Motorcycle Kawasaki ZZR 250: photos, review, specifications, owner reviews

Motorcycle Kawasaki ZZR 250 appeared in the distant 1990 year. It was the replacement of outdated models GPZ / GPX 250R. Initially, the motorcycle was sold in Japan, Europe and North America. The model belongs to the class "sport tourism". The article will make a small review of the Kawasaki ZZR 250, given reviews of the owners of this model. It should be immediately noted that this bike has become a real legend of the Japanese motorcycle industry. But let's not get ahead of ourselves and begin to understand the issue gradually.

Power unit

As a Kawasaki ZZR 250 engine, the manufacturer chose a two-cylinder four-stroke engine, which was equipped with liquid cooling, four valves are provided for each cylinder. The working volume of the power unit was 248 cm³. Motor gave a solid 40 horsepower (23 Nm of torque). Maximum engine performance can be obtained in the range of 9500-12 500 rpm.

It is noteworthy that the Kawasaki motorcycles (among the leaders of Japanese motorcycle manufacturers) were the first to be equipped with simple and very reliable two-cylinder engines on low-cubature classes.

It is possible to consider in more detail the approach of other Japanese companies to the creation of 250-cc motorcycles of the “sport” and “sport-tourism” classes of that time. The motorcycle with a motor volume of 400 “cubes” was taken as a basis and then the engine was reduced in its working volume, and the “hodovka” was slightly simplified. In the end, it turned out the motorcycle, which was as close as possible to the track models, and its power was about 45 horsepower. These motorcycles were expensive for the manufacturer, and he was forced to inflate the market value of these motorcycles. At the same time, these models did not have special reliability and were characterized by a relatively small resource of the motor (due to the incredible speeding up of the power unit, a small engine size and a large number of cylinders — more than two).

Motorcycles "Kawasaki" were made differently. The ZZR 250 is a great example of this. The model turned out to be extremely successful, it was distinguished by reliability and from the very start of sales it became in demand in all markets.Kawasaki ZZR 250 for a long time did not finish due to the fact that it was all good. The first improvements of this model are dated 2007. The manufacturer was forced to modify the model to bring it under the updated environmental requirements. No other modifications were required throughout the model's release! It says a lot.

Kawasaki ZZR 250 2000 release


At one time, the ZZR 250 made a lot of noise. In fact, he had no decent competitors in the class. Kawasaki managed to create a successful model. Bike is very fond of customers. It is very strange that other manufacturers (especially Japanese) for a long time did not undertake the creation of a worthy competitor for this model of motorcycle. This passivity of competitors, of course, was in the hands of the Kawasaki company.

But it would be more interesting for the buyer to choose from several manufacturers, and not to buy the non-alternative ZZR 250, although there were no complaints against him at all from ordinary motorists. This bike has managed to get ahead of time!

Gray Kawasaki ZZR 250

Motorcycle suspension

The peculiarity of the “hodovka” Kawasaki ZZR 250 can be distinguished by a lightweight aluminum frame (the first versions of the motorcycle had a steel frame, but after 1992 it was replaced with an aluminum frame).By itself, the suspension of a motorcycle is extremely simple, it is a regular telescopic fork, as well as a progressive mono-shock absorber Uni-Trak (it has a five-stage preload setting). The brakes of the model are disc (single-piston caliper at the rear, four-piston caliper at the front). Any suspension or “blunders” suspension does not have. It can be described as very simple and extremely reliable. The steering wheel is small, like in almost all motorcycles of a class, but at the same time the bike’s handling is at a height.

Blue Kawasaki ZZR 250

The appearance of the bike

The design of the motorcycle is designed in the classic Japanese sports spirit. The model is characterized by smooth lines and shapes. There is a certain aggressiveness in the appearance of a motorcycle. Also striking factory colorful colors of the model. Although from the first glance at the motorcycle it becomes clear that this is a model from the “sport-tourism” class. I must say that the bike looks stylish and aggressive to a large extent because of its specific wheel cast wheels. It is worth noting that on the first releases of the model the disks were more interesting than the later ones.models. But perhaps this is just a matter of taste.

Bright Kawasaki ZZR 250

Kawasaki ZZR 250: Specifications

Again, about the engine: the engine has a working volume of 248 cm ³. The two-cylinder four-stroke engine has a power of 40 horsepower (23 Nm of torque). A six-speed manual gearbox is installed as a transmission. Chain drive. The weight of the bike is 146 kilograms. The maximum speed of the Kawasaki ZZR 250 is 160 km / h. Acceleration to the first hundred is 6 seconds. The volume of the fuel tank is 18 liters (on the updated models produced after 2000, the volume of the tank decreased and amounted to 17 liters), and the dry weight of the motorcycle “grew” by two kilograms.

Red Kawasaki ZZR 250

The end of the era ZZR

Nothing can be eternal. Kawasaki ZZR 250 replaced the outdated models and eventually became outdated itself. The latest copy of this bike was released in 2007. A year later, the manufacturing company introduced the successor to this model to customers, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R.

It is worth noting that there are still plenty of ZZR 250 motorcycles on the secondary market. It is quite possible to find a motorcycle in a very good technical condition for a relatively moderate amount. Buyers choose this model in the secondary market for its incredible reliability, in addition, spare parts for Kawasaki ZZR 250 are inexpensive and almost always available, or quickly delivered by specialized stores. Motorcycle is not a problem.

Green and Blue Kawasaki ZZR 250

Kawasaki ZZR 250: reviews

The owners of this bike are happy people. At least, such a conclusion can be made by analyzing reviews of this motorcycle. The model almost does not break. The most important rule, according to the owners, is competent, timely maintenance of the motorcycle, as well as the use of high-quality spare parts and technical liquids.

Sometimes you can find a review that says that this motorcycle does not have enough power. This is not quite true; most likely, this review is left by a person who has already “outgrown” the 250-cc class and it is time for him to consider a more powerful and voluminous motorcycle. For its volume of the motor ZZR 250 very decent.


Officially stated by the manufacturer, the fuel consumption for the Kawasaki ZZR 250 is 3.2-4.9 liters of gasoline for every hundred kilometers. This is in theory, in practice, it is about 4.5-6.0 liters per hundred kilometers (average). But the exact value of fuel consumption always depends on your driving style, the quality of gasoline and the health of your motorcycle. In any case, the motorcycle is not too voracious, but it is also impossible to call it an economical bike, in this respect everything is normal, without surprises (pleasant or unpleasant).

It should be noted that the bike is quite loyal to the Russian fuel. This is very important, because some models of motorcycles are very sensitive to poor-quality fuel, and all this can lead to serious problems with the fuel system of the bike, but with the ZZR 250 there will be no such problems.


A used ZZR 250 can be bought today for an amount of 2-2.5 thousand dollars, if we consider options from abroad and without a run across Russia. If you look at the options in our market, they start from the mark of 80 thousand rubles. As practice shows, models that do not have run in Russia are in a better technical condition and longer, therefore they don’t give the owner absolutely any trouble. But everyone chooses a model for their goals and their financial capabilities.

When buying a motorcycle, pay attention to its technical condition, so as not to spend half the motorcycle season (which is not too long in Russia already) to eliminate all the flaws left by the previous owner. In any case, we repeat, the parts are not too expensive, and the device of the motorcycle is quite simple, that is, there is the possibility of self-repair of the bike,without contacting specialized services, provided that you have sufficient technical knowledge, the necessary tools and relevant experience.

The result

Who is Kawasaki 250 for? It is suitable as a first bike or as a bike for every day. It will not be possible to take part in extreme high-speed races (but the class of 250-cc motorcycles is not at all for this). This is a true friend for measured trips on quality coatings for reasonable money. On such a motorcycle is quite possible to go on a long trip. It will not be too comfortable, but it can be worse. Perhaps this is the standard among Japanese motorcycles in its class at one time and for the money.

Many motorcycle enthusiasts say that they bought this model as the first bike for one or two seasons, but continued to ride it for five or more seasons. Too this bike is alive, and there is something in it that sinks into the heart. In the end, motorcyclists still sold this bike, reluctantly and buying a more powerful model. But some motorists left it in their garages for every occasion and bought an additional more powerful motorcycle.

Kawasaki ZZR 250 in the garage

If we talk about this bike as an option for beginners, then for this role Kawasaki ZZR 250 suits the best way. With this bike you will find the whole set of necessary sensations: you will feel the wind, road, drive, adrenaline and speed. The model is suitable for learning all the basic methods of driving, while the driver is guaranteed a feeling of pleasure from all this. You will really like the bike, and it can quickly adapt to your driving style, your habits. With him you quickly gain the necessary experience of driving.

Kawasaki ZZR 250 will definitely go down in world history. For all the time of the creation of motorcycles there are very few models that can successfully exist for thirty years without any serious technical improvements. This is one of the few bikes that can be called unique in its kind!

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