Apart from the Z H2 supercharged roadster, Kawasaki has unveiled the much-awaited ZX-25R. The new quarter-litre product from the Japanese brand features an inline four-cylinder engine, and several premium hardware specifications.
The Kawasaki ZX-25R is powered by a 249 cc inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve engine. The performance numbers are yet to be announced, although previous reports indicated that the 249 cc motor will deliver close to 60 PS of peak power. The safety-net on the motorcycle comprises ABS, traction control and selectable power modes. The six-speed gearbox benefits from a Quick-shifter.
The Kawasaki ZX-25R shares its styling cues with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. Thus, it features a twin-pod LED headlight. The front blinkers are integrated into the fairing and that gives cleaner look to the front of the motorcycle. The muscular fuel tank has pronounced recesses to lock the knees while cornering. The tank is followed by split-style, step-up seats that enhance the sporty looks of the motorcycle.
The Kawasaki Racing Team paint is similar to the bigger Ninja models such as the Ninja 400 and the ZX-10R. The Kawasaki ZX-10R inspired taillight gives a big-bike look to the ZX-25R. The short exhaust helps the ZX-25R achieve a cleaner, minimalistic look.
The clip-on style handlebars will deliver sporty ergonomics, and the ZX-25R should be an absolute treat on the racetrack. The cockpit isn’t visible, although we would not be surprised to see a Bluetooth-enabled instrument console on the new quarter-litre Kawasaki.
The quarter-litre four-cylinder Ninja motorcycle is built around high-tensile steel trellis frame. Shock absorption tasks are handled by upside-down Separate Function Forks at the front and a horizontal back-link rear suspension. Braking setup comprises a single disc at the front with radially mounted monoblock calliper at the front and a single disc at the back.
The finer technical specifications, prices and availability details are yet to be announced. The new motorcycle should reach select markets in 2020, and its Indian launch is likely to happen around the same time. Kawasaki will most definitely import the ZX-25R via the CBU route, and thus we expect to see a premium price tag. The inline four-cylinder will give it an edge over the Indonesia-made Honda CBR250RR.