- Kawasaki Ninja ZX-2R
name = Kawasaki Ninja ZXR250
aka = ZX-2R (Australia)
manufacturer = Kawasaki
production = 1989-1999
engine = 249cc
related = Ninja ZZR250
similar = Honda CBR250RR
Suzuki GSX250R Yamaha FZR250
The Kawasaki ZXR 250 is a 249 cc in-line four cylinder
four-strokesports motorcycle produced by the motorcycle division of Kawasaki Heavy Industriesconglomerate. Introduced in 1989, with a minor update for the 1990 model year, and a considerable redesign for 1991, after which the ZXR250 received only colour scheme changes until production ceased in 1999. Like the Honda CBR250R/CB250RR, Yamaha FZR250RR and Suzuki GSX-R250, the ZXR250 is noted for advanced, almost excessive, engineering and design.
Ninja ZXR 250 models
* ZX-250A: Sold from 1989 to 1991.
* ZX-250C: Sold from 1991 to 1999. Changes in bodywork, suspension, electricals, engine and carburettors. Increased in horsepower from previous model and reduced weight. Also known as ZX-2R in Australia, of which was imported as metallic silver coloured import from Japan.
pecifications & performance statistics (C model)
Specifications Engine 4-stroke In-line four cylinder, DOHC, Liquid cooled, 16-Valve Redline range From 18.000 to 20.000 rpm Displacement 249 cc Starting Electric Bore x stroke 49.0 * 33.1 mm Compression_ratio 12.2:1 Carburetion (4) Keihin CVK D30 Ignition TCBI Spark_plug NGK CR9E or ND U27ESR-N Transmission 6-speed, Constant mesh, Return shift Clutch Wet, Multi-disc, Manual, Cable-actuated Frame Perimeter, pressed aluminium Rake/trail 24 degrees or rake and 85 mm of trail Suspension, front Inverted telescopic Suspension, rear Uni-trak, Swing arm Wheelbase 35.5 in (1.360 mm) Wheel travel, front 4.7 in (120 mm) Wheel travel, rear 4.4 in (113 mm) Tire, front 110/70R17 54H Tire, rear 140/60R18 64H Brakes, front Dual disk, Double caliper Brakes, rear Single disk, Single caliper Overall length 78.7 in (2000 mm) Overall width 27.0 in (685 mm) Overall height 42.9 in (1090 mm) Ground clearance 5.1 in (141 mm) Seat height 28.9 in (735 mm) Weight dry 311 lb (141 kg) Minimum turning radius 9.5 ft(2.9 m) Fuel capacity 3.4 US gal (15 L) Reserve fuel capacity 0.78 US gal (3 L) Fuel type Min 91 Research / 87 avg. octane unleaded Oil capacity 2.6 L Oil type SE or SF class, SAE 10W40 Performance stats 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) 3.8 s Maximum speed 136 mph (219km/h) Max power 45 hp (33.6 kW) @ 16000 rpm Max Torque 18.07 ft·lbf (24.5 Nm) @ 11500 rpm Fuel Efficiency 7l / 100 km @ 100 km/h
"There seems to be some discrepancies about the actual power that the ZXR250 makes, though the factory Kawasaki catalog claims 45 horsepower, in some restricted models around the world 39 hp is correct. In this versions speedometer reads up to 180 km/h only."
* Even when the "baby ninja" is the result of a 750 copy, back in 1991 Kawasaki revamped the ZXR 250 without two headlights separate from each other, side by side, but the old design remained in the bigger 750 until 1996.
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