Kawasaki ZXR250

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Kawasaki Ninja ZXR250
Also called ZX-2R (Australia)
Production 1988-1999
Class Sport bike
249 cc straight-4
Top Speed 99 mph
Recommended Oil K-tech 10W-40
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The Kawasaki ZXR 250 is a 249 cc in-line four cylinder four-stroke sports motorcycle produced by the motorcycle division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries conglomerate. Introduced in 1988, with a minor update for the 1990 model year, and a considerable redesign for 1991, after which the ZXR250 received only color scheme changes until production ceased in 1999. Like the Honda CBR250R/CBR250RR, Yamaha FZR250RR and Suzuki GSX-R250, the ZXR250 is noted for advanced, almost excessive, engineering and design.

Ninja ZXR 250 models[edit | edit source]

  • ZX-250A: Sold from 1988 to 1991.
  • ZX-250C: Sold from 1991 to 2004 1991-1998 in Japan 1999-2004 in Malaysia. Changes in bodywork, suspension, electricals, engine and carburettors. Increased in power from previous model and reduced weight. This bike was unofficially rebranded as the ZX-2R in Australia by importers.

Specifications & performance statistics (C model)[edit | edit source]

Engine4-stroke In-line four cylinder, DOHC, Liquid cooled, 16-Valve
Redline rangeFrom 18.000 to 20.000 rpm
Displacement249 cc
Bore x stroke49.0 * 33.1 mm
Compression ratio12.2:1
Carburetion(4) Keihin CVK D30
Spark plugNGK CR9E or ND U27ESR-N
Transmission6-speed, Constant mesh, Return shift
ClutchWet, Multi-disc, Manual, Cable-actuated
FramePerimeter, pressed aluminum
Rake/trail24 degrees or rake and 85 mm of trail
Suspension, frontInverted telescopic
Suspension, rearUni-trak, Swing arm
Wheelbase35.5 in (1.360 mm)
Wheel travel, front4.7 in (120 mm)
Wheel travel, rear4.4 in (113 mm)
Tire, front110/70R17 54H
Tire, rear140/60R18 64H
Brakes, frontDual disk, Double caliper
Brakes, rearSingle disk, Single caliper
Overall length78.7 in (2000 mm)
Overall width27.0 in (685 mm)
Overall height42.9 in (1090 mm)
Ground clearance5.1 in (141 mm)
Seat height28.9 in (735 mm)
Weight dry311 lb (141 kg)
Minimum turning radius9.5 ft(2.9 m)
Fuel capacity 3.4 US gal (15 L)
Reserve fuel capacity0.78 US gal (3 L)
Fuel typeMin 91 Research / 87 avg. octane unleaded
Oil capacity2.6 L
Oil typeSE or SF class, SAE 10W40
Performance stats
0-60 mph (0-100 km/h)5.23s[1]
Maximum speed180-200km/h
Max power45 hp (33.6 kW) @ 16000 rpm
Max Torque18.07 ft·lbf (24.5 Nm) @ 11500 rpm
Fuel efficiency7l / 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 45hp, in some restricted models around the world 39hp is correct. In this versions speedometer reads up to 180 km/h only. The model produced/manufactured in Malaysia had a different stroke and top speed of 240 km/h as it wasn't built to the same specs as the previous models.

Similar machines[edit | edit source]

All four of the major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers produced a sporty, high-revving, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke 250cc motorcycle capable of producing up to 45 hp (34 kW). They are the Honda CBR250, Kawasaki ZXR250, Suzuki GSX-R250 and the Yamaha FZR250. With limited exceptions, these bikes were generally only officially available in Japan. However they (particularly the CBR250 and ZXR250) were available in the rest of the world as grey market imports.

References[edit | edit source]

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