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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Kawasaski USA To Launch Ninja 300R & 400R

The good times are sure to roll as Kawasaki plans to launch two more Ninja branded bikes. The Japanese automaker will offer the Kawasaki Ninja 300R and Ninja 400R in the US markets next year. These two performance motorcycles will sit above the Ninja 250R (pictured above). Currently there is no good 400cc bike in the market and rumors were doing the rounds of a Honda CBR400R and a Yamaha R4. However with Kawasaki confirming a 400cc bike, its just a matter of time before its Japanese rivals unveil their 400cc motorcycles.
Both the bikes have a parallel twin engine. The Kawasaki Ninja 300R produces a peak power output of 39 BHP at 11,000 RPM from its 399cc engine. This makes the 300R a very sporty machine, just like the Ninja 250R. The Kawasaki Ninja 400R on the hand is already on sale in Canada. The 399cc engine produces 44 PS of peak power 9500 RPM and 37 Nm of peak torque at 7500 RPM. The Ninja 400R has a kerb weight of 203 kgs and a tank capacity of 15.5-litres. It looks very similar to the Ninja 650R.
In the U.S. Kawasaki sells the Ninja 250R without fuel injection. Elsewhere the Ninja 250R is offered with fuel injection. The carbureted Ninja 250R could be replaced by the Ninja 300R but nothing is confirmed as of yet. Clearly Kawasaki is on a product assault but sadly the company doesn’t find the Indian market lucrative enough due to low volumes.
While Kawasaki will put the Ninja 300R and Ninja 400R on sale in U.S markets in early-2013, an Indian launch seems unlikely. Bajaj-KTM plan to launch a KTM branded 350-375cc bike next year and it is uncertain as to where the Ninja 300R and 400R would fit in. The Ninja 250R is currently priced at around Rs. 3.2 lakhs, while the Ninja 650 costs around Rs. 5.5 lakhs (on-road). The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R would be more expensive, leaving little space for the 300R and 400R (pictured below) to fit in.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 400R
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Kawasaki Makes Significant Changes To 2013 Ninja 250R

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
Kawasaki has finally given the Ninja 250R some significant changes as the quarter-litre machine is for the very first time facing some real competition. The Kawasaki Ninja 250R has been the world’s best 250cc motorcycle for more than 20 years and never had any real challenger. However, Honda brought in the CBR250R last year, which has made Kawasaki sit up and take notice. The Kawasaki Ninja 250R does get minor updates (in the form of new colors) every couple of years but for 2013, the Japanese automaker has finally given the bike some very noteworthy upgrades.
The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R gets design changes all around including a new muffler and tail. The front now houses twin-headlights while the fairing has been redesigned to cool the bike faster and prevent the heat from bothering the rider. The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is now more aerodynamic as well. The Japanese automaker has also gone ahead and made changes to the 250cc, parallel twin engine, giving it new cylinders, piston, crank cases along with a revamped fuel injection system and dual throttle valves. The steel tube frame has been redesigned as well which cuts down vibrations. The company has given the Ninja 250R new suspension system and brakes along with offering ABS as an option.
Another important change to the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is the new instrument cluster. Many have complained about the boring analogue meter found on the old Ninja 250R and the company has finally incorporated an all new console. The new cluster houses a rectangular LCD display along with an analogue tachometer, which is red-lined at 13,000 RPM. There are the usual tell-tale warning lights, which are spread across the complete cluster. The alloy wheels have been re-designed and look very similar to the ones found on the KTM Duke 200 and the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS. The Ninja 250R has been given new dual tone colors too. The quarter-litre machine continues to weigh the same as before, but the ABS version is 2 kgs heavier at 174 kgs. Power figures are yet to be revealed but we expect them to remain the same at 33 BHP.
Bajaj Auto will almost certainly bring the 2013 Ninja 250R to India but when is the real question. Sales of the Ninja 250R have declined massively post the Honda CBR250R’s arrival. Further more, Bajaj is focusing more on brand KTM than Kawasaki which has resulted in the Austrian brand overshadowing the Japanese one in showrooms. The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is currently brought in through the CKD route (kits being imported from Thailand). Bajaj Auto needs to consider local manufacturing, which can lead to the Ninja 250R’s price to drop by a good Rs. 1 lakh. The 2013 Ninja 250R at Rs. 2.25 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) is just what is needed to paint the town green. Meanwhile feast your eyes on 67 photos of the 2013 Ninja 250R below.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja coming soon to india

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After the successful launch of the Kawasaki Ninja 650R, the company plans to launch the 2012 Ninja 650R in India. The new Ninja 650R comes with a revised styling, redesigned styles from the larger ‘Ninja’ using sharper angles for a meaner, aggressive demeanor and wider panel gaps for better engine heat dissipation.2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R comes with a three step adjustable visor now that requires tools to shift between a 60mm range and suit every individual rider’s height or riding style. 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R is offered with a LED powered white backlighting, an analogue tachometer, plush fuel consumption indicator, average fuel consumption indicator, remaining range left as well as the addition of an economy riding mode indicator.
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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R is offered with its ignition key slots in over its fuel tank, allowing clearer view of the instrument cluster. Sleek LED powered tail lamps are standard.
The new Ninja 650R is powered by a 649cc, parallel-twin, liquid cooled and four-stroke engine that is offered with improved low and mid-range torque delivery as it gets a revised exhaust system. The frame and swingarm are new and fabricated from twin pipes. The suspension is modified improving 5mm more strokes in front and 2mm extra at the rear which is still a visible, near horizontal single strut.
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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R fuel tank is slightly increased and comes with a more compact battery. Its Kerb weight is slightly up a few kilos. The rubber mounted split seats with improved padding and also provided for the rider footrests and 20mm wider handlebar. And while petal type disc brake sizes remain a constant front and rear, new pad material is in place for enhanced braking. Dunlop’s grippy yet durable Roadsmart II tires are standard.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS Review

Since the early days of the teams in Japan's legendary shock Inc. Open Class Street Bike category Kawasaki was just that, building motorcycles that blew to the press, public, and almost all the performance records of the note . Of the original Z-1 for ZZR ® 1200, do-it-all bikes combined the power, handling, comfort and aesthetics, repeatedly dominated their categories.
And in the case of ultra-capable Ninja ® 2012 1000, has changed little.
As with the original - and acclaimed - Ninja 1000 1986 2012 version offers a mixture of dominant power, handling, looks, technology and drivability. This wheel racing offers aesthetic uppercut You lay your eyes an instant - and then followed by a punch with excellent all-round performance, you can quickly learn to love. And for those who want the best technology and braking performance, Kawasaki offers a version of the Ninja 1000 ABS 2012. This system provides a confidence-inspiring stopping all types of surfaces.
Ninja is blessed with a driveability - an incredible ability to blend into the street and very easy to use. The source of all this goodness is a two-wheeled Kawasaki own - and now legendary - Super Z1000 standard platform, powertrain and chassis, which is based on the Ninja 1000. Z1000 has received some of the bikes at the highest awards, including the prestigious Motorcycle of the Year Award "Moty" for cyclists magazine Motor Cycle World and the groove of the top ten as a set of "Best Standard" between 2010 and 2011. In the bowels of this, it is easy to see where the ribs come impressively big Ninja.
With the engine package and Z1000 impressive chassis as a starting point, Kawasaki engineers added body beautiful bird's eye and a handful of excellent features (including the optional ABS this year), all combine to make Ninja 2012-1000 an incredibly capable machine around the sport.
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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS Features and Benefits

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R Breaks Cover

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The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R/ER-6F has finally broken cover and wasting no time we head straight to the looks of it. Plenty of things have changed in this bike to give it a more razor sharp feel. The front fascia has been modified a bit and the changes extend to the fuel tank, front fairing, tail section and also the seats. The heart of the bike, the 650cc motor producing 72 bhp with DOHC, 8 valve liquid cooling has been kept the same though the company claims to have tinkered with the bottom and mid range power delivery making it more fun to ride.
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A new twin-spar perimeter frame is introduced and the black silver coating makes the bike visually stunning from the sides. The company also states that 650R’s frame also has become stiffer making for sharper handling. The bike claims to return a economy figure of 17.7 kmpl. With a tank capacity of 19 litres, it should make around 300 to 350 kms before a refuel is necessary. The bike also has an Eco mode which lights up in the instrumentation to help you control the fuel consumption. So overall, the motorcycle has been made more fun and yet practical at the same time!!
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