Kawasaki has launched a downsized version of its Z1000 and Z800-inspired Z250 in Indonesia. Being part of the Z series, this 250 gets similar styling to its larger displacement stable mates. The Z250 is a naked sports bike with minimal body panels. It uses the same digital speedometer and analogue tachometer as seen on the 2013 Ninja 250R, only this time using a white dial for the tachometer. The engine and five-spoke alloy wheels have been given an all-black look just like the Ninja 250R.
The Z250 will house the same engine as the 2013 Ninja 250R, a four-stroke, 249cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. Changes in power and torque, if any, are yet to be revealed.
The Z250 will also deploy the same frame, telescopic fork front suspension and rear monoshock absorber as seen on the Ninja 250R. The Z250 being a naked sports bike, ergonomics have been altered giving the bike a more upright riding position, with wider and 35 degree higher handlebars. Kawasaki have also gone ahead with a 29 degree change in rake for better handling prowess while riding around town and also claim to be 4kg lighter than the Ninja 250R.
There is no clear indication as to when the Z250 will come to Indian shores, but is sure to create waves with Indian bikers with its sharp styling and smooth engine. With the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and Honda CBR250R already here and bikes like the Bajaj Pulsar 375 and KTM 390 Duke coming up this year, the Z250 makes perfect sense for a market like India.