<img width="200" height="150" class="floatleft" src="www.motorcycle.in.th/images/articles/2010-Kawasaki-Ninja-250R_Updated_version_1.jpg" alt="" />It won't be wrong to say that the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is probably the most speculated, hyped and history of Thai motorcycling. Since it was first showcased at the 15 November 2007 introduction, enthusiasts had too keep waiting patiently for the Kawasaki Ninja 250R when it was finally launched in 2008.
After the introduction in 2007, the patience of thousands of locals motorcyclists and Kawa Ninja fans turned into sore disappointment, the Rayong-based manufacturer finally decided to take the right step and uncovered the Kawasaki Ninja 250R as well as, most importantly, disclosed the Ninja 250R's pricing for the Thai motorcycle masses after the 2008 Bangkok Motorshow.
2008 was also the Ninja 250R's first major revamp on every single front – and the modern Kawasaki Ninja 250R was born. What we have here is the 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250R which remains more or less unchanged form the 2008 model. The Ninja 250R will still be sold in the two color options, namely the classic Kawasaki lime green and the all-black version which is called the Ebony. The 2010 variant gets a black rear body panel along with a green seat and a black exhaust instead of the chrome one on earlier models.
<img width="220" height="134" class="floatright" src="www.motorcycle.in.th/images/articles/2010-Kawasaki-Ninja-250R_Updated_version_2.jpg" alt="" />Visually, this Ninja family member has a very strong character. It looks like a bigger machine and has the right amount of curves with minimal graphics running along its length. The twin front headlamps look distinctive from a distance. Side on, this motorcycle looks the best – the full fairing, pedal discs up front and at the rear, the beefy two in one exhaust with dual catalyzers and the raised rear go long way in making the Kawasaki Ninja 250R the prettiest thing on two-wheels most motorcyclists in Thailand can afford. Look closely and you notice bungee hooks below the pillion seat – a boost for people for touring the country.
Swing a leg over and suddenly the big looking small Ninja seems to shrink. To start with, the fuel tank, in spite of having a capacity of 17.8 liters, does feel small. The 2008 Ninja 250R was equipped with a different fuel pump and therefore the fuel tank only holds 17 liter. The seat height of 790mm is low by sportbike standards. Another thing that really disappoint you is the analogue speedometer console which frankly looks very '90s. The Kawasaki Ninja 250R sold in Thailand is without a single change from the versions sold abroad and hence the dated looking console. Don't be discouraged by our complaining the dated looking console though as the moments you bend down a bit, hold onto the clip-on handlebars and thumb the starter, the fun begins. The parallel twin, 249cc liquid cooled, fuel injected, eight valve engine immediately sets into a slightly high set idling. It doesn't really sound very exciting until you rev it. Shift into the first gear, raise the revs, dump the clutch and the next few moments will change your perception towards 250cc motorcycles completely.
The Thai Kawasaki Ninja 250R is the same European model which means we get 33 horses on offer along with 22Nm of torque. The Ninja 250R weighs in at 169.2 kilos, curb weight with fuel and oil.