Kawasaki is a Japanese public multinational corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of motorcycles, heavy equipment, aerospace, and defense equipment, rolling stock and ships. It is also active in the production of industrial robots, gas turbines, boilers and other industrial products. The company is named after its founder Shōzō Kawasaki and has dual headquarters in Chūō-Ku, Kobe and Minato, Tokyo.
KHI is known as one of the three major heavy industrial manufacturers of Japan, alongside Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI. Prior to World War II, KHI was part of the Kobe Kawasaki zaibatsu, which included Kawasaki Steel and Kawasaki Kisen. After the war, KHI became part of the DKB Group.
Kawasaki Ninja 250SL Review
Kawasaki unleashed a fully faired sports bike called Ninja 250SL in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 14, 2014. The bike has received positive reviews all across the media and bike enthusiasts due to its stunning looks like Ninja 300R while maintaining a good power and performance figures.
One thing that is certain that the bike will be available in different parts of Asian market under two different names, Ninja RR Mono for some and Ninja 250SL for some. It will arrive in the Indian market probably by the end of this year. Let’s check out this bike in detail.
QUICK FACTS & OVERVIEW
|Shades||Kwaker Lime Green, Passion Red, Pearl Stardust White and Pearl Shinning Yellow|
|Official Tagline||Super Sports Single|
Design and Style
Kawasaki Ninja 250SL has got some remarkable features and eye-catching design elements which are worth mentioning. It includes a single bright halogen headlight, black rear view mirrors, front and rear turn indicators, nicely positioned handlebar and footrests, a tube type diamond frame chassis, a step-up seat, a beautiful tail light, a stylish exhaust, a well sculpted fuel tank, 10-spoke and 17-inch wheels with 100/80 section tires at front and 130/70 section tires at rear, a maintenance-free battery, self-start and many other features to blow your mind.
Technical Specification Of Kawasaki Ninja 250SL
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITIES
|Overall Length||1935 mm|
|Overall Width||685 mm|
|Overall Height||1075 mm|
|Ground Clearance||165 mm|
|Seat Height||780 mm|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||151 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||11 litres|
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
|Top Speed||153 kmph|
|Low Oil Indicator||
|Low Battery Indicator||
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
|Step-up Seat/Split Seat||
|Steering Angle||36 degree / 36 degree|
Dimensions, Weight and Fuel Tank Capacity
The bike has a length of 1935mm, a width of 685mm and a height of 1075mm as its dimensions and has a large wheelbase of 1330mm for a stable ride. It has a good ground clearance of 165mm for a bump-free ride and a curb weight of 151kgs along with a fuel tank capacity of 11liters.
The instrument console is also an all-digital one with a LCD display unit to show a digital fuel gauge, tachometer and speedometer, two digital trip meters, a pass light, a stand alarm and the low fuel, oil, and battery indicators.
Engine and Transmission
Kawasaki Ninja 250SL has got a 249cc, 4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel injected, DOHC based engine with a maximum power of 27.62bhp at 9,700rpm and a maximum torque of 22.6Nm at 8,200rpm and is mated with a 6-speed gearbox transmission to give a top speed of almost 153kmph. It has got a bore and stroke of 72mm and 61.2mm respectively along with a wet multi-disk clutch.
Brakes and Suspension
Kawasaki Ninja 250SL has got 290mm diameter single petal disk brake with dual-piston calipers at the front and 220mm diameter single petal disk brake with dual-piston calipers at the rear. The suspension system consists of 37mm telescopic forks at the front and 5-way preload adjustable monoshock with a uni-track linkage at the rear.
Other Technical Specification Of Kawasaki Ninja 250SL
EXPECTED PRICE & LAUNCH DATE
|Expected Price||Rs 2.25 lakh|
|Launch Date||Not Announced Yet|
ENGINE & GEARBOX
|No. of Cylinders||1|
|No. of Gears||6|
|Maximum Power||27.62 BHP @ 9700 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||22.6 NM @ 8200 rpm|
|Engine Description||4-stroke, Single-Cylinder, DOHC|
|Fuel System||Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 1|
|Lubrication||Forced lubrication, wet sump|
|Valve System||DOHC, 4 valves|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc, manual|
|Gear Ratios||1st – 3.000 (33/11), 2nd – 1.933 (29/15), 3rd – 1.444 (26/18), 4th – 1.217 (28/23), 5th – 1.045 (23/22), 6th – 0.923 (24/26)|
|Primary Reduction Ratio||2.800 (84/30)|
|Final Reduction Ratio||3.000 (42/14)|
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
|Front Brake||Single 290 mm disc. Caliper: Dual-piston|
|Rear Brake||Single 220 mm disc. Caliper: Dual-piston|
|Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)||
|Front Suspension||37 mm telescopic fork|
|Rear Suspension||Uni-Trak with adjustable spring preload|
|Front Wheel Travel||110 mm|
|Rear Wheel Travel||116 mm|
WHEELS & TYRES
|Front Tyre||100/80-17M/C 52S|
|Rear Tyre||130/70-17M/C 62S|
|Wheel Type||Alloy Wheels|
Expected Price and Shades
Kawasaki Ninja 250SL will be available with a different name (Ninja RR Mono) in some parts of Asia in four beautiful shades which include White, Red, Green and Yellow at an expected ex-showroom, Delhi price of INR 1.95 to 2.15 lakhs, which may vary.
Kawasaki Ninja 250SL vs. Honda CBR250R
Kawasaki Ninja RR Mono will get its toughest competition from another Japanese giant Honda CBR250R as there is not much difference between their power and torque figures. But, CBR250R is providing its customers with better brakes along with the availability of ABS at much cheaper price in comparison to the Ninja RR Mono.
Also, Honda is somewhat ahead of Kawasaki in terms of selling their entry level sports bikes in Asian countries which will pose problems for Kawasaki. Another major factor which may add more problems in the share of Kawasaki is that the new CBR250R will be manufactured locally, thus will have a low price than Ninja RR Mono which will arrive in the market as a CKD unit, which will have an absolute and determining effect in the emerging markets.
Source: autos.maxabout, And wikipedia.org.