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#1 j4zb4

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 01:57 AM

The quarter-liter sport bike market is about to get more interesting, as photos of the 2013 Kawasaki Nina 250R have sprung from Kawasaki Japan’s corporate site, ahead of the bike’s presumed late-fall international launch. Revising the long-time tested aesthetic of the previous generation Kawasaki 250R, the 2013 model takes more than a few cues from the current generation Kawasaki ZX-10R.

One of the best selling motorcycles in the United States, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is surely feeling the pressure from Big Red, as the Honda CBR250R came to market last year, and has been a strong seller locally and internationally. With KTM to bring a 350cc sport bike to the USA in 2014, and other manufacturers eyeing the learner-bike model segment, Kawasaki has surely been feeling its dominant position in this space coming under fire, and has acted in response.

Not just last year’s machine in new clothing, the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R features an all-new parallel-twin motor that has a dual-throttle valve, new pistons, cylinders, and crank cases. The new motor is said to make more torque in the low and midrange, when compared to its predecessor. The chassis is more rigid for 2013, and has more rubber bushings to reduce vibrations. Kawasaki has also updated the suspension pieces, and included wider 140mm tires on the baby Ninja.
Since technical details are still scarce, we have to evaluate the bike mostly superficially, but the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R looks the business. A sporty and attractive machine, Kawasaki has addressed the concern that new sport bike riders may understand the importance of starting on a smaller machine, but ultimately are attracted to the “cool factor” attributed to the more stylized supersport-class bikes.

Equipped with optional ABS, it is good not only to see a lower-class model getting some nice tech, but for the intended purchaser, having ABS on-board seems like a smart decision on Kawasaki’s part, and makes for a smart distinction between the 2012 Kawasaki 250R and the other 250cc models.
No word on price yet, nor availability in the United States. More info as we get it.

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Worth the wait I guess... :D

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 11:51 AM

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The article just made my heart skip a beat. One fabulous looking motorcycle that. Though its too early to get excited about- in case this is on the Indian launch charts, I'd say that the boffins at Bajaj think with a sane mind- price it well enough without being too greedy under the pretext of customs duty and keep the spares cost reasonable. Though the existing N250R owners might feel bad, but then that's business.
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:22 PM

Definitely improved bike but for Kawas to sell in any numbers in India, they also have to take a very hard look at the pricing, including that of it's spares. 20,000INR speedometers... that sort of stuff don't fly here.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:21 PM

View Postpulsurge, on 02 August 2012 - 11:51 AM, said:

The article just made my heart skip a beat. One fabulous looking motorcycle that. Though its too early to get excited about- in case this is on the Indian launch charts, I'd say that the boffins at Bajaj think with a sane mind- price it well enough without being too greedy under the pretext of customs duty and keep the spares cost reasonable. Though the existing N250R owners might feel bad, but then that's business.
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View Postarn, on 02 August 2012 - 12:22 PM, said:

Definitely improved bike but for Kawas to sell in any numbers in India, they also have to take a very hard look at the pricing, including that of it's spares. 20,000INR speedometers... that sort of stuff don't fly here.
Absolutely. A freind had a crash, in which bike was damaged but not to much. The bike could be ridden back from Lonavala to Pune, without much issue.
The bill was almost 33% of the cost of the bike. Now that's crazy.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 03:10 PM

The bike looks what it should have been looking.. Read somewhere that Kawa are pricing it similar to the current model but i doubt that part..
Bajaj should really work hard to get its price right, there are many who would pay 50k to 70k premium for it over the cbr..
But 3L + ex-showroom would again keep customers at bay.. Same goes for the spares as well..
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 07:07 PM

It even has a fuel gauge.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:14 PM

What a looker... now if only BAL + IKLM comes up and announce that this is going to be assembled in India.. Spark would have a new brother!!!

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 08:55 PM

View Postsatyenpoojary, on 09 August 2012 - 03:14 PM, said:

What a looker... now if only BAL + IKLM comes up and announce that this is going to be assembled in India.. Spark would have a new brother!!!

I thought Spark was up for sale...?




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