It’s official! Kawasaki New Zealand has announced pre-orders are now open for the firm's first 250cc 4-cylinder in decades – the ZX-25R while also confirming the price of the latest warrior to wear the Ninja badge.
Priced from a premium $15,990 plus on roads, the first examples of the ZX-25R are slated to arrive in December. While Kawasaki NZ has confirmed the pricing for our market, the earliest arrival of the bikes is subject to pre-orders meeting Kawasaki Japan’s minimum order requirements.
Kawasaki NZ's marketing co-ordinator Alarn Young explained the situation to onthrottle.co.nz.
“The pre-order is subject to factory minimum order requirements so fingers crossed we get enough orders to tell us that it is feasible at that price point.
The first factory order window closes this Friday 12 June with delivery scheduled for December.
If this order isn’t met, we will try again in next month’s factory order but that delivery will land early 2021.”
Kawasaki first debuted the ZX-25R at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, with the bike having more in common with the ZX-10 and H2 superbikes than the last machine to wear a Ninja 250 badge.
Initially signalled to be a Japanese market only special, the Ninja ZX-25R was never intended to be a learner motorcycle or carry an entry price point.
Packed to the rafters with top-tier technology including Showa SFF big piston forks paired with adjustable shock out the rear. Other features that grab our attention include quick shifter, ABS, power modes, traction control, aluminium swingarm, high-tensile steel chassis developed from the supercharged Ninja H2, monobloc calliper radially mounted dual-piston front brakes, 6-speed transmission and the big selling point, a visceral sounding inline 4 engine that screams to over 17,000rpm.
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