Modenas Ninja 250, Ninja 250 ABS, Z250 ABS debut in Malaysia; 37 hp and 23 Nm, price from RM19k-RM20k

Modenas Ninja 250, Ninja 250 ABS, Z250 ABS debut in Malaysia; 37 hp and 23 Nm, price from RM19k-RM20k

Kawasaki returns to the Malaysian market under new distributorship, Edaran Modenas Sdn Bhd (EMOS) which also marks the launch of a trio of Modenas-branded 250 cc-class models; the Ninja 250, Ninja 250 ABS and the Z250 ABS, at recommended selling prices of RM18,900, RM20,500 and RM19,500, respectively.

For reference, the Kawasaki Ninja 250 that was launched locally in 2018 under Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) brand custody at the time was priced at RM 23,071, which brings savings of nearly RM3k for the new model that adds ABS, whereas the 2018 launch model did without.

All three models are powered by a 249 cc parallel-twin DOHC fuel-injected engine producing 37 hp at 12,500 rpm and 23 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm, paired with a six-speed transmission using an assisted slipper-type clutch and chain final drive. Fuel capacity is 14 litres across the board.

As indicated by their names, the Ninja 250 does without anti-lock brakes, while ABS is fitted to the Ninja 250 ABS and Z2350 ABS; all three are outfitted with a single 286 mm-diameter brake disc in front, and a single 193 mm-diameter brake disc at the rear.

2022 Modenas Z250 ABS

A high-tensile strength steel trelliss frame forms the backbone for all three models, with suspension duties handled by telescopic front fork with 120 mm of travel and a rear monoshock with 130 mm of travel. Seat height for all three models here is 795 mm.

Rolling stock dimensions on all three are identical, with 17-inch wheels shod in tyres measuring 110/70 in front and 140/70 at the back. For kerb weights, the Z250 ABS naked bike weighs 165 kg and is matched by the Ninja 250 sport bike, while the Ninja 250 ABS adds 2 kg at 167 kg. Other standard equipment on all three 250 cc models here include front and rear LED lamps, and an eco riding indicator.

“At Modenas, we are very proud to share the same ethos as Kawasaki in prioritising customers which will ensure that all our customers get affordable, quality and technology-driven products. We aim to bring unique solutions and a heightened experience to the two-wheeled market,” said Modenas CEO Roslan Roskan.

According to the launch statement by Modenas, all Kawasaki models of 650 cc and below in Malaysia will be rebranded as Modenas, following the increase of equity share by Kawasaki Motors Limited in Modenas. Four CKD models have been scheduled for their Malaysian launches this year, comprised of the trio launched today as well as one more 650 cc model to come.

2022 Modenas Ninja 250 ABS

2022 Modenas Z250 ABS

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GALLERY: 2022 Kawasaki Z250 ABS

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • modenas on Jul 28, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Aiyoh, so lazy ah the launch?

    Don’t even bother to take new pictures of the bike with modenas logo??

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  • Call me by your name on Jul 28, 2022 at 6:15 pm


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  • So does R25 become irrelevant anymore? More expensive, lower hp, no abs

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  • ORIGINALITY on Jul 28, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    I’m sorry Modenas but if I were to buy any of this bikes, the 1st thing I’ll do is changing the Modenas logo to Kawasaki..

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  • bike sick on Jul 28, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    I was excited until I found out it doesn’t have a aloy swingarm and inverted u upside down fork. sighhh

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    • Ah Chong on Jul 29, 2022 at 8:03 am

      Must be a marketing strategy. It will come next. Incremental improvement to make the most sales.

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  • It’s very good that they bring in the ABS version. Excellent job, Modenas/Kawasaki. I’ve said it before, and I’m going to say it again – HLY MUST bring the R25 equipped with ABS, now that their direct competitor comes with ABS as an option(and cheaper too)

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  • Jonn Dol on Jul 29, 2022 at 4:53 am

    Hopefully the soon to be launched ZX-25RR will not be rebadged as Modenas.

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  • Ground europe passenger on Jul 29, 2022 at 9:44 am

    These bike rarely sell in malaysia market. Modenas kawasaki should co operate to produce y15 rsx liked 150cc moped bike.

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    • Shamshir Hassan on Jul 29, 2022 at 10:51 am

      Thankfully there are still choices for people who don’t have such poor tastes in motorcycles. Not everyone’s interested in riding overspecced kapcais just because they go fast on the cheap.

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  • With the abs model available? Why would the non abs be offered? Nobody’s going to find the rm600 difference a problem.

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  • Katheryne Wong on Jul 29, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    These modenas 250cc should sell at RM15k, sure sell out

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  • yes! time for upgrade from my kapchai.

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  • Firdaus on Aug 01, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    37Hp at 12.5K RPM…. i wonder whats the dyno charts looks like because 12.5K is basically a redline so 37hp are pretty unusable for daily ride. how many HP at mid rpm tho? 12Hp? But the price difference though. it even got ABS.

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    • sub_zero on Aug 02, 2022 at 12:27 pm

      sweetspot would be in 7500rpm -9000rpm

      remember the 37hp is by engine alone, not by chain drive end which mean loss of few ponies. usually around 28-30hp range

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  • Ah Bun on Aug 11, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    hoping the Z250RS will be out next

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  • Nambi on Nov 20, 2022 at 6:31 am

    Very good looking and speed how fast can

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