A naked Ninja 250?

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While we here in North America get a larger, Ninja 300, the rest of the world gets an updated 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250; the smaller capacity better meets various tiered-license and insurance dealies elsewhere. Those other markets are traditionally more favorable to naked bikes too, especially the congested city streets of Europe and Asia. So removing the fairings from the new 250, fitting flat bars and aggressive styling that apes the Z800 seems to makes sense. That’s what Thailand’s TMC Blog claims anyways, saying this is an official sketch of an upcoming new model.

Looking at the sketch next to this side-on photo of the new Ninja 250 and you can see that the swingarm pivot plates match up, as do the tank, engine, swingarm, wheels, brake calipers and tail unit. The exhaust on the naked bike appears to be more heavily stylized, as is the item on the Z800 and Z1000.

It’s unlikely that we’d see such a model in the US. Here, nakeds don’t have a history of strong sales and even the marginal added cost of developing and producing a specific 300cc model for a single market would likely prove too high.

via CMGOnline

  • Dennis

    Plus, butt ugly engine.

    Sometimes it’s better to drape your junk and leave something to the imagination.

  • NewOldSchool

    More helmet shaped headlights…

  • Gene

    Yeah, after you neuter the engine for the naked bike with 300cc, there isn’t much left.

  • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

    To Kawasaki “naked” means exposing 50% more fork and 20% more engine. It’s like Victorian era porn.

    • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

      What sort of trollop exposes her ankles like that?

  • John

    Is it illegal to make a pretty motorcycle?

    • Coreyvwc

      Yes, no longer allowed in Japan. Modesty laws…

  • tmcblog

    tmcblog not a thailand blog, its an Indonesian Blog :D
    any way Kawasaki Indonesia have already registerd the ER250C Code name at Indonesian Ministry of Industry

    and i think maybe at the end of 2012 or early 2013 we will see the true shape of this ER250C, imho

    http://ninja250r.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/tpt_er250c_ujitipe.jpg

    thks

  • aristurtle

    I’m in the process of naked-izing a 2002 Ninja 250, and it has way the fuck less plastic than that sketch.