2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
MSRP $3,999

For those beginning their two-wheeled journey, the Ninja 250R sportbike has always been a great option to start. Its low seat height and peppy engine translate into hours of fun for both novices and veterans. Though its engine may be compact, its eight-valve cylinder head means a rider can wring every bit of enjoyment from each twist of the throttle, from idle to redline. And with sharp styling that matches its supersport siblings, the Ninja 250R looks fast even while standing still. Best of all, the 250R is a great value, with an affordable purchase price and excellent fuel economy.

ModelNinja 250R
Engine TypeFour-stroke, DOHC, parallel twin
Engine Displacement249cc
Bore Stroke62.0 m x 41.2 mm
Compression Ratio11.6:1
Fuel SystemKeihin CVK30 x 2
IgnitionTCBI with digital advance
Starting SystemElectric
Final DriveO-Ring Chain
Rake Trail26 degrees / 3.2 in.
Seat Height30.5 in.
Wheelbase55.1 in.
Front Suspension37 mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.
Rear SuspensionBottom-Link UNI-TRAK with 5-way adjustable preload / 5.1 in.
Front BrakeSingle 290 mm hydraulic petal disc with two-piston caliper
Rear BrakeSingle 220 mm petal disc with two-piston caliper
Front Tire110/70-17
Rear Tire130/70-17
Fuel Capacity4.8 gal.
Dry Weight374.9 lbs. (Wet)

2011 250 Sportbike Shootout Track

2011 250 Sportbike Shootout Track

We've tested the Honda CBR250R against the Kawasaki Ninja 250R before, but this time we scrap the headlights and blinkers at the track to see how these entry sportbikes perform on a race course.