Kawasaki was supposed to let the new ZX-25R Ninja hit the showroom floors in India on April 4, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns and manufacturing halts happening all over the world, they had to postpone it. Despite that, the Japanese motorcycle maker decided to give it’s loyal Ninja fans a treat and it has already been called one of the coolest looking bikes of 2020 so far. At the same time, it was made out of one of the smallest Ninjas they have ever produced, the ZX-25R.
This new race-only ZX-25R was built to compete in a Japanese one-make series. After ditching the lights, plate holder, and mirrors, it gets the full factory race-bike treatment with carbon fairings, frame, and swingarm protectors. At first glance, you would have thought that the swing arm would have gotten the full carbon treatment, but a closer look would tell you how cleverly placed these carbon covers are. The custom race-spec body work was built and supplied by A-Tech which also includes the tank, custom windscreen, airbox, subframe, and seat unit which allows it to shed so much weight for the fastest lap times around the track.
The carbon ZX-25R will be running on Dunlop racing tires and a free-flowing NASSERT-R Evolution Type II exhaust system. It also comes with rear-set foot controls, and adjustable brake and clutch levers. Its suspension appears to be the same Showa Separate Function Forks from the standard model but the rear mono-shock is adapted from the ZX-10R.
It is powered by a 250 cc in-line 4-cylinder engine capable of producing around 40 hp. We’ll have to wait a little longer before we get the full specs of the bike but until then, we can expect its competitors like Honda and Yamaha to come up with their own versions of race-only smaller sportbikes to pop up on the same track as this carbon ZX-25R.