Kawasaki, on Thursday, launched the naked version of the Ninja 250R for its Indonesian buyers. Named the Ninja Z250, this new streetfighter from the Japanese bike manufacturer could be called a cross between the more powerful Z800 and the faired Ninja 250R. Without the fairing the Ninja Z250 looks alot like the Z800 naked bike, while the power is delivered from the same engine unit from the 250R.
The engine in the Z250 is the same 249cc, 4-stroke, DOHC, 8 valve, liquid-cooled Parallel Twin unit from the faired baby Ninja. The engine develops 23.5 kW (32 PS) of power at 11,000 rpm and a peak torque of 21 Nm at 10,000 rpm. The rev meter redlines at 13,000 rpm. Also, due to the absence of fairing the Z250 weighs 5kg less than its faired cousin, which should improve performance slightly over its 250R.
Apart from the visual design the Z250 is in almost in every way same as the 250R. This includes the suspensions, the braking system, the chassis and even the instrument panel. The Z250 does, however, comes with a slightly different handlebar configuration which should make it easier to ride in city streets.
The Z250 gets 37 mm telescopic forks at the front, while the rear one is a Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock with 5-way adjustable preload. The front and rear tyres measure 110/70-17 and 140/70-17 respectively and the stopping power is provided by a 290 mm petal disc with dual-piston caliper in the front and a 220 mm petal disc with dual-piston caliper at the rear. ABS is not a standard feature on the Z250.
The Kawasaki Z250 is built in the company’s Thailand plant. Kawasaki has not announced if it is planning on launching the Z250 in any other country, but it is likely that the new bike could make its way into India. At present the Ninja 250R is the only small displacement Kawasaki available in India, which, though priced higher than its competition – Honda CBR 250R – has seen decent acceptance. Kawasaki is also likely to launch the Ninja 300R in India.
The Z250 is priced at IDR 48.5 million in Indonesia (~USD5000, ~INR2.5 lakh) and will be available in white, black and red colours.