The Ninja 250R is the perfect learners bike for people who don’t want the world to know that they’re on a learners bike.
Our Kawasaki Ninja 250R Review:
The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is the kind of bike that most onlookers would look at and say “ooh… pretty”, never knowing that it’s “only” a 250cc motorcycle. For this reason many people find the Ninja 250R to be an attractive first motorcycle. Aside from its sporty appearance, the Ninja 250R is also quite popular due to its sporting handling, excellent fuel economy, and surprising road manners.
Like its bigger brothers, the Kawasaki Ninja 500R and Kawasaki Ninja 650R, the 250R strives to maintain the perfect balance between ease of use, aggressive sport bike appearance, and exciting performance.
Fitted with 290mm disc brakes in the front and 220mm disc brakes in the rear, the Ninja 250R will stop as soon as you give the command, and its 249cc motor is surprisingly good at getting the bike moving and up to speed. It’s important to note that the 250R is not the ideal highway bike, as while it may be able to achieve highway speeds its engine will be revving hard to do it.
If you plan on using your Ninja 250R primarily as a city commuter bike, or a weekend toy to bomb around town, the 250R is a great choice. It has no problem keeping up with traffic, and it can outrun most cars to 40mph. Its excellent city performance, combined with fuel economy in excess of 45mpg*, make it an excellent alternative for someone who needs a commuter vehicle but doesn’t want to purchase or pay for a car.
One concern that many people have with the 250R is longevity, and with good reason. The bottom line is that it is a 250cc bike and you will more than likely want something bigger once you’ve got the hang of this one. It’s lightweight, chuckable chassis is great for flogging around in the city or on the track, but the engine lacks the power necessary to take the bike comfortably to higher speeds. As well, taller or larger people may find the bike to be a little on the small side.
However, when it comes to a terrific bike to learn on, the Ninja 250R is one of our favorites. Aside from its appearance, the 250R also has limits that are higher than expected. We always encourage 250R riders to try to achieve the maximum performance it will allow before moving on to something bigger- a challenge that is not as easy as you may think.
If you are an experienced rider, chances are that you will be underwhelmed by the power produced by the engine. That being said, 16lb-ft @ 9,500rpm is more than adequate for comfortable city riding.
The Bottom Line:
Of the 250cc’s out there, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R definitely has the most curb appeal. It’s low, fun, sporty, good looking, and incredibly efficient. Its small size makes it ideal for smaller people, but its lack of weight also makes it one of the best motorcycles out there to learn on.
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