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.
With the upcoming launch of Honda CBR-250R in mid February 2011, there are many 250cc bike that can be considered and Kawasaki Ninja 250R is a force to reckon with.
Comparing this bike with Honda CBR-250R, I have found that the Ninja is better in terms of specs. Ninja got 2-cylinder engine that can provide good engine feel, while CBR got the single cylinder engine which is good for fuel economy and good torque. Also, single displacement engine have much fewer parts and therefore, easier to maintain all along its lifetime. Single cylinder engine sometime also called ‘Big Bang’ engine. One of the largest single cylinder engine that I know is Aprillia Pegaso 650.
Kawasaki Ninja 250R FI is recently launched at GTMax Motor in Shah Alam. The previous model of this bike is carburetted. Since the new edition equipped with FI system, fuel-efficiency can further be upgraded and also you don’t have to pull choke everytime you want to start the bike in the morning since the FI system takes control all of that.
Maybe this news is not much related to underbone bikes, but, please don’t be prejudice and hate all the superbikes. It is there for all of us to enjoy the ride. I’ll continue to write more about underbone bikes as that is my greatest passion.
Price is at MYR20,900 as I asked the salesman at GTMax.