Kawasaki EL250

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Kawasaki EL 250
Kawasaki EL 250

The Kawasaki EL250 is no ordinary Its engine begs to be thrashed, it look cheap and — … — the brakes

MINIATURE HARLEY REPLICAS are dumping grounds for old engines, switchgear, and brakes from They are bought by newly riders wanting to ease way into motorcycling without much. The new EL250 is Kawasaki’s to make them spend

All the advantages of a mini-custom are there, but fewer hassles and more Like Suzuki’s GN250 and SR250, the EL gets a low seat for paddling, a low centre of gravity for balance and a relaxed riding But unlike the cheap and cheerfuls, it modern fixtures and fittings make it easier to live

Instead of a wheezy old single-cylinder that only just to pull four gear and to go over 70mph, the EL gets an parallel twin that

to power the ZZ-R250. In still air and on ground it can push the EL up to an indicated

This is performance beyond the dreams of the GN and SR. A following wind send the EL hurtling towards the mark and only steep beat it down to below 70. The takes the edge off the feeling of speed because the needle gets past 11 o’clock — in one of greatest feats of optimism it is to 120mph.

The price of such speed is the EL’s inevitable A bore 20mm greater the … means on its way to a redline of the EL sounds like a racing phone. It’s as Harley-like as Datsun Cherry, but the modern gives the EL a large dollop of

The daily 30 mile trek work was not a sluggish nightmare.

Although there’s little in the bottom half of the rev range, performance can still be had thanks to the gear box. Scurrying up and the gears doesn’t fit in with the low image, but it means the EL250 can from 60mph to 70 briskly to get past lorries without rider and lorry driver.

is just as practical. The main emits enough light to see you’re going at night on a mini-custom — and instead of switchgear that’s been around Japanese warehouses for 10 the EL has clean, efficient switches have only just phased out on ZXRs. Indicators are to cancel, … lights are and the choke is bar-mounted.

Starting cold, the choke operation is odd. The motor starts and idles fast but after seconds slows and soon as if it’s about to stall. off a bit of choke and the idle holds, but is so that a sniff of clutch is to stall it.

The ride to work starts 11,800 revs ai irritable

Handling is solid. The low cent of and adequately stiff frari the EL feels stable throuj slow and medium bene when the straight is lor enough for you to get up to does the corner at the end becon because of the EI increasing vagueness.

too can be a problei because of the short-travel, sprung rear-end. At first it ; though the twin shocks are roc as hard-edged bumps jolt th alarmingly. But the slow spee is so comfortable that it w; more caused by the shock bottoming

Unless there’s a pillion on the tiny rear seat, the i not a worry. The EL lets you si back, you … right back t the part of the plush saddle use the perch as a sissy ba and relax. breeze pas smoothly, the fat Dunlop gripping well in the dry and slith predictably in the wet.

Kawasaki EL 250
Kawasaki EL 250

To go faster and get the peg scraping all you do is hunch the front and point the EL firmly oodles of trail and a heac of 29 degrees, the EL needs ; vigorous to get into a turn but once a peg can carve i smooth furrow. out for left handers though, the geai lever is low and close to the peg so easy to get your foot between tarmac and lever.

The front brake works enough to squeal the tyre 60mph and the rear drum is equally reassuring.

A major of mini-customs for test fresh is the looks. After the GP100 of days, anything over looks …, but the EL is a particularly proposition. For a 250, it is long and low drag strip image the Kawasaki brochure hopefully and the sun behind it the EL can look almost if you squint.

Close up, there are too many touches for the EL to be anything like. The is swathed in black plastic but is too big to be The engine is partially chromed but the is a stylistically disappointing matt

The sidestand is a tinny black instead of a long silvery

But compared to the likes of the white-wheeled the metallic flake paint EL is raw And in the eyes of the motorcycle-illiterate it probably is a

It is expensive though. At Ј3150, the EL is more than the CB250, more than the GN250 and Ј149 less than

Suzuki’s GS500. On paper the EL to compete with such and cheerfuls. In the showroom though, no competition. The EL has the solid quality and big appearance that even the can’t match.

It has the potential to the XV535 of mini-customs.

Kawasaki EL 250
Kawasaki EL 250
Kawasaki EL 250
Kawasaki EL 250
Kawasaki EL 250
Kawasaki EL 250


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