My Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Test Ride

  10th August 2013

Kawasaki Ninja 250R After a break from biking we have opted for something smaller. I had been looking at various 250 and 400 bikes. I tried a CBR400 but that felt quite stretched out, whereas I felt cramped on the VFR400 (I'm 5' 4").
Recent internet searches had turned up the 250 Ninja, and although not a sports bike fan I decided to take a look at one.

The local dealer had one, but wouldn't allow a test ride. I pointed out that how could I buy a bike if I didn't know what it rode like?
I found another example fairly locally and they did allow a test ride.

Test Ride

  9th August 2009

I'd been looking forward to this as I'd not ridden for quite a while and the baby Ninja just looked so appealing. First impression upon sitting on the bike was that it was comfortable, seat was a good height and width and the handlebars were in 'the right place', not too far away and not making you sit too upright.

The bike was started and I was surprised how good it sounded, much more meatier than I was expecting, as I rode away the bike felt smooth. Once out on the open road the Ninja was sure footed and flowed nicely around the bends. I sped up to 60 mph and the 250R began feeling quite 'buzzy' and I noticed the lack of power compared with my previous bikes, but this is to be expected. There was plenty of acceleration in low gears, however I was mostly concerned with the vibration coming through the pegs, but this probably isn't too unusual for a small twin.

After a few minutes I realised that I was actually enjoying myself and I had travelled quite far from the bike shop and that it might be a good idea if I went back! I eventually spotted a lay-by on the opposite side of the road and the little Ninja was no trouble to do a U-turn into the lay-by and then out the other side.

On returning to the shop I could help grinning, and was so pleased with the experience that I insisted that my partner had a ride too. After which we ended up buying both Ninja 250R's in the shop. After our previous naked-bikes it was astounding that we both liked the sports bike.

Bikes will be ready next Sunday.


The best-selling Kawasaki sports bike in America is not the ZX-6R you might expect, or the ZX-10R - a mad missile if ever there was one. Even calmer stablemates with mass-market appeal, such as our own long-term ER-6f, fail to sell as many over there as the little 250R Ninja.

First Day

  16th August 2009

Slightly nervous but the bike performed well. Managed to stretch a 22 mile journey out to 50 miles.

Kawasaki/MRA double bubble screen

Decided to get a double bubble screen to try and help with the wind blast. Looked at quite a few before deciding on the one from Kawasaki. Once unwrapped I discovered that they were made by MRA, which was a style I had previously disregarded based on the internet pictures.
However, the screens look brilliant and fits quite well.

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New Tyres

  14th August 2010

The bike went in for its service and had Pirelli Sport Demons fitted front and rear, I've never been happy with the IRC Roadwinner tyres (who?) fitted as standard.

Despite the rain it was still a good ride there and back and the bike felt much better for the service.

I still love this bike, it might "only" be a 250 but its so much fun to ride and it also stops me from going too fast!!

New bikes

  10th August 2013

Kawasaki Ninja 300When a innocent trip to the dealer turned in to two new bikes...! See more on my Kawasaki Ninja 300 page!


Engine typeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement249 cm³
Bore x stroke62.0 x 41.2 mm
Compression ratio11.6:1
Valve/Induction systemDOHC, 8 valves
Maximum power24 kW {33 PS} / 11,000 rpm
Maximum torque22 N·m {2.24 kgf·m} / 8,200 rpm
Fuel systemFuel injection: ø28 mm x 2 (Keihin)
Dual throttle valves
LubricationForced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission6-speed, return
Final DriveSealed chain
ClutchWet multi-disc, manual
Frame typeTube diamond, steel
Rake/Trail26° / 82 mm
Suspension, front37 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rearBottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and 5-way adjustable preload
Wheel travel, front120 mm
Wheel travel, rear130 mm
Tyre, front110/70-17 M/C (54S)
Tyre, rear130/70-17 M/C (62S)
Brakes, frontSingle 290 mm petal disc.
Caliper: Single balanced actuation
Brakes, rearSingle 220 mm petal disc.
Caliper: Dual-piston.
Steering angle, left / right35° / 35°
(L x W x H)
2,085 mm x 715 mm x 1,115 mm
Wheelbase1,400 mm
Ground Clearance135 mm
Seat height775 mm (30.5 in)
Fuel capacity17 litres
Dry weight152 kg
Headlights On (AHO)