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August 2, 2012, 09:15 AM

All I am saying is that the 250 represents a large portion of "Sportbike" sales for the flying K. It has been that way since they came out and I assume it will continue. You sell a lot more Civics than you do NSXs...

I hope the U.S. gets the FI version this time. I like the factory frame sliders accessory too. I think a lot of folks would opt for those. Heck, I even would just for peace of mind.


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August 2, 2012, 09:19 AM

The local dealers down here were forced to take them. If they wanted ZX6Rs and ZX10s, they had to take a certain number of Ninja 250s. I can't answer from a national level, but I know what they were doing locally.

You do sell a lot more civics than NSXs. The spread between a ninja 250 and a ZX6R was only about $5000 back then though.


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Hasn't the ninja 250 had been a good selling model for kawasaki, even in the US, for a very long time? It doesn't seem all of a sudden to me. This seems to be a response to the cbr taking away some of the old ninja's business.
I don't know exactly how popular Ninja 250 has been over the years, but people always said it was selling very well. Not sure if that is true or not. For the longest time, no other manufacturer offered an alternative. All of the sudden, Ninja has a great redesign, CBR is intro'ed, and it looks like Kawi is coming.

I'm speculating of course, but I think that it has something to do with price. Just 5 years ago, you could pick up a new 600ss for 7K, and slightly used for 5K. Prices appear to be a lot higher today, with 600s well above the 10K mark. They are trying to fill the demand for bikes in the 5K range... maybe...
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That, and they now have modern 250s. Before, you'd walk out of a showroom in 2007 with the same Ninja 250 you could buy 10 years before. Honda had the VTR250 for a little while but bailed on it. THe ninja was it for a long time.


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August 2, 2012, 09:36 AM

Yeah, I thought the redesigned Ninja looked awesome... until I saw the CBR and now Kawi.

Everyone wants a modern and slick looking sportbike, particularly new riders, and this trio is bound to do well. Heck, I would be tempted to get one for my next bike. The old Ninja was just shy of being good long term. (sucked above 65mph, poor suspension.)
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I had a 97 for 4 years. Great for 120lb wife. Bad for 230lb scot.


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Good looking lil bike.
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August 2, 2012, 10:57 AM

The 250 have always been kaws bread and butter like posted above...followed by the EX500. I think the second best seller now is the Ninja 650R. pretty much the kawi parallel twins. Like someone else said, the 250 design was about 20 years old b4 the modern 250 came out and with only a slight price increase they flew off the shelves. The 1st few years most of the 250s would be sold out by May...not sure now.

what I do not get is why they still bring the carb ones here while Europe , brazil and asia gets fuel injection.

Honda decided to jump in on it and bring the 250 here. it only makes sense. I know I wanted a 250 original back in 1994.


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August 2, 2012, 11:09 AM

Dayum that's hot. It's clearly got ABS. How about FI? Yeah it would bump up the price a bit, but I'm sure people would not mind for the convenience.


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August 2, 2012, 11:26 AM

Good looking bike...

I think I read some forum speculation that Euro regs are more strict about requiring fuel injection, but Kawi can sell a carbed 250 here in the US. Also, the incentive to buy low displacement bike is higher overseas than in the US. Just a guess.


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