Yeah, when we first came up with the idea for this top-10 list, we figured some piece of moto-exotica would stand at the top of the heap, but clearly, you discerning readers have a discriminating eye and an active curiosity when you nudged the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R into the winner’s circle.
The major overhaul of Kawasaki’s smallest Ninja sparked a lot of interest from riders looking for an inexpensive way into the sportbike market during the period following the Great Recession. Now blessed with attractive, contemporary styling, new 17-inch wheels and upgraded brakes, but priced nice at $3,499, the smallest Ninja performed well in the showroom and on these pages.
The surging popularity of the Ninja also created an influx of new riders. As stated in the article, “Kawasaki research indicates that 62% of Ninja 250 owners are new riders, and 33% of that group is women.” All of this is a good thing. We need more first-time riders to grow the sport and fuel the innovation of the manufacturers. Additionally, without the influx of women into our favorite sport, the motorcycling world would just consist of a bunch of sweaty guys hanging out in leather clothing – and how much fun could that be?
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