In 2020, Kawasaki introduced a one-of-a-kind sportbike that was unlike anything else available in the market. The Ninja ZX-25R is undeniably one of the most unique sportbikes today, thanks to its small 250cc inline-four engine. While other brands that make bikes of this displacement rely on single or parallel-twin configurations, Kaw opted for a four-banger just because it could, and because it was a throwback to small-capacity sportbikes of yesteryear. Now, for the 2023 model year, the ZX-25R receives some modest updates.
On October 1, 2022, Kawasaki officially presented the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R. In 2023, the range will still use the same core color schemes, but will change up the visuals to keep things interesting. For starters, the ABS SE edition now offers Metallic Matte Graphene Steel Gray and Candy Persimmon Red color choices, while the standard model now comes in a Metallic Spark Black livery. The ZX-25RR, a recently classified range-topper, stands out from the competition thanks to its Lime Green colorway complete with KRT Edition graphics.
Along with the subtly updated color schemes, the ZX-25R family now has a TFT dash with Bluetooth connection and Circuit Mode. The 37 mm SFF-BP front suspension is the same on all three Ninjas, however the top-range RR trim adds preload adjustment. As for the rear , the regular ZX-25R and ABS SE feature a rear suspension with a linkage, while the ZX-25RR once more outdoes its brothers with a BFRC shock that boasts race-oriented adjustability.
Other than that, almost everything else is the same as the outgoing generation of bike. While the traction control and power modes are shared by the basic model and its siblings, the bidirectional quickshifter is only found on the ABS SE and RR models. The pricing likewise reflects the three-tiered series, with the base model costing Rp 105,000,000 (about P405,000), the ABS SE version costing Rp 123,500,000 (about P477,000), and the ZX-25RR fetching Rp 129,900,000 (about P502,000). Kawasaki Philippines has made no mention regarding the availability of the next-gen ZX-25R, however, chances are we can expect to see this bike arrive on Philippine shores by mid 2023.