally Posted by bradiniowa View Post
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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Originally Posted by ShanMan14
ShanMan14? From the Corvette Forum?
03-12-2008 02:45 AM
bradiniowa
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Originally Posted by EX250F View Post
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.
03-11-2008 02:56 PM
EX250F 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!
03-09-2008 06:46 AM
bradiniowa 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.
03-07-2008 08:42 AM
Phenix_Rider
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Originally Posted by Eycman View Post
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.
03-06-2008 10:36 PM
Eycman
2008 Ninja EX250R Owner

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?
03-04-2008 07:42 AM
ShanMan14
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Originally Posted by bradiniowa View Post
There is no 250 on earth that will get 70 mpg. Maybe dropped from a plane.
03-04-2008 07:32 AM
bradiniowa
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Originally Posted by Phenix_Rider View Post
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.
02-27-2008 08:35 AM
Phenix_Rider
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Originally Posted by bradiniowa View Post
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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