Since around 2014 there have been rumours circulating regarding Kawasaki releasing a four-cylinder 250cc sports motorcycle. Finally, Kawasaki is releasing one! They recently revealed the ZX-25R bike at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The motorcycle is powered by a water-cooled, DOHC four-cylinder engine which measures at 249cc. The bike guarantees a return to the fantastic 20,000rpm-plus redlines. This hasn’t been seen since the short spate of the 250cc Japanese four-cylinders 30 years ago.
Thirty years ago the ZXR250 was leading the way, competing against the Suzuki GSX-R250, Honda CBR250 and the Yamaha FZR250. Now in 2019, the Kawasaki has the playing field to itself.
The bike is mostly marketed at the Indonesian market
It seems that the motorcycle is more aimed towards the Indonesian market even though Kawasaki revealed it in Tokyo. The bike is expected to be manufactured in Indonesia as well. At present all of the technical details are mostly under wraps, with the spec sheet having blanks next to the power, bore and stroke, dimensions, torque and weight.
The details that Kawasaki has confirmed to date is that the motorcycle will use a steel trellis frame which isn’t as glamorous as the aluminium beam frames that its predecessors had. Kawasaki has also stated that they have used Showa SFF-BP forks.
With low emissions, it seems likely the bike will come to Europe
It is an impressive feat to get a four-cylinder 250cc engine to pass the modern emissions laws. The bike comes with a colossal catalytic converter to be seen in the underbelly exhaust system. However, it does not seem to be likely that Kawasaki will bring its ZX-25R to the market in Europe because of the stringent emission tests.
Within the few photographs that have been released, the bolt pattern on the visible parts is similar to that of the previous ZXR250s. This suggests that the design of the engine may be based on the motorcycle’s 30-year-old predecessor. If this is the case, it will definitely save on the development costs. This being said, Kawasaki has put in a lot of effort into creating the engine fit for modern consumption.
Another confirmation from Kawasaki is that the motorcycle features traction control as well as a quick shifter, meaning that the bike must be fitted with a modern fuel injection along with a ride-by-wire throttle as a bare minimum.
We’re all waiting for more updates from Kawasaki regarding the latest motorcycle venture.