All new 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R breaks cover with a range of improvements
The world’s favourite 250cc motorcycle just got a facelift, and a massive one at that, with a host of changes to ensure that the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R kicks the competition’s(read Honda CBR250R) butt quite comprehensively. First of all, the styling of the motorcycle sees a sea change. Up fronts, the headlamps are twin units, like the Yamaha R15, along with revised front and side fairings which also house the turn indicators. The motorcycle gets other stylistic changes in the form of raked up pillion seat and a new tail section. The motorcycle also gets a new exhaust muffler.
All in all, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R looks strikingly similar to the Yamaha R15′s supersport styling. All along, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R featured a slightly relaxed riding position and with the 2013 model, the motorcycle breaks away from tradition to embrace styling that is supersport like with an aggressive riding position. Considering the able track tool that the Ninja 250R has always been, the new styling and riding dynamics will only improve this further. The motorcycle also gets new design for the alloy wheels and new disc brakes at the front and the rear. Also, the instrumentation cluster is an all new affair.
The changes under the skin are also quite comprehensive with the 250cc liquid cooled, parallel twin four stroke engine being an all new unit with a big redesign to boost low end and mid range torque. While power and torque figures are not available yet, the 2013 Ninja 250R’s engine gets a dual-throttle valve, new pistons, new cylinders and new crank cases. The frame of the Ninja 250R has been stiffened with the rear tyre now being a 140mm unit. The suspension too has been worked upon for sharper handling. All these changes are expected to make the 2013 Ninja 250R a much more aggressive motorcycle than ever before.
Another big change on the 2013 Ninja 250R is the addition of anti-lock braking system(ABS) as an optional extra, which means that a non-ABS version of the motorcycle will also be available. For now though, that’s pretty much the information we have about the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, which is also sold in India by Bajaj Auto. The Indian model is assembled via the completely knocked down(CKD) route at Chakan, off Pune. The 2013 Ninja 250R will be launched internationally by the end of 2012. Expect this motorcycle to arrive into India sometime in 2013, along with a price increase reflecting the various changes on the new model.