If you came up in motorcycles anywhere from the late 1980s until the 2000s, then you've probably got a memory of the Kawasaki Ninja 250. The Little Engine that Could, this little 250 sportbike likely started the riding careers of many of you reading this, and even if it didn't, you probably at least have a story about one. For this Church feature we take you back to the year 2000, a time when some thought the world was going to end and computers wouldn't know how to handle the millennium change. Luckily those things didn't happen, but even if they did, the little Ninja 250 would have kept on trucking. It was starting to feel dated even back then, but that didn't stop our test team from showing it praise as a kind little bike for newbs to learn the ropes on. Enjoy this look back in time.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of these teeny motorcycles, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
It’s a question we’re asked all the time: “What’s the best motorcycle for a new rider?” It’d be great if we could give the same answer every time, but in reality the answer depends on many factors – rider size, competency, wants, needs, and desires among them. Small displacement bikes are generally a good place to start, but read enough forum commenters and before long you’ll find someone who shares their tale of how they started on a literbike and lived to tell the tale.
We sometimes say that the motorcycling public is a large and diverse set of people, and while that may be true, Youtuber “Yammie Noob” has broken us down into nine simple categories (with some colorful language you may not want your youngsters to hear). Do you swear by the Ninja 250 and its ability to make you a better rider? You’re in here. Do you spread the ATGATT gospel everywhere you turn? You’re in here, too. Hipster with a broken cafe racer? Oh, you’re definitely in here. If you’re reading this and don’t ride a cruiser, chances are you fall into one of these categories. I know I do. Heck, there’s a good chance that even if you are a cruiser rider you can relate to a few of these. So, which one are you? Let us know in the comments section.
Picture if you will, the average person you might meet with a masters in mathematics. Quickly you envision Archimedes, Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei or even Albert Einstein, but none of you would instantly draw a mental image of Jen Hill (Jen Tekawitha if you seek her Instagram or website), a vibrant young woman who at present has logged more than 20,000 miles on a Kawasaki Ninja 250 – her first bike!