Kawasaki Ninja 250 R Review: A Good Option for Beginners?

Kawasaki Ninja 250 R Review

The Kawasaki Ninja 250 R is considered to be one of the most lightweight and agile motorcycles on the market. Well, technically speaking, those features are common within this category (250cc) of most sport bikes.

Power & weight control are crucial for beginners when it comes to riding; Leaning, cornering, and accelerating should be done carefully if you are still new in the two wheels hobby.

We decided to take you through a quick review on the Kawasaki Ninja 250 cc in case you are wondering whether it’s a reliable option (and a practical one).

We would like to highlight the fact that the Kawasaki 250 motorcycle has been out of mass production in 2011, and replaced by the 300cc one in most countries. However, if you are planning on buying a 2nd hand motorcycle (as your first ride), you should definitely consider this option.

Kawasaki’s 250 cc Engine.

Remember the old ZZ-R/GPX 250 engine? Well, it’s kind of the same one loaded in the  Ninja 250 R. Yet, it’s more environmentally friendly and more advanced. The Engine will provide you with 33 Horsepower and 22 NM Torque.

As you can clearly see, the engine power is low which makes it perfect for beginners who won’t feel the throttle power (either during acceleration or deceleration).

The Kawasaki Ninja 250 R has a liquid cooling system, 249 cc, DOHC and 2 parallel twin cylinders. The Top Speed recorded for this motorcycle was approximately 150Km/Hr.

Since you chose a sports bike, we do realize that you are most probably an adrenaline-junkie (aren’t we all are?). However, it’s better to take baby steps when it comes to speed and engine power.

Kawasaki Ninja 250cc

Dimensions & Weight.

That’s the second most important thing to take into consideration if you are a beginner.  With the Ninja 250 R, we are talking about an overall length of 2085mm, a width of 715mm and, a height of 1115 mm.

As for the weight, the 250 motorcycle weighs 165 Kgs. Not a lot of weight reduction compared to the latest superbikes models. However, you have to keep in mind the difference in materials that are used in both motorcycles for weight reduction purposes.


The lightweight feature might be common among the latest models and the 250 R Ninja. However, you have to keep in mind the difference in power (which is kind of a very big deal by the way).

Last but not least, the Kawasaki 250 cc motorcycle has narrow tires; this gives it a higher maneuvering ability (and an easier one which is ideal for beginners), even though it comes with the cost of a lower stability.

Want to see how this motorcycle performs on track? Take a look at this video.

Video Credits: Overdrive

Kawasaki 250cc Price.

The Ninja 250 R has a price range of $2300 to $4000. In other words, you won’t be facing any troubles in financing your very first motorcycle.

Kawasaki Ninja 250 R Specifications.

Engine Description
Displacement249 cc
Maximum Power32.5 Bhp @ 11000 rpm
Maximum Torque22 Nm @ 8200 rpm
Engine Description249cc, DOHC
CoolingLiquid Cooling
Bore62 mm
Stroke41.2 mm
No. of Cylinders2
Transmission
No. of Gears6
ClutchWet Multi-Disc, Manual
Brakes
Front Brake290mm Petal Disc
Rear Brake220mm Petal Disc
Suspension
Front Suspension37mm hydraulic telescopic fork
Rear SuspensionUni-Trak with aluminum linkage
Dimensions.
Overall Length2085 mm
Overall Width715 mm
Overall Height1115 mm
Ground Clearance135 mm
Seat Height790 mm
Wheelbase1400 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity17 litres
Acceleration & Milage.
0-60 kmph3 secs
0-100 kmph6.9 secs
Top Speed150 kmph
Mileage25 kmpl

Our Final Call.

Even though the Kawasaki 250 R has been on the market for only 4 years (2008-2011), yet it managed to leave a remarkable positive print within its category as an option for beginner motorcyclists.

We will be talking about some of the best motorcycles for beginners in a later article. If you feel like reading some tips for riding motorcycles (as a beginner), feel free to check our beginners’ riding guide on how to ride a motorcycle.

Also if you are looking forward to reading more about more Kawasaki bikes with more power, feel free to check our Kawasaki ZX10R Review and Kawasaki H2 one too.