Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R is a 250cc sportbike with a twist: four cylinders.
Trellis frame, big piston forks, and ‘power’ mode present as well.
Power rumored to be in the 60bhp range.
Kawasaki has unveiled the Ninja ZX-25R at the Tokyo Motor show. This is a sportbike that displaces 250cc, which, on the surface, seems like it is another version of the Ninja 250R. However, it isn’t – it has twice as many cylinders, and makes twice as much power.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R has a steel trellis frame, like the Ninja H2. There is an inline four-cylinder 249cc engine hidden within the fairing. This liquid-cooled DOHC motor is rumored to generate peak power in the range of 60bhp, which is twice that what the current crop of 250-350s generate.
It will have KTRC traction control, and a KQS quickshifter as well. There is a ‘power mode’ as well, although it is currently unclear what it exactly does. Brakes consist of a single front disc, but the calliper is a radially mounted monobloc one, which is unusual.
The suspension consists of big piston forks with a separate function. All this hardware is something usually seen in the 600cc track-focused sportbike segment.
The power figure balanced with the weight a four-cylinder engine contributes to a motorcycle means that it won’t really be much quicker than a KTM RC 390. However, the big-bike feel, the refinement, and the feel from the brakes and suspension will be unmatched.
None of this will come cheap, however, so it is highly unlikely that Kawasaki will look to sell the ZX-25R as anything but a very exclusive proposition in the Indian market. Which is a shame, because it has everything the Indian public loves – a sportbike format, a name with history and respect in the Indian space, and, above all else, the sound of an inline four-cylinder motor.