Kawasaki is one of the greatest name in motorcycle industries and it should be mention on this blog. Kawasaki small bikes lower than 150cc previously are hard to find in Malaysia since they have collaboration with Modenas to make the small bikes.
This 2011 Kawasaki D-Tracker X with 250cc and fuel injection has now come to Malaysia in CKD (completely knocked down). This should lowers the price but at RM23,799.00 for a single cylinder engine, that is not cheap. For comparison, Kawasaki Ninja 250R with parallel twin engine is at RM23,500.00.
Even with that kind of price, the specification of the D-Tracker X are good. You’ll get a dual purpose bike with 17″ wheels, large front and rear disc brake, fuel injected engines and great motocross styling from Kawasaki design house.
Dual purpose bike that have appearance like motocross and high ground clearance are now getting popular in Malaysia, due to the road condition here are not smooth. There are many pot holes all the way in federal road and some in city road. PLUS highway are good road, but it is not everyday the bikers use the road to get to work. One more reason for bikers to consider the off-road motocross bike is because there can be flash flood in just few minutes of rain especially in Shah Alam and Kuala Lumpur. When it happens, the normal moped tends to stall since the carburetor is placed lower than the one in off-road motocross bikes.
Another great modification to 2011 Honda CBR-250R from the land of modders paradise, Thailand. This one is by Kittisak Racing which is inspired from the Bumble Bee in the Transformers movie. It can bee seen from the usage of the yellow colour on the overall coverset of the bike down to the colour of the wheels. Headlight which is being changed to angel eyes version like the one from BMW headlight adds to Transformers-like look. The exhaust pipe has been upgraded to the one from Yoshimura which should adds more power to the bike. The tyre, is it Pirelli Supercorsa?
Thailand bikers have seen and ride the 2011 Honda CBR-250R earlier than us in Malaysia. As usual, they have it modified to extract more power from the engine and finished it up in nice colours compared from the stock condition.
Honda with its CBR-250R, Kawasaki with its Ninja 250R and now it is time for Suzuki with its GW250. There are many more choices now in the market for 250cc motorcycles. Suzuki has come out with this Gw250 with much of the styling taken from the popular Suzuki B-King (1,340cc). Some also called the GW250 as the name of baby B-King.
It comes with 4-stroke engine, liquid-cooled parallel twin (inline) which gives out 26hp and 24Nm of torque.
It is great to see manufacturers fighting to get the piece of the pie from the 250cc market since this is where the beginners starts to learn riding superbikes, and if the bikes are good enough, the manufacturer might just get loyal customer who might buy the much bigger superbikes.
It is rumored that this model might comes to ASEAN market. By ASEAN, does it means it include Malaysia?
Finally, the long awaited 2011 Honda CBR-250R has made its appearance on official webpage at boonsiewhonda.com.my. This CBR-250R is a global model, means that in every country that is available, there are no changes to its engine, styling or anything.
It comes in three colours for the Standard version (non-ABS) that is Candy Ruby Red Metallic, Asteroid Black Metallic and Sword Silver Metallic whereby the ABS version comes in two colours only that is Candy Ruby Red Metallic and Sword Silver Metallic. The Standard have lighter weight since the ABS system weight about 9 pounds (4.08kg). The ABS version weighs at 165kg and the Standard version is at 161kg. Lighter weight can reflect to better acceleration and better braking. So, both models are both desirable and makes sense.