Kawasaki Ninja 250

  • MODENAS has prepared a specialised assembly line for Kawasaki models only. 
  • Both the Ninja 250 and Z250 will be assembled locally at first. 
  • Eventually all twin-cylinder Kawasaki models will be assembled in Malaysia under the MODENAS brand. 
  • You can purchase one at a ‘Kawasaki Shop’ or ‘Kawasaki Station’.

MODENAS has confirmed that it will be introducing the locally assembled Ninja 250 and Z250 both with ABS and non-ABS models, sometime at the end of July of this year.

This comes after Kawasaki upped its stake in MODENAS from the previous 19% to 30% with a further 18% on the cards if certain conditions are met.

Part of this acquisition involves the local assembly of certain Kawasaki models which will eventually include the entire twin-cylinder range and more.

The local assembly of Kawasaki models will start with the twin-cylinder Z250 and Ninja 250 models (models with and without ABS will be available).

In a rare preview of the assembly plant at the MODENAS plant in Gurun for members of the media, MODENAS showcased its specialised Kawasaki assembly line that was put together by Kawasaki Japan and Thailand.

MODENAS assures that the quality of locally-assembled Kawasaki models will be identical to the imported models since a lot of the assembling capabilities include input from Kawasaki engineers, which ensures consistency in the manufacturing process.

MODENAS also showcased a unique dyno test machine that was specially flown in from Japan. The dyno machine is the first of its kind in ASEAN that has the capabilities to test both the front and rear wheels with the purpose of testing engine output and braking capabilities, which is important since some Kawasaki models come with twin-channel ABS.

Every single MODENAS-Kawasaki model assembled in Malaysia will have to begin its life by first proving its worth in the dyno machine. Only after MODENAS engineers are confident the bike meets all Kawasaki and MODENAS requirements, will it be released for distribution.

The MODENAS Ninja 250 and Z250 will be available at two types of dealerships. MODENAS says the new Kawasaki-MODENAS bikes will be available at Kawasaki branded shops called ‘Kawasaki Shop’, which is basically a exclusive Kawasaki shop similar to the Ninja Shops of before.

The second types of dealerships will be called ‘Kawasaki Station’, which are not exclusive Kawasaki dealerships but rather a multi-brand dealership which also offers Kawasaki-MODENAS products.

In terms of design, the MODENAS Ninja 250 and MODENAS Z250 are identical to their Kawasaki siblings except for a few MODENAS stickers differentiating the two models.

Currently all parts are imported from Kawasaki Thailand and assembled locally in Malaysia, with up to 33% local content set to be introduced later.

As for pricing, unfortunately there is no indication as yet, but MODENAS CEO Mr Roslan Roskan (pictured above) promises competitive prices that could just be lower than before. Deliveries are expected to begin at the end of July.

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Umum sedia maklum bahawa Edaran Modenas Sdn Bhd (EMOS) telah diumumkan mengambil alih sebagai pengedar rasmi jenama Kawasaki di Malaysia.

Jalinan kerjasama itu termeterai setelah Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) meningkatkan ekuiti saham dalam Modenas dari 19 peratus kepada 30 peratus pada 2019.

Saham KHI juga boleh meningkat kepada 48 peratus menerusi pembelian 52 juta unit saham keutamaan boleh tukar.

Oktober tahun lalu, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Modenas, Roslan Roskan memaklumkan bahawa syarikat itu akan kembali merancakkan kerjasama dengan Kawasaki bermula 2022.

*Modenas Ninja 250

Ketika ditemui sewaktu berlangsungnya sesi Track Day Modenas Bersama Media, Roslan memberitahu bahawa model yang pernah ditayangkan sebelum ini, Modenas Ninja 250 akan dilancarkan sekitar hujung suku pertama 2022.

*CEO Modenas, Roslan Roskan (empat dari kanan).

Malaysia kini telah pun memasuki bulan terakhir Suku Pertama 2022 dan hanya tinggal beberapa minggu sahaja lagi sebelum Suku Kedua bermula.

Bagaimanapun, sehingga kini perkabaran mengenai Ninja 250 yang dijenamakan semula itu masih tidak kelihatan walaupun kilang di Gurun telah pun mempersiapkan fasiliti untuk pemasangan model Kawasaki seperti yang dilaporkan sebelum ini.

*Kawasaki Versys 650 2022

Menurut info yang diperolehi sebelum ini, Modenas akan menjenamakan semula beberapa model Kawasaki dari 250 hingga 650cc. Bagaimanapun, kami dimaklumkan ketika itu bahawa perkara itu masih lagi dalam perbincangan.

*Modenas Karisma 125S

Setakat ini, Modenas telah membuka tirai 2022 dengan melancarkan skuter kompak, Karisma 125S yang dijual pada harga RM5,397.

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  • Motosikal Kawasaki Ninja 250 2018 adalah sebuah model serba baharu.
  • Enjin baharunya menghasilkan sehingga 38.2hp – enjin motosikal jalan raya empat lejang, 250cc paling berkuasa.
  • Ianya telah ditetapkan pada harga RM23,071 (harga asas).


  • The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 is all-new.

  • The new engine produces 38.2 bhp –  the most powerful 250cc, four-stroke roadgoing engine.

  • It is priced from RM 23,071 (basic selling price).

Testing the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 kinda reminds me of having my favourite tomyam.

However, the first I’d do when it’s served is to locate and remove the cili padi (called “bird eye chili” in English, but that doesn’t sound good as a title, does it?). Then again, I’d sometimes miss a little flake and chewed it. Oh, the horrors! How could something so little cause so much “excitement”?

Kawasaki Motors Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (KMMSB) launched the 2018 Ninja 250 at the Art of Speed 2018 in July and it’s since garnered lots of excitement.

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 official launched at AOS 2018 – RM23,000

Being used to bigger bikes, my initial inclination was, “Beautiful bike, but how fast can it go?” Okay, let’s come back to this later.

I’ve always referred to the 250cc segment as the “Game of Thrones” category. Being the most affordable higher capacity motorcycles after sub-200cc bikes, manufacturers fight tooth and nail for a piece of the pie. Yes, Kawasaki wants to dominate this sector, hence the 2018 Ninja 250 is new from the ground up.

First, the design. Kawasaki are styling their bikes to reflect a family identity. As such, one could very well mistake the new bike for the ZX-6R or even ZX-10R at first glance.

There are plenty of sharp angles at the front alone, especially on the “chin spoiler” below the headlamps alluding to more downforce at high speeds. The fairing flares outwards by the time it reaches the knee cutouts, making the bike look like a bigger capacity model.


The 249cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, eight-valve, parallel-Twin is all new and has been tuned to produce 38.2 bhp at 12,500 RPM and 23.5 Nm of torque at 10,000 RPM. It’s apparent that the engine is a screamer. The assist-and-slip clutch is retained.

Other changes include:

  • Reworked radiator fan shroud which directs hot air away from the rider.
  • Improved ergonomics.
  • Single 310 mm floating disc clamped by a 2-piston caliper.
  • 41 mm telescopic forks.
  • 14-litre fuel tank.
  • 164 kg wet weight.

The seating position was sporty beyond doubt. The clip-on handlebars may look tall but it feels much lower when you’re seated on the bike; due to the compact fuel tank which puts you right up front. Such arrangement is good for mass centralization. The clip-ons are also angled downwards for a more comfortable riding position at high speeds.

The new engine is much quieter when idling, too. Gone is the loud ticking from the valvetrain of its predecessor. Blipping the throttle sends the needle flying up the rev counter.

First gear in, added some throttle, clutch out and… CLACK! The engine cut out. Lucky for me no one was looking. You need to slip the clutch a little more to get going.

Acceleration was much, much smoother than I had anticipated. But the engine felt rather benign below 5000 RPM. More gas then. The rev counter’s needle swung up, up, up and the bike took off when it hit 8000 RPM. The exhaust note changed to a howl, accompanied by a guttural growl from the airbox underneath the tank.

Once, I let rip on the Ninja 250 to teach an MT-07 rider a lesson he won’t soon forget. Pinning the throttle, the “Little Red Chili” picked up speed surprisingly quickly for a 250, until we hit 179 km/h with 1000 RPM before the redline. Mr. MT never dared to re-approach.

I related the experience to fellow journalists and one guy who’s smaller and lighter than I am recounted that he hit 192 km/h!

That’s almost unheard of for a stock 250cc four-stroke road bike.

Of course, none of that speed would mean anything if the bike couldn’t handle.

Steering was close to being effortless and you could swing the bike from side to side even while accelerating at full throttle. Yet, it was uncannily steady like a long wheelbase big bike in a straight line.

The suspension’s well-tuned for the war on corners. Here’s a tip: To maximize the Ninja 250’s corner speed, brake early followed by early brake release.

The slipper clutch’s nicely tuned to provide a degree of engine braking but it still allows the bike to freewheel into corners. Yes, like a two-stroke. Fun!

Riding a lightweight bike such as the Ninja 250 in traffic is a breeze as the bike changes directions quickly. The brakes are pretty strong, too. Another thing which I appreciated was the lack of hot air from the engine cooking certain organs. I do want another child, you know.

So, back to “Beautiful bike, but how fast can it go?” You see, the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 isn’t about just top speed. Instead, Kawasaki has done a great job in reinventing the sporting 250 by infusing awesome handling and speed seamlessly, and wrapped in a beautiful bodywork.

And yes, small things can cause great excitement, just like the “Little Red Chili” here.


ENGINE TYPE 4-stroke, DOHC, 8-valve, liquid-cooled, parallel-Twin
BORE x STROKE 62.0 mm x 41.2 mm
POWER 38.2 bhp (39 PS) @ 12,500 RPM
TORQUE 23.5 Nm @ 10,000 RPM
FUEL SYSTEM Electronic fuel injection with dual ø 32mm throttle bodies
CLUTCH Multiple-plate wet clutch, cable-operated
FRAME High tensile steel trellis
FRONT SUSPENSION ø 41 mm telescopic forks
REAR SUSPENSION Bottom link Uni-Trak, gas-charged monoshock, adjustable spring preload
FRONT BRAKE 1 X Two-piston caliper, ø 310 mm disc
REAR BRAKE 1 X Single-piston caliper, ø 220 mm brake disc
TYRE FRONT; REAR 110/70-17; 140/70-17
WHEEL BASE 1,370 mm

  • Kawasaki Motors Malaysia (KMSB) has brought in their latest 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250.

  • Their latest 250cc offering has been reworked from the ground up with a brand new design and improved performance.

  • The new 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 will arrive at showrooms in August with a tentative price of RM23,071.10 (basic price with 0% GST).

Kawasaki Motors Malaysia Sdn Bhd (KMSB) has officially introduced their latest generation 250cc sports bike that is the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250. The new Ninja 250 was officially launched at the Art of Speed Malaysia 2018 currently happening at MAEPS Serdang. (more…)


  • Rangkaian motosikal Kawasaki Ninja telah dikenali ramai sebagai motosikal lumba terbaik dunia dalam pasaran buat masa sekarang.
  • Dari motosikal tahap permulaan Ninja 250 sehinggalah ke motosikal yang dicas lampau Ninja H2R, akan adanya sebuah motosikal Ninja buat semua orang.
  • Rangkaian Ninja kini sedang menuju ke arah pengemaskinian yang besar bagi tahun 2018 dengan pengenalan beberapa buah model yang baru termasuklah Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX 2018.


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