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Administrator 09-25-2007 10:09 AM

2008 Kawasakis: First Look
 

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2008 Kawasakis: First Look

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BrowningBAR 09-25-2007 10:27 AM

The 250R redesign looks like a fun and cheap little bike.

Gritboy 09-25-2007 10:41 AM

Nice! Performance updates aside, Kawi seems to listening:

A return to japanese 250 sportbike that looks the part. Hopefully, more newbies learn on 250R's to bigger sportbikes now and still feel cool. Hope it sells well.

The ZX-14's new paint alone make it's look less like a plastic blob... my only complaint of a stellar piece of absurdly powerful technology. Nice visual update.

acecycleins 09-25-2007 11:02 AM

I know Superbikes and streetbikes are different animals but kudos to Kawi. Maybe Hacker can see a few race wins next year with the ZX10. Good going guys.

nweaver 09-25-2007 11:30 AM

250R Front Tire...
 
IN the photos, its a 110/70r17 front (a IRC Road Winner RX-01F), so the front is a 110/70R17, not a 120/70R17.

If you have the original of the side profile photos (the ~8 Megapixel versions Kawasaki PR sent you) you can probably check the rear tire as well.

seruzawa 09-25-2007 12:01 PM

Sorry, I just don't like the George Foreman Grill look of the ZX-14.

But I like them offering improved 250s in both street and DP modes. I hope these sell well.

And kudos for a side exhaust on the ZX-10. Maybe this under-the-seat craze is over. Perhaps they'll see the light someday and ditch the obsolete chains for a modern belt drive design.

BTW, mscuddy. Notice the change back to pressed components on the ZX-10. The more things change the more they stay the same, eh? Maybe the next "new" design will look like a Benley.

The_AirHawk 09-25-2007 12:27 PM

Now, even the littlest Ninja looks Deadly. Hopefully, the new +1mm forks will work better than the screendoor-closers Kawi had it saddled-with before.

Kenneth_Moore 09-25-2007 12:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gritboy (Post 169868)
Nice! Performance updates aside, Kawi seems to listening:

A return to japanese 250 sportbike that looks the part. Hopefully, more newbies learn on 250R's to bigger sportbikes now and still feel cool. Hope it sells well.

The ZX-14's new paint alone make it's look less like a plastic blob... my only complaint of a stellar piece of absurdly powerful technology. Nice visual update.

+1. Kawi seems to be in the "zone" Honda used to own. Solid products, the right new models, excellent pricing. Go Green!

Buzglyd 09-25-2007 12:50 PM

Imagine if the Ninja 250 was a two-stroke!

Great little bike though. Hopefully it will keep the youngsters from buying a ZX10 as their first bike.

longride 09-25-2007 12:59 PM

I could see myself on a ZX-14. The new Kaw's look pretty nice.


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