The Kawasaki Ninja 250R has been the world’s best 250cc motorcycle for more than 20 years and got only minor upgrades over the years. However, not waiting for competition to gain any kind of advantage Kawasaki has finally given the Ninja 250R some significant upgrades that are noteworthy.
The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R gets design changes all over the bike. The front now houses twin-headlights while the fairing has been redesigned to cool the bike faster and preventing rider from getting exposed to the heat. The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is now more aerodynamic. Ninja 250R gets a new muffler and tail. The Japanese automaker has also gone ahead and made changes to the 250cc, parallel twin engine, giving it new cylinders, piston, crank cases along with a revamped fuel injection system and dual throttle valves. The steel tube frame has been redesigned as well which cuts down vibrations. The company has given the Ninja 250R new suspension system and brakes along with offering ABS as an option which was a long due in face of the competition.
Keeping in tune with times Kawasaki Ninja 250R gets the new instrument cluster housing a rectangular LCD display along with an analogue tachometer, which is red-lined at 13,000 RPM. There are the usual tell-tale warning lights, which are spread across the complete cluster. The alloy wheels have been re-designed. The Ninja 250R has been given new dual tone colors too. The quarter-litre machine continues to weigh the same as before, but the ABS version is 2 kgs heavier at 174 kgs. Power figures are yet to be revealed but we expect them to remain the same at 33 BHP.
Expect Bajaj Auto to bring this beauty to India soon after the global launch. But if Bajaj has to give its competition in India run for its money, it should consider localization of this bike. Localization wil help bring down the cost of Ninja 250R by around 1 Lakh and as a by product increase its volumes in the Indian market.