Kawasaki Ninja 250R

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Kawasaki Ninja 250R (EX250J, EX250K)

The Kawasaki Ninja 250R budget sports bike appeared in 2008, replacing Kawasaki ZZR 250. The motorcycle has been targeted at many countries around the world, selling in the Asian, European, North American and South American markets.

Unlike ZZR250, the new Kawasaki Ninja 250R gets a more modern look and a redesigned engine (mainly to meet environmental standards), producing up to 32 hp. power. From the outset, the model was equipped with electronic fuel injection, but the North American versions (designation - EX250J) had carburetors. Since 2013, all versions of the Kawasaki Ninja 250R have had a fuel injection system. This engine was subsequently also installed on - Kawasaki Z250.

The chassis of the Ninja 250R is very similar to its ancestor Kawasaki ZZR 250: a conventional fixed telescopic fork at the front, a progressive monoshock (with preload adjustment) at the rear, disc brakes and a 6-speed gearbox.

In 2013, the model undergoes a restyling and changes its name to Kawasaki Ninja 250 . The new model features a new plastic and dashboard design, a dual-throttle injector, an exhaust pattern, ABS versions, a wider rear tire and a slightly smaller fuel tank (17.0 liters instead of 17.8 liters). In the same year, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 model appeared, which in a number of countries (Europe, North America, etc.) began to be sold instead of the new Kawasaki Ninja 250.

In 2018, Kawasaki introduced a completely new generation of the Kawasaki Ninja 250, which replaced the previous model and the Kawasaki Ninja 300. The updated version has a more aggressive appearance, with a capacity of 39 hp, a chassis, a 14-liter fuel tank and a number of other changes.

Major generations of the Kawasaki Ninja 250:

  • Kawasaki Ninja 250R (2008-2012) - first generation. Factory designation: EX250J (North America), EX250K (Japan, etc.). The North American version has a carburetor power system.
  • Kawasaki Ninja 250 (2013-2017) - second generation. Factory designation: EX250L, EX250LA (ABS), EX250M (ABS). All versions have a double choke injector.
  • Kawasaki Ninja 250 (2018+) - third generation. This version replaces the Ninja 250 and Ninja 300. It has many visual and technical differences: 39 hp. power, fork 41 mm, tank 14 liters, etc.

Main competitors in the class:


Kawasaki Ninja 250 (EX250L, EX250M)
Kawasaki Ninja 250 (EX250L, EX250M)
Kawasaki Ninja 250 (EX250L, EX250M)


Specifications Kawasaki Ninja 250R / Ninja 250:

ModelKawasaki Ninja 250R / Ninja 250
Motorcycle typesport
Release year2008+
Framesteel diagonal
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume249 cm³
Bore / Stroke62.0 x 41.2 mm
Compression ratio11.6: 1 - EX250J, EX250K

11.3: 1 - EX250L, EX250M

Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 2x Keihin CVK30 - EX250J

Injector, 2x Keihin TTK28 - EX250K

Double Throttle Injector - EX250L, EX250M

Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power31.8 hp (23.4 kW) at 11000 rpm - EX250J

33.0 h.p. (24.0 kW) @ 11000 rpm - EX250K

31.0 h.p. (23.0 kW) @ 11,000 rpm - EX250K (Japanese versions), EX250L (Japanese versions)

Maximum torque22.0 Nm (2.24 kg * m) @ 9500 rpm - EX250J

22.0 Nm (2.2 kg * m) @ 8200 rpm - EX250K

21.0 Nm (2.1 kg * m) @ 8500 rpm - EX250K (Japanese versions), EX250L (Japanese versions)

Drive typechain
Front tire size110 / 70-17M / C (54S) - EX250J, EX250K

110 / 70-17M / C (54H) - EX250L, EX250M

Rear tire size130 / 70-17M / C (62S) - EX250J, EX250K

140 / 70-17M / C (66H) - EX250L, EX250M

Front brakes1 disc, 290mm, 2-piston caliper - (EX250LA, EX250M - ABS)
Rear brakes1 disc, 220mm, 2-piston caliper - (EX250LA, EX250M - ABS)
Front suspension37mm Telescopic Fork (Fixed), 120mm Travel
Rear suspensionPendulum Uni-Trak with monoshock (5-stage preload adjustment), stroke - 130 mm
Motorcycle length2085 mm - EX250J, EX250K

2020 mm - EX250L, EX250M

Motorcycle width715 mm
Motorcycle height1110 mm
Wheelbase1400 mm - EX250J, EX250K

1410 mm - EX250L, EX250M

Saddle height775 mm - EX250J, EX250K

785 mm - EX250L, EX250M

Minimum ground clearance130 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h7.7 sec.
Maximum speed155 km / h
Fuel tank capacity17.8 L - EX250J, EX250K

17.0 L - EX250L, EX250M

Motorcycle weight (curb)169 kg - EX250J, EX250K

172 kg - EX250L

174 kg - ABS