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Dillon Brothers at the CenturyLink Center for the 67th Annual Omaha Boat Sports and Auto Show


Dillon Brothers will be at the 67th Annual
Omaha Boat Sports and Travel Show.

We’re loaded for bear and heading to the "Winter’s Biggest Cabin Fever Escape!"… The Omaha Boat Sports and Travel Show. Our section of the show floor will have something for everyone to enjoy.. . Side by side UTVs, quads, generators, snowblowers, watercraft, dirt bikes, sport bikes, Harleys and more. When it comes hunting and fishing camping or anything outdoors it’s always better with more horsepower.

67th Annual Omaha Boat, Sports & Travel Show info:

CenturyLink Convention Center: 455 North 10th ST, Omaha, NE 68102

Thursday, January 9th – 5pm to 9pm
Friday, January 10th – 12pm to 9pm
Saturday, January 11th – 9am to 9pm
Sunday, January 12th – 9am to 5pm

Adults, $10
Students (18 & Under), $5
Children (5 & Under), Free

Here’s some of what we’ll have at the show in the Dillon Brothers’camp’:

Teryx 4 Camo Honda CRF 50 750 King Quad Camo Honda Generators at Dillon Brothers Kawasaki Watercraft
Suzuki King Quad 750Yamaha 2014 Grizzly /Plow, 2013 Zuma,
Kawasaki 2014 Teryx4 & Teryx UTV, 2013 ZX636, Multiple Jet Ski Watercraft & Trailers
Honda 2014 Pioneer 4 Seat, 2013 Ruckus, 2014 CRF50, Snowblowers, Generators
KTM Off Road Honda Power Equipment 2014 Honda Pioneer Honda Ruckus Camo Yamaha Grizzly With Plow and Mount  
KTM 2014 300xcw 6 DaysTriumph 2013 Scrambler (Dillon Bros Custom)
Harley-Davidson 2014 Ultra Limited, 2014 Street Glide, 2014 Breakout, 2014 Fatbob
Harley Sportster Triumph Scrambler Custom Cafe Harley Ultra Limited - Rushmore Kawasaki Ninja 636  
Honda CRF 50

Above images are not intended to represent exact vehicles, models, colors, or availability

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2013 Kawasaki Lineup: Rise of the Ninja 300 and Ninja ZX-6R (636cc)

“With the announcement of a brand new Ninja 300 and a revamped 636cc Ninja ZX-6R Kawasaki is sure to shake up the sportbike world.”

Kawasaki kicked off their 2013 Ninja model lineup with a blowout party in New York’s Times Square on September 13th featuring stunt riding demonstrations and a two city block long display of their new models and some classic Ninjas from the past. By far the biggest news of the day was the debut of a brand new fuel injected Ninja 300 which is set to replace the longstanding king of the small sportbike class the Ninja 250R.  Almost equally exciting was the news of a newly revamped Ninja ZX-6R with a pumped up 636cc engine and new body styling. Here at Dillon Brothers Motorsports we can’t wait for the new Ninjas to arrive and you can rest assured that we will be the first to get them so be sure to stop in frequently and keep an eye out for them to pop up on the showroom floor.

2013 fuel injected Kawaski Ninja 300

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
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2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Specs
ENGINE: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin
BORE X STROKE: 62.0 x 49.0mm
FUEL INJECTION: DFI® with dual 32mm throttle bodies
IGNITION: TCBI with digital advance
FRAME: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
WHEELBASE: 55.3 in.
RAKE / TRAIL: 27 degrees / 3.7 in.
FRONT SUSPENSION / WHEEL TRAVEL: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.
REAR SUSPENSION / WHEEL TRAVEL: Uni-Trak® with 5-way adjustable preload / 5.2 in.
FRONT TIRE: 110/70-17
REAR TIRE: 140/70-17
FRONT BRAKE: Single 290mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper
REAR BRAKE: Single 220mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper
SEAT HEIGHT: 30.9 in.
CURB WEIGHT: 379.3 lbs.
COLOR CHOICES / SPECIAL EDITION: Pearl Stardust White, Lime Green / Ebony, Ebony
MSRP: $4,799
New 636cc Kawaski Ninja ZX-6R

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R SpecsENGINE:Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four

BORE X STROKE: 67.0 x 45.1mm
FUEL SYSTEM: DFI® with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies and oval sub-throttles
IGNITION: TCBI with digital advance
FINAL DRIVE: 520 series X-ring chain
FRAME TYPE: Aluminum perimeter
WHEELBASE: 54.9 in.
RAKE/TRAIL: 23.5 degrees / 4.0 in.
FRONT SUSPENSION / WHEEL TRAVEL: 41mm inverted Showa BP-SFF fork with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload / 4.7 in.
REAR SUSPENSION / WHEEL TRAVEL: Bottom-link Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shock, top-out spring and pillow ball upper mount, stepless compression damping, 25-way adjustable rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload / 5.3 in.
FRONT BRAKES: Dual 310mm petal rotors with dual radial-mount, Nissin four-piston, monobloc calipers
REAR BRAKES: Single 220mm petal rotor with single-piston caliper
SEAT HEIGHT: 32.7 in..
CURB WEIGHT: 423.4 lbs.
COLOR CHOICES: Pearl Flat Stardust White / Flat Ebony; Metallic Spark Black / Flat Ebony; Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black
MSRP: $11,699



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2013 Honda CBR250R : Repsol Graphics and Minimal Changes

“Probably the biggest news for the 2013 CBR250R is some new color schemes including an all new Honda Repsol Edition.”

The word is out on the 2013 Honda CBR250 models and here at Dillon Brothers Motorsports we can’t wait to get our hands on them and give em a spin. Since it’s inception in 2011, the Honda CBR250R has been putting some serious heat on Kawasaki and it’s Ninja 250R as it attempts to take over the top spot in the 250cc sport bike field. It looks like 2013 will be no different as Honda comes out with some new looks for their CBR 250R models in 2013. So far though there is no solid CBR release date.

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Probably the biggest news for the 2013 CBR250R is some new color schemes including an all new Honda Repsol Edition. The other color changes include a solid black, solid red and the slightly revised pearl white, blue and red model.  The new 2013 models will feature all black wheels, except for the Repsol graphics, and a new black exhaust cover.  Note: the Repsol  Honda edition will only be available in a standard, non-ABS model.

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Honda’s CBR250R stormed onto the beginner sport bike field in 2011 with features that no other manufacture on the market could match. With the only electronic fuel injection and ABS option in the 250cc field, Honda has forced the rest of the manufacturers to rethink their entire approach to the entry level sport bike class. Rumor has it that Kawasaki is now coming out with their own fuel injected Ninja 300R models  and an ABS option next year in an attempt to hold onto their long held spot on top of the small sport bike class of motorcycles. Kawasaki is also planning to replace the current Ninja ZX-6R with a 636cc engine and possibly releasing a Ninja 400 to the US market.


Featuring a low seat height of just 30.5 inches, a curb weight of only 357 lbs. and a whopping 77 miles per gallon, the 2013 Honda CBR250R may be the ultimate beginner motorcycle. With it’s exceptional handling, light weight and amazing fuel efficiency it’s guaranteed to appeal to many new riders as well as experienced riders looking to save at the gas pump as fuel prices continue to climb. As usual I recommend a good motorcycle training course for all new riders and a continuing education skilled riders course is always good to keep your riding skills sharp.

2013 Honda CBR250R / CBR250R ABS Specs:


  • Type: 249.4cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 76mm x 55mm
  • Compression ratio: 10.7:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
  • Induction: PGM-FI, 38mm throttle body
  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chain


  • Front: 37mm fork; 4.65 inches travel
  • Rear: Pro-Link single shock with five-position spring preload adjustability; 4.07 inches travel


  • Front: Twin-piston caliper with single 296mm disc
  • Rear: Single-caliper 220mm disc
  • Optional ABS


  • Front: 110/70-17 radial
  • Rear: 140/70-17 radial


  • Wheelbase: 53.9 inches
  • Rake (Caster Angle): 25.0°
  • Trail: 98.6mm (3.9 inches)
  • Seat Height: 30.5 inches


  • Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons
  • Fuel Economy Estimate: 77 mpg

Curb Weight:

  • 357 pounds (CBR250R) / 366 pounds (CBR250R ABS)


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2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300R *UPDATED*: A Sneak Peak

Here at Dillon Brothers Motorsports we are anxiously awaiting the release of the new 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300R 250R.

Since it’s debut in 1983 the Kawasaki Ninja has ruled the entry level sports bike market and it looks like 2013 will be no different.  What will be different though is the Ninja 300 R 250R itself.  It appears that there’s some major changes coming for the 2013 model. After Honda came out with it’s newly revamped CBR250R in 2011, bringing some serious competition to the game, it was up to Kawasaki to step up it’s game and man did they ever.


2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300R 250R
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Thanks to a mix up on the corporate website (or a stroke of marketing genius) Kawasaki let slip some details on the 2013 Ninja 300R 250R and there are some impressive upgrades coming. One of the most glaring differences will be the revised body work which makes it look much more like the ZX10R super bike than an entry level sport bike. The new angular bodywork will feature slotted air vents and a redesigned tail section. The fan shroud appears to have been modified to help push air down towards the bottom of the engine and away from the rider along with new heat shields on the exhaust improving heat dispersion and rider comfort.

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In my opinion the biggest improvement of all will be the introduction of  the dual throttle valve electronic fuel injection for the first time in the US market for the Ninja 300R 250R. Or at least we can hope. So far I’m hearing it may only be available in limited markets.  All previous models have been carbureted in order to keep costs down but with the inception of the the fuel injected Honda CB250R in 2011 it’s time for Kawasaki to step up to the plate. Combined with new sleeveless die-cast cylinders, anodized pistons and increased cooling capacity the Ninja 300R 250R should get a nice boost in low to midrange torque and overall performance.

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More notable improvements will be an all new ABS option which Kawasaki claims features the worlds smallest control unit that should boost the stopping capabilities of the dual disc braking system and a larger 140-size rear tire.  All of these goodies will be bolted to a newly redesigned frame that’s been beefed up for increased rigidity and rubber engine mounts to reduce vibration. Even with all of these improvements there will only a 4 pound increase in overall curb weight.

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The instrument cluster appears to have been modernized from the antiquated three-analog-gauge layout to an analog tachometer and digital LCD display for everything else.  Along with a new floating mount windscreen similar to the ZX-10R, improved controls layout and flat out mean looking headlights the new Ninja 300R will really stand out from the competition on the street.

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The Kawasaki Japan site lists the available color schemes for the upcoming 2013 models as Lime Green, Lime Green/Ebony (special edition), Ebony,  Ebony/Metallic Moondust Grey (special edition), Passion Red, Passion Red/Stardust White (special edition), and Pearl Stardust White.

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As always, people will want add-ons to make make their new 300 Ninja fit their individual needs.  It looks like the new Ninja 300R 250R will come ready for direct bolt on frame sliders and of course many riders will want to add a rear seat cowl for solo riding. We carry a large selection of aftermarket accessories and OEM parts on our website www.buymotorcycleparts.com for you to make your motorcycle your own and to help keep it running right and on the road. From tank and tail bags to tank pads and everything in-between there are countless ways to create you own unique sport bike.

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I always recommend a good training class like the Harley Davidson Rider’s Edge course that we offer here at Dillon Brothers for any beginner riders.  Proper protective gear like a good helmet, armored jacket, gloves and boots are also a must before you hit the road.

As we anxiously await the new models to hit the showroom floor it will interesting to watch the impact the new 2013 Ninja 300 250R has on the rest of the entry level sport bike market. I for one can’t wait for my first test ride to see how the new improvements enhance an already great motorcycle. I think 2013 should prove to be a very interesting year as the rest of the field scrambles to keep up with Kawasaki as they take the small, lightweight sport bike class to a whole new level.


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The Great Beginner Bike Shootout : Kawasaki Ninja VS Honda CBR

2012 Head to head 250cc comparisons

When it comes to 250cc intro motorcycles most people choose either the Honda CBR250R or the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Of course if sport bikes aren’t your thing there are always different styles available like the Honda Rebel, Yamaha V-Star 250, Suzuki TU250X and others.

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2012 ninja 250 VS 2012 Honda CBR 250

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is always one of the top sellers in the 250cc category. With it’s low seat height, smooth power delivery and nimble handling, the Ninja 250R makes for an excellent first bike. It’s twin Keihin carburetors provide excellent fuel consumption for this parallel twin motor and it’s smooth 6-speed transmission with positive neutral finder offers the right gear for any situation. Featuring a seat height of 30.5 inches and a curb weight of 374 lbs and an overall wheel base of 55.1 inches beginners will have very little difficulty learning to ride on the Ninja.

Honda CBR250R

Honda’s CBR250R brings it’s own unique features to the table. While twin cylinders are commonplace in the 250 class the CBR250R features a fuel injected, DOHC four-valve single cylinder engine and 6 speed stacked shaft transmission. Some models are even available with an  ABS braking system.  As with all 250cc motorcycles fuel efficiency is at a premium with the CBR250R coming in at impressive 77 MPG. With a curb weight of only 359 lbs and a seat height of 30.5" inches the CBR250R is an extremely capable entry level sport bike.

The other contenders: Honda Rebel, Yamaha V-Star 250 & Suzuki TU250X   

As I stated earlier if sport bikes aren’t your style there other options in the 250cc class for you to check out.  Besides the CBR250R, Honda makes the CMX250C Rebel which is falls into the cruiser category. With a seat height just under 27” and an overall curb weight of just 331 lbs, the rebel is an excellent choice for smaller riders.

The Yamaha V-Star 250 is an intriguing choice for a beginner motorcycle since it is the only one featuring a V-Twin motor in the 250cc class. It provides plenty of torque for a first time rider while still getting an impressive 78 mpg. It’s  comfortable handle bar design and low seat make for an exceptional entry level cruiser.

Finally if you want yet another choice of styles Suzuki offers the TU250X which has a much more standard, upright riding position  than either the sport bikes or cruisers. It’s fuel injected single cylinder engine with digital ignition provides increased efficiency and crisp throttle response.

So whatever your style happens to be there are plenty of choices available for your first motorcycle. Of course I always suggest taking a riding course first to learn the basics of motorcycle operation, plus many auto insurance companies give you a discount for taking the class. Protective gear is always recommended, whether you’re a beginning rider or a veteran of the road. Trust me you don’t want to learn the hard way the value of a good armored jacket and a quality helmet.


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