Ah! A baby Ninja! And a small capacity naked Kwaker! What a way to start a new year! Understandably, fellow journo Bishakh sounded excited when he talked about these developments chanced upon somewhere in Indonesia, just yesterday!
It is high time really that Kawasaki and Suzuki climb down a few rungs and address the mass market in India. Suzuki bunged it with its Inazuma but it seems like Kawasaki is going about it the right way. The light weight street fighter (reported yesterday) and this faired sibling Ninja caught testing in Indonesia, if brought over here, would fit the bill perfectly.
Going strictly by the available photographs in the public domain, the naked is a looker. Love the red trellis on the black bike. The angular, chiselled headlamp assembly, similar to its bigger brethren harks at the aggressive intentions of the bike and the unconventional design of the exhaust should, one would hope, enhance the bike’s sound. The width of the tires on the bike would make one believe that the engine is in the vicinity of a 150-250 cc motor.
*This is the naked brethren. Click pic for details. Spyshot credit: iwanbanaran.com
This fully faired sportster featured on an Indonesian website tmcblog.com is claimed to be a single cylinder 250cc Ninja. It was just a year or so ago that Kawasaki discontinued the immensely popular twin-cylinder and our favourite quarter liter Ninja 250 in India and upgraded it with a 300 cc powerhouse! However, internationally 250 also received a very 300-like upgrade. And with this shot, it gets cleared that this upcoming bike will be tagged as ‘Ninja’!
What’s cooking then?
Is Kawasaki readying a single cylinder Ninja 250? That would be a welcome move. If brought to India and priced just right (under the throat of CBR250R), Kawasaki will have its teller machines running overnight. I have always felt that discontinuing the Ninja 250 was ill advised.
The next rumour churning mill is predicting the possibility of a single cylinder smaller 150cc motor, in the leagues of R15 and CBR150R. No official word on these developments yet, but you can bet that we have our eyes peeled for them.
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