Apart from some very specialized machinery (motocross, enduro, trial …), mostly unregistered, the French market “quart” until there were only one bike , the stylish Yamaha YBR 250 , a its basic engine characteristics (air-cooled 21 hp single cylinder only) motorcycle and high selling price (€ 4490) to condemn virtually anonymous.
Today it is the turn of Kawasaki to tackle the mini-niche of 250 cm3, but a more “sexy” and with arguments that seem a little more convincing. Still, the challenge of Kawasaki is risky because if Japan and some southern European countries, Spain in particular are especially fond of motorcycles 250 cm3 , they are shunned in France where customers prefer their large scooters GT while young people prefer allowed to fall back on “big” bikes clamped to 34 hp that can recover their initial power from the second year after obtaining a motorcycle license.
A real hangover supersport
To appeal, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R has its first look! With the look decidedly supersport that gives it its full fairing, the seat double-decker and 17” wheels, she invariably think its very violent big sisters, the Ninja ZX-6R 600 cm3 and ZX-10R 1 000 cm3 . To flatter the ego of its future owners!
Still, in this sporty hides a bike that aims to be accessible to all and to all. In addition to being compact, the Ninja 2505 is also lightweight and very low saddle that will suit smaller riders. In addition, and contrary to what suggests a look sporty, it offers through a handlebar placed in a high position, a natural riding position and unsupported opinion on the wrists. A guarantee of comfort for those who cantonneront their Ninja 250R in an essentially urban use.
Invited by Kawasaki, with a dozen colleagues around the spectacular Gorges du Verdon, to try the entire range road is impressive with a 1400 GTR that I attack the real “scenic railway” that are small roads of the Var. So I have to wait for the first step to share my “TGV on two wheels” against the little Ninja is the only real big news these tests.
Place a motorcycle that exceeds 300 kg fully fueled a small machine that accuses only 154 kg on the scale is somewhat unsettling. It almost seems to be on his first motorcycle ! A feeling that vanished quickly in the early turns where the Ninja 250R shows you quickly that it is not a toy, but rather a real motorcycle, and damn effective to boot!
A lightweight, the front and rear suspensions perfectly matched and that offer self Incidentally, amazing comfort on bad road surface, a rigid frame … All the ingredients are there to allow the Ninja 250R to twirl a turn to other by showing a disarming ease of switching angle.
Still, to keep pace with other testers who have at least 400 cm3 more than I should spit in my hands and push the small 250 cm3 in a corner, left to return four reports and letting the clutch slip even the first, to remain “in the towers” at the exit of the tightest hairpins.
The City is Also the Area
If it is as fun to drive as healthy sporting on small roads, the Ninja 250R has a second playground where it excels: the city. The narrowness of the fairing allows it to slip through the lines of cars without fear while its tight turning radius makes it the most difficult maneuvers. Given the limited weight, single front disc is more than enough to get a straight deceleration. More attack of the lever is soft enough not to run the risk of locking the front wheel during emergency braking.
As for highways, they are also open to the Ninja 250R as it is possible to easily support a good 140 km / h, the right chest and a good twenty km / h more lying down on the tank.
In the end, despite its sporty look, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R knows demonstrated good versatility, if not particularly practical. Reasonable choice between a big scooter with a large under-seat storage and the choice of a passion Ninja 250R which will impose the backpack for your commute, your choice!