Kawasaki Ninja 250SL Review, Prices & Specifications, The Unbeatable Mini – Ninja !


Ninja 250SL


Neo-Riders – Kawasaki’s newest entry into the 250cc full-fairing sport arena, is the Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL (SL Means SuperLight). Launched in Indonesia last year, the single-cylinder Kawasaki 250 Ninja makes a surprise entry into the UK, and some country market for 2015… along with the Z250SL, a naked version of the same machine, but comes with different handlebars and bodywork.


Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL Review & Performance Test



Ninja 250 SL 2


Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL (or also called Kawasaki Ninja 250 RR Mono, depending on where it’s being sold) is unapologetically small, no bigger than a modest-sized 125. No attempts to beef-up with bulky bodywork here. It’s claimed 151kg wet weight… 13kg lighter than the CBR300, and 21kg lighter than its brother, Ninja 250 Twin-Cylinders.

Like all other Ninjas in the range, the new Ninja 250 SL has a very sporty and stylish full-fairing. It’s slim supersport styling ensures the Kawasaki 250 stands out. All components were all designed to be as compact as possible. and are mounted as close as possible to the trellis frame to keep the bikes slim design and sporting nature.

Powered by a 4-stroke Single cylinder engine mounted in an original trellis frame, the newest Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL offers sporty fun in a slim, lightweight and compact package. Great performance, quick, nimble handling, and aggressive styling. The fuel-injected 249 cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, Kawasaki 250 Motors single, delivers smooth, responsive power at low and medium rpm.


RRMono Engine


At a claimed 28hp, the single-cylinder Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL engine makes enough power to have fun on a bike so small, and leave cars shrinking in your mirrors away from traffic lights. There’s not much below 4,000rpm but there doesn’t need to be. Pulling away, you’re there by the time you’re off the clutch. Slip the clutch and the front wheel can be persuaded to lift as you get going. The rev limiter, at 10,500rpm, comes at 30mph in first gear. In third gear, 4,000rpm is at about 25mph and the engine feels perky, with plenty of acceleration for getting through traffic.

On the motorway, Kawasaki Ninja 250 felt surprisingly strong, with enough power left at 70mph to quite quickly hit an indicated 80 without changing down from sixth gear. The extra 10mph adds 1,000 revs; 70mph is at about 7,000rpm and 80 at about 8,000. It’s difficult to be precise because the Kawasaki 250 digital rev counter climbs in little blocks representing 500rpm each.


It feels quite happy at 80mph, with 2,500rpm breathing space from the rev limiter. It seems less stressed than the KTM Duke 200, which would easily hit about 83mph but was on the rev limiter when it got there. At one point on Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL, facing a strong head-wind, I was flat out at an indicated 82mph. More generally it should easily be coaxed to an indicated 90mph. Chin-on-the-tank top speed in favourable conditions should be about a genuine 100mph.



Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL Prices


Ninja 250 SL

 Ninja 250 SL 3



Now Kawasaki has a new answer to diversifying sub-500cc market. the Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL goes up against Honda’s CBR300 and Daelim’s VJF250… while the Ninja 300 and Z300 faces the similarly priced KTM Duo RC390-Duke390 and Yamaha’s forthcoming YZF-R3 & MT-03.

The Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL is £3,859 and the Z250SL £3,649, both excluding on-the-road charges. Honda’s CBR300 is £4,299 on the road. Newest Kawasaki 250 will get its toughest competition from another Japanese giant Honda CBR300R as there is not much difference between their power and torque figures. But, CBR300 is providing its customers with better brakes along with the availability of ABS at much cheaper price (on the road price) in comparison to the Ninja 250 SL. Also, Honda is somewhat ahead of Kawasaki in terms of selling their entry level sports bikes (Mostly in Some Asian Countries) which will pose problems for Kawasaki.



Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL Specifications



Ninja 250 SL 4


Engine & Performances



RRMono Engine

Engine : Liquid-cooled, 4-Stroke, Single Cylinder, DOHC 4-Valve

Bore x Stroke : 72.0 x 61.2 mm

Displacement : 249 cc

Compression Ratio : 11.3:1

Fuel system : Fuel-Injection: ø38 mm Throttle Body

Ignition : Digital

Starting : Electric

Lubrication : Forced Lubrication, Wet Sump Transmission

Clutch : Wet Multi-disc, Manual Clutch

Transmission : 6-Speed, Return

Final Drive : Chain

Maximum Power : 20.6 kW {28 PS} @ 9.700 RPM

Maximum Torque : 22.6 N.m {2.3 kgf.m} @ 8.200 RPM



Frame & Dimensions


RRMono Frame

Frame : Trellis-Tube Diamond, Steel

Rake/Trail 24° / 90 mm

Wheel Travel, Front : 110 mm

Wheel Travel, Rear : 116 mm

Tyre Front : 100/80-17 M/C 52S

Tyre Rear : 130/70-17 M/C 62S

Steering Angle, Left / Right : 36° / 36°

Dimensions (L x W x H) : 1,935 mm x 685 mm x 1,075 mm

Wheelbase : 1,330 mm

Ground Clearance : 165 mm

Fuel capacity : 11 litres

Curb Mass : 151 kg



Suspension & Brakes


Velg RRMono

Front Suspension : 37 mm Telescopic Fork

Rear Suspension : Uni-Trak, with adjustable spring preload

Front Brakes : Single 290 mm, Petal disc, Dual-Piston Caliper

Rear Brakes : Single 220 mm, Petal disc, Dual-Piston Caliper


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