This model of Japanese origin was introduced by Kawasaki in 1983. During the period from 1983 till 2008 there were not made a lot of particular updates, simply because there wasn’t much competition.
The Ninja 250R belongs to sport bikes type of the entry-level. Only a few changes of the model were made throughout its quarter-century lifetime.
The predictable, stylish and efficient Ninja 250R is ideal for the beginners. It is also possessed of the impressive characteristics that intrinsic to all Kawasaki motorbikes.
The Ninja 250R's particular characteristics are ergonomics, chassis design, and engine placement, which were the results of the introduction of the new standards in sport classes. The riding position of the Ninja 250R is between standard and sport. The frame is steel, diamond-shaped.
The engine is in line, 4-valved, 2-cylinder with the liquid cooling system. The volume of the engine is 249 cc. It is adjusted for the best working characteristics at the high range of revolution. The transmission is 6-speed, reverse. The combination of which can produce the maximum capacity of 33 horsepower at 11 000 r / min. The top torque is 22 Nm at 8 200 r / min. Additionally, the engine is rubber-mounted to reduce vibration.The front suspension is the telescopic 37 mm folk and the rear one is Uni-Trak with the bottom mounting of the lever, with gas amortization and 5-step adjustment. The weight of the standard model is 379 pounds.
Kawasaki Company report that the new 2013 year model of the Ninja 250R will have the renewed body, new headlights, new wheels with a wider 140 mm rear tire, and the modified engine and exhaust system. ABS will be available optionally. The engine will be of both versions: fuel injected and carbureted. From 2013 the Ninja 250R will be replaced by the Ninja 300 in some markets, but will continue in other markets.
The dimension of the modern Ninja 250R's is 5-10% wider and higher as compared with the previous generations. The increase of weight is about 20%.