I still think you're missing it. It wasn't a minor cosmetic update, it wasn't a major cosmetic update. The '07 to '08 change was a whole new bike.
Like totally new design from the ground up. New wheels, new frame, new swing arm, new engine, new forks, new controls, new body work. Literally there was as far as I know not a single part carry over from the '07 design to the '08.
Nobody kill me if im off on my dates a little but more or less this is how the 250 generations update went.... 87-88? Was first gen... a few minor changes (mostly farings I believe) and second gen came along.
Second gen would be I believe 89 until 07. There were virtually no changes to the bikes other than paint colors during these years and I think at some point the windscreen may have been changed slightly to be taller.
'08 on is third gen. This long awaited update brought the 250 more inline with the curent looks of the rest of kawasakis superb line of sportbikes. One thing interesting to note about the third gen 250. In the USA the 250 we get has carbs. The EU spec bike gets fuel injection.
Now... all the technical stuff aside (which later tonight I will verify and correct dates if needed)...
I had a 1998 EX250. I LOVED that bike. It was loads of fun. If you want something decent to ride and learn on a well maintained 2nd gen will do you fine.
Good luck to you in your search! Stay safe! And here's wishing you many years and many miles of safe happy riding!
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