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Old 02-13-2012, 12:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ninja 250 reliability. ??? Good, Bad?

I'm about to pull the trigger on a 2012 Ninja 250. I'm reading all these posts on here about problems with this, problems with that? I'm wondering about the Ninjas reliability. I've had Honda's in the past with no problems, but never a Kawasaki. Can anyone set me straight?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Read any forum, all you see is the problems
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The fact that the Ninja 250 has been around for over 25 years in the States and has been Kawasaki's best selling sportbike for years, speaks volumes about it's reliability and longevity in a motorcycle market that has been dominated by bigger displacement bikes. I've been riding off and on for close to 30 years and have been impressed by the Ninja 250. I believe that most of what you see on these forums are people seeking maintenance and upgrade advice for their bikes. One thing to keep in mind is that the Ninja 250 is a bike that gets recycled quickly and will see many owners during it's lifetime. As with any machine, if it is not properly maintained, will have some performance issues and if the owner/operators don't do maintenance normal/common problems get passed to the bikes next owner.

Since owning my Ninja I have yet to read about another Ninja 250 being totally unreliable right from day one of a new purchase. I think the general consensus about any small displacement bike is going to always be..."it could be faster" or "it needs EFI". The fact that Ninja 250 in it's current (U.S.) form, offers a lot to motorcycle enthusiast, modders & old school racers as far as small upgrades and ease of maintenance goes. Although some may disagree with carbs on the bike, EFI has it's own set of issues, limitations and increased cost ( most which the avg rider can't fix himself).
Having ridden bigger bikes before, I honestly enjoy the hell out of 250 Ninja and do not regret buying it. Browse through the other forums dedicated to the Ninja 250 and you'll find a whole bunch of very satisfied owners and riders.

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Old 02-14-2012, 12:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have ridden this poor 250r to the wall , I don't race on it much anymore , just ride normal , but have red lined it some times ,constantly on the highway at high rpms , often WOT and I have not had a single problem with it .

I put 10% pro long on every oil change , she likes it , I noticed the shifting is smoother and I don't lose any even at high revs , don't know if it has made much of a difference .
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I've owned mine until yesterday. Put 21320 miles on it, I've redlined it, WOT 80% of times, went to the track 8 times and travelled on it 3 - 4 hours at 10K rpm - 150km/h.
Never had a problem on it. Obviously I changed the oil/filter every 3000K miles and done all the necessary manteinance.
It's just a GREAT bike that I going to miss. I'll never forget all the things I learned during the time I ridden on her.
Just keep her well manteined, and you'll have an everyday commuter/weekend warrior for a long time. Good luck with your Ninjette experience.
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Those things are impossible to destroy other than dumping it under a truck.
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Thanks Guys. Your posts really helped me out. Hopefully I'll be posting pics soon!
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Better than 99% of hte problems you read about are user failure.

2 common examples:

Clutch cable snapped - rider didn't lube it
Gear shifter fell off - rider didn't check bolts for tightness
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Those things are impossible to destroy other than dumping it under a truck.
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Better than 99% of hte problems you read about are user failure.

2 common examples:

Clutch cable snapped - rider didn't lube it
Gear shifter fell off - rider didn't check bolts for tightness
You have to lube the clutch cable ?
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