Now in Malaysia are the 2019 Kawasaki Z400 ABS and Kawasaki Z250 ABS naked sports bikes, priced at RM28,755 and RM21,998 respectively. Prices are recommended retail from Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) (KMSB) and do not include road tax, insurance and registration.

The Z400 ABS comes in below the Z650 naked sports in Kawasaki’s lineup and carries a 399 cc, DOHC, eight-valve, liquid-cooled parallel-twin that puts out a claimed 45 PS at 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm, fed by EFI. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox, with assist and slipper clutch, and chain final drive.

Braking for the Z400 ABS is done with a single semi-floating 310 mm petal disc clamped by a two-piston calliper while the rear brake uses a single 220 mm petal disc with dual-piston calliper, with two-channel ABS. Rolling on 110/70R-17 and 150/60R-17 rubber front and rear, respectively, the Z400 is propped up at the front with a 41 mm diameter telescopic fork and preload adjustable monoshock at the back.

Inside the cockpit is a monochrome LCD instrument panel with three user selectable display modes, similar to the unit found in the Z650. Lighting for both the Z400 ABS and Z250 ABS is with LEDs front and rear, with increased brightness and wider area of illumination.

Seat height on the Z400 ABS is set at 785 mm and weight is 167, with fuel carried in a 14-litre tank. There is only one colour option for the 2019 Kawasaki Z400 ABS – Pearl Storm Grey.

As for the Z250 ABS, power comes from a 248 cc, DOHC, eight-valve, liquid-cooled parallel-twin producing 37 PS at 12,500 rpm and 23 Nm at 10,500 rpm. Using a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive, the Z250 is fed by EFI.

A single 310 mm brake disc stops the front 17-inch wheel, shod with 110/70-17 rubber, while the rear wheel uses a single 220 mm disc with 140/70-17 tyre size. Front suspension is with a 41 mm telescopic fork while the rear monoshock is preload adjustable.

Weighing in at 164 kg, the Z250 ABS carries fuel in a 14-litre tank, and seat height – cut 30 mm narrower – is 785 mm. The 2019 Kawasaki Z250 comes in one colour scheme – Candy Lime Green.

Availability of the 2019 Kawasaki Z250 ABS at authorised KMSB dealers is effective immediately. Meanwhile, the 2019 Kawasaki Z400 ABS will be in Kawasaki dealer showrooms from May 2019.