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Kawa launches entry-level ninja


KAWASAKI'S GPX 250 has been a solid choice in the commuter segment since its re-launch back in 2007. The It’s replacement, the 2013 Ninja 250R is its replacement and promises the same everyday usability, with added dynamic appeal.

The retro looks and flame decals  have been replaced by a sleek mini-superbike look reminicentreminiscent of the  ZX-6R ridden to World Supersport Championship glory by Kenan Sofuoglu last year. Some of the styling cues borrowed from its bigger siblings include the dual headlights,  foldable mirrors, sleek indicators, panels with well -hidden fasteners, as well as a number plate tidy.

Apart from the new look, the The 250R has also seen revisions in the engine department. The parallel-twin powering the bike has an advantage over its single-cylinder rivals so the new crankshafts, lightweight coated pistons with shorter skirts and new sleeveless die-cast aluminium cylinders provide the parallel-twin with a distinct advantage over its single-cylinder rivals should provide a potent engine in this category.

The changes to the engine add up to a 249cc DOHC eight-8 valve motor producuingproducing 23 kW @ 11,000rpm.000 r/min, mated to a six-speed gearbox. The power should prove ample, when flicking through the 6-speed gearbox and when you considerconsidering the bikesbike’s kerb weight of only 172 kg.

 Much like its bigger brother, the ZX-6R, the 250R recievesreceives the same two- into- one exhaust system. The curved exhaust  headers are said to improve low- and mid-range torque, which will assist that will help in traffic where surges of acceleration are needed.

The brakes should provide more than sufficient stoppingStopping power is provided by a with a 290 mm front petal disc and a 220 mm rear disc, both with  twin- piston calipers. The ten-spoke wheels have taken inspiration fromis inspired the range-topping ZX-14R.

Those brave enough to lean the bike into a bend on our sometimes tretcheroustreacherous roads will be happy to hear that the 250R’s geometry has also been changed. This allows the inclusion of a larger rear wheel, up from 130mm to 140mm and means that the rear sub-frame has been made flatter to keep the seat height low.

In the suspension department, the usual  Ninja treatment has been applied in the form of a diamond frame with revised rigidity balance that improves handling. The 37 mm telescopic fork front and Bottom-Link Uni-Trak rear suspension systems have been adjusted to be more in tune with the bikes dynamic looks.

The styling changes have also been transferedtransferred to the insrumentationinstrumentation, where you will find a large analogue rev counter and a multi-function LCD screen with white backlighting. TheThis multi-function system allows the rider to view the speedometer, clock, fuel gauge, dual trip-meters, odometer as well as an eEconomical riding indicator.
 The Ninja 250R retails for R 52 995 that includes a twelve12-month / unlimited distance warranty. For some exclusivity, a special edition with a custom paintjob is also available at an extra R2 000. that will set you back an extra R2 000 above the standard price.


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Article written by Sean Nurse
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