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Old 11-04-2014, 05:08 AM   #1
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Kawasaki Ninja 250SL and Z250SL unveiled

Surprise new entrylevel Kwackers

Kawasaki Ninja 250SL and Z250SL unveiled
The Ninja 250SL

Kawasaki Ninja 250SL and Z250SL unveiled
And the Z250SL



KAWASAKI has just unveiled two surprise new 250cc single-cylinder models for 2015, the Ninja 250SL and Z250SL.




Essentially faired and unfaired versions of the same machine, they produce 28hp and 16.7lbft, and will make more budget-focussed alternatives to the £5,200 Ninja 300 and newly unveiled Z300.




Their launch helps split the sub-500cc market into two distinct categories, one populated by singles like them and the Suzuki Inazuma 250F and the other by more powerful twins like the Ninja 300 and Yamaha R3.


Both the new 250 models were launched for Asian markets earlier this year - the Ninja 250SL in February and the Z250SL in May. At that time it was not known they were also headed for Europe.


They're expected to cost around £4,000.


The Ninja 250SL and Z250SL were unveiled today at the Eicma Milan motorcycle show alongside the Z300, a naked version of the Ninja 300.




The 250s have a steel trellis frame which Kawasaki says helps provide a slim package with nimble handling. The Z250SL weighs 148kg and the Ninja 151kg.


The 249cc engine is quick-revving with 'robust mid-range', according to Kawasaki.


ABS is an option using the 'world's smallest ABS unit'.




There's a single 290mm petal-style front brake disc with a twin-piston caliper and a 220mm disc at the rear. The shock is preload adjustable.




The Z250SL has flat bars while the Ninja's are clip-ons.




The Z250SL comes in green or black and the Ninja 250SL in green and black or white and black.




Kawasaki's release included:




'249 cm3liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Single


Offering quick-revving sporty performance in a slim, lightweight and compact package, the single-cylinder engine delivers smooth, responsive power at low and medium rpm and hard-hitting power at high rpm.




Fuel injection -


Fine-atomising injectors ensure ideal fuel delivery at all rpm.




Electric start -


With fuel injection and electric start, starting is simple and hassle-free.




Original trellis frame -


Trellis frame enables a slim, lightweight and compact package as well as contributing to nimble handling.




37 mm telescopic fork -


37 mm telescopic fork contributes to both light, nimble handling as well as riding stability.




Uni-Trak rear suspension -


Kawasaki’s original linkage-equipped Uni-Trak rear suspension delivers a smooth ride and stable handling over a wide range of speeds and road conditions.




Radiator fan cover -


A cover for the radiator fan directs engine heat down and away from the rider for increased comfort.




Petal disc brakes -


Petal disc brakes front and rear deliver strong, easy-to-control stopping power and add to sporty looks.




Independent sport ABS -


For additional rider reassurance, an ABS model is also available. Its high-spec system was designed specially for motorcycles and features the world’s smallest ABS unit. Independent activation maximises sporty control.




All-digital instrumentation -


All-digital instrument panel gives the cockpit a modern, sporty look.'




SPECIFICATIONS




ENGINE

BX250AFF/BFF


Type

Displacement

Bore and Stroke

Compression ratio

Valve system

Fuel system

Ignition

Starting

Lubrication



Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Single

249 cm3

72.0 x 61.2 mm

11.3:1

DOHC, 4 valves

Fuel injection: φ38 mm x 1

Digital

Electric

Forced lubrication, wet sump


DRIVETRAIN



Transmission

Final drive

Primary reduction ratio

Gear ratios: 1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

Final reduction ratio

Clutch



6-speed, return

Chain

2.800 (84/30)

3.000 (33/11)

1.933 (29/15)

1.444 (26/18)

1.217 (28/23)

1.045 (23/22)

0.923 (24/26)

3.000 (42/14)

Wet multi-disc, manual


FRAME



Type

Wheel travel: front

rear

Tyre: front

Rear

Caster (rake)

Trail

Steering angle (left/right)



Tube diamond

110 mm

116 mm

100/80-17M/C 52S

130/70-17M/C 62S

24.0o

90 mm

36o / 36o





SUSPENSION

BX250AFF/BFF


Front:


Rear:



φ37 mm telescopic fork


Uni-Trak with adjustable spring preload


BRAKES



Front: Type

Caliper

Rear: Type

Caliper



Single φ290 mm disc

Dual-piston

Single φ220 mm disc

Dual-piston


DIMENSIONS (Ninja 250 SL)



Overall length

Overall width

Overall height

Wheelbase

Ground clearance

Seat height

Curb mass


Fuel capacity





1,935 mm

685 mm

1,075 mm

1,330 mm

165 mm

780 mm

151 kg (BX250A)

152 kg (BX250B)

11 litres




DIMENSIONS (Z250 SL)



Overall length

Overall width

Overall height

Wheelbase

Ground clearance

Seat height

Curb mass

BR250E

BR250F

Fuel capacity



1,935 mm

700 mm

1,015 mm

1,330 mm

180 mm

785 mm


148 kg

150 kg

11 litres





PERFORMANCE



Maximum power


Maximum torque




20.6 kW {28 PS} / 9,700 min-1


22.6 Nm {2.3 kgm} / 8,200 min-1








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