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Old 08-02-2012, 09:36 AM   #21
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New 250R looks pretty darn good to me. I had an '08 and it was fun to whip around. Not much power, but plenty for most small roads, and super fun on the twisty roads. But the thing was an absolute bitch to ride on cold mornings, until everything warmed up and the carbs actually worked right. Nothing like the bike choking out and dying in a 15mph uphill left-hand turn after "warming up" for three minutes.

Had it been FI, I may not have sold it after three years. (Basically I bought it barely used with 500 miles on it, put about 9000 miles on it, then sold it for $300 less three years later.) If the new ones are fuel-injected, they'll be all you could want for a starter bike, or a commuter.

That R125 is HOTT. But if the 250 topped out at 107mph (ask me how I know)...

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Old 08-02-2012, 09:48 AM   #22
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I figured...sorry it was a tongue-in-cheek comment.

I like this look the best to be honest. Having ridden the previous generations, they were dated to me, even when the current one came out. Mainly because - to me - the gauges were still the old school stuff and the engine remained unchanged for the most part. It felt, rode, and looked like the old generation from the riders view.

So if you want a good little bike and are not too concerned with looks, get the first gen.
Jeez, I need more coffee.

THIS is the one that I think is one of the best looking current bikes on the road. The 2013 is starting to get the same styled-with-a-chainsaw look of everything else. It's not ugly, yet.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:53 AM   #23
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That's not the only thing Kawi is updating. Ohlins electronically controlled steering damper for this bad boy...

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That is one hell of a sexy bike!

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Old 08-02-2012, 09:57 AM   #24
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Both the 10r and 250 look awesome! Wow!

CBR didn't sell as well as they'd hoped, and the kawi still is #1 by a long shot.

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Old 08-02-2012, 10:00 AM   #25
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Well, the 250 used to be one of the nicest looking bikes around. On it's way now to the Star Trek prop reject look now.

If anyone know where I can get one of these in the US, let me know.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:23 AM   #26
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Jeez, I need more coffee.

THIS is the one that I think is one of the best looking current bikes on the road. The 2013 is starting to get the same styled-with-a-chainsaw look of everything else. It's not ugly, yet.
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I figured that's the one you are talking about. To me it was nothing more than a reskined version of the previous generation, one they were making for 25 years. It does look better without a doubt, but mechanically it's pretty much the same, unless you are in Europe where the engine got fuel injection.

They are fun to ride, I alway had a hoot, even going from a 1050cc Speed Triple. It being underpowered was masked with how light it was, how easy it is to flick and low seat height. You'd just rev the piss out of them and still be within the law for most part. Not something you could say about bigger bikes that you have to ride with heavy restraint on public roads.

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Old 08-02-2012, 10:33 AM   #27
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I wish they would stick an air hose on it and pump it up to 800CC or so, leave all else the same.

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Old 08-02-2012, 10:56 AM   #28
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I've always liked the little Ninja 250... it's the bike I got to ride when I took the MSF class (a new '09 model). I love the '13 redesign. If it doesn't have EFI in '13, it likely will in '14 when the newest emissions regs hit. We're still waiting for their OTHER 250 (the KLX250S) to get EFI too... it already has it overseas. Though on that bike, I prefer the simplicity of the carburetor.

My biggest dislike with the Honda is that it's a single. They sound fine on bikes that they BELONG in (dual sports, dirt bikes, etc), but on a sporty looking street bike? They just sound WRONG.. and will sound even more wrong when people put pipes on them.

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Old 08-02-2012, 11:25 AM   #29
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I just hope your Japanese and/or Indonesian is up to snuff.

It can apparently outrun a vintage Camaro SS!

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Old 08-02-2012, 12:48 PM   #30
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Nice video, even thought I don't speak the language. Seeing various shots of the bike, this looks like a ground up redesign. I think Kawasaki will have the same hit on their hands as the old 250, if not more.

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Old 08-02-2012, 07:42 PM   #31
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After watching the video, I have to say that's a good looking bike. Still want them to inflate it to 800cc's.

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Old 08-02-2012, 08:44 PM   #32
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hahahahahha I see current gen 250r prices going to shit and craigslist getting flooded with them in the near future...

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Old 08-02-2012, 09:07 PM   #33
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hahahahahha I see current gen 250r prices going to shit and craigslist getting flooded with them in the near future...
f**k... exactly what I was thinking too. New bike? horrible investment. Didn't realize how much new bikes lose in depreciation value. Would be lucky to get half of what I put in back on my 2010

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Old 08-02-2012, 09:53 PM   #34
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Well, the 250 used to be one of the nicest looking bikes around. On it's way now to the Star Trek prop reject look now.

If anyone know where I can get one of these in the US, let me know.
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This 'old timer' wants one too!

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Old 08-02-2012, 09:58 PM   #35
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A couple more new videos.

This one you can hear it (eventually) started:


This one is a compilation of detailed photos:
 
Old 08-02-2012, 11:32 PM   #36
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f**k... exactly what I was thinking too. New bike? horrible investment. Didn't realize how much new bikes lose in depreciation value. Would be lucky to get half of what I put in back on my 2010
This weekend with its 90 degree weather would be the ultmate time to list your ninjette at a summer crisis panic price...

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Old 08-02-2012, 11:34 PM   #37
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Nice Hi-Def photo gallery:

http://tmcblog.com/2012/08/03/foto-f...3-ninja-250r/#

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Old 08-03-2012, 12:00 AM   #38
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^ It would slowly change our mentality towards motorcycles. I think we need slower lighter bikes. It's a lot more fun riding a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow...
this is true between 600's and liter bikes for twisties and track. This is not true of 250's they are slow and are not fun compared to 600. I know this from personal experience. When you can turn your wrist to WOT and feel almost nothing and wait for the rush only to find that its time to shift, you need more cc's.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:10 AM   #39
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this is true between 600's and liter bikes for twisties and track. This is not true of 250's they are slow and are not fun compared to 600. I know this from personal experience. When you can turn your wrist to WOT and feel almost nothing and wait for the rush only to find that its time to shift, you need more cc's.
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If your only skill or solution to going fast is WOT, most people who learned to ride (or still do) on a smaller bike are probably better riders than you are. People who don't have brute force available get very good at being fast everywhere.

ETA: The white looks very nice. I feel sorry for anyone who could not have fun on this.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:31 AM   #40
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Didn't the 250 go EFI last big update a few years back?

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