|Kawasaki certainly knows the meaning of "fun". However.... the Ex250 is only Kawasaki's SECOND best kept secret... #1 has to be the stand-up JetSki. Granted, I haven't got to try the 3rd generation "JS" that they recently put back into production, but the second generation 650's, and even the smaller cc first generation stand-ups are absolutely wicked.
I strongly suggest it to anyone. For me a stand-up JetSki is directly compareable to the lil Ninja ;) Not overly fast, but small and light enough to actually feel like it's a part of you, rather than some machine you're holding on to :P
Anyway, enough ranting... I just miss summer I suppose.
300cc JetSki mods:
timing advanced 1/8"
bored .020 over
head shaved .010
Boysen 2 stage reeds
oil pump removed
high flow flame arrestor
aftermarket ride plate
high flow intake grate
stainless steel impeller
04 EX500 rear shock.
Rear fender removal, signals relocated to rear pods.
KIA flushmounts up front.
Rear tire switched to 130/90 Kenda Cruiser.
Front tire switched to 100/90 Kenda Cruiser.
Oil switched to AMS syn at 2500mi.
Oil switched to Shell Rotella 5w-40 at 7500mi.
Started using 10% Lucas Heavy Duty Oil Stabilizer at 10500mi.
We also race a dirt track "Legend" class car (think fiberglass '30s roadster replica) that runs a 1250cc Yamaha FJR engine. New to the family is a Mini Sprint that burns alcohol through a 750 gixxer powerhouse.