2012 Kawasaki Ninja Review


The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250 R has long been a fan favorite since its introduction in 1983, This powerful entry level sports bike delivers quite an abundance of power in a sleek and stylish looking bike. The liquid cooled parallel twin cylinder engine is just one of the many features that have helped this bike to remain popular over the last 29 years. The Kawasaki Ninja has only had four major upgrades throughout the last 29 years in which that last was in 2008.

Today, the present model is equipped to handle racing on the track or using the bike for daily errands as well as being able to handle the demands of highway driving. The torque delivers smooth and instant power even when at lower rpms which allows this bike to be an ideal choice for urban city driving. While the six speed transmission provides smooth gear changing which can be used at highway speeds. The dual functionality of this sports bike helps to make thee 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250 R an ideal choice for those looking for an entry level bike.

The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja features styling that is striking and is sure to make heads turn. The bike features an aggressive and sleek dual headlight design with a slim cowl that helps to add to the sporty features. The separate seats for the driver and passenger also enhance the super sporty look. The windscreen and the sleek front cowling offer the driver a great deal of protection from the wind and other elements. Storage can be found under the seat so planning a weekend getaway with the Ninja is never an issue at all.

Overall, the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250 R is a lightweight and agile bike that is a perfect balance of power and performance. From the race track to the urban setting, the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja has one covered.

New For 2012

  • Self-adjusting cam chain tension that reduces extra mechanical noise. Also helps to minimize any loss of power that may come from the friction.
  • The value timing and lift has been redesigned and specially tuned to provide a strong low and mid-range torque. Ideal for urban city driving.
  • Aggressive styling bodywork which was part of the major revisions of the 2008 models. The Ninja is now more similar in design to the ZX-6R and the ZX-10R.
  • The Uni-Trak rear suspension helps to provide a very predictable handling response which provides the rider with confidence as well as comfortable riding. The rear shock also has a five-way, adjustable pre-load which helps balance the load of the bike when there is more than one person on the bike.
  • Larger 17 inch wheels are now standard on the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja. These special sport bike tires create a custom look but also allow for easy handling at all speeds.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja Specs

  • Model: 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
  • Engine Type: 249cc four-stroke parallel twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 62.0 mm x 41.2 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.61:1
  • Valve Train: Dual overhead cam shaft (DOHC)
  • Induction: Liquid
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six Speed
  • Final Drive: O-Ring
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.8 Gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: TBD
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 55.1 inches
  • Rake: 26 degrees
  • Trail: 3.2 inches
  • Seat Height: 30.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 374.9 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 110/70 R 17
  • Tires (Rear): 130/70 R 17


  • All weather covers designed to help protect your bike from elements as well as dirt and debris. Waterproof covers are ideal for parking bike in the rain or snow and dust covers are ideal for parking the bike indoors for an extended period of time.
  • Custom light bars that can be installed on the front bike. These light bars help to add additional lighting as well as adding a sense of style to the bike.
  • Luggage rack that can be attached to the rear of the bike to increase storage capabilities. Saddlebags that mount on the luggage rack can also be purchased. Saddlebags are made of a durable outer-shell to keep personal belongings dry and protected.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja

  • 2012 Honda CBR 250 R
  • 2012 Hyosung GT 250 R
  • 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250 SE