Following the launch of the 2017 variants of the Z650, Z900 Ninja 650 and Ninja 300 with new color schemes and engines meeting BS-IV norms, Kawasaki is now gearing up to launch the Z1000 and the Z250 tomorrow. The Z1000 is the most powerful offering in the Z series while the Z250 is the smallest and most affordable motorcycle of the lot. The Z1000 gets a 1043cc, in-line 4 cylinder engine nestled between the twin-tube aluminum frames develops 142PS @ 11000rpm and a peak torque of 111Nm @ 7300rpm. Braking duties are taken care by dual semi-floating 310mm petal disc rotors with 4-piston caliper at the front and a single 250mm petal disc with single piston caliper at the rear.
The Z1000 gets 41mm upside down (USD) forks at the front with 120mm travel and a horizontal back-link, gas-charged monoshock unit at the rear. With a seat height of 815mm, ground clearance of 125mm and a fuel tank capacity of 17 liters, the Z1000 won’t be a difficult bike to live with on a daily basis. The Z1000 is shod with 120/70 Z R17 tyre at the front and 190/50 Z R17 tyre at the rear. The 2016 version of the Z1000 was priced at Rs.12.45 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and we expect a price bump of around Rs.50, 000 – Rs.1 lakh for the 2017 model.
The Z250 is the most affordable motorcycle offered by Kawasaki and is powered by a 249cc, parallel-twin engine which produces 32PS @ 11000rpm and a peak torque of 21Nm @ 10000rpm. It is constructed over a diamond type steel frame. Braking duties at the front and rear are handled by a 290mm petal disc and a 220mm petal disc with two-piston caliper respectively. The Z250 gets a 37mm telescopic fork suspension with 120mm travel at the front and bottom-link uni-trak, gas-charged monoshock unit with 130mm travel at the rear. Seat height and ground clearance is 785mm and 145mm respectively and it gets a 17 litre fuel tank. The motorcycle is currently priced at Rs 3.11 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and we expect a price hike of Rs.15, 000 to Rs.30, 000 for the 2017 model.