Jan 15, 2008

20 Auto Expo 2008 Coverage: Kawasaki Ninja 250R in Bajaj Probiking Showrooms soon..!!

Kawasaki Ninja 250R coming to your Bajaj Probiking Showroom.. Soon..!!

A Baby Ninja (250R) was strategically placed in the center and ahead from all the other Kawasaki products displayed at the Bajaj Pavilion.

If that's not hint enough, then a senior Bajaj Official present in the Pavilion told me that chances of the 2008 Ninja 250R coming to India is pretty high..!!

2008 Ninja 250R @ Auto Expo 2008

Isn't she a sight for sore eyes..??



Of late everything has been falling into place for me..

    # Quit my I.T job in Bangalore (still can't call it "Bengaluru")

    # Joined a company where my boss talks about doing stoppies on his Apache RTR 160

    # I get access to Auto Expo 2008 on the day reserved for the press (thanks to my new job. Talk about being in the right place in the right time.)

    # Only to be greeted by the news that Bajaj will bring the 2008 Ninja 250R in India


In one sentence, "Life is beautiful..!!


Just take a peek at three of my posts made in October 2007.. "Nostradamus" couldn't have done a better job I'd say.


Payeng @ AutoExpo 2008

I still maintain that 250 cc, twin cylinder bikes are for ladies.. but considering my financial constraints, I can't think of a better way to age gracefully and lose the rest of my hair.


The Price hasn't been decided yet but the Ninja 250R is expected to appear in India by Mid 2008.

By the way, the 2008 Ninja is manufactured in Thailand and sold for $ 3,500 in the U.S. So if Bajaj could get the the Ninja 250 in "CKD" (Completely Knocked Down) or "SKD" (Semi Knocked down) kits (to ease the custom duties), then we could probably get the Ninja 250R for anywhere between 2.0 - 2.5 lakhs.





Tech Specs of the 2008 Ninja 250R sold in the U.S.A:


  • Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin

  • Displacement: 249cc

  • Maximum power : 32PS (31.56 hp) at 11,000rpm

  • Maximum torque: 21.7Nm at 10,000rpm

  • Cooling: Liquid



  • Carburetion: Keihin CVK30 x 2
    (The European 2008 Ninja 250R features "Fuel Injection" instead of Carburetion and produces slighty lesser peak power of 30 Ps)

  • Transmission: Six-speed

  • Final drive: O-ring chain



  • Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel

  • Wheelbase: 1390mm(NA Model) - 54.72 in

  • Front suspension / wheel travel: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork

  • Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak with aluminum linkage / Preload Adjustable

  • Front tire: 110/70-17

  • Rear tire: 130/80-17

  • Front brake: Single 290mm hydraulic petal disc with two-piston caliper

  • Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with two-piston caliper



  • Overall length: 2080mm

  • Overall width: 710mm

  • Overall height: 1115mm

  • Seat height: 780mm

  • Dry weight: 151kg



  • Fuel capacity: 18 liters

  • Color choices: Lime Green, Ebony, Passion Red, Candy Plasma Blue

  • Price (for U.S): $3,499






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20 Comments:

road-yo said...

Man, you make me jealous. Now I wanna quit my IT job & join you! Get me a referral, will ya?

P.S. I'm serious.

Payeng said...

U Serious road-yo..??

Staying with I.T might pay you more (in terms of money/Onsite-U.S opportunity).. Who knows soon you might even be able to afford CBU's worth 10-12 Lakhs.. (there are more coming for sure, not just the R1)..



My current company might not be able to afford you..

Mail me if you are really serious.

Sajal Chakraborty said...

I'm loving it!!!!!

ashes_dad said...

hey payeng can u do me a favour.can u please ask ur boss about the rtr.i have heard some engine quality problems with tvs bikes.i am thinking of buying rtrfi.

thanks.

Anonymous said...

hey.. i know this Question sounds stupid, but really need to ask the great indian question :) ... "Whats the Mileage ?"

Payeng said...

Probably around 25 Kmpl..

:-)

Lohit said...

25 kmpl is pretty good. hey btw... is the news confirmed that the bike will be in probiking showrooms by Jun - July and would be around 2 lacs ....?

Payeng said...

@ Lohit (sounds like an Assamese Name :-))

There is no confirmed news as such.. but we certainly hope that the Ninja 250R comes soon to Probiking showrroms with as low a price tag as possible..

Lohit said...

Yup .. Assamese name, but I am from Orissa, now in Hyd.
Hey... u had mentioned that the Senior Manager from Bajaj had given you his card and wanted you to keep in touch with him. So any updates from him...? reg the launch date and price.... i stongly feel the price shd be a lil lower than 2 lacs...

Payeng said...

No Lohit,

No update from his side so far..

Also just because I have his caontact details, I don't want to bother them too much.

We'll all get to know about the price when the time comes.

Anonymous said...

dude i need a repsol 150 vry badly...any idea wen the yamaha r15 is goin 2 b launced..i mean exact month

Ananth T E said...

Dude! Any updates on the Ninja 250R.. I think the wait is a little way tooooo much :( :( :(

Anonymous said...

Dude we are waiting from one year ..... its too much .... very sad :( :(

binu said...

Great looking bike..

giffy said...

is dat all...?? i thought some more would be der...!!! payeng...!!! temme one thing...!!! wen is dhz byk gettin on to indian roads...!!!
so dat il be d 1st one to get it...!!! and plz lemme knw hw long wil be d delivery for this byk...

Keshav Ram Narla said...

dude... The first line got me. You quit your job and checking out bikes and babes at shows.

I'm in IT moved from Bangalore to Hyderabad.

Serious about joining you!! Can you give me more details?

Deepak said...

hi all, i'm deepak...
as far as the latest news i have heard it is said tat ninja is gng to come to indian showrooms in november...nd its price would probably be 2lacs(ex-showroom mumbai)...so the on road price may be between 2-2.5 lacs....

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Pls. tell us what is a exect price of Ninja 250R?

Deepak said...

hi all, i'm deepak...
as far as the latest news i have heard it is said tat ninja is gng to come to indian showrooms in november...nd its price would probably be 2lacs(ex-showroom mumbai)...so the on road price may be between 2-2.5 lacs....

Ananth T E said...

Dude! Any updates on the Ninja 250R.. I think the wait is a little way tooooo much :( :( :(

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