Sunday October 21, 2012
Kawasaki bikes unveiled
By JASON HWANG
KAWASAKI Malaysia has launched locally assembled 250cc and 800cc bikes.
Although there is a 300cc Ninja variant available as well, which happens to be headed for the United States, among other markets, Kawasaki Malaysia has decided to opt for the Ninja 250 instead, to cater for the larger market of those who possess a B2 motorcycle licence that limits the rider to 250cc bikes.
The new Ninja 250 offers revised styling that has been heavily borrowed from its ZX-6R, ZX-10R and ZX-14R stable mates, which certainly adds a great deal of perceived performance appeal.
It is fitted with an electric starter for the motor, which is fuel-injected with dual throttle valves producing 32bhp at 11,000rpm and 21Nm of torque at 10,000rpm.
All of these get mated to a six-speed manual transmission to help get the Ninjaís 172kg curb weight up to speed. The bike is able to take on about 17 litres of petrol.
With the number of big bikes increasing on local roads, Kawasaki Malaysia figured it made sense to introduce the Z800, which replaces the Z750 with an additional 50cc of engine displacement, and should be a welcome option for those who find the Z1000 too intimidating.
The 229kg Z800, in streetfighter guise, seems a tad hefty, but its four-cylinder 806cc motor pushes out about 110bhp at 10,200rpm and 83Nm of torque at 8,000rpm, making it seem a little acoustically milder than the higher revving Ninja 250, and it should be easier to get the bike going when faced with stop-go traffic.
The Kawasaki Ninja 250 is priced at RM22,589, while the larger Z800 is RM47,989, which could be seen as the next step up from their ER6 N or F thatís popular for beginners.