Smallest Ninja handles better than most superbikes
The Kawasaki Ninja 250R offers a rare combination of compact size, low purchase price and excellent performance. It continues to be among those motorcycles at the top of the sales chart. Actually, there are several reasons why consumers flock to the sporty styling of this particular motorcycle. The Ninja 250R provides easy-handling agility, a lightweight presence, and ownership costs that make this model a force to be reckoned with when shopping for a motorcycle in the entry-level sportbike category.
Power for the Ninja 250R comes from a high-revving, liquid-cooled, in-line twin-cylinder four-stroke engine featuring dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. It delivers smooth, predictable power that's perfect for new motorcyclists, yet its 13,000-rpm redline and six-speed transmission will put a smile on the face of the most experienced sportbike rider. As if the Ninja's excellent engine performance wasn't enough, its rider will also be amazed by the nearly 70 mpg average fuel economy.
Like its larger siblings, the Ninja 250R sportbike features an aerodynamic full-fairing, Kawasaki's UNI-TRAK progressive rear suspension and high-performance disc brakes. It also has a low seat height for added confidence when stopped. Other features include an easy-to-read instrument panel, positive neutral finder, centerstand and pop-up bungee hooks.
Twin-cylinder 248cc Engine
- Compact parallel-twin design is lightweight and high revving, with a broad torque curve
- Good mass centralization for superior handling
- Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
- Allows tighter engine clearances for increased power and quieter running
Four Valves per Cylinder
- Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow to boost low end torque while providing better breathing for more power at high rpm
High Velocity Induction Technology
- Provides a smooth flow of air to the carburetors for maximum top-end
- Carburetor and intake port diameters are sized for quick mid-range throttle response
Silent Cam Chain
- Low friction coating on chain guides reduces wear, increases power
- Runs quietly, reliably
- Automatic cam chain tensioner maintains precise timing without maintenance
- Allows engine's full potential to be used
- Provides excellent acceleration as well as relaxed highway cruising
Positive Neutral Finder
- A Kawasaki exclusive, just lift the pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily
Bottom-link UNI-TRAK Rear Suspension
- Lowers the center of gravity for better handling
- Progressive rate provides a smooth, controlled ride
Handlebar Mounted Choke
- Convenient location makes starting and warm-up easier
- Lightweight, high-tensile steel for amazing rigidity
- No down tubes for lower engine placement and lower center of gravity
- Good ground and cornering clearance
Dual-Piston Front Brake
- Balanced actuation caliper front disc brake for excellent feel and long pad wear
Dual-Piston Rear Disc Brake
- Powerful, reliable, controllable stopping power
Centerstand and Sidestand
- Permits easy parking, cleaning or servicing
4.8-gallon Fuel Tank
- Long range makes it great for commuting
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin
Bore x stroke: 62.0 x 41.2mm
Compression ratio: 12.4:1
Maximum torque: 18.1 lb-ft @ 10,000 rpm
Carburetion: Keihin CVK30 x 2
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Final drive: O-ring chain
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Wheelbase: 55.1 in.
Rake / trail: 27 degrees / 3.3 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 36mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 5.5 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak with aluminum linkage / 5.1 in.
Front tire: 100/80x16
Rear tire: 130/80x16
Front brake / rear brake: Single 260mm hydraulic disc with two-piston caliper / hydraulic disc
Overall length: 80.0 in.
Overall width: 28.0 in.
Overall height: 43.1 in.
Seat height: 29.3 in.
Dry weight: 304 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4.8 gal.
Color choices: Candy Persimmon Red, Metallic Phantom Silver, Ebony, Candy Plasma Blue
Warranty: 12 months