The Kawasaki ZX-25R has been hitting the headlines quite often. Why, you may ask is a 250cc bike hogging all the limelight? It is the only 250cc bike in its class that has got four cylinders instead of the rigamarole two or single. A bit too much you will say…well we couldn’t agree more. However, a recently-released video from Kawasaki shows the bike’s capabilities and why exactly this pocket rocket will be a drool-worthy addition to the garage. The 249cc, liquid-cooled engine produces 51PS of power at a lofty 15,500rpm, with the redline set for 17,000rpm. The torque produced is 23Nm at an equally high 14,500rpm. This shows that the bike is built for the track and perhaps might need too many gearshifts on the road. To keep it in the meat of the power band that is. The video below will give you goosebumps.
Kawasaki ZX-25R video lap of Jerez
As you can see, the bike is put through its paces by WSBK rider, Jonathan Rea at the Jerez race circuit. The styling of the Kawasaki ZX-25R is purely like that of a sportsbike. It draws inspiration from the bigger siblings like the Kawasaki Ninja 400. There are LED headlights, a streamlined body while the chassis has been developed by WSBK engineers. 37mm upside down telescopic front forks and back-link horizontal unit at the rear complete the suspension setup. There is dual channel ABS on offer along with riding modes, quickshifter, slip and assist clutch, 6-speed gearbox, semi-digital readout and traction control.
As of now, the Kawasaki ZX-25R is available only in the Indonesian market and sells with and without ABS. The norms there are relaxed. However, for the power the bike produces, it gets a luxury tax slapped on itself. This luxury tax pushes the bike’s price to INR 6 lakh. That in itself is a deterrent. If and when Kawasaki plans to bring this screamer to our market, there are chances it might be priced above Rs 3 lakh. At that price, there won’t be too many buyers especially when the updated Kawasaki Ninja 300 will be priced lower.
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