Kawasaki seems to be extremely aggressive about the 250cc segment. While the Ninja 250R derived naked Z250 and the new single cylinder Kawasaki Ninja RR Mono aka 250SL already launched in Indonesia- there’s another variant in the offing from the Green stable.
Based on the aforesaid Kawasaki Ninja RR Mono, the new naked Kawasaki Z250SL would be featuring the same liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single cylinder 249cc engine cranking out a healthy 27.6 bhp @ 9700 rpm with max torque of 23 nm @ 8200 rpm. The Kawasaki 250SL adorning the plastic bits around itself weighs at 151 kgs and the new Kawasaki Z250SL should go close to the 145 kgs mark giving it a respectable power to weight ratio.
The new Kawasaki Z250SL would feature a similar all-new steel trellis frame which Kawasaki claims to offer slim nimbleness similar to the 150cc two-stroke Ninja RR motorcycle.
Suspending the Z250SL would be 37mm telescopic forks at the front and a Uni-trak linkage system at the rear with five-setting preload adjustability. Braking duties would be handled by two-piston calipers grabbing the 263mm front disc and single pot caliper over a 193mm rear disc. Whether the new Kawasaki Z250SL gets ABS as the Mono RR needs to be seen.
Indonesian website TMCBlog confirms that the 2014 Kawasaki Z250SL is slated for launch in Indonesia on 30th April 2014. With major plastic bits missing on the naked variant, expect the pricing to be lower than the Mono RR. Now only if Kawasaki could get these 250s to India- the already heated up 200-250cc segment would hit even higher temperatures.