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Saturday, February 15, 2014

2014 Kawasaki 250RR Mono or 250SL launched in Indonesia - 250cc single-cylinder 28hp Ninja 150R successor

image Kawasaki Motor Indonesia finally have officially released Ninja 250RR Mono/250SL, the successor of their own 2-stroke Ninja 150R, as the world premiere of this global model. The name Ninja 250RR Mono or the Ninja 250SL is used in different market with different names but, carries no changes of the bike internals except for the minor changes of the livery graphics on the exterior. Ninja 250RR Mono will have its production in Indonesia for the global market. image The body comes with twin tubular steel chassis for strength and sportier handling of the bike but able to keep it low cost for the masses. Also seen there is the same wheel design which is used for the Ninja 250 2-cylinder that shows 10-spoke Y-shape wheel. image Overall design are made to be as sporty as its predecessor, Ninja 150R, which is based on super sports category. This mean it will have lower steering position for the rider to hug the tank and slips into the air bubble of the bike to avoid the wind.  image As predicted,  the engine comes from the KLX250 which is an engine from an expensive bike. This single-cylinder 250cc engine are able to push out 28hp which is only less than 4hp compared to 250cc 2-cylinder engine of Ninja 250 at 32hp! This could be a great engine that provide almost instant torque from low RPM and light enough to take it to the max RPM limit. Powerful, lightweight and torquey. But, what about its sound? image Kawasaki still adopts the hot air radiator deflector to deflect the heat away from the riders feet just like the way it is implemented on the Ninja 250 2013 or the Z250. image Another interesting aspect of this bike is the used of Unitrak suspension that is identical to what racing bike uses. Honda have implemented the similar suspension setup with the name Prolink which is put on Honda CB150R Streetfire and CBR250R. Whether Unitrak or Prolink, this setup provide a better feel of the bike and improves the handling as the suspension can work nicely whether in low or high speed. image Kawasaki hasn't left out the design of the meter to be modernised along with the modern looks of the bike. The meter cluster is luxurious and tasteful enough for modern rider. There is the big speed speedometer display. Above it is the rev counter. Clock, trip meter and fuel capacity indicator are also there too. On the sides there is battery fault,  high beam, EFI fault, ABS and oil pressure indicator. It is a very informative meter cluster indeed. It can be further improved theu decide to put the gear indicator into it. The implementation of the gear indicator on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is the best I have ever seen. image Modern bike needs modern technologies and this 250RR Mono comes with ABS brake system to aid the handling of the bike in difficult conditions. The brake comes with 2-caliper single disc brake system. image Kawasaki Motors Indonesia also prepared official optional parts like this windshield visor to keep the rider in the air bubble and avoid the wind easily. image Also optional, is this rear pillion seat cover to make the 250SL feels racier and sportier than the same bike on the side. image Other than the usual plain colours, the 250RR Mono also comes in special livery graphics design, like the one above, in yellow with black and speed limes on the side fairing. image Here is another view of the 10-spoke Y-shape wheel that is looking very nice. As of the title, Kawasaki Motors Indonesia replace the Ninja 150R 2-stroke with this bike Ninja 250RR Mono 4-stroke engine. In Malaysia, we heard rumors that Kawasaki Bajaj 200NS will replace the Ninja KRR-150ZX but tmcblog reports that this Ninja 250SL is a global model that will be exported to Thailand, Malaysia and the Asean market first before the rest of the world. If this Ninja 250SL and Bajaj Pulsar 200NS marketed in Malaysia at the same time, I'll choose Ninja 250SL straightaway without thinking twice. Price of this Kawasaki Ninja 250RR Mono is still not available at the time of writing. Eddy's note: written 100% on mobile phone,  please tell me in the comment if there's any typo error or image alignment error.

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