To help it stop, Kawasaki have given the Z250 the same set of brakes as in the Ninja: a 290-mm dia petal disc up front and a 220-mm dia petal disc at the rear. There is plenty of bite and progression for the rider to be able to haul the bike down from triple-digit velocities without fuss. And on most days the brakes are more than enough as a match for the motorcycle. Unfortunately, the bike does not get the benefit of ABS, which we think is a must for a motorcycle of this nature.
Overall, at the end of the day, the Kawasaki Z250 is a well-sorted motorcycle. After all, how could it not be? The Ninja 250R, on which the Z250 is based, was a very sorted bike indeed. Consequently, the Z250 has the performance to match its looks, is refined and is a very able handler. However, at nearly Rs 3.5 lakh on-road in Pune, it’s an expensive motorcycle. Now, Kawasaki, I’m sure, have their strategy (and, therefore, pricing) sorted out but one mustn’t forget that the market, the consumer and his demands have changed quite a bit since the Ninja 250R was launched. As a result, for that kind of money you could have something else that’s as much fun but with money still to spare.