2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

– 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Review

#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

DOHC 249cc Parallel-twin cylinder Engine

• Compact parallel-twin design offers good mass centralization for superior handling
• Tuned to deliver smooth, step-free power with excellent mid-range and high-rpm power for effective highway performance
• Heavy duty piston rings help prevent oil consumption
• Ample high-rpm performance will please riders who wish to utilize the engine’s full potential

Cylinder Head

• Combustion chamber designed to maximize combustion efficiency and reduce emissions
• Intake and exhaust ports contribute to good off-idle response and smooth power delivery
• Valve timing and lift designed for strong low
• and mid-range torque
• Direct valve actuation helps ensure reliable high-rpm operability
• Valves feature thin heads and stems for reduced reciprocating weight and efficient flow


• Twin Keihin CVK30 carburetors offer a nice power feel and help provide low fuel consumption

Reduced Mechanical Noise

• Self-adjusting cam chain tensioner reduces mechanical noise caused by the cam chain and minimizes loss from power-robbing friction
• Minimizing mechanical noise allows the use of a freer flowing exhaust for better performance
• Complex construction with reinforcing ribs helps eliminate airbox reverberation and reduces intake noise
• Air filter accessible from the side, for easy replacement

Exhaust System

• 2-into-1 system contributes to the Ninja 250’s low
• and mid-range torque and smooth, step-free power curve
• Slightly upswept silencer extensively tested to determine chamber size, connecting pipe length and diameter to achieve least noise and most power
• Meets strict emission standards with dual catalyzers; one in the collector pipe and the other in the silencer
• Using two catalyzers helps minimize power loss caused by backpressure in the exhaust system
• First catalyzer is positioned close to the exhaust ports for maximum efficiency

Liquid Cooling

• Denso radiator offers effective engine cooling with minimal space and weight
• Ring fan uses a quiet-running motor that also saves space
• Fins on the lower side of the crankcase helps further cool the engine

Six-speed Transmission

• Involute splines reduce friction and backlash between gears and shafts for easier gear meshing and smooth shifting under power
• Spring-type clutch damper reduces hesitation at very low speeds and minimizes shocks when rolling on and off the throttle for a smoother clutch feel
• Paper-base friction plates help increase clutch durability


• Sturdy and durable diamond-style frame of thick-walled steel tubing offers confidence-inspiring stability at both high and low speeds
• Beefy swingarm bracket contributes to the frame’s rigidity and helps achieve an optimal balance of chassis stiffness
• Square-tube swingarm with a 60 x 30mm cross section further adds to rigidity


• 37mm telescopic front fork with firm settings contribute to the Ninja 250’s smooth, stable handling and enhanced ride control
• Uni-Trak® rear suspension helps provide predictable handling and good ride comfort
• Rear shock features 5-way adjustable preload, enabling ride height to be maintained whether riding solo or with a passenger


• Features 17-inch wheels like its larger Ninja siblings
• The use of proper sportbike tires contributes to its easy, neutral handling at low speeds and excellent cornering feel


• Large-diameter, 290mm front petal disc and a balanced action two-piston caliper offer excellent braking performance and a natural, direct feeling at the lever
• Two-piston caliper grips the rear 220mm petal disc


• Natural riding position with slightly forward-slanting seat and wide, raised handlebars


• Styling, fit and finish of striking full-fairing bodywork match its Ninja supersport siblings
• Aggressive dual-lamp headlight design, slim tail cowl and separate seats further enhance the supersport look
• Front cowling and windscreen offer the rider a substantial amount of wind protection
• Two helmet holders conveniently located under the rear seat
• Under-seat storage can hold a U-lock or similar device
• Two hooks under the tail and the rear passenger pegs provide anchor points for securing items to the rear of the bike


• Instrument panel features an easy-to-read, large-face analog speedometer along with an analog tachometer, odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge and warning lights


2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price:
$4,199 to $4,449 USD

Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin

Displacement: 249cc

Bore x stroke: 62.0 x 41.2mm

Compression ratio: 11.6:1

Cooling: Liquid

Carburetion: Keihin CVK30 x 2

Ignition: TCBI with digital advance

Transmission: Six-speed

Final drive: O-ring chain

Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel

Wheelbase: 55.1 in.

Rake / trail: 26 degrees / 3.2 in.

Front suspension / wheel travel: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.

Rear suspension / wheel travel: Bottom-link Uni-Trak® with 5-way adjustable preload / 5.1 in.

Front tire: 110/70-17

Rear tire: 130/70-17

Front brake: Single 290mm hydraulic petal disc with two-piston caliper

Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with two-piston caliper

Overall length: 82.1 in.

Overall width: 28.1 in.

Overall height: 43.7 in.

Seat height: 30.5 in.

Curb weight: 374.9 lbs.

Fuel capacity: 4.8 gal.

Color choices / special edition: Candy Lime Green, Metallic Spark Black, Passion Red/Metallic Spark Black

MSRP standard / special edition: $4,199 / $4,449

Warranty: 12 months

Optional Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months


2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price:
See Canadian Kawasaki Dealer for pricing.

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)


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


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


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


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)


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.


Colours Passion Red, Candy Lime Green, Metallic Spark Black ( Special Edition )
Warranty 12 months warranty


Good Times Protection Plan 24 or 36 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)

Good Times Protection Plan 24 or 36 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)
* The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.



2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R – UK/European Specifications/Technical Details
See UK/European Kawasaki Dealer for pricing.


Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin

249 cm³

Bore x stroke
62.0 x 41.2 mm

Compression ratio

Valve/Induction system
DOHC, 8 valves

Fuel system
Fuel injection: ø28 mm x 2 (Keihin)
Dual throttle valves



Forced lubrication, wet sump

6-speed, return

Final Drive
Sealed chain

Primary reduction ratio
3.087 (71/23)

Gear ratios: 1st
2.600 (39/15)

Gear ratios: 2nd
1.789 (34/19)

Gear ratios: 3rd
1.409 (31/22)

Gear ratios: 4th
1.160 (29/25)

Gear ratios: 5th
1.000 (27/27)

Gear ratios: 6th
0.893 (25/28)

Final reduction ratio
3.071 (43/14)

Wet multi-disc, manual

Frame type
Tube diamond, steel

26° / 82 mm

Wheel travel, front
120 mm

Wheel travel, rear
130 mm

Tyre, front
110/70-17 M/C (54S)

Tyre, rear
130/70-17 M/C (62S)

Steering angle, left / right
35° / 35°

Suspension, front
37 mm telescopic fork

Suspension, rear
Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and
5-way adjustable preload

Brakes, front
Single 290 mm petal disc.
Caliper: Single balanced actuation dual-piston.

Brakes, rear
Single 220 mm petal disc.
Caliper: Dual-piston.

Dimensions (L x W x H)
2,085 mm x 715 mm x 1,115 mm

1,400 mm

Ground Clearance
135 mm

Seat height
790 mm

Fuel capacity
17 litres

Curb Mass
169 kg

Maximum power
24 kW {33 PS} / 11,000 rpm

Maximum torque
22 N·m {2.24 kgf·m} / 8,200 rpm



2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R ABS – Australian Specifications/Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price:


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