Kawasaki Ninja RR Review
Kawasaki’s entry-level sportbike has ruled the Indonesia marked for decades. The quarter-liter little Ninja's has always been money-making models for Kawasaki. To further strengthens its hold in the quarter-liter bike market, Kawasaki has finally taken the wraps of its single-cylinder, fully-faired version of Ninja 250. The 250cc bike was unveiled in 2014 and received raved response by Indonesian bike lovers. In other global markets, the bike is available with the name of Ninja 250SL. It's lightweight, nimble range, top performance, edgy styling and high fuel-efficiency makes Kawasaki Ninja RR an ideal commuting bike. In Indonesia, Kawasaki's entry-level sports bike comes in four variants – Ninja RR, Ninja RR Mono, Ninja RR Mono ABS, and Ninja RR Mono KRT Edition. Recently, Kawasaki releases a new special edition of Ninja RR, which featured a new edgy styling and a more pumped up engine.
On first look, the bike seems to have borrowed its design aesthetics from its elder brother – Ninja 250. But after looking closely, one can notice the design elements that Kawasaki has added in Ninja RR, to bestow it a distinctive look. The full fairing bike with large plastic and steel parts looks very aggressive and sturdy on the road. A new sleek single bright halogen headlight, with matt black rear view mirrors, and upright handlebar, give a very bold look to the bike. The bike is built on a tube type diamond frame chassis, which offers agile handling and sturdy look. The step-up seat, with dynamic looking tail lights, stylishly designed exhaust and sculpted fuel tank, adds on to its macho appeal. The Ninja RR is equipped with a digital instrument console with LCD display of information. Ninja RR is bestowed with a 10-spoke and 17-inch wheel, with 100/80 section tires at the front and 130/70 section tires at the rear, which further accentuates its handling. The compact dimensions of Ninja RR at 1930 mm x 720 mm x 1095 mm, and a wheelbase of 1,305 mm ensure a stable ride.
Engine, Economy & Performance
Kawasaki Ninja RR is powered by a progressive 149cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel injected, DOHC based engine, which produces a significant 28.5 PS at 11,000 rpm and a peak torque 20NM at 9,000rpm. The engine is mated with an advanced six-speed transmission which delivers uninterrupted power output, smoother gear shuffle and more durable clutch. Ninja RR can run at a top speed of 153km/h. Kawasaki's engineers have ensured the single-cylinder 149cc engine delivers a smoother ride, with step-free power improving low- and mid-range power to offer a rider-friendly response.
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 RR's smooth six-speed gearbox delivers silky smooth shifting of gears and reduces friction. Ninja RR is built upon a new, cutting-edge tube type, 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 RR with a 41mm telescopic front fork with the firm setting, that enhances ride control and contribute on steady handling.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous:
Kawasaki has ensured to equipped the Ninja RR with complete safety measures, to match its massive power-output. Ninja RR gets its stopping power through an advanced front and rear disc brakes. Kawasaki has bestowed the Ninja RR with advanced 41mm Showa telescopic forks front suspension and linked type gas charged mono shock absorber in the rear which compliments the rigid frame and re-tuned fork and provides great road holding ability. To further support its braking mechanism, Ninja RR also sports an advanced ABS in its Ninja RR Mono ABS variant.
The Kawasaki Ninja RR is basically a baby Ninja, for anyone who wants to get acquainted with 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 RR serves as the best stepping stone to enter the superbike scenario for amateur customers.