Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Unveiled At Tokyo Motor Show 2019
Modified On Oct 23, 2019 By Praveen M.
The motorcycle packs a 249cc liquid-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine
- The ZX-25R comes with the same design language as the Ninja 400.
- It also comes with power modes, traction control and quick shifter.
- The underpinnings are also pretty sophisticated for its class.
Kawasaki has finally unveiled one of its most hyped supersport motorcycles, the Ninja ZX-25R, at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. This motorcycle is the only one in its segment to pack a 249cc 4-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. It is reined in by electronic aids like Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) and Power Mode. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission and it features a quickshifter too. While Kawasaki hasn’t revealed the output figures yet, expect the engine to churn out around 60PS of power considering the presence of such sophisticated electronics.
The Ninja ZX-25R’s foundations are also pretty sophisticated as it features a first-in-class Showa SFF-BP fork and a horizontal backlink monoshock. Both are likely to be fully adjustable, and are mounted on a high-tensile steel trellis frame. The motorcycle is anchored by disc brakes on both ends with a radial caliper up front and standard dual-channel ABS. The wheels are shod with Dunlop Sportmax tyres.
The motorcycle adopts the same design language as the Ninja 400, but we wished Kawasaki had come up with a more unique look for this baby supersport. That said, it matches the sporty demeanour of the motorcycle, and the ergonomics are also expected to be properly aggressive. The ZX-25R gets clip-on handlebars too.
The latest Kwacker is ideal for South-east Asian markets as the tax slab for higher capacity is pretty high. Moreover, in markets like Indonesia, there’s a void between the smaller Ninja 300 and the larger Ninja ZX-6R/ Ninja 650, and Kawasaki does not offer the Ninja 400 there. Hence, this motorcycle makes perfect sense to fill the gap. That said, the ZX-25R is unlikely to be launched in India as it will be too expensive to launch a small-capacity bike with such sophisticated features and underpinnings. If launched here, it is expected to cost well over the Ninja 400 and that’s unlikely to go down well with Indian customers’ perception of bigger displacement equals better bike.