Kawasaki has widen its 250 class models with the introduction of the Z 250 SL naked. Based on the similar platform as the Ninja 250 SL, which is a single cylinder, Four-Stroke, DOHC 4 Valves, liquid cool, this model comes without a full fairing but has a full digital cock pit.
The chassis, brakes, fuel tank capacity and rear aesthetics remains the same as the Ninja 250 SL. The front and rear suspensions although similar with the Ninja 250 SL, I found it a bit hard on normal street riding. This naked is also not meant to be ridden like a speed demon as the front wobbles quite a bit when you hit anything from 130 km/h onwards. I managed to hit a top speed of 153 km/h, which is more than sufficient for the average biker who wants something for daily or leisure riding.
Front light is not as bright and effective as I expected. There are shadows in the form of dark lines whenever I ride in unlighted roads. Front and rear signals however are bright and visibly effective.
This bike is perfect for beginners, ladies and even for season bikers who are looking for an agile, convenient bike to use daily for work and leisure.
Engine: Four stroke, Single Cylinder, Liquid Cool.
Compression Ratio: 11.3: 1
Transmission: Six Speed.
Max. Power: 28PS @ 9,700rpm
Max. Torque: 22.6Nm @ 8,200rpm
Front Suspension: 37mm Telescopic Fork.
Rear Suspension: Monoshock with 5 adjustable level pro-link connected.
Front Brake: 290mm single Petal Disc with dual piston caliper.
Rear Brake: 220mm single Petal Disc with dual piston caliper.
Fuel Capacity: 11 liter
Text & Photos by: Justin Hong.
Bike courtesy from: Kawasaki Motors Malaysia.