Kawasaki's little inline-4 screamer, the Ninja ZX-25R, has been launched in Indonesia, which means the specifications of the motorcycle are finally out.
Remember the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R from 2019 Tokyo Motor Show? Yes, that pocket-rocket with an inline-4 motor! Well, it’s now been launched in Indonesia. Price? You won’t like it, but just for the sake of reporting, we’ve to mention it – the ZX-25R costs a whopping IDR 96,000,000 (Rs 4.99 lakh). And that’s just the starting on-road price. If you want to get the Special Edition, it’ll set you back IDR 112,900,000, which translates to nearly Rs 5.87 lakh!
There’s no doubt that it’s ridiculously priced, but not without reason. You see the ZX-25R is the only quarter-litre motorcycle with an inline-four engine at the moment. Plus, it’s not just the motor, every component on this motorcycle is top-of-the-shelf material. Think of it as a no-compromise scaled-down version of the Ninja ZX-6R and ZX-10R.
Until now, Kawasaki had been keeping the engine specifications of the Ninja ZX-25R close to their chest. However, with the bike officially going on sale in Indonesia now, the company has finally spilled the beans. Powering the motorcycle is a 249cc inline 4-cylinder DOHC engine that churns out 50bhp and 22.9Nm of torque. Of course, that may not sound like much, if you compare it with its single- /twin-cylinder rivals, however, being an inline-4 motor, this powerplant is a screamer. The peak power is developed at 15,500rpm while peak torque is developed at 14,500rpm. What’s more, it can rev up to a stratospheric 17,000rpm! Now, when was the last time since the 2006 Yamaha R6 have you heard a production motorcycle revving past 16,000rpm? Well, we can’t remember!
Coming its cycle parts, the Ninja ZX-25R is equipped with cutting-edge components all around. It features a steel trellis-frame like the H2 and comes equipped with fully-adjustable 37mm Showa SFF-BP front forks and a mono-shock at the back. There’s ride-by-wire, traction control, different power modes, a quick-shifter, and a radially-mounted mono-block front brake calliper with 4-piston setup. The front disc is of 310mm dia, while the rear wheel has a 220mm disc.
Given the equipment and engineering prowess it has, the high price tag of the Ninja ZX-25R is kind of justified. However, it still doesn’t make sense for our market – which is also why we don’t have any hopes of seeing this teeny-weeny screamer on Indian roads.