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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R Debuts, 50hp & Cheaper Than We Thought

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After much teasing, and much waiting, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R has finally debuted in Indonesia, which means we can finally answer some of our most pressing questions about this rad little machine.

First off, the Ninja ZX-25R makes 50hp (37.5 kW) with Kawasaki’s dubious “RAM Air” power rating, which in normal numbers should mean a 49hp machine (though it seems to make 41hp on Akrapovic’s dyno).

The second big piece of information is pricing on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R, which Team Green has set at 96 million IDR (roughly $6,700). Now, there is an up-spec version, called the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R ABS SE, which include ABS and a KRT Livery option, and it pops for 112.9 million IDR (roughly $7,800).

This news means that the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R is spot-on with what we predicted for power (peak torque is rated at 16.9 lbs•ft (22.9 Nm), though the price tag is considerably cheaper than what we were expecting (and what it will cost you poor souls in New Zealand).


Curb weight is set at 396 lbs (180kg) for the base model, with the ABS model tacking on another 5 lbs for the anti-locking brake equipment.

For those that need a reminder, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R uses a 250cc (50.0 x 31.8 mm) inline-four engine, which revs to 17,000 rpm. It comes complete with a ride-by-wire throttle, with four riding modes.

Sweetening the deal, there is an up/down quickshifter, as well as a traction control unit and slipper clutch.

Suspension is handled by Showa, with 37mm separate function front big piston forks (SFF-BP), as well as a horizontal back-link rear shock with spring preload adjustment.

As we have already explained, the ZX-25R is designed to be for the Asian markets, where the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is prohibitively expensive because of taxes, licensing, and insurance reasons.

Kawasaki has made no indications that the Ninja ZX-25R is headed to Europe or North America (though it will feature in spec-series in Japan), but we certainly hope that the attention the bike is getting in the Western markets makes Team Green rethink some things.


Source: Kawasaki Indonesia

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