Several sources have now confirmed that Erik Buell Racing is considering making a 250cc learner-style motorcycle to compliment its EBR 1190RS race/sport bike. Presumably filling the niche left behind by the crushed Buell Blast, the 250cc bike would be geared towards new and first-time riders, and would likely be MSF RiderCourse friendly. With bikes like the Kawaaski Ninja 250R / EX250 topping the sales charts as the best selling sport bike in the US, the folks at Erik Buell Racing are surely eyeing the market potential of a smaller, lightweight sport bike for the company’s growing product line.
Make it a double recall Monday, because Kawasaki is recalling 259 Ninja 250R (EX250) motorcycles from the 2009 and 2010 model years.
Kawasaki decided to issue a recall after discovering a small number of upper engine cases for the EX250 could have porosity in their aluminum casting. This porosity occurs in the vicinity of a pressurized oil passage just above the transmission output shaft, and as a consequence motor oil leaking from this location can be deposited on the rear tire, thus increasing the chances of a crash.