Kawasaki Ninja 250R was one of the fastest twin-cylinder quarter-litre motorcycles in the world but in 2012, it was out of production. Kawasaki didn't remain out of the quarter-litre segment though and introduced the Z250 with the same powerplant. And now, the Ninja 250 is back! Unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the Ninja 250 is now substantially bigger and the design is much sharper than before, so much that it may remind you of the H2. The baby Ninja has not just had a cosmetic upgrade but is also now more powerful - a boost of six more horses. Kawasaki also unveiled the Ninja 400, which will replace the Ninja 300, but that is not as exciting as the Ninja 250 making a comeback.
The new Ninja 250 will be powered by a 249 cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that will produce an increased power out of 38 hp and 23,5 Nm of torque. Also, the engine will now be paired to a six-speed.
In terms of design, the Ninja 250 is quite similar to the Ninja 400, but without the graphics. Also, twin headlamp setup makes Ninja looks sharper and sportier than ever. The overall appeal has been improved and it now looks more like a 'big motorcycle'. The turn indicators are now integrated into the fairing and the rear-view-mirrors are also sculpted sharply.
It isn't clear yet if the Ninja 250 will come to India, considering it may be an expensive proposition. However, the three new models that were unveiled at the motor show look like a promising deal. The Ninja 400 is a much-needed replacement for the ageing Ninja 300 and the Z900RS looks drop dead gorgeous and has a very strong powerplant.
Another interesting factor here is that we heard some months back that Kawasaki may be planning to design a four-cylinder engine for the Ninja 250. The company was apparently also rumoured to be studying strategies on its pricing and marketing.
Kawasaki is familiar with four-cylinder quarter litre motorcycles. The ZXR250 came with a 249 cc transverse four-cylinder unit in the 1980s and 90s, while its power output was restricted to 45bhp under Japanese regulations, it was very well capable of churning out 50bhp. We're not sure whether or not that is going to happen, but we sure hope it does.