Listen to the Kawasaki ZX-25R screaming its way to its 17k redline

The Kawasaki ZX-25R has been big news since it’s unveiling last year, and now we can hear the 250cc four-cylinder machine in all its glory

Kawasaki ZX-25R

THE Kawasaki ZX-25R sportsbike has been somewhat of a talking point since it was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show at the tail end of last year. the move by Kawasaki to use a tiddly four-cylinder engine with an even more tiny 250cc capacity harks back to an age of grey imported, small capacity sportsbikes of the 80s and 90s.

Up till now the machine has been little more than a show pony, having been only seen on the stand in static form at the motor show, leaving us to only wonder what the screaming little sportsbike could sound like. Well wonder no more, as just before Christmas Kawasaki Indonesia (where we believe the primary market for the machine will be) released a video on their YouTube channel letting us hear the thing in all its aural loveliness!

The bike we assume is being run up on a dyno prior to being released officially but it does let us have a listen to the machine as it wails and screams up to its 17,000rpm redline. What makes the video more impressive is that the machine we guess will be wearing something near to a finalised set up of intake and exhaust hardware, meaning an even more delightful noise could be unleashed from the machine with just a small amount of tinkering and fettling.

The bike is thought to be coming in two forms, an A2 compliant version with around 45bhp and a full-fat 60bhp model with more performance focussed suspension brakes and possibly lightweight wheels.