After knowing that the Ninja 250R launched in Malaysia, we, riders are definitely happy and can’t wait to see in our own eyes (I know I am). Before doing that, let us see the features and specs and that leaves us all drooling.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R came in a design that is edgy with lots of dynamic lines that exudes the sense of speed and style. On the side, the fairing with the black ‘spacer’ in the middle makes it looks less heavy that the previous version of it. It now look lighter now. One of the most interesting visual here is the new wheel. It is a 5 ‘Y’ spoke design is thinner bar and gives a fresh modern look for it.
The headlight is looking serious with the sharp angle on the side that increased to the top of the head. It also have lots of curves compared to normal headlight. It is not a simple design, but a complicated design that works. It fits for a bike built for this decade.
There is also ABS version other than the normal ones without the ABS. As we can see from this pictures, there is a series of square holes on the inner ring of the disc brake plate to give a clue that this one is the ABS brake system equipped. ABS can help for better brake control during cornering and when swerving to avoid danger. Anyway, this does not permit you from driving recklessly.
The meter dashboard features a big half circle RPM meter to help you shifts gear at the optimum RPM range for torque delivery to the drive train. Speedometer are shown in the box on the right in big digital display to help you drive in on the proper speed when riding on the speed-limited public road.
As tested by Rafi Superbike (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faW_Qu-1AKs), the top speed of this Ninja 250 is 167km/h on the bike meter reading. That is a good number for a full-fairing entry level sportsbike. If you need more speed, maybe you can change the block to the Ninja 300 block (if it is available la bro).
The view from the back is good too. I think, many owners after this will remove the rear fender to make fenderless like a true racing bike. This is common in Malaysia where riders put the plate number under the rear mud protector. The previous look after thought where this one is more refined and looking very good.
Now, let see on the inside. The 249cc engine block are sleeveless aluminium die-cast plating for better heat dissipation since there are no more ‘sleeve gap’ (or the area with minimum contact to the engine block). The piston are now anodized along with the larger oil pan from the new crank for better cooling of the engine. Sweet spot for the engine are from low-to-mid RPM. The improvements and increased torque on the low-to-mid RPM makes it worthy of the name Ninja.
Radiator also has been improved. Not on the inside but now it features a plastic deflector that deflect the hot air downwards away from the feet of the riders. This has been an issue for the previous version of the Ninja 250R. It is good to know that Kawasaki listen to the riders need.
Fuel injection sytem of this Ninja uses dual throttle valve. The benefit of this dual throttle valve is that it can precisely control the air intake to achieve natural linear response from all speed range that increase the combustion efficiency. Also, this increase fuel efficiency.
Chassis are from high-tensile steel in the form of diamond shape to provide higher chassis stiffness. This will provide improved rigidity. Quality of the ride are also improved in term of smoothness with the application engine rubber mount to reduce the shock and vibration from the engine.
- Type of engine: 4 stroke, water cooled, twin parallel
- Displacement: 249 cc
- Bore x measures: 62.0 x 41.2 mm
- Compression ratio: 11.3:1
- Valve system: DOHC, 8 valve
- Fuel Supply: Fuel injection system with dual throttle valves
- Ignition: Digital
- Starter system: electric
- Transmission: 6-speed, return shift
- Maximum power: 23.5 kW (32 PS) / 11 000 rpm
- Maximum torque: 21.0 Nm / 10,000 rpm
Remember, it is now available in Malaysia at RM22,589 basic price or estimated RM26k OTR.