• 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
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    248 L
  • Top Speed:
    105 mph
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There’s a good reason why Kawasaki’s Ninja® 250R continues to be among those motorcycles at the top of the sales charts. Actually, there are several reasons why consumers flock to the sporty styling of this particular motorcycle. The Ninja 250R provides easy-handling agility, a lightweight presence, and ownership costs that make this Ninja model one to be considered when shopping for product in the entry-level sportbike category.

2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
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Power for the Ninja 250R comes from a high-revving, liquid-cooled, in-line twin-cylinder four-stroke engine featuring dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. It delivers smooth, predictable power that’s perfect for new motorcyclists, yet its 14,000-rpm redline and six-speed transmission will bring a grin to the face of the most experienced sportbike rider.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R Specifications

  • Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head, Parallel Twin
  • Displacement: 248 cc
  • Bore & Stroke: 62.0 x 41.2 mm
  • Maximum Torque: 18.1 lb-ft @ 10,000 rpm
  • Compression Ratio: 12.4:1
  • Carburetor: Keihin CVK30 x 2
  • Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
  • Transmission: 6-Speed
  • Final Drive: O-Ring Chain
  • Rake/Trail: 27°/3.3 in.
  • Front Wheel Travel: 5.5 in.
  • Rear Wheel Travel: 5.1 in.
  • Front Tire Size: 100/80-16
  • Rear Tire Size: 130/80-16
  • Wheelbase: 55.1 in.
  • Front Suspension: 36mm Hydraulic Telescopic Fork
  • Rear Suspension: Uni-Trak with Aluminum Linkage
  • Front Brake Type: Single 260mm Disc with 2-Piston Caliper
  • Rear Brake Type: Single 230mm Disc with 2-Piston Caliper
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.8 gal.
  • Seat Height: 29.3 in.
  • Dry Weight: 304 lb.
  • Color: Candy Persimmon Red, Ebony, Candy Thunder Blue, Bright Yellow
  • MSRP: $2,999

Kawasaki Ninja 250R Features

Twin-cylinder 248cc Engine

  • Compact parallel-twin design is lightweight and high revving, with a broad torque curve
  • Good mass centralization for superior handling

Liquid Cooling

  • Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power
  • Allows tighter engine clearances for quieter running

Four Valves per Cylinder

  • Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow to boost low end torque while providing better breathing for more power at high rpm

High Velocity Induction Technology

  • Provides a smooth flow of air to the carburetors for maximum top-end
  • Carburetor and intake port diameters are sized for quick mid-range throttle response

Silent Cam Chain

  • Low friction coating on chain guides reduces wear, increases power
  • Runs quietly, reliably
  • Automatic cam chain tensioner maintains precise timing without maintenance

Six-speed Transmission

  • Allows engine’s full potential to be used
  • Provides excellent acceleration as well as relaxed highway cruising

Positive Neutral Finder

  • A Kawasaki exclusive, just lift the pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily

Bottom-link UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension

  • Lowers the center of gravity for better handling
  • Progressive rate provides a smooth, controlled ride

Handlebar Mounted Choke

  • Convenient location makes starting and warm-up easier

Diamond Frame

  • Lightweight, high-tensile steel for amazing rigidity
  • No down tubes for lower engine placement and lower center of gravity
  • Good ground and cornering clearance

Dual-Piston Front Brake

  • Balanced Actuation Caliper front disc brake for excellent feel and long pad wear

Dual-Piston Rear Disc Brake

  • Powerful, reliable, controllable stopping power

Centerstand and Sidestand

  • Permits easy parking, cleaning or servicing

4.8-gallon Fuel Tank

  • Long range makes it great for commuting
2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
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Like its larger siblings, the Ninja 250R features an aerodynamic faring, Kawasaki’s UNI-TRAK® progressive rear suspension and high-performance disc brakes. It also has a low seat height for confident stability while stopped. Other features include an easy-to-read instrument panel, positive neutral finder, centerstand and pop-up bungee hooks.

What do you think?
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  (6023) posted on 04.2.2008

you can teel that the box with the name kawasaki?man is a complete fantisizer (i know i spelt that wrong) because every body elses ninja 250r went between 90 and 130 mph’s

  (6023) posted on 03.24.2008

but the speedometer is customarily 10% incorrect.

  (6023) posted on 11.23.2006

I own a 2003 Ninja 250 and it will top 100mph with someone on the back quite easily. I have rode all day long on the express way between 85 and 100 mph many times and still got 55mpg out of it. Its a great bike for fun and it has enough speed to pull away from all my friends that have the big HD’s and boy that pisses them off.

  (6023) posted on 11.18.2006

I just bought a 2003 Ninja EX250 off of ebay. It’s stock, I’m 159 pounds and it will do 110 mph pretty easily. That was a pleasant surprise since most 250s top out around 75 or so. It’s not as fast as my Bandit 1200S (which will go faster than I am willing to) but it’s the best 250 in North America that I’ve ridden, and I’ve ridden a lot. And who goes zooming around at 145 all the time anyway.

  (6023) posted on 11.10.2006

yes my ninja 250R is also stock and it will only do 107 with me on it with no wind and i weight 140 pounds

  (6023) posted on 11.6.2006

at 3500 to 5500 altitude the little ninja can only muster 90 mph easily with me, and with a nice backwind and time, I can squeeze out 105 max. Wich is fine, I bought the bike for commuting and gas mileage and it does just fine. I am a big boy at 230 pounds so I am impressed at its acceleration and fun level.
Realistically its all the bike anyone will ever need, after all, you dont buy a car and becouse its not a viper do ya?

  (6023) posted on 08.7.2006

Yes. My 250r went up to 210mph but not over that.. youre crazy.. 390 is unbelivabble. mine topped out at 210 that is as fast as they go. but my 500 got 800mph easily

  (6023) posted on 08.7.2006


  (6023) posted on 08.2.2006

my 250 does 114mph at best with a k&n filter! thats pushed all the way up to the red line! I"m6"2 at 235.
theres nothingthere afther that! Agood greased chain !and wind with me! my back tire is also avon ! the surface may have had something to do with it also! over all the little bike is pretty sporty you can lunch it and have a little fun third gear is where the bike can asult from! as for hwy. speed 90mph is safe have a lillteextra oil if your going to ride a couple hours! other than that for three grand you can go any where! Well thats it ! also be careful in the rain!
Danny Horton

  (6023) posted on 05.5.2006

I’m just learning to ride and I love my Ninja 250, I’m a female and I weigh 130lbs so that’s enough bike for me for now, but I will probably move up to a bigger bike in the future.

  (6023) posted on 05.2.2006

i am looking in to geting one is it a good idea is the 250R fun to have

  (6023) posted on 04.4.2006

My bone stock 2001 250R will easily exceed 100 mph. It can cruise on the highway at 86 mph all day. How much did your test rider weigh? Please revise your "top speed" figure so as not to confuse new buyers.

  (6023) posted on 04.3.2006

Where do you get these top speeds from?

  (6023) posted on 03.23.2006

I just got a ninja 250R, and I would like to install a gear shift indicator but I can’t find one. Does anyone know where I can get one?

  (6023) posted on 03.7.2006

the ninja 250 goes 105 mph not 86. i have one

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