Kawasaki Z250 revealed

Z300 expected for UK market

Posted: 31 January 2013
by Ben Cope

Kawasaki's Z250 ... Z300 expected soon

THIS is Kawasaki’s new Z250, revealed only minutes ago on Kawasaki Japan’s website.

We’ve been expecting a naked version of the new Ninja 300 (which is sold as a 250 in several markets to suit local licence regulations) and those expectations appear well founded.

There isn’t really much to say about the new bike – it really is simply a latest-generation Japanese-spec Ninja 250 with the fairing stripped off and replaced with Z1000-style lights and side panels. The bars are a little higher and wider, but the chassis, engine and all the rear bodywork are identical to the faired version.

In 300cc form, as likely to be offered here, that means 38.5bhp at 11,000rpm from the 296cc parallel twin. With less plastic, it should be a fraction lighter than the 172kg (wet) Ninja 300.

In Japan it costs £3400, but over there the equivalent Ninja is only £3900. Apply the same £500 saving to UK prices and you can expect the naked machine to come in at around £4200 compared to £4799 for the non-ABS version of the Ninja 300. As on the Ninja, expect ABS to be a £400 option.

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Kinda purdy in black

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 13:03

I could use one of those for around town.

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 00:46

Revealed in Indonesia- more here: http://tmcblog.com/2013/01/31/all-new-kawasaki-z250/
I say that its a good move- for people who dont want a faired bike in the 250 segment. Looks rather cool too!

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 03:26

faired bikes and race reps have had their day... look at the sales numbers.
naked bikes rock!

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 05:25

As usual, plenty of people will say "Sort of want", but almost none of you feckers will actually buy it at that ridiculous price.

Add ABS and it'll be the same price as the new Honda CB500 ABS, which will offer much the same fuel economy, a few extra kg, but a bucketload more torque and out-of-town usability. You'll need the same license to ride either of them. The Honda will just destroy it in sales.

I'll be surprised if Kwak even bother importing it to the EU, and especially to the UK, in either engine size. They need to outsource the heck out of their production and lop about £1K off those prices if they want to be competitive.

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 10:37

isnt this bike under one of the new three stage licence laws limtis?

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 13:29

Rogerborg - what department at Honda do you work in?
You're as bad, as biased and as blatant with who is paying you as MCN are with Triumph.
Jeese, lighten up!
I like this bikes looks, but some wont - thats the beauty of choice. Good looking bikes sell - look at the YZFR125 sales when there are loads of cheaper 125s around.
More, new, affordable metal can only be a good thing.
Good luck with your market share though...!

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 15:11

Dude, I ain't heavy, bro.

I own two Kwaks and no Hondas. Actually, I own and run both a GPz305 and a GPZ500S, so I'm well placed to make the comparison.

A 250 is not a 125. It's traditionally been a poor selling sector of the market. You'll need a new A2 license to ride the 300 version of this, same as the Honda. With ABS, they're essentially the same price and the same weight.

Honda offer better finance at the moment too, and the 500 will hold its value better. Do you really think that buyers will be queuing up to pay more for less bike? I can't imagine why.

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 10:48

Because it looks freakin' amazing and that's one of the things that matter to a 19-year-old A2 license holder. Come two years time I might buy one.

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 17:31

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