In a strange PR move, without apparent involvement from the U.S. Kawasaki press department (and without the usual embargo agreement entered into by the media), Kawasaki has debuted the completely redesigned (new engine, chassis, etc.) 2013 Ninja 250R on its Japanese web site here.
The new fuel-injected twin might be the biggest news, but Ninja 250 fans could be just as excited by a switch to a larger rear wheel and stock 140mm rear tire (up from 130mm). ABS is also an option, apparently, for 2013. Keeping in mind that Kawasaki chose to sell a carbureted version of the Ninja 250 here in the U.S. market (despite the availability of a fuel injected version overseas), it looks like we will have an exciting new member of the 250cc street category next year. No official word on U.S. availability or pricing at this point. Stay tuned. These are just some of the color schemes shown on the Kawasaki Japan web site.