Japanese two-wheeler major Kawasaki introduced its new entry level motorcycle for the Indian market today, the Z250. This mini-me version of the Z800 is powered by the same engine that was found on the fully faired and now discontinued Kawasaki Ninja250R.
Now that there is one more option in the quarter-litre (200cc or thereabouts) motorcycle segment, we decided to place this latest offering by Kawasaki against its closest rivals in the Indian two-wheeler market – KTM Duke 200, Honda CBR250R, Suzuki Inazuma and Hyosung GT250R. And this is how the technical specifications of these motorcycles look on paper.
|Specifications||Kawasaki Z250||KTM Duke 200||Honda CBR250R|
|Type||Liquid Cooled, 4-Stroke Parallel Twin||Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled||Air Cooled, 4-Stroke, SI Engine|
|Frame||Tube Diamond, Steel||Tubular space frame made from steel tubes, powder-coated||Twin Spar|
|Seat Height (mm)||785||800||790|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||145||170||145|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||17-litres||11-litres||13-litres|
|Front||Telescopic Fork||WP Suspension Up Side Down||Telescopic|
|Rear||Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with Gas-Charged Shock and 5-Way Adjustable Preload||WP Suspension Monoshock||Spring Loaded Hydraulic Type Monoshock|
|Front||Single 290 mm Petals Disc||280 mm Disc brake with four-pot brake caliper||296mm Disc|
|Rear||Single 220 mm Petals Disc||230 mm Disc brake with one-pot brake caliper, floating brake discs||220mm Disc|
|Price (Ex-Showroom Delhi)||Rs 2.99 lakh||Rs 1.35 lakh||Rs 1.53 lakh|
Tech Specs Table Continued…
|Specifications||Suzuki Inazuma||Hyosung GT250R|
|Type||4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC||4 Stroke, V-Twin, Oil Cooled|
|Seat Height (mm)||780||830|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||165||155|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||13.3-litre||17-litres|
|Front||Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped||Inverted Telescopic|
|Rear||Swingarm type, coil spring, oil damped||Progressive Linkage Hydraulic Mono shock suspension|
|Front||Disc||300 mm Hydraulic double disc brake|
|Rear||Disc||230 mm Hydraulic single disc brake|
|Price (Ex-Showroom Delhi)||Rs 2.09 lakh||Rs 3.00 lakh|
In terms of power, the new Kawasaki beats the competition hands down. The 249cc parallel twin engine churns out 32PS of power. However, with 24.4Nm, the Suzuki Inazuma produces maximum amount of torque. The least number of horses are produced by the KTM Duke 200 with 199.5cc engine that puts out 25PS of power. But don’t be fooled by that low power figure. This little orange monster is the lightest motorcycle here. At 136kg, the KTM Duke 200 is nearly 27 kilograms lighter than the second lightest motorcycle, Honda CBR250R. The low weight gives the Duke 200 a phenomenal power to weight ratio.
In terms of transmission, the Hyosung GT250R falls a tad behind as it comes with a 5-speed gearbox as opposed to 6-speed gearbox on other motorcycles. It is also the heaviest motorcycle in this comparison.
In terms of pricing, the KTM Duke 200 is the most affordable motorcycle with an ex-showroom tag of Rs 1.35 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Z250 and Hyosung GT250R share a near similar price tag making them the most expensive motorcycles in the comparison.
So this is how these motorcycles stack up against each other. Although the new Z250 feels a lot premium, we feel that Kawasaki should have priced it more competitively to attract more buyers.
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