A new report from Iwanbanaran has revealed new details about the upcoming Kawasaki ZX-25R. The hyper quarter-lire motorcycle will be manufactured in Japan by the Motorcycle & Engine division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The Indonesian market will get the Kawasaki ZX-25R via the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route to keep production costs under check.
The Kawasaki ZX-25R will be suspended over an upside-down fork up front and a Uni-Trak monoshock at the rear. In comparison, Kawasaki does not offer an upside-down fork even in the Ninja 650. In fact, the first product with an upside-down fork in Kawasaki’s portfolio is the ZX-6R!
Regarding pricing, the report adds that the Kawasaki ZX-25R will be priced in the range of IDR 100 million to IDR 130 million (INR 5.08 lakh to INR 6.61 lakh). In comparison, the locally manufactured Kawasaki Ninja 250 is priced at IDR 75 million (INR 3.81 lakh), while the Kawasaki Ninja 300 costs IDR 87.7 million (INR 4.46 lakh).
The Kawasaki ZX-25R will be loaded with electronic riding aids to the gills. We expect the bike to offer ride-by-wire, riding modes and some form of traction control as standard. The DOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine. While earlier reports have claimed maximum power of 60 PS, Iwanbanaran's new report now claims that the output will be in the range of 42 to 46 PS. That’s still fairly high for a quarter-litre motorcycle. The engine’s rev limiter will be around 16,000 rpm to 19,000 rpm.
The Kawasaki ZX-25R will get a tubular frame similar to the flagship model Kawasaki Ninja H2. The front-wheel will be shod with a 100-110 specification tyre, while the rear tyre will be in the range of 140 to 160 mm.
Unlike the Yamaha R25 and the Honda CBR250RR, the upcoming Kawasaki ZX-25R will not be a regular quarter-litre sports offering. The official unveiling is expected at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2019, while the Indonesian launch is expected only in 2020. India though may not get the Kawasaki ZX-25R anytime soon.