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Ninja 250R
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Motocyclette
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  • Page 1 Ninja 250R Kawasaki Motorcycle Motocyclette Motorrad...
  • Page 2 ЕХ250К Kawasaki KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES,LTD. Printed in Thailand Consumer Products & Machinery Company Part No. 99976-1417...
  • Page 3 ENGLISH Motorcycle Owner's Manual...
  • Page 4 Whenever you see the symbols NOTE shown below, heed their instructions! О This note symbol indicates points of Always follow safe operating and main­ particular interest for more efficient tenance practices. and convenient operation. NOTICE This warning symbol identifies THIS PRODUCT BEEN special instructions or proce­...
  • Page 5 (Australian model only) TAMPERING WITH NOISE CONTROL SYSTEM PROHIBITED Owners are warned that the law may prohibit: (a) The removal or rendering inoperative by any person other than for purposes of maintenance, repair or replacement, of any device or element of design incorporated into any new vehicle for the purpose of noise control prior to its sale or delivery to the ultimate purchaser or while it is in use;...
  • Page 6 This manual should be considered a permanent part of the motorcycle and should remain with the motorcycle when it is sold. Congratulations on your purchase of a new Kawasaki motorcycle. Your new mo- torcycle is the product of Kawasaki's advanced engineering, exhaustive testing, All rights reserved.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Cooling System Wheels Meter Instruments Tying Hooks Spark Plugs Battery Speedometer and Tachometer BREAK-IN Kawasaki Clean Air System Headlight Beam Coolant Temperature Gauge HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE . 40 Valve Clearance Fuses Starting the Engine Warning/Indicator Lights Air Cleaner...
  • Page 8: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS 11 10 SPECIFICATIONS SPECIFICATIONS Bore x Stroke 62.0 x 41.2 mm (2.44 * 1.62 in.) Compression Ratio 1 1 . 6 : 1 PERFORMANCE Starting System Electric starter Maximum Horsepower 24 kW (33 PS) @11 000 r/min (rpm) Cylinder Numbering Method Left to right, 1-2 Maximum Torque 22.0 N-m (2.2 kgf-m, 16.2 ft-lb) @8 200 r/min (rpm)
  • Page 9 The tail light uses a vibration resistant bulb. Replacement of the tail light FRAME bulb with a non-vibration resistant bulb may result in premature bulb fail- Castor 26° ure. Use only the recommended bulb (Kawasaki part number 92069-0032) or equivalent. Trail 82 mm (3.2 in.) Front...
  • Page 10: Location Of Parts

    14 LOCATION OF PARTS LOCATION OF PARTS 15 LOCATION OF PARTS TD011418 G 15. Battery 10. Front Fork 20. Radiator TD01140B G 11. Headlight 16. Seat Lock 21. Shift Pedal 17. Tool Kit 22. Side Stand Switch 12. Turn Signal Light 1.
  • Page 11: Loading Information

    Parts Accessories, and accessories you add to your 25. License Plate Light 31. Fuel Tank 36. Brake Disc Kawasaki has no control over the 32. Fuel Tank Cap 37. Brake Fluid Reservoir 26. Tail/Brake Light motorcycle be genuine Kawasaki (Rear) 27.
  • Page 12 Baggage weight should also be dis- vehicle. Kawasaki does not manu- (i.e., lean angle), control operation, facture sidecars or trailers for mo- tributed equally on both sides of the 1.
  • Page 13: General Information 21

    GENERAL INFORMATION 21 20 GENERAL INFORMATION G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N Speedometer and Tachometer CAUTION The speedometer shows the speed Engine r/min (rpm) should not of the vehicle. In the speedometer Meter Instruments be allowed to enter the red zone;...
  • Page 14: Key

    Kawasaki Blank keys are available at your dealer. : When the headlight is on high Kawasaki dealers. Ask your dealer to beam, the high beam indicator light is make any additional spare keys you The fuel level indicator light goes lit.
  • Page 15: Right Handlebar Switches

    24 GENERAL INFORMATION GENERAL INFORMATION 25 2. For locking, push down the key in Right Handlebar Switches NOTE Engine off. All electrical Engine off. All electrical the OFF position and turn it to LOCK Engine Stop Switch: circuits off. circuits off. О...
  • Page 16: Starter Button

    26 GENERAL INFORMATION GENERAL INFORMATION 27 Starter Button: Left Handlebar Switches NOTE Turn Signal Switch: The starter button operates the elec­ Dimmer Switch: When the turn signal switch is turned О When the headlight is on high beam, tric starter when the transmission is in High or low beam can be selected both head lights are lit.
  • Page 17: Fuel Tank Cap

    GENERAL INFORMATION 29 28 GENERAL INFORMATION Fuel Tank WARNING Fuel Tank Cap NOTE To open the fuel tank cap, pull up the Avoid filling the tank in the rain or О Do not push on the key to close the Gasoline is extremely flammable where heavy dust is blowing so that the key hole cover.
  • Page 18: Fuel Requirement

    Stand Fuel Requirement: (RON). Always use a gasoline with an make it a practice to kick the stand fully Your Kawasaki engine is designed to octane rating equal to, or higher than, The motorcycle is equipped with a side stand.
  • Page 19: Seats

    32 GENERAL INFORMATION GENERAL INFORMATION 33 Seats Rider's Seat Removal • Remove the bolts and pull off the seat Rider's Seat - • Remove the screw and the left and • Insert the tabs on the rear of the to the up and rear. Passenger's Seat Removal right side covers.
  • Page 20: Helmet Hooks

    GENERAL INFORMATION 35 34 GENERAL INFORMATION • Push down the front part of the pas­ Passenger's Seat - Helmet Hooks NOTE • Insert the tab of the bracket into the senger's seat until the lock clicks. Helmets can be secured to the mo­ О...
  • Page 21: Tool Kit

    GENERAL INFORMATION 37 36 GENERAL INFORMATION Tying Hooks Tool Kit WARNING When tying up light loads to the seat, The tool kit is located under the pas- Do not ride the motorcycle with use the tying hooks located on the left senger's seat.
  • Page 22: Break-in

    In addition to the above, at 1 000 km (600 mi) it is extremely important that the • The table shows maximum recommended engine speed during the break-in pe- owner have the initial maintenance service performed by an authorized Kawasaki riod.
  • Page 23: 40 How To Ride The Motorcycle

    HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE 41 40 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE H O W T O R I D E T H E M O T O R C Y C L E • Leaving throttle completely lever is pulled and the side stand is closed, push the starter button.
  • Page 24: Jump Starting

    42 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE 43 Jump Starting • Remove the battery cover. (Refer • Connect another jumper cable from to the Battery section of the "Mainte­ the negative (-) terminal of the If your motorcycle battery is "run Battery acid generates hydro­...
  • Page 25: Moving Off

    44 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE 45 Moving Off NOTE • Follow the standard engine starting Shifting Gears procedure. • Check that the side stand is up. • Close the throttle while pulling in the О...
  • Page 26: Braking

    46 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE 47 NOTE Braking applying the brakes as hard as pos • Close the throttle completely, leav­ О The transmission is equipped with a sible without skidding. ing the clutch engaged (except when positive neutral finder.
  • Page 27: Stopping The Engine

    • Close the throttle completely. Emergency stopped by applying the brakes and and turn the ignition key to "OFF". Your Kawasaki Motorcycle has been • Shift the transmission into neutral. disengaging the clutch. Once this designed and manufactured to pro­...
  • Page 28: Catalytic Converter

    50 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE 51 WARNING • Lock the steering to help prevent Catalytic Converter WARNING theft. This motorcycle is equipped with The muffler and exhaust pipe The muffler and exhaust pipe a catalytic converter in the exhaust are very hot while the engine is are very hot while the engine is system.
  • Page 29: Safe Operation

    52 HOW TO RIDE THE MOTORCYCLE SAFE OPERATION 53 SAFE OPERATION the vehicle with the engine or any become damaged when the engine one cylinder misfiring. Under these is hot, or reduces converter perfor- Safe Riding Technique conditions unburned air/fuel mixture mance when the engine is cold, The points given below are applicable for everyday motorcycle use and should flowing out of engine excessively ac-...
  • Page 30: Daily Safety Checks

    54 SAFE OPERATION SAFE OPERATION 55 When going down long slopes, of your actions should be smooth Daily Safety Checks Check the following items each day before you ride. The time required is minimal, control vehicle speed by closing under these conditions. Sudden ac- and habitual performance of these checks will help ensure you a safe, reliable ride.
  • Page 31: Additional Considerations For High Speed Operation

    56 SAFE OPERATION SAFE OPERATION 57 Drive chain Slack 20 ~ 30 mm (0.8 ~ 1.2 in.) Additional Considerations for High Speed Operation Lubricate the dive chain if dry. Brakes: The importance of the brakes, especially during high speed operation, Nuts, bolts, fasteners ..
  • Page 32: Maintenance And Adjustment

    Please note that Kawasaki cannot assume any responsibility for damage result- ing from incorrect or improper adjustment done by the owner.
  • Page 33: Periodic Maintenance Chart

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 61 60 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Periodic Maintenance Chart Frequency Whichever 1. Periodic Inspection (Engine Related Items) comes *Odometer Reading f i r s t km x 1 000 (mile x 1 000) Frequency Whichever Page c o m e s *Odometer Reading f , r s t km x 1 000 (mile * 1 000)
  • Page 34 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 63 62 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Frequency Whichever 2. Periodic I n s p e c t i o n (Chassis Related Items) c o m e s *Odometer Reading Frequency Whichever f i r s t km x 1000 (mile * 1000) m e s °...
  • Page 35 64 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 65 Frequency Whichever Whichever Frequency c o m e s *Odometer Reading c o m e s *Odometer Reading f i r s t km x 1000 (mile * 1000) f i r s t km x 1000 (mile x 1000) Page Page...
  • Page 36 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 67 66 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 3. Periodic Replacement Frequency Whichever Frequency Whichever c o m e s *Odometer Reading *Odometer Reading comes f i r s t km x 1000 (mile x 1000) km x 1 000 first Page (mile * 1 000)
  • Page 37: Engine Oil

    Racing the engine before the oil reaches every part can cause en­ WARNING gine seizure. K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. Motorcycle operation with insuf­ *: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here. ficient, deteriorated, or contami­...
  • Page 38 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Check the engine oil level through • If the oil level is too high, remove the CAUTION • Place an oil pan beneath the engine. the oil level gauge. With the motor­ excess oil through the oil filler open­ •...
  • Page 39 О If a torque wrench is not available, F. Grommet with a new gasket. Proper torque for this item should be serviced by a G. Element Fence it is shown in the table. Kawasaki dealer. H. O-Ring NOTE NOTE О Replace any gasket with a new one.
  • Page 40: Cooling System

    74 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 75 Cooling System CAUTION Recommended Engine Oil Type: API SE, SF or SG Radiator and Cooling Fan - Using high-pressure water, as Check the radiator fins for obstruc- from a Gar wash facility, could API SH, SJ or SL with JASO tion by insects or mud.
  • Page 41 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 77 76 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT CAUTION inhibitor chemicals is not used, over a CAUTION Coolant - period of time, the cooling system ac­ Coolant absorbs excessive heat from If hard water is used in the sys­ Permanent types of antifreeze on cumulates rust and scale in the water the engine and transfers it to the air tem, it causes scale accumula­...
  • Page 42 78 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 79 • Check the coolant level if it is be­ • If the amount of coolant is insuffi­ tween the F (Full) and L (Low) level cient, remove the right side cover lines. and add coolant into the reserve tank.
  • Page 43: Spark Plugs

    Spark plug removal should be done О When installing the right side cover, of antifreeze concentrate as soon as only by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. fit the stopper of the cover to the possible. Spark Plug holder at the fuel tank, and insert the projections.
  • Page 44: Kawasaki Clean Air System

    Inspection and adjustment should be check valve which allows fresh air to • Unscrew the ^ir cleaner element cap done only by an authorized Kawasaki flow only from the air cleaner into the mounting bolts, then remove the air dealer.
  • Page 45 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 85 84 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Remove the element from the frame. WARNING If dirt or dust is allowed to pass through into the throttle body, the throttle may become stuck, possibly causing an accident. CAUTION If dirt gets through into the en­ gine, excessive engine wear and A.
  • Page 46: Throttle Control System

    86 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 87 • After cleaning, saturate the element cleaner housing to see if any oil has WARNING Throttle Control System with SE, SF or SG class SAE 30W run down from the air cleaner hous- Check the throttle grip play i n ?, accor- Be sure to install the drain cap motor oil, squeeze out the excess...
  • Page 47 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 89 88 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Inspection • Loosen the locknut at the throttle grip Adjustment • Check that the throttle grip play is and turn in the adjuster fully. • Loosen the locknut at the throttle correct by lightly turning the throttle •...
  • Page 48: Engine Vacuum Synchronization

    Ivlaintenance Chart or whenever damaged cables could result in Maintenance Chart by an authorized the idle speed is disturbed. an unsafe riding condition. Kawasaki dealer. Adjustment NOTE • Start the engine, and warm it up thor­ oughly. О Poor engine vacuum synchronization •...
  • Page 49: Clutch

    If the play is incorrect, adjust the lever ularity, have the clutch cable checked nuts at the lower end of the cable. play as follows. by an authorized Kawasaki dealer. • Check the clutch lever play as shown in the figure.
  • Page 50: Drive Chain

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 95 94 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT • Rotate the rear wheel to find the po­ Drive Chain Slack D r i v e C h a i n sition where the chain is tightest, and The drive chain slack and lubrica­ Standard 20 ~ 30 mm (0.8 ~ 1.2 in.) measure the maximum chain slack...
  • Page 51 Kawasaki dealer. evenly. right indicator notch aligns with. • Rotate the wheel, measure the chain • Turn both chain adjusting nuts evenly...
  • Page 52 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 99 98 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING Wear Inspection wear unevenly, take measurements NOTE • Remove the bolts to take off the chain at several places. О When inserting the cotter pin, if the If the axle nut is not securely cover.
  • Page 53 B. Worn Teeth C. Damaged Teeth Lubrication • if there is any irregularity, have the Lubrication is also necessary after drive chain and/or the sprockets re­ riding through rain or on wet roads, or placed by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • Page 54 Pad replace- with dirt or water. upper and lower level lines (reser- ment should be done by an authorized voirs held horizontal). Kawasaki dealer. Fluid Requirement Use heavy-duty brake fluid only from a container marked DOT4. CAUTION Do not spill brake fluid onto any painted surface.
  • Page 55 104 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 105 NOTE • If the fluid level in either reservoir is lower than the lower level line, check О First, tighten until slight resistance is Do not mix two brands of brake for fluid leaks in the brake lines, and felt indicating that the cap is seated fluid.
  • Page 56: Brakes

    Kawasaki dealer. о The brake light should go on when the front brake is applied, о If it does not, ask your authorized Kawasaki dealer to inspect the front brake light switch. A. Brake Pedal B. Pedal Travel e If it does not, adjust the rear brake light switch.
  • Page 57: Front Fork

    The front fork operation and oil leak­ should be done by an authorized To avoid damaging the electrical move the switch up or down by turn­ Kawasaki dealer. age should be checked in accordance connections inside the switch, ing the switch body.
  • Page 58: Rear Shock Absorbers

    110 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 111 Rear Shock Absorbers Wheels Position The rear shock absorber operation Tubeless tires are installed on the Stronger • Spring Action and oil leakage should be checked in wheels of this motorcycle. The indica­ accordance with the Periodic Mainte­...
  • Page 59 112 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 113 your tires may adversely affect han­ checked and adjusted when your rid­ dling and performance of your motorcy­ ing involves wide variations in tem­ WARNING cle and can result in loss of control. The perature or altitude.
  • Page 60 114 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 115 NOTE NOTE Tire Wear, Damage As the tire tread wears down, the tire О Most countries may have their own becomes more susceptible to puncture regulations requiring a minimum tire and failure. An accepted estimate is tread depth;...
  • Page 61: Wheels

    116 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 117 WARNING Standard Tire (Tubeless) Battery Due to their internal composition, Front Size: 110/70-17 М/С (54S) The battery installed in this motorcy­ Use the same manufacturer's batteries continually self discharge. cle is a sealed type, so it is not nec­ tires on both front and rear The discharge rate depends on the •...
  • Page 62 Failure to do able, use equivalent one. so can lead to battery failure and leave In extremely cold weather the fluid in For more details, ask your Kawasaki you stranded. an inadequately charged battery can dealer.
  • Page 63 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT example, the charging rate for a 10 Battery Removal Ah battery would be 1.0 ampere. • Remove the bolts and the left and • The charger will keep the battery fully right side covers. charged until you are ready to re­...
  • Page 64: Headlight Beam

    MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 123 122 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Vertical Adjustment NOTE slots of the battery case and tighten Headlight Beam The headlight beam is adjustable ver­ the screw. О Install the battery in the reverse order Horizontal Adjustment tically. If adjusted too low, neither low of the Battery Removal.
  • Page 65: Fuses

    124 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 125 NOTE Fuses Fuses are arranged in the fuse box i On high beam, the brightest point located under the rider's seat. should be slightly below horizontal with the motorcycle on its wheels and main fuse is mounted on the starter re­...
  • Page 66: Cleaning Your Motorcycle

    Frequent and proper care of your dirt. mediately. Replace the blown fuse with a Kawasaki motorcycle will enhance • Mix a mild neutral detergent (de- • Avoid wire brushes, steel wool, and its appearance, optimize overall per- new one of the correct capacity, signed for motorcycles or automo- all other abrasive pads or brushes.
  • Page 67 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 129 128 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT Painted Surfaces • After cleaning your motorcycle, • If the boot is damaged, replace it with several times. This helps dry the check the rubber boot covering the After washing your motorcycle, coat a new one.
  • Page 68 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT 131 130 MAINTENANCE AND ADJUSTMENT WARNING CAUTION should be washed with a mild neu- tral detergent and finished with a spray Plastic parts may deteriorate Special care must be taken not to polish. Aluminum wheels, both painted and break if they come in con- get any rubber protectant on the and unpainted can be cleaned with...
  • Page 69: Storage

    STORAGE 133 132 STORAGE STORAGE WARNING Gasoline is extremely flammable and can be explosive under certain con- Preparation for Storage: ditions. Turn the ignition key to "OFF". Do not smoke. Make sure the • Clean the entire vehicle thoroughly. area is well ventilated and free from any source of flame or sparks; this •...
  • Page 70: Environmental Protection

    Consult your • Install the battery in the motorcycle and charge the battery if necessary. authorized Kawasaki dealer or local environmental waste agency for their proper • Fill the fuel tank with fuel.
  • Page 71: Location Of Labels

    136 LOCATION OF LABELS LOCATION OF LABELS 137 LOCATION OF LABELS 5. Tire and Load Data 6. Important Drive Chain Information 7. Battery Poison/Danger 1. Brake Fluid (Front) 2. Brake Fluid (Rear) (For further information of label, 3. Daily Safety Checks (French) refer to the "LABEL INFORMATION"...
  • Page 72 1 3 8 LABEL INFORMATION LABEL INFORMATION 1 3 9 LABEL INFORMATION USE ONLY D0T3 OR 4 BRAKE FLUID FRO» A SEALED CONTAINER. CLEAN FILLER CAP BEFORE REIOVING. W A R N I N G UIILISER DU LIOUIDE DE FREIN D0T3 00 4. T E 0 3 8 1 B B N 9 С...
  • Page 73 140 LABEL INFORMATION LABEL INFORMATION 141 Kawasaki DAILY SAFETY CHECKS Rear view m i r r o r Handlebar not loose a d j u s t m e n t c l u t c h lever play correct, releases Brake lever plav properly.no slippage...
  • Page 74: 142 Label Information

    142 LABEL INFORMATION DANGER/POISON FLUSH EYES IMMEDIATELY WITH WATER SHIELD SULFURIC EYES ACID MEDICAL EXPLOSIVE • SPARKS CAN CAUSE . FLAMES G A S E S CAN CAUSE BLINDNESS OR • SMOKING BLINDNESS OR INJURY SEVERE BURNS KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN IN U.S.A., YUASA INC.

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