Kawasaki ZXR 250

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Kawasaki ZXR250 / ZXR250R 1989-1990

Kawasaki ZXR 250 appeared in 1989 in parallel with the older version Kawasaki ZXR 400. Both models had common visual features and were similar in technical terms. The Kawasaki ZXR250 was aimed at the Japanese market and was practically not supplied anywhere officially (in a limited edition it was available in the market of some European countries, in particular the UK).

The main modifications of the Kawasaki ZXR 250:

  • Kawasaki ZXR250 is the regular version of the motorcycle.
  • Kawasaki ZXR250R - a special version of the motorcycle. It was available from 1989 to 1991 inclusive. It features enlarged carburetors, a rear suspension with an expansion tank and extended first three gears.

In 1991, the model undergoes a restyling, receiving a new design of plastic, headlights and rims. In addition, the motorcycle gets a new engine (reduces its travel for easier revs) and a smaller fuel tank.

Since 1993, new amendments to Japanese law have come into force, according to which motorcycles with an engine capacity of 250 cc are limited to a maximum power of 40 hp. The Kawasaki ZXR250 is being aligned with these regulations.

In the period from 1996 to 1998. the model is not produced for the Japanese market, resuming production only in 1999, which was the last year of the Kawasaki ZXR250 model.

Key features of the Kawasaki ZXR 250 include an in-line 4-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, an inertial boost system, a cast aluminum frame, sports adjustable suspensions, a 15-liter fuel tank and 141 kg dry matter. The engine from the ZXR250 was subsequently also installed on the Balius model.

The lineup of the Kawasaki ZXR series:

The main competitors of the Kawasaki ZXR250:


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Specifications Kawasaki ZXR 250:

ModelKawasaki ZXR250
Motorcycle typesports
Release year1989-1999
Framealuminum diagonal
Engine type4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume249 cm³
Bore / Stroke48.0 x 34.5mm - ZX250A-B

49.0 x 33.1 mm - ZX250C-D

Compression ratio12.2: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 4x Keihin CVKD30 - ZXR250

Carburetor, 4x Keihin CVKD32 - ZXR250R

Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power45.0 h.p. (33.1 kW) @ 15,000 rpm - ZX250A-B

45.0 h.p. (33.1 kW) @ 16000 rpm - ZX250C1-C2, ZX250-D1

40.0 h.p. (29.4 kW) at 15,500 rpm - ZX250-C3-C7

Maximum torque25.0 Nm (2.6 kg * m) @ 11500 rpm - ZX250A-B

24.0 Nm (2.5 kg * m) @ 11500 rpm - ZX250C1-C2, ZX250-D1

22.0 Nm (2.3 kg * m) at 11000 rpm - ZX250-C3-C7

Drive typechain
Front tire size110 / 70-17 (54H)
Rear tire size140 / 60-18 (64H)
Front brakes2 discs, 300mm, 2-piston calipers
Rear brakes1 disc, 220 mm, 2-piston caliper
Front suspension41mm Inverted Fork (Adjustable), 120mm Travel
Rear suspensionPendulum Uni-Trak with monoshock (adjustable), stroke - 113 mm
Motorcycle length2020 mm - ZX250A-B

2000 mm - ZX250C-D

Motorcycle width695 mm - ZX250A-B

685 mm - ZX250C-D

Motorcycle height1115 mm - ZX250A-B

1090 mm - ZX250C-D

Wheelbase1370 mm - ZX250A-B

1360 mm - ZX250C-D

Saddle height740 mm - ZX250A-B

735 mm - ZX250C-D

Minimum ground clearance150 mm - ZX250A-B

130 mm - ZX250C-D

Acceleration to 100 km / h6.3 sec.
Maximum speed160 km / h
Fuel tank capacity16.0 L - ZX250A-B

15.0 L - ZX250C-D

Motorcycle weight (dry)144 kg - ZX250A-B

141 kg - ZX250C-D