Spy shots of the Kawasaki Ninja 250, ZX-2R?

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THESE amateur shots appear to be of an all-new Kawasaki Ninja 250, which, if imported to Europe, could be called the ZX-2R.

The pictures were taken in Barcelona where the bike is being photographed in preparation for Kawasaki's marketing material.

The 'ZX-2R' could replace the Ninja 250R, a 248cc parallel-twin fourt-stroke sportsbike. Currently, we don't get the Ninja 250R in the UK, but it is available to the US market and hopefully the ZX-2R will be made available to the European market too.

The Ninja 250R retails to the US market at around £1500. Clearly, if the ZX-2R was launched with a budget price, it would be a hit for new and younger riders.

Let's hope Kawasaki bring this model to the UK and that other manufacturers follow suit.