Despite our hopes of a revival of the small 4-cylinder screamer wars between Japanese bike makers, it might not happen. Honda’s upcoming 2020 CBR250RR will remain a 2-cylinder. That means Kawasaki’s upcoming ZX-25R will have this nostalgic market all to itself.
The new model boasts of ride by wire throttle control. It will also have 3 riding modes to choose from, allowing riders to adjust power delivery to their riding style.
It will be powered by the same water-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, 2-cylinder engine. That engine currently produces 38 PS at 12,500 rpm and 23 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm. We have heard rumors of a power increase at the very least but have yet to confirm by how much. This engine will be paired to a 6-speed transmission.
Keeping it aloft is a set of upside down forks in front and a Pro Link asymmetric rear swing arm. It rides on 17-inch wheels with 110 mm tires in front and 140 mm tires in the rear.
According to testing on Japanese roads, it can achieve an average of 40 km/L at a speed of 60 km/h.
All told, the CBR250RR tips the scales at just 165 -167 kg. It has a seat height of 790 mm. It can be purchased with or without ABS.
It will be offered in two new colors: Grand Prix Red striped livery and Pearl Glare White with gold wheels.
For now, this new model is intended for Japan only. We have yet to receive world if it will be offered in the Philippines.