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.