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Sole difference between 2002 and 2003 ninja 250, as far as I can tell, is paint color. 2003 offers blue-ish... looks good. By the way, the EX500R (2003 is a deep, rich blue, whereas the 2002 was intense, lovely, red) is a good pick. Gotta lotta power, once broken in so you can use all its range. First 800-1000 miles, you're pretty limited, and factory manual recommended shift points seem (based on the bikes response)to be silly. The bike feels as if it's "lugging" all the time. I don't know how they worked out those shift speeds, but they just don't "work". Once the bike is broken in- and DO use a lot of reasonably aggressive,pretty-wide-open throttle during break-in, to set the gears' mating faces) it'll take off 'slong as you juice the throttle. Otherwise traffic will become impatient with you!

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