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31 Mar, 2017 ,
The Kawasaki has been in hibernation since it has entered in the Indian motorcycle market but since past year it has really upped their game by introducing a flurry of high performance sports bike in the market. Not only they have been giving competition to the already well-based companies like KTM, Honda, Bajaj and Yamaha; but they have turned quite a few eyes buy seeing how their machines fare on the road.
The bike we are talking about today is the Kawasaki Z250 which is basically an upgrade of the Kawasaki Ninja 250. This segment has already been cut-throat by the Pulsar 200NS, KTM DUKE and Honda CBR 300; but now the Kawasaki Z250 has announced itself into the mix and instantly has given the other companies a run for their money.
Talking about the engine of the bike, the Kawasaki Z250 is a 249cc, liquid cooled, parallel twin-engine which is similar to the Ninja 250. It has been tuned in such a way that it behaves like streetbike and the bike has a maximum power of 32 bhp @ 11000rpm with a very healthy torque of 21 Nm @10000rpm. It is a six-speed transmission engine which gives a refined and sleek gear shifts. Let us make it clear that the bike is extremely comfortable for the rider because of the footpegs which are rested at a comfortable angle for the rider to give a nice grip on the bike resulting in supreme handling for the same. The Kawasaki Z250 does not have a tremendous pickup because the real power of this machine can be felt at the high revs. Once you are past 7000rpm then the exhaust note of the bike gets meaty and unleashing a new level of power through the parallel-twin motor. When compared to its competitors, the Kawasaki Z250 falls a bit less in power. There are no harmful vibes or vibration in the engine which can cause a bit of stress on the handle as the rpm needle reaches its maximum and this due to the mill refinement of the bike.
The suspensions on the Kawasaki Z250 are given to the 37mm telescopic fork and an adjustable mono-shock suspension at the back. The Z250 gives us a spring like jump due to the mono-shock suspension which is heavily complimented by the handles broken rod with aplomb. The chassis of the bike is of a diamond type covered with a steel frame which is exact to the Kawasaki Ninja 250.
If you want to conclude, then the handling dynamics of the Z250 is really exhilarating. When it arrives at corners, the bike is an absolute delight because the responsiveness of the chassis really withholds the bike and rider allowing it to go faster. The bike glides from one corner to another with utmost ease but the bike desperately needs better set of tyres to eliminate the slipping off the roads, this could completely put forward and experience a new level of handling mechanism. The Z250 has been provided a 300mm petal disc brake at the front with a 220mm petal disc brake at the rear. We still don’t get it that why isn’t ABS offered. It amuses because safety is a very important measure nowadays. No, we aren’t saying that the brakes of the Kawasaki Z250 are p bad but the inclusion of ABS would have made it much better.
The Kawasaki Z250 though wants to be a street racer but it is a typical naked street with detailed body looks and a muscular built. It seems like it has taken a lot of inspiration from its elder sibling, the Z800. As you can see on the bike, there a lot of sharp lines and edges across the body of the bike which makes it look like more emphasis have been laid. Please don’t get fooled by the stance of the bike because it looks more like a 500cc bike. Every curve of the bike has been minutely observed which offers a great sense of swagger to the machine. The fuel tank is of a Z-shape which is really unique which makes the underbelly merge with the extension and thus enhancing the looks of the bike drastically. The split seats, rear section, Y-spoke alloys and exhaust are taken from the Ninja 300. The instrument console of the bike gives us an analogue tachometer with a multi-functional LCD screen that shows us speed, trip and fuel levels. The switch gear and build of this bike is extremely stylish with great sense of depth. The wirings for the bike are well intact with robust designing which doesn’t leave any loose ends for the machine. Not to forget that this bike, in terms of styling, really lives up to the expectation one has from the Kawasaki.
When we want to buy a 250cc bike then definitely fuel efficiency is not our top priority. Anyways, the Z250 has an overall mileage of around 30kmpl which should result in around 500km with its 17L fuel capacity. Yes, this bike is not at all a stout when it comes to fuel efficiency because not many bikes can’t give a mileage like the Kawasaki Z250.
The electrical of this bike is of a 12V DC and the battery is maintenance free. The headlight of this bike is a bulb and reflector type and the tail light is LED based. The bulb reflector headlights help in clearing disturbances on the road which can hinder our visibility. Alongside this, there are various features like dual tripmeter etc.
It is not the most powerful bike in the market when it comes to that particular segment but the supreme handling and quality of the ride makes it extremely special and worthy. Dismissing corners and tough surfaces with ease is really jaw-dropping because not many bike at any given category can do that. Not to forget the parallel-twin motor this helps the chassis to respond more to the movement of the machine. The price tag is a bit too much but this ride can really give you a brand new experience. If you have the cash then go for it.
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