Yes there were many "good" changes, but the changes that increased the price tag by 33% are do not give 33% more performance. The brakes are cooler looking, but still only 2 piston small rotor brakes, yes the suspension is slightly better, but nothing a new 30 dollar spring or thicker fork oil couldnt fix. Yes it does have 17in wheels, but are they really that much better than 16in wheels? No. Now if you think the styling is worth 1000 dollars than the ninja 250 is a good choice, but you can buy a slightly used 2007 for 2000 dollars! Add in 3 new springs, thicker fork oil, better brake pads, and better tires the total will be around $2500. Another thing... say you drop your 07, and really want to replace the damaged plastic, you can find people selling their plastic anywhere. Say you drop your new 2008/09 ninja, look to spend about 500 bucks to replace one piece. So, i guess i am a very practical person, and i do not like spending money merly on styling... i guess that is why i ride a versys... some say its ugly, i say its a great all around bike, and is well worth the 5999 i paid for it.