Third Generation Ninja Motorcycle

The production of third generation ninja motorcycle was continued for a longer period as compared to its earlier two generations. The Kawasaki ninja motorcycle third generation belongs to years 1988 to 2007.

Third Generation of Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle (1988—2007)

The third generation ninja motorcycle which was produced in the year 1988 had undergone both cosmetic changes as well as changes in its engine tuning. The major functions including the bore and stroke were remained same, minor tuning adjustments were made. The diameters of the carburetor were decreased 2 mm to 32 mm (1.3 in) and the cylinder compression ratio was increased from 12.0:1 to 12.4:1.

The ignition timing advance was also increased in the third generation of Kawasaki ninja motorcycle. The fans and critics were both happy on these changes which made the engine in the Kawasaki ninja motorcycle third generation more free-revving, reaching the high 14,000 redline more quickly, and the tested top speed also got enhanced by a few miles per hour. The look and feel factor had also improved with more fully-enclosed bodywork and it gave a stylish look and the third generation ninja motorcycle was easily mistaken for the larger Ninja 750.

Three different models were produced during the third generation of Kawasaki ninja motorcycle, Ninja 250. Presented below is the brief description for each of the three different models belonging to the Kawasaki ninja motorcycle third generation:

EX250-F – This third generation ninja motorcycle was the most widespread variant of popular EX250 motorcycle made by completely giving a new look to the E model and was marketed and sold in the market by the name of F model during the years 1988 and 2007. It was available in U.S. and Canadian markets as by the name of EX250-F whereas in other countries, it was named as GPX-250R as early as 1987.

EX250-G – This particular model belonging to Kawasaki third generation ninja motorcycle was sold only in Japan, its home country where it was produced. It was also known as by the name of GPX-250R-II. It had dual front brakes and a wider wheel and tire (110/80-16). Rest of the parts were same as of the -F model. It was sold after 1988.

EX250-H - Kawasaki ninja motorcycle third generation model EX250-H was launched in Canadian market under the name of Ninja 250R between 2000 and 2002, after which it was given a new name of ZZR-250, in sync with the -H model's name elsewhere in the world, where it had been present since 1992. This motorcycle shared few similar parts as of the F model, though it shares the same engine, albeit with different casings.