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Ninja assassin

The Kawasaki Ninja 250R narrows the gap between modern small capacity and 800 cc-plus superbikes.

autos Updated: Dec 16, 2009 20:29 IST

Bajaj Auto’s capable sportsbike — the Kawasaki Ninja 250R — has been launched in India after a long wait. The motorcycle is comfortably placed in the 250 cc segment, considering its closest rivals are a cylinder, about 10 bhp and half its price tag behind.

The Ninja 250R is a contemporary fully faired sportsbike with more than just a hint of a classic in its silhouette. Neatly chiselled lines and scoops constitute its snazzy bodywork.

The bike’s grips, levers and switchgear offer a superb feel. It uses an electric-start, four-stroke, in-line twin, 249 cc Kawasaki engine. This liquid-cooled motor runs four valves per cylinder. Connecting rods are short and light, promoting high revs and allowing the short-stroke engine to scream quickly to its 13,000 rpm limiter. The Ninja’s one-down, five-up transmission shifts seamlessly and its clutch offers a nice feel, too. It slashes through to 60 kph in 3.04 seconds and achieves 100 kph in 7.83 seconds. A top speed of 152 kph was recorded in sixth gear.

The Ninja 250R is a serious sports motorcycle that’s reasonably comfortable to ride daily. Kawasaki has struck the right balance between an upright yet weight-forward riding posture.

The 250R narrows the gap between the modern small-capacity and 800 cc-plus superbikes. It provides great performance, stable handling and a comfortable riding posture, and justifies its Rs 2,69,970 (ex-showroom, Delhi), price tag.

— Autocar India

Kawasaki ninja 250r

Displacement: 249 cc
Max power: 33 bhp at 11,000 rpm
Max torque: 2.24 kgm at 8,200 rpm
Specific output: 132.5 bhp per litre
Gearbox: 1-down, 5-up
Bore/ stroke: 62/ 41.2 mm