1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Info Is Kawasaki bringing back the ZXR250 (ZX25R RUMOUR MILL) ?

Discussion in 'Kawasaki 250cc In-line 4's' started by kiffsta, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. kiffsta

    kiffsta Administrator Staff Member Dirty Wheel Club Contributing Member

    Messages:
    8,018
    Likes Received:
    5,877
    Trophy Points:
    1,168
    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2010
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Home Page:
    My Bike:
    90 CBR250RR ,Suzuki T500, 2005 GSF1200 Bandit and a 1972 t250j
    That's the pot calling the kettle black :cool:
     
    • Like Like x 3
  2. maelstrom

    maelstrom LiteTek Staff Member Premium Member 250cc Vendor Contributing Member

    Messages:
    3,296
    Likes Received:
    2,301
    Trophy Points:
    923
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2012
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Thailand
    Home Page:
    My Bike:
    Yamaha FZR400 3TJ1, Honda MC22
    They look like USD forks to me. Maybe I need my glasses :cool:
    Anyway as I live in Thailand here is my 2 cents. I know the western media keep harping on about the global meltdown and the purse tightening etc, but these SE Asian countries are on a growth path. There is a lot of money splashing about and a lot of disposable income. I can tell you that if that bike was available here it would fly off the showroom floor. There are virtually no big bikes here at all; due to the astronomical taxes anything over 400cc and you would be better off buying a Honda car. Credit is easy and it's all about appearances, or face. Park one of those babies in the car park at the local shopping complex and your the man. No one bats an eyelid at the CBR250 Honda with chook bike engine, it is a cheap charlie bike.

    For you older forumites, I am sure you remember the good old days in Aus when jobs were plentiful, accommodation was cheap and you had some coin in your pocket. Well that is these days in this part of the world. So maybe Kawasaki have their eye on the ball and are going to knock the chook bikes right out of the arena. Can I have mine supercharged please!
     
    • Like Like x 3
  3. tintankaussie

    tintankaussie Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    98
    Likes Received:
    85
    Trophy Points:
    203
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2014
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    self employed property maintanance
    Location:
    Wentworth n.s.w
    My Bike:
    1983 suzuki gsx-250 1998 suzuki gz-250 1982 suzuki gsx-250 suzuki gs 850
    Widow maker MkII
     
  4. maelstrom

    maelstrom LiteTek Staff Member Premium Member 250cc Vendor Contributing Member

    Messages:
    3,296
    Likes Received:
    2,301
    Trophy Points:
    923
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2012
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Thailand
    Home Page:
    My Bike:
    Yamaha FZR400 3TJ1, Honda MC22
    Speaking of bikes making a comeback
    [​IMG]
    Looks like they dusted the old moulds off and shipped them to the Thailand factory.
    Has to be 400cc because of restrictive taxes.
     
  5. Murdo

    Murdo The Good Doctor Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew Contributing Member

    Messages:
    5,029
    Likes Received:
    3,957
    Trophy Points:
    1,148
    Joined:
    May 4, 2013
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Tamworth, NSW
    My Bike:
    Maico 250, Royal Enfield 250, CF 250 V5 and 650TK, XL250, CBR250, ZZR250 plus a few others.
    And it's still kickstart!
     
  6. Linkin

    Linkin The Apprentice Premium Member Dirty Wheel Club Contributing Member

    Messages:
    3,728
    Likes Received:
    2,175
    Trophy Points:
    943
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2014
    Location:
    Sydney NSW
    My Bike:
    '99 YZF-R6, '99 GSF250VY
    Looks like a single cylinder?
     
  7. Murdo

    Murdo The Good Doctor Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew Contributing Member

    Messages:
    5,029
    Likes Received:
    3,957
    Trophy Points:
    1,148
    Joined:
    May 4, 2013
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Tamworth, NSW
    My Bike:
    Maico 250, Royal Enfield 250, CF 250 V5 and 650TK, XL250, CBR250, ZZR250 plus a few others.
    Correct.
     
  8. Phil

    Phil Senior Member Premium Member Contributing Member

    Messages:
    3,618
    Likes Received:
    1,550
    Trophy Points:
    923
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2010
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    M C E
    Location:
    Sunshine Coast Qld
    Home Page:
    My Bike:
    Suzuki GT250X7 Kawasaki ZZR600
    Old school for sure, a kick start brings back memories :thumb_ups:
     
  9. zixxer

    zixxer Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    457
    Likes Received:
    171
    Trophy Points:
    248
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2014
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    My Bike:
    zxr250
    hipsters are going to s**t themselves, old school look plus kickstart.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. kiffsta

    kiffsta Administrator Staff Member Dirty Wheel Club Contributing Member

    Messages:
    8,018
    Likes Received:
    5,877
    Trophy Points:
    1,168
    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2010
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Home Page:
    My Bike:
    90 CBR250RR ,Suzuki T500, 2005 GSF1200 Bandit and a 1972 t250j
    I very much agree with Blair, if this bike eventuates then we are in for a new year era in the Quarter Litre class with a fuel injected in-line 4, a few here have asked why.. lets look at the VM Golf, you can buy a entry level VW Golf for $20,000 and to be honest it does what its supposed to, it drives, it turns , it stops, but VM also offer a GTI that that drives fast, turns like its on rails and stops on a dime and costs $40,000 and it sells really well, the base obviously sells well due to the price, but punters want more.

    I am super excited about the thought of in-line 4's making a comeback, because if Kawasaki do it, then maybe Suzuki , Yamaha and Honda will do it as well. There are so many more riders now than there were in the 90's and the punters will pay extra if there is something that is faster, better looking etc

    Bring it on
     
    • Like Like x 2
  11. cal

    cal Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Messages:
    588
    Likes Received:
    461
    Trophy Points:
    248
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2013
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Mechanic
    Location:
    Perth, WA
    My Bike:
    Kawa '88 ZXR250A / 86' BMW K100. 1992 VFR400R
    whats going to be interesting is how they can clean up its emissions to pass the big test.... i know EFI runs much cleaner than our old half-baked carbies, but to get such power out of a small motor, it really does need a lot of air/fuel... or yes, good old forced induction to keep the emissions down :)
     
  12. kiffsta

    kiffsta Administrator Staff Member Dirty Wheel Club Contributing Member

    Messages:
    8,018
    Likes Received:
    5,877
    Trophy Points:
    1,168
    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2010
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Home Page:
    My Bike:
    90 CBR250RR ,Suzuki T500, 2005 GSF1200 Bandit and a 1972 t250j
    or a big arse catalytic convertor :thumb_ups:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  13. cal

    cal Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Messages:
    588
    Likes Received:
    461
    Trophy Points:
    248
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2013
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Mechanic
    Location:
    Perth, WA
    My Bike:
    Kawa '88 ZXR250A / 86' BMW K100. 1992 VFR400R
    hahahah yeah true, like the big dirty cat on the bmw s1000rr :thumb_ups:
     
  14. maelstrom

    maelstrom LiteTek Staff Member Premium Member 250cc Vendor Contributing Member

    Messages:
    3,296
    Likes Received:
    2,301
    Trophy Points:
    923
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2012
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Thailand
    Home Page:
    My Bike:
    Yamaha FZR400 3TJ1, Honda MC22
    Then there is the point of total power. I don't want a 200 hp road bike.
    When does it stop? 300, 400? It has to stop soon or the legislators will stop it.
    If sports bikes are recreational vehicles, then isn't the point to have fun going around corners?
    How much power do you need to have fun?
    My old Ducati had a bit over 65hp and topped out at 146mph.
    My current bike, a slightly less older FZR400RR, has about the same power output and more rubber on the road.
    I can have fun on that.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  15. kiffsta

    kiffsta Administrator Staff Member Dirty Wheel Club Contributing Member

    Messages:
    8,018
    Likes Received:
    5,877
    Trophy Points:
    1,168
    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2010
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Home Page:
    My Bike:
    90 CBR250RR ,Suzuki T500, 2005 GSF1200 Bandit and a 1972 t250j
  16. maelstrom

    maelstrom LiteTek Staff Member Premium Member 250cc Vendor Contributing Member

    Messages:
    3,296
    Likes Received:
    2,301
    Trophy Points:
    923
    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2012
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Thailand
    Home Page:
    My Bike:
    Yamaha FZR400 3TJ1, Honda MC22
    That article is dated March 2017 so I think it remains just a dream.
     
  17. GreyImport

    GreyImport Administrator Staff Member The Big Cheese Contributing Member

    Messages:
    8,358
    Likes Received:
    4,915
    Trophy Points:
    1,168
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2012
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Troublemaker
    Location:
    North by NW NSW Oztralia - Tamworth
    My Bike:
    *Kawasaki ZXR250C *Yamaha FZR250R 3LN1 *Suzuki GSX250 *Triumph Bonneville 750 T140V
    Maybe a 250 and maybe 4 cylinders ... but will it have a tacho with these numbers on it like this ? :D

    tach.png
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  18. kiffsta

    kiffsta Administrator Staff Member Dirty Wheel Club Contributing Member

    Messages:
    8,018
    Likes Received:
    5,877
    Trophy Points:
    1,168
    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2010
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Home Page:
    My Bike:
    90 CBR250RR ,Suzuki T500, 2005 GSF1200 Bandit and a 1972 t250j
    Doh, just showed up in my saved google searches for 250cc road bikes
     
  19. cornulio81

    cornulio81 Active Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    173
    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
  20. Murdo

    Murdo The Good Doctor Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew Contributing Member

    Messages:
    5,029
    Likes Received:
    3,957
    Trophy Points:
    1,148
    Joined:
    May 4, 2013
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Tamworth, NSW
    My Bike:
    Maico 250, Royal Enfield 250, CF 250 V5 and 650TK, XL250, CBR250, ZZR250 plus a few others.
    Further down that page is an article about Kawasaki building a factory in India to make export bikes. Soon there won't be any made in Japan anymore.
     
    • Dislike Dislike x 1

Share This Page