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2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R is a rage since its launch in the year 2006. This is the biggest displacement offering in the Ninja range of super sports motorcycles from Kawasaki. It’s also the most powerful Ninja ever built by the company. The 2012 model is one of the fastest production bikes on sale in the market.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

Kawasaki has turned the 2012 Ninja ZX14R into a sheer powerhouse by increasing the displacement to 1441cc. It now comes with an updated fuel injection system and advanced catalyzer for lower emission. It has now reshaped combustion chambers and reinforced cam chain in the camshafts.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

A major change in the 2012 Ninja ZX14R  is an all new oil jet cooling system and an improved engine compression ratio of 12.3:1 along with the 2mm thicker crankshaft main journals. These changes offer the Ninja more power in the entire rev range and make it most powerful motorcycle on the track. Apart from it, the 2012 model has a 10mm longer swingarm, 43mm inverted fork and adjustable single shock and slipper clutch and a KTRC traction control and ignition system.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

It comes with three riding options the full power, medium power and a third option for low traction conditions which can be operated through the toggle switch mounted on the handle bar easily. Apart from the technical changes there are noticeable changes in the design of the 2012 model. The headlight and front stance is now more aggressive but the side paring styling is been retained which is a good move by the engineers and the designers.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R Digital Console and Speedometer 2

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R Digital Console and Speedometer 2

Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R Technical Specifications

Engine:                                                   Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves

per cylinder, inline-four

Displacement:                                     1,441 cc

Bore x Stroke:                                     84.0 x 65.0 mm

Compression Ratio:                         12.3:1

Fuel System:                                       DFI® with four 44mm Mikuni throttle bodies

Ignition:                                               TCBI with Digital Advance

Transmission:                                   Six-Speed

Final Drive:                                        X-Ring Chain

Rake/Trail:                                        23 degrees / 3.7 in.

Front Tire Size:                               120/70 ZR17

Rear Tire Size:                                 190/50 ZR17

Wheelbase:                                       58.3 in.

Overall length:                                85.4 in.

Overall width:                                 30.3 in.

Overall height:                                46.1 in.

Ground clearance:                        4.9 in.

Seat Height:                                     31.5 in.

Curb Weight:                                   584.3 lbs.

Fuel Capacity:                                5.8 gal

Color:                                                 Metallic Spark Black, Candy Surf Blue,

Golden Blazed Green with special graphics (SE)

Front Suspension / wheel travel:         

43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, 18-way compression and 15-way rebound damping adjustment / 4.6 in.

Rear Suspension / wheel travel:

Bottom-link Uni-Trak® and gas-charged shock with adjustable preload, stepless rebound and compression damping adjustments, adjustable ride height / 4.9 in.

Front Brakes:        

Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs with dual radial-mounted                    four-piston calipers

Rear Brakes:                           

Single 250mm petal disc with twin-piston caliper

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14R

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Hyosung GT250R and Hyosung GV250 Ready for India Launch

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2012 Hyosung GT 250R

2012 Hyosung GT 250R

2012 Hyosung GT 250R

Hyosung and Garware Motors are all ready to launch their latest offering the GT 250R, and this is by far their most ambitious offering as they are expecting that it’s for sure going to boost their sales if everything went well and will change their fortunes. This is going to be a second inning of sort for the GT 250R in India though the first innings was as a naked V-Twin. This time it’s going to be a sport model identical to the GT650R. The meaning of GT is “Grand Tourer” and the R Stands for “Racer”. The claim here is that it’s a versatile motorcycle that can double as a sports motorcycle apart from being a Tourer.

2012 Hyosung GT 250R Digital Console

2012 Hyosung GT 250R Digital Console

Well Well Well…. now the Kawasaki Ninja 250R the big daddy of the 250cc segment around the world is already here, the most practical and affordable Honda CBR 250R is here and is selling like hot cakes, KTM Duke 200 had made a decent entry into the arena and the most awaited and I am sure one of the most ambitious motorcycle from the stable of Bajaj Auto, the Bajaj 200Ns is about to be launched, how will the Hyosung GT 250R going to fare amongst these.

2012 Hyosung GT250R

2012 Hyosung GT250R

It’s going to be a very very tough outing for the GT250R and the price is going to play a vital role in the success or failure of the motorcycle. Along with that, Garware have to match the after sales services and wide spread dealership network of Bajaj and Honda. I am sure by Garware must have thought about it and they will do their best to tackle this as well. Though the exact specs are not known but below are some of the expected specs that GT250R sports around the world.
Specifications GT250R

Engine

 Type:                                    Air / Oil cooled DOHC 8-valve 75° V-twin
Displacement:                  249cc
Bore x Stroke:                  57 x 48.8
Compression Ratio:      10.2 : 1
Fuel System:                    Fuel injection
Lubrication:                     Wet sump

Chassis     

Overall Length:               82.28 inches
Overall Height:                44.49 inches
Overall Width:                 27.56 inches
Whelel Base:                     56.5 inches
Seat Height:                      32.68 inches

Suspension

Front:                                 Upside down Telescopic
Rear:                                   Swing arm with Progressive linkage Hydraulic Mono

shock absorber (Preload adjustable)

Tire

Front:                                 110/70 -17 / Rear: 150/70 -17
Fuel Tank Capacity:      4.5gal
Curb Weight:                    416lbs

Transmission

Clutch:                               Wet, Multiplate
Gear:                                  Constant mesh 5-speed
Final Drive:                     Chain

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

Garware and ST motors are also planning to launch their cruiser the GV250 Aquila and it will be its second innings in India like the GT 250R. When it was launched  few years back by Kinetic it did well but at that time the Indian biking scenario was not that developed and people use to look at the price first and then at the other aspects of the motorcycle. But the things have changed now and Indian biking has come a long way and now the bikers are ready to spend a few lakhs on a motorcycle.

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

The GV 250 Aquila is going to be a full fledged cruiser with an Air/Oil cooled 75° V-twin DOHC, 4-valve per cylinder power plant and classic styling. It’s going to look like the ST 7 to a great extent in design and styling. Hyosung’s GV250 is known to deliver the same ride and feel that you expect from a full grown large displacement cruisers. I have ridden the old version of the Aquila that made a small foray in India market and it was good to ride with enough power and handled well. This time I expect things to be even better.

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

2012 Hyosung GV250 Aquila

The 2012 GV 250 will be equipped with an electronic fuel injection, better ride quality and reliability. The low seating and the retro styling like HD Fatboy can  make it an instant hit this time and there is no doubt that it can become a most preferred entry level cruiser in Indian market as no other company so far has a fully fledged real V-Twin engine cruiser in genuine custom cruiser styling. Of course pricing is again going to be the key to its success as Bajaj may launch their affordable cruiser the Avenger 220 Dts-i using the engine of the Pulsar 200NS.

Hyosung GV250 Aquila

Hyosung GV250 Aquila

Well now let’s come to the most important question asked in Indian market, the mileage, well it’s expected to deliver a mileage of around 30 Kmpl which is decent enough for a V-Twin cruiser. In every department it is a value for money if compared to any other cruiser in its class, at least on paper it is. The expected specs are as below but the real ones can only be known once the motorcycle is formally launched in India.

Hyosung GV250 Aquila

Hyosung GV250 Aquila

Specifications GV250 Aquila

Engine  

Type:                                       Air / Oil cooled DOHC 8-valve 75° V-twin
Displacement:                     249cc
Bore x Stroke:                     57 x 48.8
Compression:                      10.3 : 1
Fuel System:                        Fuel injection
Lubrication:                         Wet sump

Chassis     

verall Length:                      89.84 inches
Overall Height:                    43.15 inches
Overall Width:                     34.45 inches
Wheel Base:                          59.65 inches
Seat Height:                          27.95 inches

Brake   

Front:                                     Single disc, 2 pistons caliper
Rear:                                       Drum

Suspension   

Front:                                     Conventional Telescopic
Rear:                                       Swing arm with Hyeraulic Double shock absorber

(Preload adjustable)

Tire

Front:                                     110/90 -16 / Rear: 150/80 -15
Fuel Tank Capacity:          3.7ga;
Curb Weight:                        388lbs

Transmission   

Clutch:                                    Wet, Multiplate
Gear:                                       Constant Mesh 5-speed
Final Drive:                          Chain

My Suggestion to Hyosung…. Give these motorcycles sharp price and these are going to sell like hot cakes.

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Honda CBR 250R VS Kawasaki Ninja 250R VS Hyosung GT 250R: The Quarter Liter Battle

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Well this is going to be an eventful year for the 200cc-250cc motorcycle segment in India. Already some big players in the market and some are seriously contemplating of entering into this highly competitive segment. For those who are planning to buy a motorcycle in 200-250cc category it’s important that they should compare these motorcycles so that they can make a right choice.

I am giving below a small comparison which I feel may help you in making up your mind. I am choosing Honda CBR 250R, Kawasaki Ninja 250R, and yet to be showcased in India the 2012 Hyosung GT 250R.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Let’s start with my personal favorite the Kawasaki “Kawacker” Ninja 250r. This was the first and the till date the true 250cc sports motorcycle in India. It’s till date a genuine entry level sports motorcycle in India and in the entire world. It’s been compared with many 250cc motorcycles around the world and it has shown them the door with its impeccable and unmatched performance. In India the biggest thing that goes against this motorcycle is its price tag.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

You can call it a smallest or the baby Ninja but it’s not a baby by any means. Its 249cc parallel twin power plant churns out 33 bhp @ 11000rpm and a 22 Nm of torque @ 8200 rpm which makes it a rocket on the road. To cool this monster off it houses an all new liquid cooling Desno radiator. With a 17 liter fuel tank and a mileage of around 35-40 km/l (depends on whether you are riding on a highway or a city) it can make a brilliant package of performance and economy.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

When it comes to the speed it’s a rocket and no 250 cc motorcycle can match it. It can attain a speed of 0-60 in just 3.1 seconds and 0-100 km/h in meager 8.1 seconds. With a top speed of around 170 km/h it’s a speed demon. The handling is superb and it takes the corners with an ease. It’s a true entry level super sports motorcycle for those who what to graduate to bigger little class super sports motorcycles. Most of the time guys feel that their motorcycle needs to be faster as they are not happy with 140-145 km/h speed of their 250cc motorcycle. The best part about Ninja 250R is that you got enough speed (170 km/h) in its power plant that you almost never grow over it which is a common thing when you ride other 250cc motorcycles. Thanks to its dual throttle valves it responds very well across the rev range.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

It’s not only a speed demon but a demon that is a stunner to look at. It looks great in all colors but its flagship green color is the best.  It’s beautifully crafted sporty looks with beautifully styled front faring and dual lamp headlights, makes it even desirable. What I would like to be changed is its dated speedometer and an ABS as standard. It’s all analog and nothing is digital that is a standard in almost all the 200-250cc segment motorcycles. The instrument cluster is comprised of speedometer, trip-meter, tachometer and fuel gauge, turn indicators, high beam, low fuel, low oil, high oil temperature, choked air filter, and low battery indicators. The overall package is a true super sports machine that’s made to ignite your senses. The only thing that goes against this gorgeous speed demon is its price tag.

Honda CBR250R

Honda CBR250R

Honda CBR250R

As they say Honda can never go wrong and they have proved it yet again with their CBR250R. This is an excellent machine that is the combination of all the important ingredients that makes a motorcycle a great success. Honda CBR250R motorcycle is available in two variants the standard and the one with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), of course the price is higher for the ABS version and I believe that its always better to go for the ABS model. The riding position is very comfortable and coupled with superb engine performance makes the riding very enjoyable. It’s good at taking corners but not as good as the Ninja 250R

Honda CBR250R

Honda CBR250R

Its houses a very efficient liquid cooled SI 249.6cc single cylinder power plant that churns out good 25 bhp @ 8500 rpm and a peak torque of 22.9 NM @ 7000 rpm. In a flat out run its decent torque can help it competing with Ninja 250R at the initial few seconds but in no time it will lose the battle as Ninja’s torque is well distributed throughout the rpms. Like Ninja it’s a 6 speed transmission motorcycle which gives it an edge while on long drives. It scores on Ninja when it comes to the speedometer. It’s beautiful and futuristic looking digital speedometer looks much better than the dated speedometer of the Ninja. Also the ABS is an added feature of Honda CBR250R which is missing in the Ninja.

Honda CBR250R

Honda CBR250R

It comes with a special stainless steel black color coated silencer gives it a unique look from the side and closely resembles the one on VFR 1200F. Honda CBR250R closely resembles the VRF1200F. Overall Honda CBR250R is a great package of price, performance and practicality. It’s for sure the true contender of the crown of the king of 250cc segment.

 

Hyosung GT250R

Hyosung GT250R

Hyosung GT250R

Hyosung and Garware Motors have not seen much success in India so far and are struggling with the sales of the motorcycles. But they are still upbeat about their motorcycles and there is news about their 250cc motorcycle to be launched in India very soon at an attractive price. They must have a mouth watering price if they want to make it big in this highly competitive 250 cc segment as Bajaj Pulsar 200NS and KTM Duke 200 launches are round the corner and these two brands come with the advantage of great pricing a great technology and the unbeatable Bajaj Auto service network.

Hyosung GT250R

Hyosung GT250R

Hyosung GT 250R is expected to be oil cooled DOHC 8-valve 75° V-twin 249cc power plant that will produce around 27 bhp of peak power. It will be a fuel injected motorcycle with 5 gears and around 17 liter fuel capacity. It will be dawning a genuine sport motorcycle looks like the bigger Hyosung GT 650R. It’s known to be a fast machine but with so much competition around the corner it’s going to be the pricing that’s going to be the key to its success.

 Verdict

Looking at the most important aspect the price and also comparing other aspects of performance, reliability after sales services, and brand value and of course value for money Honda CBR250R is my first choice and Ninja the second. But if we exclude the price then nothing can beat the Ninja 250R. As I said earlier price is going to be the deciding factor in this segment and KTM Duke 200 and Pulsar 200NS around the corner it’s better to wait for 3-4 months more before you make your decision on which one to buy.

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250 Specifications

* Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin

* Displacement: 249cc

* Bore x stroke: 62.0 x 41.2mm

* Compression ratio: 11.6:1

* Cooling: Liquid

* Carburetion: Keihin CVK30 x 2

* Ignition: TCBI with digital advance

* Transmission: Six-speed

* Final drive: O-ring chain

* Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel

* Wheelbase: 55.1 in.

* Rake / trail: 26 degrees / 3.2 in.

* Front suspension / wheel travel: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.

* Rear suspension / wheel travel: Bottom-link Uni-Trak® with 5-way adjustable preload / 5.1 in.

* Front tire: 110/70-17

* Rear tire: 130/70-17

* Front brake: Single 290mm hydraulic petal disc with two-piston caliper

* Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with two-piston caliper

* Overall length: 82.1 in.

* Overall width: 28.1 in.

* Overall height: 43.7 in.

* Seat height: 30.5 in.

 

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Honda CBR250R Technical Specifications

* 249cc Liquid Cooled 4 Stroke DOHC Single Cylinder Engine

* Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)

* Displacement: 249 cm3

* Bore × Stroke: 76.0 × 55.0mm

* Compression ratio: 10.7

* Self-starter

* Ignition type: Full-transistor battery ignition

* Clutch type: Wet multi-plate with coil springs

* Transmission: Constant mesh 6-speed return

* Tire size Front: 110/70-17M/C and Rear: 140/70-17M/C

* Brake Front and Rear: Hydraulic disk

* Suspension Front: Telescopic and Rear: Swing arm (Pro-link suspension system)

* Minimum turning radius: 2.5m

* Fuel tank capacity: 13 Litres

* Length: 2035mm

* Width: 720mm

* Height: 1125mm

* Wheelbase: 1370mm

* Ground clearance: 145mm

* Seat height: 780mm

* Curb weight: 161 Kg (STD) and 165 Kg (ABS)

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Hyosung GT250R Technical Specifications (Tentative as actual can only be known once the Motorcycle is launched in March or April, 2012)

* Engine Type: Air / Oil cooled DOHC 8-valve 75° V-twin

* Displacement: 249cc

* Compression Ratio: 10.2 : 1

* Maximum Power: 26.28HP / @10000RPM

* Cylinder Bore: 57

* Stoke: 48.8

* Starting: Self Start

* Fuel Efficiency: 40 km/l

* Fuel Capacity: 17 litres

* Fuel Reserve: 3 litres

* Fuel Type: Petrol

KAWASAKI NINJA 250R

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Here you have the smallest Ninja, but this is no baby by any stretch of imagination. With 249cc parallel twins, liquid-cooled, six speed gearbox, dual overhead cam, 32.5PS at 11000rpms, 22nm of torque at 8200rpm, 2-1 exhausts pipe for better low and mid range power and 175 kmph it’s a monster in itself. It’s blisteringly fast and has a fuel capacity of 4.8 gallons. The new fuel gauge on the instrument panel gives a good idea of its estimated range on long drives.
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Ninja 250R is in the market since Kawasaki 1986 as an entry-level sport motorcycle. The bike is named differently in different markets, like in US it’s called Ninja 250R, in UK its ZX250 and elsewhere it’s GPX250.

With an excellent fuel economy, Ninja 250R is the best looking 250cc sports bike in its segment with no direct competition. Rear view mirrors are intelligently mounted and gel brilliantly with the overall looks of the bike.  It gets it’s very aggressive stance from its dual-lamp headlamp. The black tinted windscreen is fitted well between the mirrors and the indicators are peeping out of the faring which looks quite decent.

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Ninja 250R comes with a factory fitted stunning alloy wheels. It has a very sporty tail end which is sharp and slim with a step-up rear seat on top. It’s a gentle reminder of simple pleasures of riding on a sports bike. It has got just the right power to thrill you while at the same time its easy to control. It’s a combination of economy, speed, great handling and maneuverability which makes it a great entry level sports bike.

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