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2009 Ninja 250R, India is waiting…

At 2008 Autoexpo, Bajaj Auto’s pavilion was buzzing with activity as Bajaj Auto decided to display motorcycles from not only its own stable, but also from Kawasaki and KTM. One bike in particular which caught almost every one’s attention was the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, adoringly called, Baby Ninja.

As Kawasaki announces the arrival of 2009 Ninja 250R in US, we are left wondering, when will biking enthusiasts in India get to ride one of these?

The lightweight baby Ninja has Supersport styling, rider-friendly engine, real world performance and an amiable chassis. Perfect recipe for a fun motorcycle which can be used daily, doesn’t burn a large hole in the pocket (comparatively speaking) and yet has enough power to put every motorcycle in India (barring Yamaha R1 and MT01) to shame.

With an expected price tag of 2-3 lakh rupees, it might just have been the performance motorcycle Indian motorcycling enthusiasts were yearning for. And it would have been perfectly positioned between the gap that exists between Indian made motorcycles and imports (1.10L – 11L).

Yet, 10 months after the Autoexpo 2008 got over, we are left wondering, when will Bajaj Auto launch the baby ninja in India. All we can do for now is to pray that it does get launched soon with an attractive price tag and look longingly at its photographs.

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 250R specifications:

Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin
Displacement: 249cc
Bore x stroke: 62.0 x 41.2mm
Compression ratio: 11.6:1
Maximum torque: 22 Nm {2.24 kgf/m} 16.2 lb-ft / 9,500 rpm
Cooling: Liquid
Carburetion: Keihin CVK30 x 2
Ignition: Digital
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: O-ring chain
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Wheelbase: 55.1 in.
Rake / trail: 26 degrees / 3.2 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Bottom-Link Uni-Trak® with 5-way adjustable preload / 5.1 in.
Front tire: 110/70-17
Rear tire: 130/70-17
Front brake: Single 290mm hydraulic petal disc with two-piston caliper
Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with two-piston caliper
Overall length: 82.1 in.
Overall width: 28.1 in.
Overall height: 43.7 in.
Seat height: 30.5 in.
Curb weight: 374.9 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4.8 gal.
Color choices: Metallic Diablo Black, Sunbeam Red, Candy Thunder Blue, Special Edition Lime Green / Metallic Diablo Black


  1. please tell me when this bike is going to release and where to book this bike..

  2. 2009 edition is with a carburettor? I was not aware of this…!

  3. hey all

    I think that this bike will not be launched before Diwali coz they can attract customers by giving special Diwali offers with a lauch of its new bike. I think we all should wait coz I think keeping patience will be good and I think we should get used to it coz its bajaj not yamaha that launches its bike the time they say. Bajaj will make you wait until you get pissed off.

    So guys just 2-3 months more and then you’ll be riding your beauties…..

  4. BAJAJ has already launched pulsar 220,yamaha also launchaed fz 16.what’s next yaar. the gorgeous ninja.i think it will create it’s own market in india.

  5. guyz..,

    The ninja 250r releases at the end of this year….itz a big wait for all of us as we jst cant get our hands on this beast….the 250r gets 33 ps power i guess so??if so it wud be the bike we are waitin for…

  6. moodbidri biker says:

    i was waitin for kawasaki ninija .nw i cnt…. bajaj u jst fck off ….i wl import HONDA CBR 400CC frm srilnka wch costs me only 1.35 lks + 60%duty

  7. Nandakishore says:

    worth buying R15,rather to wait for ninja…
    I donno wat fuck in problem these bajaj people hav got…!

  8. Guys, guys, guys!!!!!!!!!!!11
    just chill out and sit back…
    from past 1 month thy hav been teln tat baby ninja is gona come…
    1st it was mid 2008, feb 2009, may 2009, now its september and later its gona be november 2009…
    and the price is not gonna be less than 2lac….so i would suggest those who waiting to buy thinking its gona cost u less thn please dont, go for other bikes…
    Due to these custom duties which is 200% its price surely gona hike upto 2.5lacs…

  9. i thnk it comz arround 1.3-1.8 lkhs..
    but now itz not a big price in india purly affordbl,
    cus,if one can buy a pulzar 220 4 arrnd 1 lakh ,cant buy a ninja or wat?
    but ninja is not at all a fasinating stuff 4 me.
    i m planning to built royal enfield with ,twin spark, 2 cyl ,700cc, 36 bhp .
    a guy from delhi has devlped royal enfield with this engine specifications,he made it wid 2 royal enfield heart,
    and the expenz is only 60,000 rs
    you guyz shud here the sound of that sexy monster bike..
    same like harley davidson……………….

  10. chithraarth says:

    i am waiting for ninja 250r when do it launch in India

  11. muhammednafi says:

    what will be the cost ?i am waiting for ninja 250r when do it launch in India

  12. raptorris says:

    hey yall….i read this thread from the top and man i can tell ya that you guys have gone gaga over this bike…. Its a true beauty and deserves 2l…but not more than that….but the sadder news is that the mo’ fuckers in bajaj never stick to their promise…and even if they do release ve bike, its gona be in 2010 or later…they first unveiled the pulsar 220dtsi in 2003 and it was finally released just a few years ago….its the same case with this bike too…trust me…this bike wont be out till fall next year!!!…so YOU MIGHT AS WELL IMPORT The HONDA CBR~400 FROM srilanka, THE MRP PLUS THE 63% CUSTOMS DUTY WILL GET YOU THE BEAUTY FOR 2.1L..

  13. itz cost iz rs. 2.5lakhs but average wise itz a waste..according 2 me r15 is a gud choice will i hve purchsed recently

  14. i think it will be launched in jan only at the AUTO EXPO !!!

    keep w8in !! 🙂

  15. price is tooooooooooooooooooo high yar……………..

  16. could you please guy tell me how much custom duty to import used motorbike?i live in japan and here used motorbikes really very cheap so i wanna bring one.thanx in advance

  17. I remember reading somewhere that the customs duty on an imported bike is 63% when the bike is imported from srilanka…i recon the charges are different for different countries…may be you should visit a showroom in your locality …theyl help you out…

  18. i also agree upon what manash Says …i recently read the tech aspects of the r15…its the most technologically advanced motorcycle in production in india!

  19. Ever postponing dates is the feature of bike launches in India. It is always in ‘About to be launched’ state. 2008 going to 2009, may 2009, july 2009, now november 2009…and the list will go on.

    I am wondering when will the manufacturers like Yamaha and Bajaj understand that what we need is something bigger than the same old 150 cc and also what we need is not a look as ugly as that of Pulsar 220.

    With this, I hope it doesnt take a decade for the launch of the specified bike.


  20. This is ridiculously too long to wait for this bike.

  21. Guys, hope you know there are many RTO issues related to powerful bikes. If u all had noticed, Pulsar 220 got so delayed because of its high speed. Its difficult to get RTO approval for higher cc bikes.

    OR BAJAJ is waiting for HH or YAMAHA to launch their higher cc bikes and then this baby NINJA would be the ANSWER to those.

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  23. called up Pune probiking showroom, they confirmed that ninja is coming in Sept end or Oct max.

    Price around 2.30 – 2.50 lac

  24. please let us know the exact date of launch of the ninja as we r waiting for it since news about it’s coming to india came out.please u guys please help us


  26. when vl this bike be launched man …its sep now.. its too long .. sjould i wait or go for r15 only>>??? plz help

  27. Guys, I recently visited the Bajaj Probiking and they have confirmed that it will be launched before DIWALI this year but the sad news is that it will cost around 2.5 Laks.

  28. Jose Sebastian says:

    I have checked out at probiking showroom at Pune. its now confirmed the launch is just round the corner. The walls at the showroom are plastered with ninja’s full size posters. Guess the long wait is finally over and time to zip the roads….

  29. hey all,

    i’m waiting for ninja frm 2008. n yet it’s like no nthin…?

    whts wrong wid bajaj…??

    according to u.s. price it should be around 1.5 to 1.7 lack ex. show room.
    really it’s been too long.

    just waitin n waitin . wht to do yaaro…??

  30. Ravi you are forgetting the 100+ percent import duty, which is levied on imported motorcycles and would surely be factored in, in the price.

  31. But y didn’t they get it in CKD(knocked down). they’d have saved a lot money.

  32. com on dude……….? when? when? when? is this ninja releasing its been a year n half and everyone is waiting for this bike? what is the actual plan of bajaj…….? they are just saying it in words and not in reality? when is ninja250r launching? reply

  33. when? when? when? is this ninja releasing everyone is waiting for this bike? what is the actual plan of bajaj…….? they are just saying it in words and not in reality? when is ninja250r launching? reply

  34. 5th OCT

  35. hey guys this bike will launch on last of the year 2009 or 2010.
    expected price-150000.
    31 bhp
    22-25 avarage
    top speed-176.

  36. 5 oct it is… finally the dates r out…. booking starts from 6th oct… unfortunately the stupid bajaj ppl r still nt sure bout the price… it will be around 2 lacs bt no less…. nywayz the countdown has begun.. get ready 2 own 1 if u got deep pockets….

  37. This will be the fastest Indian on road ninja 250r

  38. Launch date is after Diwali. I got a call from their pro biking showroom and the price will be 2.5 lakhs

  39. just check

  40. ninja gonna be in show room in few hours..

    it’s only one day 22 hour 21 min.n 11 sec to go

  41. kawasaki ninja 250r officially launched in India @ Rs. 2,67,000 (ex. showroom)

  42. what the [email protected] is this, 3 lac on road. too expensive yaar

  43. Great…. now we have ” The Fastest Thai in India” ? I would prefer 500cc bullet for 1.2 lkh

  44. On road price is too expensive

  45. @ suyesh
    @ Karan
    Please realize that this is an actual sports bike…not a faux iteration like FZ or ZMR or R15…and with import duties, such machines will bring smiles to only the people with deep pockets…if you really love bikes then respect the tech performance and not the price.
    I feel R15 is also too expensive for its performance parameters, but still people love it. For my type moderate erning person, in present world, P220 is enough to begin RACING ! Ninja & R1s & Busas are GODs !

  46. Ya anuj you r right. It was my dream to own such bike, since its speculated price was around 2 lac and I was ready with money but sudden increase in price about 1 lac made me feel like disappointed…

  47. its not worth 2.70lac its better to buy pulsar 220 or r15 which is worth for money . its just paying more for the name than for the machine ur buying .

  48. please dont buy this bike…
    its waste of money…

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