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ZX-25R Looks like the proper lightweights are back.

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by jigger, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. jigger

    Capodecina

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    IL4 250cc
    60HP
    20,000ish RPM

     
  2. Minibiker

    Soldato

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    Very tidy bike... I'm liking the way the 250's are becoming more beefier and the performance they're getting is great, even for an experienced rider they will have an appeal
     
  3. arfoll

    Wise Guy

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    Oh this is looking amazing. I am interested
     
  4. jigger

    Capodecina

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    If this hits the UK Honda are really going to have to take a look at it’s bikes. The CBR500R will get destroyed by this 250.
     
  5. Kreeeee

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    This doesn't meet the necessary Euro 5 regulations so I doubt it will come out here.
     
  6. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

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    Thank goodness for that. The last thing that’s needed are 20,000 rpm decatted straight through systems being thrashed around by chavs in a few years.
     
  7. MatteH Oxford

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    I can't see that having 60bhp without forced induction.
     
  8. Dogbreath

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    Rumours suggest 58bhp. The 4 cylinder 250cc screamers from the late 80s (FZR250. ZX-R250 etc) made around 45bhp, but at a paltry 14-15000 RPM. If the new bike is making peak power closer to 20k RPM then it seems plausible. It's higher than the current superbikes in terms of specific power, but it's easier to make tiny cylinders produce good power at very high RPM since the distance the flame front has to travel is smaller.
     
  9. MatteH Oxford

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    The quality of components required for a 20k rpm limit is probably a little high for the proposed price bracket and limited market it will be sold in though. Seems like hype/speculation above that of the H2R release, look how much of a disappointment the road version turned out to be.

    Only one brake disc too.
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2019
  10. jigger

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    The RR bikes from the 80-90’s maybe tipped the scales at 150kg. Today I’d think that is easily beatable and brake technology has vastly improved so I can’t see this bike wanting for brakes.

    It will be interesting to see what Kawasaki have done with this bike and how other firms respond.
     
  11. jigger

    Capodecina

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    If it keeps them from pinching super bikes.
     
  12. Rilot

    Don

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    I rode a ZXR250 once. That was absolutely mental with its 18,000RPM red line.
     
  13. jigger

    Capodecina

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    If this isn’t eruo 5 compliant can it still be privately imported?
     
  14. Kreeeee

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    Yes, but not ridden on UK roads.
     
  15. Paracelsus

    Hitman

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    Shame this would never pass the silly Euro regs, I've always wanted a CBR250RR.

    I don't think most chavs progress beyond 125s with L plates, at least they don't Manchester way. In fact they don't even bother with the L plates, or CBT, insurance, etc....
     
  16. jigger

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    Even if we don’t see this in the UK at least the bike will make other manufacturers take note.

    We might see a new RD come from this.
     
  17. Mobius 1

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    Sounds... great !

     
  18. Malt_Vinegar

    Don

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    That does sound fantastic. Got to love a little screaming 4!!