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Old 09-25-2007, 10:09 AM   #1
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:27 AM   #2
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The 250R redesign looks like a fun and cheap little bike.
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:41 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:02 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:30 AM   #5
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Default 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.

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Old 09-25-2007, 12:01 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:27 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:41 PM   #8
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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!
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:50 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 09-25-2007, 12:59 PM   #10
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I could see myself on a ZX-14. The new Kaw's look pretty nice.
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