The new year, 2015, brings a good news from motorcycle company Kawasaki. They have added ABS and Slipper clutch to the current Kawasaki Z250 streetbike. This update is done for the Southeast Asian market as these features already exist in the Japanese market. ABS is ‘antilock breaking system’ which makes the riding safer and slipper clutch prevents the rear hop along with making riding easier.
ABS and slipper clutch were standard on the Kawasaki Ninja 300 for the Japanese market so it makes a clever decision of the authorities to provide these features to the next bike up the ladder. However this decision was taken due to the strong demand of critics. This results into raising price of the presently expensive bike. In India the current cost of the bike is Rs. 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) which is only Rs.60,000 less than Kawasaki Ninja 300. The price hike would narrow this gap and so it is unclear if Kawasaki India would launch this model in our country.
There won’t be any technical changes made in the current Z250 model. This model is powered by a 249cc; liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine which develops max power of 32PS at 11,000rpm and peak torque of 21Nm at 10,000rpm. Ninja 300 packs bigger engine which giver high power and torque. Six-speed gearbox is provided to transmit power to the rear wheel. The chassis for Z250 streetbike is a diamond type steel frame it was also seen on the first Kawasaki which was offered for Indian market, the Ninja 250R. The motorcycle has 37mm telescopic forks upfront along with a monoshock at the rear to handle suspension duties. With the recent updates in the structure the Z250 streetbike is expected to be 2Kg heavier than the standard version. Given the circumstances, it would be interesting to see how Z250 Streetbike performs in the Southeast Asian market.