The 2017 Kawasaki Z250 has been launched at INR 3.39 lakhs (on-road, Delhi). The Z250 has been the entry level Kawasaki in India and is the naked version of the Ninja 250/300. The new model is essentially the same bike but it now gets a BS-IV compliant engine. There is no other change in the 2017 Kawasaki Z250.
2017 Kawasaki Z250 Price
Kawasaki Z250 Price
|Variant||Price (on-road, Delhi)|
|Z250||INR 3.39 lakhs|
The price of the Kawasaki Z250 has gone up by around INR12000. That is not much of a difference actually. The 2017 Kawasaki Z250 is a twin cylinder bike and hence the pricing is on the higher side compared to its single cylinder competitors.
Kawasaki Z250 Specifications
|Engine||250cc, twin cylinder, liquid cooled|
|Power||31.50bhp @ 11,000 rpm|
|Torque||21Nm @ 10,000 rpm|
Kawasaki Z250 Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||145 mm|
|Seat Height||785 mm|
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Kawasaki Z250 Design
The Kawasaki Z250 is essentially the older Ninja 250, without the fairing. The Ninja currently comes in a 300cc avatar, with some upgrades. The Kawasaki Z250 is undoubtedly a stunning bike. It is built proportionately too. It looks quite premium and also big as compared to its engine capacity. The headlamp cowl is compact on the Kawasaki Z250 and it looks aggressive as well. The cowl houses a multi-reflector headlamp inside. It also has a short and stylish visor on top. The Kawasaki Z250 looks like a more agile and purposeful version of the Ninja 250.
The headlamp comes in the form of a daytime running lamp (DRL), which means that the headlamps stay on, as long as the engine is running. The headlamp cluster is a bow-shaped one. It looks quite mean. The clear instrument panel is well laid out and is easy to read. A large analogue tachometer is dominating this part while the speedometer is a digital one placed on the bottom right side. This includes a fuel gauge, trip meter and a digital clock too. What it lacks is a gear indicator, which would have been a welcome inclusion.
The switch gear is of good quality and feels nice to use too.Its the same with the grips, levers and bar ends that exude a premium feel. The mirrors find its place on the handlebar. The size is big enough, though I would have preferred a wider field of vision. This could be achieved by using a more convex one.
The well-chiseled fuel tank has a capacity of 17 litres, which is of great assistance during long rides. The side panels bear decals that read ‘Z’ and help in beefing up the stance of the motorcycle. A very well-sculpted bottom fairing also adds to the looks in a big way. The rear has integrated grab handles with sleek split seats. This compliments the overall styling of the bike.
Kawasaki Z250 Colours
The Kawasaki Z250 comes in just one colour option, which Kawasaki calls the ‘Candy Flat Blazed Green’. This colour is actually very striking and adds to the overall appeal of the bike, making it stand out in a crowd. It’s a little darker than that of the Ninja and has a matt effect. The colour actually distinguishes the bike as a Kawasaki, from a distance.
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Kawasaki Z250 Engine
The engine of the Kawasaki Z250 is identical to the older Ninja 250R. The 249cc, liquid cooled four-stroke parallel-twin cylinder that makes out 31.1 [email protected] rpm and a torque of 21 [email protected] This is a very refined engine and also revs smoothly. At the low end, the power delivery is quite mild but starts building up around 6000 rpm. The mid-range and top-end of the power band are areas where the bike can be enjoyed the most. Hence, to extract more juice, one needs to keep it above 4000 rpm at least.
Do not expect the bike to shoot off on wringing the throttle. Power delivery is pretty linear and at no point do you get a sudden rush of power. The lack of low end is evident when you come out of a corner or curve, specially, on an incline which is a bit disappointing and one has to keep a low gear to extract better punch. A lower gear helps it be in its power band. The six-speed transmission is well mated and the shift quality is smooth too.
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Kawasaki Z250 Ride
The well-built chassis actually feels quite strong. The Kawasaki Z250 comes with telescopic shock absorbers in the front and a mono-shock suspension at the rear. The suspension setup is on the stiffer side and provides good stability on twisting roads, while banking hard. Straight line stability also is nice. Bad roads are not where you would like to ride the Kawasaki Z250 on. It is best to avoid bad roads on this bike. I found the seat also to be a bit harder than the rest of the Kawasaki offerings, hence not very comfortable. The riding position leans towards the aggressive side. There is a recess on either side of the fuel tank for the knees, which help the rider to have better control.
The brakes on the Kawasaki Z250 are very effective and provides the necessary retardation required. It has a 290mm front and 220mm rear disc brakes with twin piston calipers. There is no ABS, which is disappointing. I think all motorcycles costing upwards of INR 2.5 lakhs, should come equipped with ABS. The bike weighs 168 kgs and is pretty manageable, be it riding in heavy traffic or even parking in tight spots and it is good fun too.
The Kawasaki Z250 delivers on most counts. It has sharp, striking looks and is a head turner. Also, it can be used for daily commutes with ease, as well as those sportier weekend rides. The only downside is that it doesn’t provide the kind of brisk acceleration at low revs that one would be wanting while weaving through city traffic, especially in stop-go situations. You would feel it more if you are used to some single cylinder scorchers.
The Z250 is a fine motorcycle, no doubt, but does fall in a questionable field, where the Ninja 300 is already there and the Z300 has been revealed internationally, which may make an entry into India sooner or later. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 also has an easier riding position, is more comfortable with better seats and delivers more power. However, if you are looking for a twin cylinder motorcycle and the additional cost for the Ninja 300 is a huge ask, moreover, if you are a naked bike fan, the Z250 will just fit the bill. This is one bike which will last long too.