Kawasaki has unveiled its new 2013 Ninja 250R sports bike.
The most obvious change is the sharper styling which, combined with a new dual headlight arrangement, gives a more aggressive look. But the redesign isn’t just about aesthetics, as one of the main objectives was to manage heat dissipation better, thereby making summer riding more comfortable.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Scroll down for more images.
Beneath the bodywork, the frame has been fettled too, and as a result Kawasaki is claiming increased rigidity. That in turn has allowed for tweaked suspension settings that should further enhance the handling, while new rubber engine mounts have been used for less vibration and greater comfort.
The motor is still a parallel-twin unit, and it retains its 249 cc displacement. Low- and mid-range torque have been improved though, thanks to a series of modifications that encompass new pistons, cylinder linings and crank casings.
Another major technical upgrade is the availability of anti-lock brakes for the first time, a move that addresses one shortcoming that the Kawasaki previously had compared to its major rival, the Honda CBR250R.
As well as the usual lime green or black paintwork, the revised Ninja 250R will also be available in some markets in red, white and a couple of limited edition two-tone finishes.
Exact UK specifications, colour choices and prices have yet to be announced.
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