Rumor Is Kawasaki Will Build a 250cc Four-Cylinder

Kawasaki 250cc four-cylinder

Four Pots, 250cc, Plenty to Love

The demise of many of 250cc motorcycles from the market has confounded me for a while now. There seems to be plenty of small 125cc machines out there and even more machines with displacements over 300cc, but the 250cc size that served so many riders well has somewhat fallen by the wayside. Leave it to Kawasaki to bring it back in the best way possible—with four cylinders. 

According to Young Machine, a Japanese motorcycle website, the company could build a four-cylinder 250cc engine for the Ninja line of sportbikes. I love this idea so much. The publication put together a cool rendering of what the bike would look like. 

All that is well and good, but information from Top Speed takes things to the next level. Mr. Michael Tanadhi, Deputy Head of Sales and Promotion PT Kawasaki Motor Indonesia, said to an Indonesian automotive blog that the company is looking to build a 250cc four-cylinder. That in conjunction with the rumors makes it sound like Kawasaki will do it.

This isn’t the first time Kawasaki built a four-cylinder 250cc motorcycle. It had one back in the 1980s. That motorcycle was replaced by a 250cc two-cylinder engine. Now it seems Kawasaki will return to the four-pot design. Of course, nothing is set in stone yet, so we’ll keep an eye out for new information.


  1. darren-p
    June 25, 2019

    no-one loves the crazy little pocket rockets from Japan in the late 80’s and early 90’s

    nsr, rgv, mc22, nc30 fzr, zxr, tzr, rs

    but please don’t make it look like newer ninjas- they are horrid.

    • June 25, 2019

      Would be nice to see Kawasaki change up the styling a little. They probably won’t though.

  2. darren-p
    June 25, 2019

    *more than me *

    • Johannes
      June 25, 2019

      Okay, I’m stumped on this one but what’s the advantage of a 4 banger 250 as opposed to what they have now? More power in a 250 package? Just wondering.

      • Pete
        June 26, 2019

        It will offer a lot more power and a higher rev limit, thereby making it more enticing for more than just novice riders. 90’s 4 cylinder 250cc bikes like the CBR250RR put out over 40hp and were much faster than their twin cylinder competitors. Although, the 2 strokes literally smoked every four stroke 250 of the time and made them all look slow in comparison!

  3. Al
    June 25, 2019

    Using the ZX-*R name? This will be fun.

  4. June 26, 2019

    I had heard rumors in past that kawaski had talked about 250 cc, supercharged , with power output similar to 600cc.
    But in light nimble chassis????

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