Kawasaki India has launched two bikes to its existing lineup. Both the bikes are of the naked street fighter type and get power from twin-cylinder engines. The new bikes are the Z250 and ER-6n sports bikes launched at an ex-showroom, Delhi price of Rs-2,99,000/- and Rs-4,78,000/- respectively. They will be brought in India as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) units from Thailand.
This bike gets an aggressive, naked look with a minimalist tail design. The tube diamond steel frame is based on the Ninja 250, and Kawasaki says, offers more rigidity with better ride quality. The bug-eye headlights get multi-reflector lamps and the 17-litre fuel tank sports a flared top section.
The engine is a liquid cooled, four-stroke, parallel twin, fuel injected unit displacing 250cc developing 31.5bhp at a screaming 11,000rpm and 21Nm of torque available from 10,000rpm. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox. At the front there are dual semi-floating 300mm petal discs grappled by dual piston calipers and a single 220mm petal disc at the rear bitten by a single piston caliper. The deft handling is made possible by 41mm telescopic fork at the front and gas-charged shock absorber with 5-way adjustable preload at the rear. This naked street fighter has a weight of 168kgs and a healthy ground clearance of 145mm. The Z250 is now the smallest in the ‘Z’ brand of bikes and is also the most affordable Kawasaki in India.
This bike is the more powerful of the two and is a naked version of the Ninja 650. The ER-6n is also centered round the aggressive street fighter theme. The headlight assembly covers the full face of the bike and is a long vertical unit with twin-barrel headlamps. The instrument console is dominated by an analogue tachometer with an LED unit displaying other useful info. The rest of the body is mostly similar to the Ninja 650.
At the heart of this fighter is a liquid-cooled, fuel injected, four-stroke, parallel twin displacing 650 cubic centimetres of air and in the process developing 71.08bhp and 64Nm of torque. Kawasaki says that this bike has been designed to produce strong low-mid range power, as a result, max power is available at 8500rpm and peak torque can be felt at 7000rpm. This impressive power output is relayed to the wheels via a 6-speed constant mesh tranny. To rein in the power and restore sense of control, the ER-6n has been bestowed with dual semi-floating 300mm petal discs with dual piston calipers at the front and a single piston caliper chewing on a lone 220mm petal disc at the rear. Handling needs are taken care of by 41mm telescopic forks at the front and side-mounted single shock with adjustable preload at the rear. In all, the bike weighs 204kgs with a tank capable of carrying 16 litres of fuel. The bike sits 130mm above ground with the wearable parts on the bike being 25-30 per cent localized as compared to the Z250’s 40 per cent.
These bikes will compete with the KTMs and upcoming bikes from DSK Benelli owing to their aggressive pricing and dual-cylinder configurations. The manufacturer aims to sell 1500 units of all its products combined by the year end.