Complete Ninja 250r Buyer's Guide
The Kawasaki Ninja 250 is a brand-new quarter-liter bike with the same frame as the Ninja 400. Both bikes look the same, and they don't just have the same frame. When made by Kawasaki Ninja 250r Fairings, they just have different engines. Ninja 250 has a 249cc, fuel-injected, twin-cylinder engine that makes 39 HP at 12,500 rpm and 23.5 Nm at 10,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a manual 6-speed transmission. The bike is almost 6 kg lighter than the Ninja 400 and has almost the same horsepower as the Ninja 300, which is bigger. In the same way, the torque value is not very high.
Since Ninja 400 just came out with a price tag of INR 4.69 lakh, it seems hard for Kawasaki to put Ninja 250 at the expected price of INR 3.25 lakh. Since both the Yamaha R3 and the Benelli 302R cost INR 3.48 lakh, a smaller displacement bike won't be able to sell more in India than these two. When both bikes are made locally, the price of the Ninja 400 will also go down. Ninja 250 comes with 41mm front forks, a rear mono-shock with a gas-charged spring, a 110/70 front tire, a 150/60 rear tire, and standard ABS.
Design and Style
The headlight is the first thing that grabs your attention. Its two headlights are very sharp and different. The beauty of it is that the two headlights are not separated like they are on Yamaha bikes. It also stands out because of its front visor and rearview mirrors on the cowl. Full-size body fairing with built-in lights gives this size more maturity and bulk. Even though it doesn't have any graphics, the way it's made makes it look sporty. The telescoping forks are hidden by extensions on the sides of the front mudguard. The black side panels, silencer, and alloy wheels of this bike look best in the green color. The tank on the Ninja 250R is higher, and the seats are split. This bike doesn't have any grab rails, so the back of it looks bare. It looks good because it has a thin tail cowl. This bike looks better because of its tail light, tiny turn signals, long V-shaped rear fender, and wide rear tire.
In the city, the bike may get around 25–27 km/ltr of fuel efficiency. On the highway, this number should go up by 2–3 km/ltr.
Brakes and Suspension
The bike has a good suspension system that will make your rides comfortable. The front of the bike has 37mm telescopic forks, and the back has a pre-load 5-step adjustable mono-shock absorber that also keeps the bike's ride height. Kawasaki put a 290mm disc brake on the front of this bike and a 220mm disc brake on the back. These brakes work well to stop this heavy machine.
Ride and Handling
This bike is fun to ride and easy to handle. Most bumps are taken care of by the suspension system, and the car also rides well on uneven roads. This bike stays on the ground at high speeds thanks to its heavy weight, good suspension, and 135mm ground clearance. In city traffic, it might not feel as light as a CBR250R, but the way it handles still blows you away. This bike turns well because it has a large wheelbase (1400 mm) and wider tires. The bike stays in your hands and stays on the road.
Ninja 250r Fairings came in two different colors: lime green and black. Even though it comes in red, white, and blue in other parts of the world, Bajaj has only put it on the market here in two colors. It looks best in the lime green color that all Kawasaki bikes are known for, just as a yellow Lamborghini, a red Ferrari, or a blue Yamaha are known for their colors.
Isn't the price too high? This bike is even more expensive than some of India's least expensive cars. That's the main reason why it's hard to see a Ninja250R on Indian roads, and now that the much cheaper CBR250R is coming out, it will be even harder. The next version of this bike, which will come out in 2013, will look and have new features. People hope that the price of that bike will be more competitive. So it's best to wait a few months because this bike isn't worth the money, and it's not worth this much to be the only one with it.