This is the naked street bike version of the hugely popular Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Launched in Indonesia, the Z250 is priced at Rs 2.57 lakh. A scaled-down version of Kawasaki’s own Z800 as far as looks go, the Z250 gets a stout headlamp unit while there is a fair amount of body work done which can be seen on the tank and extensions. Under the fuel tank sits the Ninja 250R’s 250cc, parallel-twin fuel injected motor. Kawasaki haven’t revealed the power figures however it will be safe to assume that the new baby Ninja will make approximately 32PS of power. On offer will be the 6-speed transmission from the 250R. The removal of the fairing has caused a drop in weight by 5kg over the Ninja 250R, bringing the overall weight of the Z250 to 168kg. Unlike the Ninja’s 3-piece handlebar, the Z250 will have a flat handlebar which will make for easy manoeuvrability in the streets. The digital instrument panel has been retained from the Ninja 250R though.
While it is still not clear about the strategy of moving from a 250cc mill to 300 and then shifting focus back on a 250, we expect Kawasaki to launch this bike in India. It will help them give some stiff competition to the likes of the CBR250R and KTM 390 Duke. Kawasaki has been known to price its products higher than the competition in India and the Z250’s is expected to toe a similar line. On that front, it will be up against the upcoming Hyosung GT250N and Suzuki Inazuma 250. Launched - 2013 Kawasaki Z250 - Overdrive