Kawasaki Ninja 250 Review
Kawasaki’s entry-level sportbike has ruled the Indonesia marked for decades. This little monster has always been a money-making model for Kawasaki. Since its debut in 1983, the Ninja 250 has been a quintessential starter motorcycle for every new rider. Its lightweight, nimble range, top performance, edgy styling and high fuel-efficiency makes Kawasaki Ninja 250 an ideal commuting bike. In Indonesia, Kawasaki's entry-level sportbike comes in four variants – Ninja 250, Ninja 250 SE, Ninja 250 BEET, and Ninja 250 ABS. For 28 years, Kawasaki has continuously updated the Ninja 250 with mild mechanical and design changes, to ensure its numero uno position in the market.
The best-selling bike of Kawasaki, Ninja 250 has gained the tag of best quarter-liter bike ever. Though, many critics argue that the 250 looks aged and sports an outdated design, as compared to other 600cc bikes. We disagree, especially looking at the recent black color scheme. The full fairing bike with large plastic and steel parts looks very aggressive and sturdy on the road.
The pointed dual-lamp headlamp and dynamic front turn indicators, adds on to its macho appeal. The mask fairing contours, black tinted windscreen, and rear view mirrors, provides the Ninja 250 an edgy look. The Ninja 250 comes equipped with 6 spoke black alloy wheels with racing strips, which looks very enticing. To make it look stunning while coming and going, the Ninja 250 has been bestowed with a sharp protective cover, slim tail cowl and separate seats that further accentuates its superports appeal. The only unalluring feature on Ninja 250 is its instrument cluster which is in analog format, which is indeed a dated element on the bike.
Engine, Economy & Performance
Kawasaki Ninja 250 is powered by a progressive 249cc liquid cooled, parallel twin, DOHC gasoline engine, which produces a significant 32bhp at 11,000rpm and a peak torque of 22NM at 8200 rpm. The engine is mated with an advanced six-speed transmission which delivers uninterrupted power output, smoother gear shuffle, and more durable clutch. Ninja 250 can cover 0 to 60mph mark in just 5.75 seconds. In the latest edition of Ninja 250, Kawasaki's engineers have retuned its 249cc engine to deliver a smoother ride, with step-free power improving low- and mid-range power to offer a rider-friendly response. Apart from robust power, Ninja 250 also delivers excellent fuel-efficiency of 30Km/per liter.
The Ninja series has long been a pinnacle as far as motorcycle handling characteristics are concerned. A tasteful blend of well proportioned dynamics, adequate weight distribution, and ergonomic handlebar and footpeg location help the rider to chuck the bike into a corner at speeds that one could never manage on any other competitor.
The Kawasaki Ninja 250's smooth six-speed gearbox delivers silky smooth shifting of gears and reduces friction. Ninja 250 is build upon a new, cutting-edge diamond-type frame made of high-tensile steel, mated with a longer swingarms, provides a steeper steering without compromising the wheelbase. Kawasaki has also integrated the Ninja 250 with a 37mm telescopic front fork with firm setting, that enhances ride control and contribute on steady handling. Rear shock features 5-way adjustable preload, enabling ride height to be maintained whether riding solo or with a passenger.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous:
Kawasaki has ensured to equipped the Ninja 250 with complete safety measures, to match its massive power-output. Ninja 250 gets its stopping power through a 290 hydraulic disc in the front and a two-piston caliper grips with 220mm petal disc in the rear, that delivers amazing braking performance. Ninja 250 also sports a Slipper Clutch, which reduced the effects of back torque and sudden braking and prevents the rear wheel to lock or skid. This technology is adopted from Kawasaki's racing pedigree. Kawasaki has bestrowed the Ninja 250 with advanced Uni-Trak rear suspension compliments the rigid frame and re-tuned fork and provides great road holding ability. To further support its braking mechanism, Ninja 250 also sports an advanced ABS in its Ninja 250 ABS variant.
The Kawasaki Ninja 250 is basically a baby Ninja, for anyone who wants to get acquainted to the legacy of the brand, though does not want to shell out a handsome sum of money. It does have some limitations in terms of fueling and cooling of the engine, but the Ninja 250 serves as the best stepping stone to enter the superbike scenario for amateur customers.