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Kawasaki Z 250 Specs

Engine 249 cc
Power 27.6 hp
Start Option Electric
ABS Optional
Pass Switch Yes
Ignition System Digital
Odometer Digital

Z 250 Pros & Cons

Things We Like in Z 250

The Z series of Kawasaki is well known for the aggressive-looking motorcycles which fall under it. And the Z250, despite being one of the smallest one of the lot, has a big bike appeal to it. The razor-sharp design with new changes to headlamps and fuel tank make it look muscular and sharp.

Despite being an entry-level performance-oriented motorcycle, the Kawasaki Z250 is equipped with all the premium cosmetic features which are usually found in a flagship motorcycle. Things like all-LED headlamps and tail lamps as well as fully digital instrument console from the Z650 do lift up the appeal o of the Z250.

The four-stroke, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin, 249cc engine of the Kawasaki Z250 is very impressive as far as performance and refinement is concerned. With 37PS of maximum power and 23Nm of peak torque on tap, the Kawasaki Z250 is one of the most powerful quarter-liter nakeds in the market right now.

Things We Dont Like in Z 250

While the stiff suspension setup does aid the Kawasaki Z250 in handling department, it does take a small toll on the overall ride quality, which isn’t too plush on uneven tarmacs. Adding to it, the pillion seat too is small and a bit hard, making it a bit uncomfortable for pillion riders on longer rides.

While the fully digital instrument console on the Kawasaki Z250 looks fancy with its unique layout, it is not as convenient to read in bright daylight.

Compared to all the other twin-cylinder motorcycles, the Kawasaki Z250 is priced at quite a premium point, which when taking the competition into account, seems lesser value for money.

Recent Updates of Z 250

Kawasaki Z 250 Is a renowned model in the growing 250cc motorcycle segment of the Malaysian market. Launched as a naked streetfighter in 2013, it received a new ABS variant last year. The latest iteration features Sugomi design language containing new twin headlight, revised tank scoops, and upgraded tail section. It also adopted a multi-functional instrument console from its elder sibling, Z650. For power, Kawasaki Z 250 carries a  248 cc DOHC parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine capable of generating 37 PS of power at 12,500 rpm and 23 Nm of peak torque at 10,500 rpm. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the wheels through a chain final drive layout. The Z 250 SL trim retails at RM 14,849 while the Z 250 ABS one priced at RM 21,998.

Kawasaki Z 250 Price

The Z 250 is priced between RM 14,849 and RM 21,998 .

Kawasaki Z 250 Variants

There are 2 variants available of Z 250: SL and ABS.

Kawasaki Z 250 Power-trains

The Z 250 is powered by a Liquid Cooled Fuel Injection 249 cc 1 Cylinder engine that gives 27.6hp of power at 9700 rpm and 22.6 Nm Torque at 8200 rpm. It comes with the option of a 6-Speed transmission gearbox. The Z 250 has a seat height of 785 mm. The Front Tyre size is 110/80 R17 & Rear Tyre size is 130/70 R17.

Kawasaki Z 250 Features

The feature list of Z 250 includes ABS, Pass Switch, Engine Check Warning and Sport Riding Modes in terms of safety.

Features Chassis, Suspension & Brake include Uni Trak Rear Suspension, 132 mm Suspension Travel(Rear), Telescopic Fork Front Suspension, 120 mm Suspension Travel(Front), Disc Front Brake, Disc Rear Brake, Steel Body Frame Material, Side Wings, Dual Stepped Seat Type and Tube Diamond Body Frame Type.

Features for Console include Digital Odometer, Digital Fuel Gauge, Analog Tachometer, Digital Speedometer, Display Screen and Tripmeter.

Kawasaki Z 250 Competitors

The Z 250 Competitors are: Yamaha MT-25, Honda CB250R, Modenas Dominar D400, Yamaha YZF-R25 and CFMoto 250 NK.

Kawasaki Z 250 2020 Price List

Variant Price Specifications  
Kawasaki Z 250 SL RM 14,849 *
Expected Price
249 cc, 27.6 hp, Electric, Petrol
Kawasaki Z 250 ABS RM 21,998 *
Expected Price
248 cc, 36.49 hp, Electric, Petrol

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Kawasaki Z 250 Colors

Z 250 is available in 2 different colors - Gray and Orange.

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Kawasaki Z 250 Review

  • Z 250 Overview
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  • Z 250 Ride & Handling
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  • Z 250 Braking & Safety

Z 250 Overview

The Kawasaki Z250 was launched in Malaysia way back in 2013. Since then it has not received any major updates. Built as a naked streetfighter version of the Ninja 300, with a design inspired from its bigger brothers (the Z800 and the Z1000), it took its engine from the Ninja 250 – albeit in a friendlier tune. Much like the Kawasaki lineup then, it had a very confusing birth. It dominated the 250cc scene in the country at that time, thanks mainly to its very competitive pricing at RM 21589. This made it the ideal entry-level bike for anyone who wanted to ride something bigger than a kapchai. But since then, the market has been transformed by the likes of KTM and Yamaha. So, how does the Kawasaki stack up against today’s competition?  Let’s find out.

Kawasaki Z 250 Design

The first thing you will notice would be the headlight. Inspired by the Z800, it looks as if it’s raising its nose in disgust at the slow moving traffic. The design is quintessentially and unmistakably Kawasaki. Same goes for the front heavy stance caused by the tank extensions and the belly cover. The rear is neat and racy. The console has a big analog half circle tachometer along with a digital display that shows everything else – the fuel gauge, trip meter, odometer and the clock. What is missing, however, is a gear indicator, which seems like an oversight on a bike meant for beginners. It uses a steel tube diamond frame chassis and rides on 120 mm Y-spoke alloys on the front and 132 mm ones in the rear. There are 110/70-17M/C 54S tires on the front and 140/70-17M/C 66S tires on the rear. No clip-ons here so the seating position is upright. Tall riders may feel cramped due to rear set foot pegs. The seat height is pretty low at 785 mm aiding handling and raising the confidence of shorter riders. The 1400 mm wheelbase and 26-degree rake angle serve to make the bike agile. The seat, however, may feel inadequate on rough roads. Thankfully, the ground clearance is decent at 145 mm. The fuel tank will also feel satisfactory at 17L.  Build quality is good and it feels like a premium product.

Z 250 Ride & Handling

The 37 mm telescopic front forks and the adjustable monoshock in the rear perform well on smooth roads. The rear is stiff for riding on broken potholed roads. The chassis allows for good handling characteristics. It feels confident while swerving and allows lean angles on the 168 kg bike easily. The 35-degree steering angle and the short wheelbase also helps in this. The tires, however, feel restrictive. This bike could definitely use some better aftermarket tires. Thanks to the burgeoning aftermarket scene there is no dearth of such options.

Kawasaki Z 250 Engine & Fuel Consumption

The engine is the biggest draw for the Kawasaki and even today stands out from the crowd. It is a liquid-cooled, fuel injected, DOHC Parallel Twin, displacing 249cc and with 4 valves per cylinder. It produces 32 PS at a mind-numbing 11000 rpm and 21.0 Nm of torque at 10000 rpm. The fuel injection uses a dual throttle valve that not only controls the fuel delivery but also delivers good fuel economy. The engine’s sweet spot lies above 5000 rpm after which the bike really comes into its element. This does mean that the bike will always have to be kept high revving. It delivers the completely opposite kind of performance from the KTM in terms of outright acceleration. It is, however, a refined engine with very few vibrations felt through the handlebars. Transmission is a 6-speed unit. Fuel economy is also great at 30 km/L when driven sensibly.    

Z 250 Braking & Safety

There is a single 290 mm petal disc in the front and a 220 mm petal disc in the rear, both using a dual piston caliper setup. Yet again it misses out on ABS which feels like an oversight against the competition. The brakes by themselves, however, feel adequate and provide good feel.

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    Khairul Nov 13, 2020 for Kawasaki Z 250

    I have been riding the Kawasaki Z250 for almost a year and to be very honest, I am so happy that I decided to buy this beast a year ago. A beast in its true sense, the Z250 is one of the finest looking naked street motorcycles available in the Philippines Market. The motorcycle is an absolute designing brilliance with Read More

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    Cabading Sep 28, 2020 for Kawasaki Z 250

    I wanted something bigger than the usual crop of premium commuters which should be powerful, yet not so intimidating to ride in city traffic. The Kawasaki Z250, in that direction, has proven to be a great bike for me. The motorcycle is a striking balance between daily usability and occasional fun riding, with its perfect stance and dimensions, which make Read More

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    ISKANDAR Ogo 26, 2020 for Kawasaki Z 250

    The edgy and sharp feel of this bike is indeed so very refreshing. In fact, that is what I felt the moment I ride my all-time favorite bike. The motor of this bike has rendered this bike a street bike appearance. The sitting posture of the bike is really comfortable. In fact, I ride for almost 3 hours to my Read More

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    THEVANTHA Dis 26, 2019 for Kawasaki Z 250

    Now this bike is too cute to look at and is equally aggressive looks wise. If you want a mini sized bike that has a big bike like appeal to it, then this is the one. The aggressiveness of this bike gets well revealed due to its newly designed headlamps that are sleek and edgy to look at. The bike Read More

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    Nijat Okt 19, 2019 for Kawasaki Z 250

    With the Z250, Kawasaki has given all the tamed madness on two wheels usually associated with its big and bulky motorcycles in such a small package. For a beginner like me, jumping straight to a middleweight motorcycle was an intimidating thought, and the Kawasaki Z250 tried to be perfect on that emotion. The bike feels big despite its compact dimensions, Read More

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    Andrew Sep 26, 2019 for Kawasaki Z 250

    The Z250 looks like something out of this world! The design just captivates you! It is not just the looks, the Z250 has the performance to match. I primarily use it for touring and it has been great! I would recommend getting a windshield because the windblast can hit you hard! The engine has smooth roll-on acceleration and the brakes Read More

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    Hakim Ogo 21, 2019 for Kawasaki Z 250

    The Kawasaki Z250 is not a motorcycle but a small beast according to me. The four-stroke liquid-cooled parallel-twin fuel injected 249cc engine delivers an impressive and satisfying performance. With a power delivery of around 37 PS, I think the Z250 is probably the best quarter-litre naked motorcycle in the market. Wherever I go, the aggressive design of this bike is Read More

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    Aati Jul 22, 2019 for Kawasaki Z 250

    The Kawasaki Z250 has been in my possession for over a month now and I must admit that Kawasaki has spent a lot of time in designing this bike. Even though its design is inspired from its elder siblings like the Z800, Kawasaki Z250 has a class of its own. I like the way my bike looks from the front Read More

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    Awang Jul 02, 2019 for Kawasaki Z 250

    The Z250 is possibly the best looking bike in its class and beyond. It is inspired from the Z1000 which is my dream bike. I upgraded from a 150cc bike to the Z250 and I feel it is the perfect upgrade. It has great power and is a good cruiser on the highway. I feel the handling could have been Read More

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    Rion Mei 20, 2019 for Kawasaki Z 250

    I absolutely love the styling of the Kawasaki Z250. It looks like its bigger brothers and is an absolute head turner. Since I am slightly on the taller side, I find the Z250 slightly cramped but I have learned to live with it. The parallel twin engine is smooth and sounds amazing at high rpms. The Z250 is also very Read More

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