Kawasaki have introduced the 250cc single-cylinder Ninja 250SL, 'SL' for Super Lightweight, officially in Japan. This comes as no surprise in the wake of growing competition where motorcycles like the Honda CBR250R, Suzuki GW250, KTM 200 Duke, and pretty soon the Yamaha YZF-R25 are growing in numbers, priced at less than halve of what the classic parallel-twin Kawasaki Ninja 250R went for (in Japan) and what the new Kawasaki Ninja 300 cost now.
The fact that twins are expensive cannot be ignored and thus the Kawasaki Ninja 250SL finds its place in the Kawasaki lineup, sporting an all-new trellis frame and four-valve DOHC, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected single cylinder engine in combination with a six-speed gearbox. The focus of the Kawasaki Ninja 250SL is on handling and agility and is evident from the 151 kerb weight (152 kilograms with ABS); some 20 kilograms less than the old Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Officially we cannot confirm that Kawasaki Thailand has plans for introducing the Ninja 250SL on the Thai market. We hope that Kawasaki Thailand makes the right decision and we see its launch in Thailand soon.