2016 Naza N5R launch (23)

After a set of pics were sent to us about the impending debut of the full-fairing 2016 Naza N5R, the new 250 cc sports bike was launched at Naza World in Petaling Jaya, at a price of RM13,888 excluding GST. A Special Edition with stainless-steel Proformance exhaust, billet levers and bar-ends, machined aluminium foot-pegs, special pillion pad and different graphics goes for RM15,388.

The N5R seeks to capitalise on the demand for 250 cc sports bikes in Malaysia, especially among younger riders. Based on the Korean Hyosung GD250R Exiv, the Naza N5R – basically a fully-faired version of the naked N5 – carries a single-cylinder liquid-cooled 249 cc engine that puts out a claimed 28.4 hp at 8,500 rpm and 26.1 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm.

Fed by EFI, the thumper engine drives a six-speed gearbox, with chain final-drive. A tubular steel frame – something of a standard thing at this price point – is used, and the N5R has an 11-litre fuel tank, also a fairly standard dimension for 250s. Braking is with a single 300 mm disc in front with a four-piston caliper and a 230 mm disc at the back.

Upside-down forks take care of the front suspension, and a single shock absorber does the duties at the rear. Weighing in at 143 kg wet, the N5R sports a very rider-friendly seat-height of 780 mm. Controls are adjustable at the bars, seat and foot-pegs. Two colour choices are available – red with white wheels and matte-black with black wheels, while the Special Edition comes in matte-grey with black wheels.

Retailing for RM13,888 excluding GST and the Special Edition at RM15,388, the 2016 Naza N5R comes up against some stiff competition in the market, specification wise. The Kawasaki Ninja 250SL, at RM17,349 including GST, is a direct rival to the N5R. The KTM RC250 with ABS is also an option, retailing at RM21,081, including GST.

GALLERY: 2016 Naza N5R

GALLERY: 2016 Naza N5R Special Edition