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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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KAWASAKI NINJA 250R

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2008_Ninja250R_RightHere 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.

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.kawasaki_ninja_250r_se_01

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.