Forget all those stupidly powerful, expensive super naked bikes that have been announced today – that would be the Ducati Streetfighter V4 and Kawasaki Z H2, by the way. This, right here, is the real news. An inline-four cylinder 250cc sportsbike from Kawasaki.
We first brought you news of the rumoured model back in June, and now Kawasaki have unveiled the real thing at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Very little has been revealed in terms of specifications, but we’ve got a few bits of information to go on. The engine features DOHC and 16 valves and will be housed in a trellis frame. Up front are separate function upside down big piston forks, with a radially-mounted monobock caliper gripping the single front disc.
Surprisingly for a bike of this size, there are power modes, a quickshifter, and traction control. How cool is that?! The bike looks like a proper sportsbike, not a slightly sporty commuter, like the Ninja 400. It looks proper. It’s got a banana swingarm, instead of a cheap and ugly box-section swinger.
Sadly the above video is on Kawasaki Indonesia’s channel, which suggest the bike may not be available outside Asia, which would be a huge shame. But at the same time, many of the small-capacity sportsbikes of the ’90s weren’t sold outside of Asia or Japan, and plenty of those made their way into the world, thankfully.
Please, Kawasaki, make this bike available worldwide.