Kawasaki Z250

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Complete details of Z250 Motorcycle

Launched in India in 2013.

Stunning looks and design add on to the overall look of the bike. The Z250 comes with the genetic styling of a typical street fighter bike from Kawasaki. The bike shares similar looks with its super street fighter models such as the Z800 and Z1000. Kawasaki has maintained a good pace in the designing and styling of the Z250. Sharp edges in the design element of this bike makes it look aggressive and mightier among other of its kind. The bike is a close enough match to the Z800 and can be said as the smaller version of the same. The distinctive twin headlights with a particularly small visor on its head is another element that adds the look and feel of this bike. The visor head is accompanied with a pair of turn indicators. The turn lights are also designed in such a way that it suits the overall design and styling of the bike as such. Unlike other street fighter model bikes, Kawasaki has included a much more mighty fuel tank for the Z250 which makes it stand out of crowd. Rear view mirrors are designed with the same phenomenon of edged design element of the bike.

Kawasaki Z250 street fighter comes in with a powerful 249cc, 4 stroke, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine. With a maximum power of 31.5bhp at the rate of 11000rpm and 22NM of torque at the rate of 9500rpm the bike raves at a maximum speed of 145kmph. The six-speed transmission of the bike helps it to maintain the speed in easy gear shifts. Safety is assured by the bike using a single 290mm and a220mm petal disc breaks with dual piston calliper in front and rear wheels respectively. The bike promises a smooth ride to the rider with a 317mm telescopic fork front suspension and a Bottom-link Uni-Trak gas charged shock and five way adjustable preload rear suspension. Although there has been no updates about the fuel consumption of the bike, it comes with a large 17 litre tank capacity.

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Price Rs. 3,09,000 [Ex-showroom, New Delhi]

The given price can change depending on the colour and other features like alloy wheels, disc brakes, accessories etc.

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Technical Specifications
TypeMotorcycle
Engine Displacement249.00 cc
Engine Type4-stroke, liquid-cooled Parallel Twin
Engine StartingElectric start
Maximum Power23.5 kW @ 11000 rpm
Maximum Torque22 Nm at 9500 rpm
Transmission6 speed
Top Speed145 kmph
Electricals
Battery
Brakes
Front BrakeSingle 290 mm petal disc with dual-piston caliper
Rear BrakeSingle 220 mm petal disc with dual-piston caliper
Chassis and Suspension
Frame
Front Suspension317 mm telescopic fork
Rear SuspensionBottom-link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and 5-way adjustable preload
Tyres
Wheel Type
Front Tyre110/70-17 M / C (54s)
Rear Tyre140/70-17 M / C (66S)
Dimensions
Length x Width x Height2010 x 750 x 1025 mm
Wheelbase1400 mm
Weight168 kg
Petrol Tank Capacity17 litres

First Impression Review

Kawasaki Z250, the only quarter-litre street fighter in India we can call it as a real street fighter without any second thinking. The famous “Z” segment in Kawasaki is well known for some of the best naked bikes we have, globally. Therefore, the youngest member from this clan is well bred with all the essence of Z800 and Z1000. It doesn't took much time for Kawasaki to bring back the parallel 250cc engine to the India, after the success of Z800 & Z1000.

Kawasaki Z250 Pic 1

How It Looks
The “Z” family is famous for its aggressive character from the very first looks. It starts from their unique headlamps. Those agonizing headlamps are adopted from its own bigger brother Z800, which truly marks the road presence of this bike from a distance itself. The smaller visor is designed in a such a way that, it doesn't steals any attractions of the headlamp. From the sides, the frame works looks similar to the Ninja 300, as it uses the same fuel tank. Actually, Z250 is the naked version of Ninja, but the Kawasaki engineers had worked this model out to be a different breed with different soul. The major styling ingredient lies within the larger “Z” decaling job on the side panels of the bike, which is similar to elder siblings. The engine cowl uses the basic green paint job, which is not so pleasing as compared to the matte black and green combinations from the front and side panels. Coming to the rear end, the whole mudguard and integrated grab rail section is completely lift off as compared to the Ninja. Turn indicator lights and tail lamps are also placed within the tail section.

The Engine
A 249cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke parallel twin engine drives the ferocious Z250. The mill delivers a maximum power of 32 PS @ 11000 rpm and a peak torque of 21 Nm @ 10000 rpm. These figures and stats are far better than its rival models like KTM Duke 200, Benelli TNT 25 and Hyosung GD250N. The bike weighs about 168 kgs but it is still capable of clocking a top speed of 168kmph. Like the Ninja 250R model, it has mileage around 20-25 kmpl.

Engine is mated with a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox, accompanied by a light clutch which makes it precise and nimble while shifting. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels using O-ring chain drive. This motorcycle is engineered to be used as daily office motorcycle as well as a performance track bike when situation demands. Not only that, smaller gear ratios enables this bike to achieve sudden acceleration and top speed at very short time.

Frame, Suspension and Braking
The whole bike is constructed on semi-double cradle frame, which is built with high tensile steel. Same construction pattern is followed in the all “Z” versions. This bike uses 37mm hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and 5-way adjustable preload with bottom-link Uni-Trak is used at the rear. Both the suspension system enhances the riding dynamics of the motorcycle, which is best suited for track days as well.

Kawasaki Z250 Pic 2

The Z250 gets a single 290mm disc with hydraulic two piston calipers at the front and a 220mm single disc with two-piston calipers are used at the rear part. The braking power is quiet safe in the hands of both the disc brakes, but an in-built ABS system could have been better in Kawasaki standards. It features 110/70 front and 140/70 rear IRC tyres for superior ground control and handling. The bike is lighter than Ninja 300 and this makes it a better handling in higher speeds.

Final Words
Altogether, Z250 has incorporated every single detailing of the “Z” family. It is torquier and powerful than the Duke 200 and latest Dominar 400, but the real confusion or “but” factor lies within the pricing of this bike. This 250cc motorcycle is priced way above than many of the 250 to 300cc bikes in the market. The straight cut competitor of Duke 390, TNT 300 and Mojo 300 is yet to come here in the name of Z300, which will be priced above Z250. It is indeed a decent piece of engineering that bears the Kawasaki DNA, but a second thinking is required before owning one. With the sumptuous Rs 3.30 lakh one could easily buy a Duke 390 and rest of the money could be used for service maintenance of the motorcycle in future.
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I love this bike but what market is it aiming at ?
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