Kawasaki Z300: baby naked coming to America?

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Update: the official mini-site just dropped.

Here’s the first pictures of the new Kawasaki Z250, courtesy Indonesia’s TMCBlog, where small, practical bikes like these are enormously popular. But, it’s being rumored that, like the Ninja 300, a Kawasaki Z300 could reach both the US and Europe.

Scheduled for an official unveiling tomorrow, the bike uses the same parallel-twin engine, steel frame and basic running gear as the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250, which means 379lbs (wet) and 31bhp. The Ninja 300 weighs the same, costs $4,700 and makes 39bhp.

Styling of the Z250 mimics that of the aggressive new Kawasaki Z800.

  • http://www.facebook.com/electricbike Troy Rank

    Touche Kawasaki, Touche.

  • BryonCLewis

    where was the love for naked bikes a few years ago? The B-King came out and failed miserably (benefit to me because I picked up a 0 miles one in 2010 for $8k). Now companies seem to be releasing more and more naked bikes, FZ8, Z800, newer Z1000, CB500F.

    • http://twitter.com/TheVeeTwin Damo Von Maciel

      Good on you for the B-King. That is such an underrated bike. I always thought it was one of the great unique bikes that Suzuki brought to market. Wish there were more of them around.

    • John Ashman

      Naked bikes are the most popular bikes everywhere else in the world. But Americans have a bigger budget and faster highways, so I guess they want more fairing. Naked bikes are hardly ever anything like a success in the US, except maybe the Monster.

      • gaudette

        The Street Triple would like to disagree with your statement.

      • tobykeller

        And the SV650, those sold by the truckload

      • HandSitting

        Germans are just as wealthy as Americans (almost exactly the same per-capita GDP), and have ever faster highways, yet naked bikes like the Honda Hornet sold just fine there.

    • Robotribe

      My opinion: it’s because the B-King was a over-baked machismo statement touting power over practicality. The bikes you mention are “slightly” more practically minded when it comes to a sport bike alternative.

    • Mykola

      Not ragging on it, but the B-King just seems monstrously, ginormously huge in person… just utterly massive through the engine/fuel-tank area. Not like an SV650, Z750S, Hawk GT, or other middleweights.

      • Scottie Ray Smith

        As a proud B-King owner, I can tell you that the tank/scoops are actually very benificial in directing airflow around the bike and rider. In fact, you would not believe me until you rode a B-King yourself just how non-turbulent the airflow is on this motorcycle at 80mph. The looks betray just how sweet the B-King really is too ride. In daily use it is very manueverable and quite practical…for a motorcycle that makes 160hp to the rear wheel. Ride sanely and you can even get mid-40′s mpg. Dead reliable too.

    • Hooligan

      A americocentric perception. Nakeds are big everywhere else. You’ve been dealt a dud card by importers not selling in the US the bikes that sold by the gazillion in Europe and everywhere else for years. I have to only look at the way Honda failed to capitalise on the Hornet 600 (the 599 in the US) a great classic roadster. But also you can say maybe the time was wrong, the US bike psyche was looking at other things at the period?……..

  • KevinB

    That’s a sweet little bike. Bravo

  • http://twitter.com/clreedy21 Chris Reedy

    I’m already interested to see the comparo between the Z300 and the CB500F. With an 8 horse advantage, a 40lb disadvantage and an $800 higher sticker the Honda doesn’t separate itself as much as the 200cc disparity might make it seem. Probably going to come down to the intangibles and subjectives here.

    • Campisi

      It’s those intangibles I’m most interested in. The CB500F will likely be faster and more user-friendly, but the Z300 is likely to have a much more sporting character.

  • Bill

    Kawa, you are getting getting warmer. Where is the Z300X adventure/touring, sitting upright and with a larger tank and some weather protection version?

  • Mill0048

    As an owner of a 2004 CB600F I’m diggin’ the possibility of some more options for naked bikes in the US. However, what’s with all the fairings? I thought nakeds were supposed to be, well… naked.

    • http://twitter.com/Ricardo_Gozinya Ricardo Gozinya

      I think a lot of it is to hide the ugly engine.

  • Dux

    So, is it a 250 or a 300?

    • Tim Prideaux

      My guess is 250 for SE Asia/India and 300 for Australia and other export markets. I quite like the Ninja 300 but plastic quality is naff. This has (a little) less plastic – I like a lot!

  • http://twitter.com/threefour Victor Lombardi

    Hope it fares better than the GW250. When I saw it at the NYC motorcycle show no one was interested in it.

  • Campisi

    Nice standard. I’ll call it a “naked” when I can actually see the frame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/murat.kanpak Murat Oğuz Kanpak

    Kawasaki could also produce a mini-Versys based on the 250/300 Ninja; a small displacement adventure style bike could be a good seller…

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      you mean like a dual sport?

  • Sreekanth M

    I would consider a KTM Duke390 as well… ;)

  • HandSitting

    “Naked”? It looks exactly like the Ninja 300, but with one little piece of plastic taken off the front. I’m not sure what the point is.