It is here finally and ready to make you think about it until you can’t sleep. The 2013 Kawasaki Z250 is definitely the bike we have been wanting for so long to be line up together with its sibling the Ninja 250R. The Z250 is the naked version of 250cc bike which should appeal riders who want to upgrade their kapcai for bigger capacity bike for daily commute.
What’s great about naked bike is that the headlamp will follow the steering handle which should make it more ‘kapcai’-like feeling. Other than that, the fairingless bike shows it muscle rather than hidden enclosed in its sport type bike.
The front end of the Z250 is unmistakebly Japanese style with a great influence of the Z800 which was launched earlier in Malaysia. This makes it being called ‘baby Z’ by some riders because of the resemblance. This kind of style might the next generation style of streetfighter in Kawasaki lineup.
At the rear, Kawasaki has finished the tail light really well that makes it looks minimalist but at the same time complements the overall look of the bike. It can be further enchanced by modifying the rear end to be fenderless.
The meter dashboard features a big half circle RPM meter to help you shifts gear at the optimum RPM range for torque delivery to the drive train. Speedometer are shown in the box on the right in big digital display to help you drive in on the proper speed when riding on the speed-limited public road.
Now, let see on the inside. The 249cc engine block are sleeveless aluminium die-cast plating for better heat dissipation since there are no more ‘sleeve gap’ (or the area with minimum contact to the engine block). The piston are now anodized along with the larger oil pan from the new crank for better cooling of the engine. Sweet spot for the engine are from low-to-mid RPM. The improvements and increased torque on the low-to-mid RPM makes it worthy of the name Z.Fuel injection sytem of this Z250 uses dual throttle valve which is the same with Ninja 250. The benefit of this dual throttle valve is that it can precisely control the air intake to achieve natural linear response from all speed range that increase the combustion efficiency. Also, this increase fuel efficiency.Chassis are from high-tensile steel in the form of diamond shape to provide higher chassis stiffness. This will provide improved rigidity. Quality of the ride are also improved in term of smoothness with the application engine rubber mount to reduce the shock and vibration from the engine.
2013 Kawasaki Z250 Malaysia Technical Specification:
- Type of engine: 4 stroke, water cooled, twin parallel
- Displacement: 249 cc
- Bore x measures: 62.0 x 41.2 mm
- Compression ratio: 11.3:1
- Valve system: DOHC, 8 valve
- Fuel Supply: Fuel injection system with dual throttle valves
- Ignition: Digital
- Starter system: electric
- Transmission: 6-speed, return shift
- Maximum power: 23.5 kW (32 PS) / 11 000 rpm
- Maximum torque: 21.0 Nm / 10,000 rpm
2013 Kawasaki Z250 price is RM21,589
Picture of the launch credit to Nurhazah Ibrahim.