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1 Month w/Kawasaki Z250SL – 2nd Week

POSTED BY Philip Chong ON 07 September 2014

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LET’S see… we have taken the Kawasaki Z250SL to several places since the beginning of our 1-month long duration with it. While the bike is easy to ride and very comfortable in handling, it’s time we look at what other aspects of the Z250SL that can be accomplished apart from taking us from Point A to Point B and vice-versa.

As the Z250SL uses a steel trellis box for its chassis, we discovered that it could be used for another purpose, apart from the fact that its main task is to provide stability and feedback to the rider during riding and negotiating fast corners. That purpose we are referring to is – stuff the day’s copy of newspaper in-between the steel trellis frame (as pictured above) especially when you didn’t bring a backpack nor a shoulder bag along when riding.

We found the newspaper remains intact and there’s no flapping of its pages during riding. There’s no risk of it flew out of the chassis or interfere with the wiring or electronics of the bike while riding. Of course, there’s nothing in the Z250SL’s instruction manual that says this anything nor recommendation by Kawasaki on this option. It is just a tip from us at Cars, Bikes & Trucks (CBT).

For the record, even its sibling, the Ninja 250SL sports, is also capable of storing newspaper in the internal section of the side panel fairing – it has a slot that looks like a “pocket” similar to those in the car doors, and you can fold the newspaper and place it there. Again, this tip is just an option, not found anywhere in the instruction manual.

If you enjoy reading about the above tips, let us share with you about what other features the Z250SL is capable of performing. For a start, a lot of riders would like to know about the acceleration level and top speed performances of the Z250SL.

For a single cylinder 249cc motorcycle, the Z250SL has more or less the same performance as the fully-faired Ninja 250SL, and while we do not have a scientific measurement of the actual 0-100 km/h in stop-go acceleration, rest assured the former is capable of leaving most of the traffic behind the moment the lights turn green.

And that’s just the bike’s standard acceleration alone. If you want to give it the maximum push, as in opening the throttle fully and having all the six gears revving to their limit, the Z250SL can outrun any standard 1,000cc to 2,000cc sedan car, kapchai and scooter (up to 150cc) on the market. But owners will have to be contended with conceding defeat to sedan cars of 1.6-litre to 2.4-litre in capacity as their top speed will eventually overtake the Z250SL in due course as its top speed of 165 km/h is no match for the cars, which are capable of achieving speeds of between 180 km and 245 km/h.

Top speed deficit aside, the Z250SL makes up for it by having a reliable engine. We took the bike for a day trip to Cameron Highlands for a total distance of 502 km. It completed the trip with no visible sign of strain nor any change to its engine performance. And for the entire trip, the Z250SL only consumed a total of 19 litres of RON95.

The trip to Cameron Highlands started off from the BHP petrol station after Gombak toll. The Z250SL joined several other Kawasaki bikes for the trip, which ranged from the Versys 650 (2 units) to the 2010/2014 Z1000 (1 each) and the 2012 Ninja 1000.

From the station, our group took Karak highway till the Bentong exit, then rode into the town for breakfast. We resumed our ride towards Raub, and from there to Sungai Koyan, Ringlet and Sungai Khazanah prior to the twisty uphill roads up to Cameron Highlands. The Z250SL was able to keep up with the Versys and the Z1000 on those twisty roads, and it had no issue going up the steeper part towards the hill resort.

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Our group reached Tanah Rata in Cameron, where we had our second break, which was lunch. While we did pass by the spot where visitors/tourists stopped to snap photos of the tea plantation, we did not stop there ourselves and proceed to the venue for our break. We began our ride out of Cameron right after lunch towards Simpang Pulai town in Perak, which was the venue for our third break.

Our group was broken into 2 for the ride to Simpang Pulai from Cameron – into a fast and slow groups. 1 Versys and a Z1000 followed the Z250SL in the leading, fast group while the rest were in the slower group. The idea was to test how the Z250SL fared along the fast, twisty segment all the way to Simpang Pulai. The first group reached the town approximately 20 minutes ahead of the second group.

Total riding hours (excluding the 2 breaks) since our ride started in the morning till reaching Simpang Pulai were close to five, and we spent an hour for our break. By the time. By the time we decided to leave the town for Kuala Lumpur, it was almost 4pm. Our return route to KL was by the PLUS highway. And we reached the Jalan Duta toll plaza around 6.30pm as we had rode within the highway’s speed limit on the way home.

The Z250SL is a pleasure to ride within the highway’s speed limit of between 90 km/h and 110 km/h as opposed to the bigger bikes, which was quite straining on the right hand for the respective riders, given the massive power their bikes have over the Z250SL.

Stay tuned for our 3rd Week update with the Z250SL soon.

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