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Kawasaki Ninja 2013 Unveiled

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Ninja 250R, the baby brother to the mighty 650R and arguably world’s best 250cc bike, has got a long list of upgrades for its latest version. Billed as a 2013 model, the updated entry-level sport bike gets revised bodywork which makes it look more like the ZX-10R superbike.

The Ninja 250R, in its latest guise, comes with sharper bodywork with larger air vents, chiselled tank & tail section and a new windscreen that shouts ZX-10R. Another change, and a not so visible one at that, is that the fan shroud has been redesigned to push air down to the bottom of the engine and hence, keep heat off the rider. The end can gets a new heat shield and the bike also gets new wheels with a wider 140mm rear tire (compared to 130mm earlier) at the rear. Kawasaki Japan website reads that the bike sports all-new DOHC Parallel Twin layout with new pistons, cylinders and crank cases. The motor also gets a a larger oil pan and anodized pistons. While the figures aren't out yet, all the above should translate into more power and reduced acceleration times. The manufacturer claims to have given a re-visit to the chassis and adorned it with more rubber bushings to keep vibrations under check. The suspension set up too gets tweaked a bit along with the bike getting a new shape of the mainframe.Yet another big news is that the bike will come with the option of ABS and the Japanese bike manufacturer claims that the unit on the 2013 baby Ninja is the “world’s smallest”.

The colour options for the new bike include Lime Green, Lime Green/Ebony (special edition), Ebony/Metallic Moondust Grey (special edition), Passion Red, Passion Red/Stardust White (special edition), and Pearl Stardust White. Prices have not been announced yet but safely expect the 2013 Ninja 250R to command a slight premium over the outgoing model. (SOURCE:MOTOROIDS)

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Ninza is a nice bike & with this facelift it'll be more nice!

Only problem with it, is it's pricetag! Indian customers can't easily afford it & those who can afford will definately go for higher bikes than this one!

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This bike is supposed to be a Ninja300, not a 250R. Updated news reports give reference to a 296cc twin cylinder that makes about 39bhp.

The current Ninja 250R on sale in India seems overpriced. If this were to get launched and be priced even further up, it would make the N650 look like a bargain IMO @4.99L.

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Is the Ninja the most practical superbike for India? I read some review of the 650R on one of these sites (Motoroids/Motorbeam/BikeDekho) and that's what they said, as it's not the most powerful around, but in Indian traffic and on Indian roads, it performs better than its rivals from the Yamaha/Honda/Suzuki/Ducati stables.

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