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02 May 2014

Kawasaki launches its street bred Z250 SL

The high volume game was too hard for Kawasaki to resist and the new Z250 SL bike is living proof

Abhinav Mishra
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Kawasaki has been selling the Ninja 300 in India for some time now, but hasn’t enjoyed the kind of numbers that the Honda CBR 250R or KTM 200 Duke have. The reason? Though the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is one of the best performers in its segment, the twin-cylinder motor is expensive to make. Not helping matters is the Rs 3.8 lakh (on-road) price tag that customers shy away from. Seems like the price tag was not an India specific problem, but plagued other Asian markets as well.

So now, Kawasaki has presented a solution in the form of the Kawasaki Z250 SL (Super Lightweight). What makes this bike a lot more affordable than its 300cc cousin is the single cylinder 250cc motor, which is cheaper to make and cheaper to sell. Though costs are in check don’t take this single cylinder motor to be a slouch. The 250cc liquid cooled engine makes 28bhp and weighs in at 148kg with fuel added. This should translate to some impressive power to weight ratio.

The Z250 SL has currently been launched in Indonesia, but expect it to take some time to come to India. There are two reasons for this - first, Kawasaki currently has only two dealerships in the country and is looking to expand further. Second, to price the bike aggressively, Kawasaki will have to source most of the parts from Indian suppliers while still not compromising on quality.

Considering all these factors we expect the Kawasaki Z250 SL to be launched in India around mid 2015, at an on road price of Rs 1.75 lakh. What do you think?

Tags: ninja 300, ninja, z250 sl, kawasaki

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