It’s no secret that Kawasaki Motors is working on the naked roadster version of the new Ninja 400, the Z400. As reported in August 2018, the Japanese two-wheeler brand had filed emissions documents at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for two 400 cc motorcycles – the Ninja 400 and the ER400DK.
In recent updates about Kawasaki’s Z family motorcycles, a digital render of the next-generation Z250 has surfaced on the blog site Motoblast. Kawasaki has already unveiled the new Ninja 250, and it’s only a matter of time before the Japanese brand reveals its naked roadster version.
The next-generation Kawasaki Z250 has been imagined wearing a Z900 inspired fascia while the body is identical to the new Ninja 250. A small windscreen accompanies the predator style headlight in the digital render. The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 features a full LED light and, thus it wouldn’t be entirely incorrect to expect the same for the next generation Z250.
Bolt-on shrouds further enhance the robust design of the fuel tank on the Z250. Meanwhile, the step-up split seat and the ZX-10R inspired tail light have been retained from the Ninja 250. The hardware list, too, will be carried forward from the Ninja 250 and thus you’d see conventional telescopic forks up front and a monoshock suspension at the rear.
The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 features a more powerful engine than its predecessor did. The 249 cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine is now tuned for 39 PS at 12,500 rpm and 23.5 Nm at 10,000 rpm. For reference, its predecessor developed 32 PS and 21 Nm. The 2019 Kawasaki Z250 will come equipped with the same engine.
Similar to the 2018 Ninja 250, the next-generation Z250 is expected to use a single 310 mm petal disc up front and a single 220 mm petal disc at the rear.
The Z250 has been around for some four years, and it’s about time that it gets an upgrade. We should hear more details as the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show (opens 6 Nov) comes closer.
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