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The Ninja 250R has been a popular choice for first time riders since it was introduced. In production since 1986, the Kawasaki Ninja 250 (EX250R) was manufactured with very few changes until 2008 when it received a long overdue facelift. With comfortable ergonomics, sport styling, light bodyweight, and low seat height, the 249cc Ninja 250R gave new riders more confidence starting than the 600 class sport bikes. About the only changes the Ninja 250R received until its makeover in 2008 was BNG or Bold New Graphics.

In 2008, Kawasaki gave the 250 Ninja its long overdue makeover by updating the body work with modern styling, increasing the wheel size to 17 inches to accept modern sport tires, installing better wave-style front brake rotors, and furnished it with its first ever fuel gauge. From 2008 until 2012 when it was discontinued, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R remained relatively unchanged again accept for BNG.

In 2012, Kawasaki decided to retire the faithful little 250R, and discontinued it to make way for the all new Ninja EX300.  The Kawasaki EX300 Ninja is everything the 250R was and more. Some of its features include an upsized 296cc engine; Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel frame; Uni-trak, five-way adjustable, preload rear suspension; and TCBI with advance, digital ignition. (Transistor Controlled Breakerless Ignition with Micro-processor controlled timing advance)

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Kawasaki Ninja 300

One of the only manufacturers to produce a 500cc sport bike until the modern Honda CBR500R, Kawasaki capitalized on an exclusive market with the creation of the Ninja EX500. The first version of the EX500 was produced from 1987 through 1994. It was a partial faired bike with a 49hp, 498cc, DOHC, parallel cylinder engine. It had a 6-speed transmission and 16 inch wheels, but in 1994, Kawasaki decided to update the EX500 to have 17 inch wheels to fit modern sport bike tires. They kept the same basic engine design, but updated the fairings to a more modern styling and changed the rear drum brake to a disc style. From 1994 until 2009 the Ninja EX500 remained basically the same accept for Bold New Graphics or BNG.

Kawasaki Ninja 500

Kawasaki Ninja 650R

In 2006 Kawasaki built the Ninja 650R or EX650-A to add to their clan of Ninjas. Offered as a fully faired sport bike with a 649cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, parallel twin cylinder engine with digital fuel injection, the EX650 is a great commuter bike. It has a low 31 inch seat height with an upright seating position and great vibration dampening for rider comfort. Not so big that it gets horrible fuel economy, and not so small that it can’t get out on the big road and keep up with traffic, the Ninja 650R is a great bike for both beginning riders and those with more experience.

Kawasaki Ninja Specs

Tires, Battery, and Spark Plug

Kawasaki Ninja 250R Specs

1986-1987 EX 250 E

Front Tires 100x80x16

Rear Tires 120x80x16

Battery YB9L-A2

Spark Plug C8HSA

Kawasaki Ninja 250R Specs

1988-2007 EX 250 F

Front Tires 100x80x16

Rear Tires 130x80x16

Battery YB9L-A2 (1988-1994)

Battery YTX7L-BS (1995-2007)

Spark Plug C8HSA (1988-1996)

Spark Plug CR8HSA (1997-2007)

Kawasaki Ninja 250R Specs

2008-2012 EX 250 J

Front Tires 110x70x17

Rear Tires 130x70x17

Battery YTX7A-BS (2008)

Battery YTX9-BS (2009-2012)

Spark Plug CR8E

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Specs

2013 EX 300 (Includes ABS)

Front Tires 110x70x17

Rear Tires 140x70x17

Battery YTX9-BS

Spark Plug CR8E

Kawasaki Ninja 500 Specs

1994-1996 EX 500 D

Front Tires 110x70x17

Rear Tires 130x70x17

Battery YB14L-A2

Spark Plug D9EA

Kawasaki Ninja 500R Specs

1997-2009 EX 500 D (R)

Front Tires 110x70x17

Rear Tires 130x70x17

Battery YB14L-A2

Spark Plug DR9EA

Kawasaki Ninja 650R Specs

2006-2008 EX650 A

Front Tires 120x70x17

Rear Tires 160x60x17

Battery YTX12-BS

Spark Plug CR9EIA-9

Kawasaki Ninja 650R Specs

2009-2013 EX650 C

Front Tires 120x70x17

Rear Tires 160x60x17

Battery YTX12-BS

Spark Plug CR9EIA-9

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