2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250 R Photos
Although the official launch won’t be until fall, Kawasaki Japan has unveiled photos of the re-designed 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, the bike taking much styling from its older sibling, the Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Since its inception in 1983, the Kawasaki Ninja 250 R has been the leader in entry-level sportbikes. But when Honda released the CBR250R stateside in 2011, competition intensified in the quarter-liter segment, leaving Kawasaki under pressure to remain the dominate player.
One huge feature the Honda has over the Kawasaki is fuel injection, an item Kawasaki kept from the Ninja 250 R to keep the price below $4,500. But according to Kawasaki Japan, fuel injection will be offered, though its unknown if it will be available on stateside models.
Another big option on the 2013 250 R Ninja will be optional ABS, which will add four pounds to the base weight of 379 lbs. Otherwise, besides the more aggressive look, Kawasaki Japan confirms the Ninja will receive a new DOHC parallel-twin engine with upgraded pistons, crank case and cylinders.
The colors available in Japan are Lime Green, Lime Green/Ebony, Ebony, Ebony Metallic Moondust Grey, Passion Red, Passion Red Stardust White, and Pearl Stardust White.
As for MSRP, nothing was released, but the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R costs $4,199-$4,499.
Stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for additional information as it becomes available. For now, check out the image gallery above of the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R.