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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R: Voted: Cool

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:02 am

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

#1 Selling Sportbike in the U.S. Offers Superior 250 Performance

With its smooth power delivery, low seat height, and excellent value, the Ninja® 250 has all the vital elements to make it the perfect first sportbike. Powered by a compact liquid-cooled twin-cylinder engine, this Ninja sportbike pleases both ends of the experience spectrum — seasoned riders appreciate the Ninja’s extra highway passing power compared to other bikes in the 250 class, while beginners love the smooth torque delivery at lower speeds. With superior highway performance, aggressive supersport bodywork, and a price tag that packs serious value, the Ninja 250 is a perfect way to get started in a lifetime of motorcycling fun.

The 249cc liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine is tuned for smooth, predictable power delivery around town and excellent performance on the highway, while a smooth-shifting six-speed transmission with positive neutral finder offers the right gear for almost any situation. This efficient engine and transmission help the Ninja 250 provide plenty of enjoyment from the initial learning curve, all the way through advanced sport riding and track days.

Wrapped by a modern aerodynamic fairing and windscreen, the 250 not only looks great, but also delivers effective wind deflection for a wide range of riding situations. An easy-to-read instrument panel with fuel gauge and neutral indicator is another convenient feature for the new rider.

A natural riding position and comfortable ergonomics combine with lightweight handling and nimble response to deliver pure pleasure on city streets. Part of this great handling and stability comes from the full-size 17-inch sportbike wheels.

Track-worthy stopping power is provided by the large petal-shaped 290mm front and 220mm rear brake rotors gripped by powerful two-piston hydraulic calipers. Like Kawasaki’s larger Ninja models, the 250 is equipped with high-quality components and tuned for class-leading performance.

Lightweight and agile, the Ninja 250 delivers low ownership costs coupled with impressive performance… No wonder it’s the #1 selling sportbike in America!


2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Features and Benefits

Key Features

• 249cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine offers better highway passing power than competing models in the 250 class
• Low 30.5-inch seat height boosts new rider confidence
• Six-speed transmission offers wide selection of ratios to match varied riding conditions and its positive neutral finder makes it much easier to find neutral when stopped
• Genuine Ninja® styling matches the larger supersport models
• Petal-shaped disc brakes offer great sportbike looks and excellent braking performance
• 17-inch wheels allow use of modern sportbike tires


2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $4,999 CDN.
US MSRP Price: $4,199 to $4,449 USD


ENGINE
Type 4-stroke, Parallel Twin
Displacement 249cc
Bore and Stroke 62.0 x 41.2 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression Ratio 11.6:1
Valve System DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel System Two Keihin CVK30 carburetors
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump)

DRIVETRAIN
Transmission 6-speed, with positive neutral finder
Final Drive Sealed Chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 3.087 (71/23)
Gear Ratio: 1st 2.600 (39/15)
Gear Ratio: 2nd 1.789 (34/19)
Gear Ratio: 3rd 1.409 (31/22)
Gear Ratio: 4th 1.160 (29/25)
Gear Ratio: 5th 1.000 (27/27)
Gear Ratio: 6th 0.893 (25/28)
Final Reduction Ratio 3.214 (45/14)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

FRAME
Type Diamond, high-tensile steel
Wheel Travel: Front 120 mm (4.7 in.)
Tire: Front 110/70-17
Wheel Travel: Rear 130 mm (5.1 in.)
Tire: Rear 130/70-17
Caster (Rake) 26°
Trail 82 mm (3.2 in.)
Steering Angle (Left/Right) 35º/35º

SUSPENSION
Suspension, Front 37 mm hydraulic telescopic fork
Suspension, Rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with 5-way adjustable preload

BRAKES
Front: Type Single 290 mm hydraulic disc
Front: Calipers 2-piston caliper
Rear: Type Single 220 mm petal disc
Rear: Calipers 2-piston caliper

DIMENSIONS
Overall Length 2,085 mm (82.1 in.)
Overall Width 715 mm (28.1 in.)
Overall Height 1,110 mm (43.7 in.)
Wheelbase 1,400 mm (55.1 in.)
Ground Clearance 130 mm (5.1 in.)
Seat Height 775 mm (30.5 in.)
Curb Mass** 170 kg (375 lbs.)
Fuel Capacity 18 litres (4 gal.)
Fuel Consumption 3.8 L/100 km (74 MPG)
** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)

PERFORMANCE
Maximum Power‡ 24 kW {32.6 PS} @ 11,000 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 22 N.m {2.24 kgf.m} @ 9,500 rpm
‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.




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Re: This Week - 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R: Vote and Discuss

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:06 am

I was talking with a very friendly man (Anwar) at the front counter of where I am staying (Homewood Suites Houston) about his interest of getting into motorcycling and how he really liked the sportbike look. Naturally, one of the best beginner bikes I could think of was the Kawasaki Ninja 250R to start out on. So the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R is in the Cool Wall ring this week thanks to Anwar and all those interested in getting into riding like him.

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Re: This Week - 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R: Vote and Discuss

Unread post by snakedoctEr726 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:29 pm

the ninja 250 is the best beginners bike on the market today. my first streetbike was an '08 ninja 250. it was fast enough to be fun without being overwhelming, and it handled great. i rode it for 2 years and and even though i ride a harley FXD now sometimes i still miss my ninja.

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Re: This Week - 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R: Vote and Discuss

Unread post by madjak30 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:00 pm

I turned my nose up at these little bombs...thinking "that little thing won't be able to get out of it's own way..."(I did weigh 275-280lbs at the time) but I will be getting one in a year or two for my daughter to start on and I will probably be taking it out for the odd spin and maybe even use it to commute to and from work...I think it would be a blast to be able to wring it out and not be double the speed limit. (ummm...not that I have done that...ummm...in third gear or anything...ummm..."Closed Course. Professional Rider"...ummm...no, Track Day, yeah that's it, Track Day!!)

Don't get me wrong, a big bike is a blast to have all that power but the skills you gain on a smaller, more nimble bike would pay off huge later! I started on a 500 and I do miss that bike, but I think the Ninja would be like a Miata...looks good, handles awesome but you have to be strategic in your technique if you want to be fast...all while getting scooter fuel economy...nothing wrong with learning to be smooth and carry speed through a corner, get used to leaning a bike that weighs half as much before making the leap to a heifer...(my bike weighs in at 570lbs...not heavy for a cruiser, but quite heavy for a sporty bike)

A buddy of mine just picked up a CBR250R and I'm itching to get him to trade for an hour ride or so...hope he doesn't crash mine, but I'll have a blast riding his new toy!! That is if I can get him to give up the keys...

I think there is a real trend in down sizing...Frugal is cool...okay, that may be pushing it...but you get the idea...the Ninja has the sporting looks that so many riders really like, yet is a sensible ride and a great learning tool...

I voted: AWESOME!!

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Re: This Week - 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R: Vote and Discuss

Unread post by AlphaZed » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:31 pm

Great bike for beginner and expert alike! Although I ride a liter bike as my regular ride, I've greatly enjoyed riding the 250 Ninja. In fact, on the tightest of roads, the little Ninja (in my hands) left a lot of bigger, faster bikes behind. Tons of fun!
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Unread post by Johnj » Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:13 am

Awesome, I bought a 250 Ninja this spring, hoping to turn it over and make a profit. After sorting it out (carbs, valves, & tires) it's a blast. I may just keep it. 60 mpg doesn't hurt either.
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Unread post by BobK » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:30 am

I like the green one!

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Unread post by Thumper » Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:26 pm

I liked 'em a lot more before all the plastic...but they're still awesome...

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Re: This Week - 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R: Vote and Discuss

Unread post by ZRex » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:46 pm

I voted Awesome, the Ninja 250R is a great little bike.

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Re: This Week - 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R: Vote and Discuss

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:09 pm

I voted: AWESOME

What a great little bike, loads of power, light in weight, easy handling and non-intimadating to ride or learn on and under $5k too. I know the 2002 version can easily do 150km/h even though it's a 250cc and can keep up and pass highway traffic with ease.

I'd own one (if I could ever fit on it!) just to go weekend corner carving for the heck of it. You don't need to go fast on a 250cc to have a huge grin factor.

One expression goes "It's not the bike, it's the rider" and I've seen amazing riders on a small bike beat a good rider on a big cc bike.

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Unread post by ceemes » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:35 pm

For looks, fuel economy and over all fun, it's cool.....however what makes it utterly awesome is that it one of THE best learner bikes of the modern era. I will be shopping around for one for my nephew in a few years, gonna make him my riding buddy.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:50 pm

ceemes wrote:For looks, fuel economy and over all fun, it's cool.....however what makes it utterly awesome is that it one of THE best learner bikes of the modern era. I will be shopping around for one for my nephew in a few years, gonna make him my riding buddy.
You are going to be #1 on your nephew's list! :D

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Unread post by sunshine229 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:54 pm

Awesome awesome awesome!!!

This bike has always been one of my favourites. It is so appealing for it's looks and strong sturdy engine. Such a great bike to begin with and carry a rider through their first months/years of riding. In fact, I pretty much signed up for my MSF course just because they had this bike in their fleet. I was lucky enough to be assigned it for the "road ride" at the end of the course and I felt so cool on it - even though I was wearing a bright safety vest over my yellow jacket... :laughing:
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Unread post by ceemes » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:56 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:
ceemes wrote:For looks, fuel economy and over all fun, it's cool.....however what makes it utterly awesome is that it one of THE best learner bikes of the modern era. I will be shopping around for one for my nephew in a few years, gonna make him my riding buddy.
You are going to be #1 on your nephew's list! :D

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Unread post by Wrider » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:02 am

Awesome little bikes. Tons of fun to throw around on some tight twisties, and that's big ole me saying that. That said, FI!!! These things run so cold-blooded it takes plenty of pre-planning to ride them in stock-carb form, which for most of us isn't a problem, but most people new to riding have no idea what a carb is, how it works, or even why their bike takes a while to warm up.
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Re: This Week - 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R: Vote and Discuss

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:02 am

Wow, that was a close one in the voting! If I was a betting man, I would have lost as I thought it would have definately finished as "Awesome".

Here are the results, a pretty awesome finish even if it did end up just Cool:

Your Coolness Factor of the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R is...

Awesome 44%
Cool 52%
Uncool 4%
Fail 0%
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Re: 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R: Voted: Cool

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:56 am

Just was posting the results, and sadly, the Ninja 250R falls as our 4th coolest bike by just 1%. Still a great result for the little plucker.


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