The quarter liter sports bike segment is about to spice up as the Japanese motorcycle maker, Kawasaki has introduced the 2013 model of the popular Ninja 250R. Images of the bike have been posted on the company’s Japanese corporate website.
Though there is not much detail available in the form of technical specifications, the images tell us everything about the new look. The 2013 Ninja 250R has taken a shift from the old Ninja styling. The softer curves are gone and have been replaced by sharper lines all along the body. The new Ninja’s looks are reminiscent of the Kawasaki ZX-10R. The 2013 Ninja 250R has also a better looking RPM dial and digital speedometer now.
The changes are not, however, only skin deep. The twin-cylinder 250CC engine has been now upgraded with a dual-throttle valve, new pistons, cylinders, and crank cases. So, the new engine can produce higher torques at low and mid revs. The new design added with broader 140mm tires make the bike look more aggressive than before. The other known changes are a more rigid chassis, better suspensions and rubber paddings which reduce vibrations.
The other major and critical change Kawasaki has decided to add to the new baby Ninja is an optional ABS system. High-tech accessories such as ABS are not usually associated with bikes from this segment but riders will certainly welcome this.
Kawasaki Ninja 250R has been one of the highest selling bikes in the 250CC category and up until the arrival of the Honda CBR250R last year, was the best option available for buyers. The new competition and an already old design combined meant that the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R did not sell as many units as it would have liked. Kawasaki has now addressed the styling issue with the 2013 model which will no doubt start a fresh craze for the 250CC Ninja.
Pricing has not been officially announced yet but the bike is expected to start selling by the end of this year.
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