Where the Z250 comes into its own is in the handling department. But natural, for the Z250 is essentially the Ninja 250 under its skin and the latter’s handling abilities were sublime. Long sweepers? No problem. Fast esses? Easy. Flicking through traffic? Check. There’s absolutely no area where you will be robbed of confidence where the bike’s handling is concerned. It holds its line and feels confident at all times, through every twist, turn or straight. What is further worth mentioning is how effortless all of this feels. Great for a novice who’s learning to ride fast. Definitely a thumbs-up to that steel tubular frame working in combination with a box-section swing-arm, Kawasaki’s UNI-TRAK monoshock and 37-mm telescopic forks up front.
The suspension set-up, though, is on the stiffer side of life, which is probably a boon on well-surfaced twisties when you want to have some fun or on a smooth track. However, on our potholed and bump-ridden Indian roads it tends to tire you out. It’s not jarring but you do feel every road irregularity under its 17-inch alloy wheels.