Tweaked Vintage: Kawasaki Estrella

Kawasaki Estrella 250 Classic 1 web

It looks like a Bonneville, no doubts about that, but what it is, is a very useful Kawasaki 250 called the Estrella.

The Estrella BJ250 is something we can only describe as a more appealing, scaled-down version of the W800 retro-modern streetbike. Everything from the tank design and seat to the headlamp and exhaust pipe ooze old-school craftsmanship with modern quality and refinement. The twin-pod meter console with generous helpings of chrome help make it one outstanding package to say the least.

Kawasaki Estrella 250 Classic 2 web

Powering the motorcycle is an air-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC two-valve 249cc motor which is fuel-injected and paired to a 6-speed gearbox. It only makes 17.4 PS at 7,500 RPM and 18 Nm at 5,000 RPM, but that’s more than adequate because at 161 kg, the Estrella features a light and easy handling chassis which is fun to ride and offers good comfort and ride quality too. This translates to an unhurried, relaxed ride; just great to blow off some steam and go find your calm.

Kawasaki Estrella 250 Classic 3 web

There are no plans of Kawasaki launching the Estrella in India, but we sure would like to see it here now, wouldn’t we?

Story: Jim Gorde
Images: Kawasaki

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Jim Gorde – who has written posts on Best Bikes in India | No.1 Two Wheeler Magazine | Bike India.


  1.'Sarvesh says

    The Esterella looks better than a Royal Enfield, and, like most Japanese bikes, it will definitely offer better workmanship, finish, and, overall performance.

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