1. 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Review


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?

Read the full review: 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Review

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  • Old MOron

    Four out of the top ten were (gulp) cruisers?!
    No wonder JB isn’t allowed to call them StoooPid any more.

    • Shawn Poorman

      Haha given that Harley still controls more than half of the entire USA motorcycle market, I’m not at all surprised that their bikes and the cheaper alternatives made the list. The big surprise here to me was the popularity of the monster review. Interesting that everyone wanted to check it out but they’re still not a huge seller.

      Maybe it’s the relatively low (compared to Japanese alternatives) price/performance ratio and relatively high cost of ownership. Or maybe it just looks so good that people wanna check it out but they don’t buy because Americans insist on fairings.

      For me, I’m in love with it. But if Yamaha decides to bring us ABS on the fz 07, I think I would buy it over the monster. The new Honda cbr650f is nice as well, but a bit porky for my taste. Decisions, decisions.

  • Garrett Gerard

    How many views did this article garner? That wasn’t mentioned anywhere, and I’m just curious. I’ve been a fan since before the $11.94 subscription days, and was one of the few who actually paid the subscription. BTW, since that time you’ve really progressed nicely. The video production quality of late has been really outstanding (e.g. the Harley Livewire video). Keep up the good work.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I have the listing in order of ranking but not the raw numbers. What specific article were you asking about?