Launched: Kawasaki Z250 and ER-6n
After hanging low for a few months, Kawasaki is back in the thick of it with two new bikes - the Z250 and the ER-6n. Both bikes will be shipped in as completely knocked-down kits from Thailand.Let's start with the stylish naked streetbike, the Z250. Taking inspiration from big brother Z800, the Z250 looks striking, and comes with an interesting price tag, too. Kawasaki says the Z250 has 40 per cent local content, the highest any of the company's products, and that has helped it price it at Rs 2.99 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.For that money, you get liquid-cooled, parallel-twin 249cc motor that pumps out 30bhp and 21Nm of torque. All this power is sent to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox. Stopping power is aided by a single 290mm disc upfront and a 220mm disc at the back, which the company says is enough to get this 168kg naked motorcycle to a grinding halt without getting the rider in trouble. ABS, however, is given a miss to keep costs under control.The other interesting motorcycle is the naked version of the Ninja 650, called the ER-6n. Attractively priced at Rs 4.78 lakh, this liquid-cooled, parallel-twin 649cc motor makes 70bhp and 64Nm of pulling power, teamed with a 6-speed gearbox. These figures are similar to that of the Ninja 650. The ER-6n weighs around 200kg and gets dual 300mm discs upfront and a 220mm disc at the rear.Thoughts, dotcommers?