2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Review —

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Kawasaki Ninja 250 R

The only Japanese-American 250cc

Photos by Fonzie

It looks a hypersport, but its seating position is as as a standard’s. It’s named a line of superfast bikes, but is enough for beginners. Its build is high, but its price is about as low as it

But then, does Kawasaki’s 250R even need an Since receiving a stylistic and makeover in 2008, which you can about here. the Ninja has its legacy as a top seller for Team

To those of us who’ve known little screamer for a while it’s not a mystery. Perhaps the mystery in our minds is why the other OEMs have been to let Kawasaki own this segment for the couple of decades or more, but save that for the sidebar.

by a smooth-running DOHC 249cc pushing a peak of 25.4 hp to the wheel, this 374-lb offers enough power to ahead of around-town and suburban and will top out around an indicated 100 mph or so.

Its Keihin constant-velocity carburetors as sophisticated as the fuel-injection on the Euro and the twin carbs are jetted to pass emissions regs. results in an engine that to be warmed up before it’s to be ridden away, and low-end response is a bit soggy.

“It’s on the lean side in the low end and midrange,” Kerry Bryant, who has tuned Ninja 250s as owner of P, a SoCal-based shop that manufactures exhaust systems. the jetting can make a dramatic in throttle response, even the OEM exhaust system.”

Once warmed up after a few the machine will accelerate a standstill with the revs at 3,000 rpm while slipping the Carburetor tuning is not a pre-requisite, but to it run the way it could, it is something we would do.

For performance, Bryant recommends a kit. Short of this, could be had by simply adjusting the mixture screws to see how that first. This tweak can be by a qualified technician, or competent and can be discussed with a dealer’s department.

“Adjustments depend on temp and humidity (and of other mods made to the such as aftermarket exhaust, etc.),” Bryant elaborates for wanting to fully tune Ninjas. “For our particular and conditions, adjusting the fuel screws out 2.5 — 3.0 turns bottom out) improves the Replacing the needles with a taper and adjustable clips improve the mid-range. Main jet normally ends up being #98 [brand] jet kit sizes/numbers and not to be confused the OEM Keihin sizes/numbers).”

With a jet kit Bryant says, “The difference a street rider notice is throttle response than anything else. It now feel like your hand actually controls and the power input like it be.”

In stock trim, the liquid-cooled is reliable and quick. Although the delivery is soft off the bottom and some clutch slipping, it with enthusiasm once 8,000 rpm until 11,500 rpm power begins tapering off hitting the 13,000-rpm rev limit. A pace requires gear to its six-speed transmission at short

The powerplant rolls within a diamond-style frame, utilizing Uni-Trak rear suspension five-position preload, in conjunction a 37mm telescopic fork at a stable yet nimble 26 degrees and 3.2 inches trail.

Slowing it all are brakes that are reliable and A single 290mm front clamped by a twin-piston caliper most of the work, with the rear and twin-piston caliper there for backup.

The Ninja aerodynamic bodywork and styling remarkably similar to the ZX-6R and and that is purely not coincidental. no “250” emblem on this big 250, and that’s no mistake

But before we start talking the Ninja’s sporting capability, be clear about its mission. It is an sportbike, to be sure, but its upright and low 30.5-inch seat height it a user-friendly all-rounder, not unlike larger parallel-Twin Ninjas.

As this bike is quite for commuting, and we saw upwards of 50 mpg sipped its comparatively large 4.8-gallon tank, even while redline on a regular basis.

Its fairing and windshield offer protection from wind and if we can be utterly biased for a moment, we commuters also looking for a bit of fun might be more satisfied this 250 over, say, a displacement scooter.

A trip to the for luggage options would be advisable to add to this bike’s or just strapping on a duffel bag to the seat could do the trick.

The 250R is sane fun for the street. We pretend to say it’s as adrenaline-inducing as a but it didn’t exactly put us to sleep

Acceleration is brisk, and gear come fast and crisply. If a rider can twist its tail the indicated red zone. Whether is good policy or needed is issue.

As the dyno chart power progressively drops off 11,000 rpm, so there’s not point to flogging it.

When the gets twisty, cornering is Its suspension, with 4.7-inches and 5.1-inches rear travel is compliant for riders up to 220 lbs or so. Much riders, or those intending to down rough roads, may for more adjustability.

Riders to bikes with four the power will feel on sweepers because this doesn’t go into warp when requested like a can, but newer riders, or just not looking for a ten-tenths ought to enjoy the ride. On roads, the Ninja 250R little to be desired. Assuming the has the skills, its lighter weight, and neutral steering can give and faster bikes a run for their

To complete its role as an entry-level there’s another benefit available. While wearing leathers during parking lot practice, we discovered that to some larger sportbikes, the low saddle and confident handling scuffing knee pucks easier

In a Class by Itself

Kawasaki Ninja 250 R

One reason to consider a bike the Ninja 250R is, if you live in the you can use all the power this bike has on the legally. Novel concept, it?

Anyone who’s ridden a 600 or literbike knows what I’m about. Scream it through gears, and you’re doing a in about 12-15 seconds.

don’t try that at home. But if you do, you get a prize. Yep, your government will be more happy to give you a free in a police car!

In all seriousness, the big to us is why have all the other Japanese allowed Kawasaki Motor to have an almost exclusive segment all to itself for so long?

Requests for info from Honda and Suzuki, while illuminating, really gave no clarity on this question for us to so we’ll just tell you we think.

Way back in 1988, the of the then-new Ninja 250 was credited momentarily spiking KMC to the top of the U.S. charts – even above Honda. Since then, the 250R has been established a perennial best seller.

As a beginner’s bike, we think might be more room in the pool for the other OEMs to in with 250 sportbikes of their Of course, the over-documented recession above the North American is ample opportunity for plausible at the moment, but this has been on for decades.

We’ve already in a previous sidebar. we do not think sportbikes are necessarily good level” bikes, but sales to of large and fast bikes been the trend here in the ol’ US of A, where bigger is too often as better.

Actually, since no tiered licensing here, less incentive for OEMs to smaller sportbikes already sold elsewhere in the world. And a ripe opportunity for marketers and to play into Americans’ sensibility, and up-sell bigger which of course, earn profits.

Please indulge us for a here, while we adamantly We think it’s usually and better for novices to learn on a bike that doesn’t overwhelming power until are developed.

Yes, the 250R is slow to its bigger brothers, but that’s not a bad If you opt for bigger, we respect that, but that you also be sure to that you have the inherent to grow into it quickly.


The 250R runs at high rpm – as as 8-12,000 rpm or more on the highway – but built for it with features reinforced pistons and direct actuation. The powerband is healthy this range, and begins to below redline so riders are tempted to excessively hammer it. is a deliberately engineered safeguard to discourage over-revving, thereby longevity.

A big center-mounted speedometer the functional instrument cluster, and a tachometer on the left matches the fuel gauge. Switchgear is functional, and of typical good quality.

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