Kawasaki Z250 Ridden

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This time around, our newly appointed Malaysian Riders associate gets to test out the new Z250 while we were working on the Z series film. Nader Ben Hadj Yahia is the man who we are talking about here, below are his very own opinion towards the Kawasaki Z250 and surely with the perspective of Malaysian Riders being taken into consideration as well. After all, our organization will only write and speaks the truth about everything we tested.

So let’s get down to business! The Z250 is one of the latest additions to the Kawasaki family for the year 2013/2014. It’s a water cooled 249cc DOHC parallel-twin engine, 4 valves per cylinder fuel injected bike, producing barely 32HP, and capable of achieving a top speed of 160Km/h, and 0 to 100 Km/h acceleration in 3 gear shifts (Using stock gearing). The bike roll’s on two light weight 17inch rims and has a 290mm front disk with a dual-piston caliper, and a 230mm disk at the back equipped with a dual-piston caliper as well, operating the brakes is very easy and the braking system provides lots of feel to the rider. Although 168Kg might sound light weight for a bike, the lack of power makes the Z250 feel heavy at times specially when going through traffic or riding uphill. Throttle responds fast for any changes and is accompanied with some sort of torque at all gears. An addition of 15Hp or another 20Kg weight loss would have brought this bike a lot closer to perfection, but for now there isn’t enough power that would make it ride as exciting as it looks.

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The baby Z changed directions easily and kept good stability in, and throughout a corner, too bad the front suspensions cannot be adjusted to improve the ride quality, because the bike rarely went through a stretch of road that it could ride smooth. The seating position is up-right, with a seat that sinks well behind the 17 liters fuel tank, and is reachable by the younger and shorter riders easily, and also allows you to grab the tank with your thighs easily. But the quality of the seat was one of the major things I didn’t like in this bike, I found it to be unbearable to sit on it after an hour of riding and honestly from that moment onward, I was looking forward to return the bike and have mercy on bum! The gear shifter operates smooth enough for you not to miss shifts and the clutch lever can be operated with one finger only without too much trouble. Fuel consumption is excellent, this 250 benefits from a Economy mode which works every time it has a chance to, keeping consumption at a minimum at all times, offering more millage for your cent.

The paint on the Z250 is a work of art, it looked good in all light conditions, was hard to dirty and easy to clean, and kept its shine and texture after being exposed to different weather elements which is a hard result to achieve with matt paints in general, but still looked good here. Another nice feature on the bike in my opinion was the separated tail unit that looks extremely good and function well at the same time, but of course don’t forget the even better functioning and better looking headlight that comes stock on this 250 providing loads of visibility while night riding, you will definitely be more than comfortable in the dark! And don’t forget the aggressive, about to wheelie look, that this bike inherits from its older Z-series uncles. Another thing that was unbearable for me was the insane amount of vibration that my body absorbed during a trip, I am sure of the cause, it might be from the steel frame, the cheap feeling suspensions or the bad Road Winner tires, but this bike was not comfortable to ride for a long distance, I think it would do best for small distances less than 15Km at a time.

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The Z250 is considered to be the naked version of the Ninja 250R, the very successful beginner bike which needs no introduction. This Baby Z shares the dazzling styling of the Z-series and will sure be a head turner in the real world, and, that will sure help capture a big part of the market since it doesn’t have many competitors in its category, but unfortunately, truth is the Z250 still needs a lot to become the monster its image projects it to be.

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Kawasaki Z250 Now in Malaysia

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The long wait by most beginner riders in Malaysia has now turned to reality when Kawasaki Malaysia launched the bike yesterday (24 September 2013) at the Elite Speedway. But somehow, after all these years of making review films to the green team of Malaysia; we were once again left out from the invitation list to the launch of the long awaited Z250.

But all that aside, as a portal or platform to motorcycle enthusiast out there; we are passionate in sharing and giving out the information that we have regarding the bike even if we were not present to the launch event. The first of the thing that everyone must be curious to know is the price. Kawasaki yesterday announced the price will be set at RM21,589 which from our perspective, looks to be a very strong contender with the current hot selling KTM DUKE 200.

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The baby of the Z800 are now looking to be a much more accommodating to the local beginner riders who are looking for a steady bike with stunning looks and ease of usage to be a daily commuter. With the introduction of three colors from RED, WHITE and the traditional GREEN, the Z250 are looking to grab some pieces of the cake in the beginner level of motorcycle market.

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As much as we want to share about our insight on the new Z250, we are unable to give a proper write ups on this piece due to our uninvited circumstance. But, we are confident that the bike will definitely be as good as the Ninja 250 similar to the one that our test rider had tested previously (CLICK HERE TO WATCH). Therefore, we are looking forward at what else can the Z250 give us to enjoy the already great 250cc platform.

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Z250: Kawasaki Baby Naked

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Going the distance is really a suitable phrases for Kawasaki in this situation where they are really making a huge effort in trying to capture the market of a small and practical bikes for daily usage. The new Z250 was officially unveiled not too far away from our shore which is in Indonesia and it is anticipated to be here in Malaysia not too long from now. But as for now, we haven’t really got any official words from the people of Kawasaki Malaysia regarding this bike here.

The new Z250 is basically a Ninja 250 with the fairing replaced with a Z800 looks and that is basically it. We already expecting the International media from the European segment are starting to discuss about the possibility of a Z300 being manufactured to really suit their local markets and it is very likely to be happening for them. The technical specification of the Z250 should be similar to the Ninja 250 and we can already expect the bike to be in the same range of the announced Ninja 250 price.

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We were not shocked by the announcement of the new Z250 as it is only a logical way of Kawasaki in order to become a dominant force in smaller capacity motorcycle range. We really hope that they wouldn’t sacrifice the characteristic and the soul of the bike by overproducing the bike until it becomes so mainstream and ultimately becoming nothing special to the riders.

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For now, we are awaiting for Kawasaki Malaysia to announce about the bike to be here in Malaysia as we are yet to see the new Ninja 250 being sold here in Malaysia. It sure has been taking quite a while for them to finalize the bike for our local market and this is quite puzzling for us as to why hasn’t it be on the road for now. Whatever it is, we really hopes that all our followers will stay tune with us for more updates and please do LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to our FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE CHANNEL.