The highly desirable Kawasaki ZX-25R was finally launched in Indonesia yesterday as announced last month.
Its introduction brings back the mid- 1980’s when the Japanese manufacturers were battling each other for technological supremacy with small screamer engines that revved to the maximum and sounded gloriously!
It sports an aggressive stance highlighted by split LED headlamps, muscular fuel tank, step-up style seats, and black aesthetics.
The bike sits on a high tensile steel trellis frame and gets a compact exhaust system. The Kawasaki Racing Team logo is on the side panels.
ZX-25R comes equipped with a semi-digital instrument panel that includes an analogue tachometer and a digital display for other essential readouts.
Its jewel engine is a 249 cc, liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed transmission and puts out 50 HP at 15,500.rpm with 30 Nm of peak torque. With Ram air induction, the engine can develop 51 HP. That is equivalent to a staggering 200HP/liter! That’s a big number coming from for a 250 cc bike.
The bike weighs only 182 kg so it should have a very good power tonweight ratio.
The standard model gets dual-channel ABS but the Special Edition variant gets different Riding Modes, Traction Control System, and a Quickshifter.
Other specs highlights are:
Maximum Engine RPM : 17,000
Seat Height : 795mm
Suspension: Front Showa 37mm inverted fork with 120mm travel and horizontal back link mono-shock with pre-load adjustability and 116 mm wheel-travel.
Braking : 310mm brake disc with a four-piston caliper at the front, and preload-adjustable rear shock and a 220mm disc with single-piston caliper at the back.
Pricing based on Indonesia retail is IDR 96,000,000 or P298,000 for the the standard trim and IDR 11,290,0000 or P349,00 for the Special Edition.
There is also a racer version presented and a Racing Cup series planned when racing resumes.
However, there is no formal announcemnet by Kawasaki Motor Philippines or Kawasaki Leisure Bikes if they will bring this baby here. Also the price would most likely be higher than in Indonesia.
If ever, it will surely be the perfect trackday toy for many of us who do not want the high powered literbikes but want knife edge handling and glorious sounding engine.
The buyer will have the panache and heritage of a World Championship winning bike plus the 785mm low seat height is also ideal for typical Pinoy build and height.
Would you buy this baby?
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