2014 Kawasaki Z250SL Officially Launched in Indonesia – the supernaked of RR Mono – Rp. 38,9 million (RM10,978)

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The family of Kawasaki Z series has become bigger with the introduction of this Z250SL in Indonesia for the world premiere. Few months ago, we just got to know the presence of the Kawasaki RR Mono or 250SL as the full-fairing supersports which is also unveiled in Indonesia. This single-cylinder bike is going to be marketed with its brother, Z250 which is 2-cylinder bike. Now, there are more choices for customer to choose in the 250cc category.

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Z250SL comes with the same chassis as the RR Mono which is the beautiful Trellis-like frame (in the tech specs it is called diamond type, but I’ll call it Trellis anyway). Compared to the supersports RR Mono, the frame are now much more visible to the eyes as the bike is naked type that shows the muscle and the chassis under it. At 148 kg (Non-ABS model), the Z250SL is almost 20 kg lighter than the Z250. The light weight is a significant factor in the bike’s nimble handling. 

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The exposure of the Trellis frame gives it a little bit of Italian kind of feel since this kind of frame is favourite for Italian manufacturers especially Ducati. The frame are exposed nicely with the metal grey colour that separates it from the black engine casing.

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The 4-stroke engine as we already know from the RR Mono introduction, comes from KLX250. The engine provides 28hp maximum power at 9,700RPM with 22.6Nm from 8,200RPM.

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Compared to the 2-cylinder Ninja 250, this Z250SL engine is only 4hp less than the 32hp engine of the Ninja. Z250SL got the usual DOHC 4-valve liquid-cooled engine for that performance needs.

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Rear suspension are handled with the monoshock Uni-Trak suspension for better handling of the bike in slow or fast riding condition. Similar technology are also used by Honda with the name Pro-Link.

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All-digital instrument panel gives the cockpit a modern, sporty look. Its easy-to-read features include a digital bar-graph tachometer, digital speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, clock, and fuel gauge. Amber backlighting contributes to the Z image and facilitates instrument visibility at night.

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The handlebar are flat and wide for that nimble handling. You can flick it easily in traffic to change direction. The handlebar are also easy to manage for everyday riding if compared to the supersports 250SL.

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Like other models in the Z Series, the Z250SL’s aggressive styling hints at its sporty potential. Following a “slim and sexy” design theme, the contrast between its flared and waisted sections gives the bike a dynamic, hourglass figure. Its parts were all designed to be as compact as possible, and are mounted as closely as possible to the frame to further reinforce the bike’s slim design as well as adding to high quality looks.

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Front and rear disc brakes offer impressive stopping performance. Petal disc design adds to the sporty Kawasaki looks.

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For additional rider reassurance, an ABS model is also available. Its high-spec system was designed specially for motorcycles and features the world’s smallest ABS unit. Independent front/rear activation maximises rider control for aggressive, sporty riding.

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Kawasaki Z250SL is one fierce contender in naked 250cc category as it got that slim body and chassis, good looks, great 1-cylinder engine from KLX250 and lower price than the Z250, Ninja 250 and even the RR Mono. With all that great specs and interesting features, we wonder whether this will come to Malaysia or not. In my humble opinion (and close observation of Kawasaki strategy in Malaysia), I think it should arrive here soon.

2014 Kawasaki Z250SL price is Rp 38,9 million (RM10,978 direct conversion bro).

  2014 Kawasaki Z250SL Tech Specs

  • Engine type:      Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke 1 Cylinder DOHC

  • Displacement :    249 cm³

  • Bore x stroke :    72.0 x 61.2 mm

  • Compression ratio:     11.3:1

  • Valve/Induction system:    DOHC, 4 valves

  • Fuel system     Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 1

  • Ignition :  Keihin, Transistorized Ignition

  • Electric: Starting

  • Lubrication : Forced lubrication, wet sump

  • Maximum power 20.6 kW / 9,700 rpm

  • Maximum torque 22,6 N·m { kgf·m} / 8,200 rpm
    SS 400m : 15,5 s

  • SS 200m : 9,7 s

  • Max Speed : 153 km/h

  • Transmission 6-speed, return

  • Final Drive Sealed chain

  • Primary reduction ratio 2.800 (84/30)

  • Gear ratios: 1st 3.000 (393/11)

  • Gear ratios: 2nd 1.933 (29/159)

  • Gear ratios: 3rd 1.444 (31/22)

  • Gear ratios: 4th 1.217 (28/23)

  • Gear ratios: 5th 1.045 (23/22)

  • Gear ratios: 6th 0.923 (24/26)

  • Final reduction ratio 3.000 (42/14)

  • Clutch : Wet multi-disc, manual

  • Frame type Tube diamond

  • Rake/Trail 24° / 90 mm

  • Wheel travel, front 110 mm

  • Wheel travel, rear 116 mm

  • Tyre, front 100/80-17 M/C (52S)

  • Tyre, rear 130/70-17 M/C (62S)

  • Steering angle, left / right 36° / 36°

  • Suspension, front  telescopic fork

  • Suspension, rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak swing arm

  • Brakes, front Single 263 mm petal disc. Caliper: dual-piston.

  • Brakes, rear Single 193 mm petal disc. Caliper: Dual-piston.

  • Dimensions (L x W x H) 1.935 mm x 685 mm x 1,075 mm

  • Wheelbase 1,330 mm

  • Road Clearance 165 mm

  • Seat height 780 mm

  • Fuel capacity 11 litres

  • Curb Mass 148 kg / 150 kg (ABS model)

via: http://tmcblog.com/2014/04/30/kawasaki-indonesia-resmi-rilis-varian-kawasaki-z250sl/ and http://www.kawasaki-cp.khi.co.jp/mcy/street/14_br250ef_e.html and http://www.kawasaki1ban.com/news_topics/9591

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