1997 Kawasaki Ninja 500R and 250R Motorcycles
1997 Kawasaki Ninja 500R and 250R

Ready to join the exciting world of motorcycling? These two Ninja twins from Kawasaki will light up your face with their twin benefits of excellent performance and value. Introducing the Ninja 500R and Ninja 250R. High-revving, powerful in-line twin engines. Sharp sportbike handling. And, with a low entry price, owning one is easy on the pocket. The 500R is two bikes in one. For newcomers, it's a bike to grow with. And for experts, it's a tool for showing up the big-bike crowd. Plus, its roomy ergonomics mean you can bring along a friend to share your good times. The 250R, with its balanced performance, 8-valve head and Ninja sports handling, dispels the notion that 250's are for lightweights. And it makes a great entry bike, too, with its ultra-low-to-the-ground seating and comfortable easy-to-reach handlebar. Two serious sportbikes. Both genuine Kawasaki.

Specifications Ninja 500RNinja 250R
Engine type 4-stroke, liquid-cooled in-line Twin 4-stroke, liquid-cooled in-line Twin
Displacement 498 cc 248 cc
Bore and stroke 74 x 58 mm 62 x 41.2 mm
Compression ratio 10.8:1 12.4:1
Valve system DOHC, 8 valves DOHC, 8 valves
Carburetion Keihin CVK34 x 2 Keihin CVK30 x 2
Ignition Digital Digital
Starting Electric Electric
transmission 6-speed with Positive Neutral Finder 6-speed with Positive Neutral Finder
Frame type Double cradle, high-tensile steel Diamond, high-tensile steel
Rake/trail 27 deg/3.6 inches 27 deg/3.3 inches
Wheelbase 56.5 inches 55.1 inches
Suspension, front 37 mm hydraulic fork 36 mm hydraulic fork
Suspension, rear Bottom-Link UNI-TRAK with adjustable preload Bottom-Link UNI-TRAK
Tires, front/rear Tubeless; 110/70 V17; 130/70 V17 Tubeless; 100/80 V16; 130/80 V16
Brakes, front Disc with Balanced Actuation Calipers Disc with Balanced Actuation Calipers
Brakes, rear Disc with single piston caliper Disc
Seat height 30.5 29.3
Fuel capacity 4.8 gallons 4.8 gallons
Dry weight 389 pounds 305 pounds
Colors Firecracker Red or Luminous Peacock Blue Firecracker Red

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