It also weighs in against a plethora of small-capacity LAMS bikes on the market from other Japanese, European and American manufacturers.
Kawasaki’s latest LAMS edition weighs a mere 148kg, hence the SL in its name which means super-light.
With its lightweight wheels, narrow tyres, sharp steering geometry and linkage-equipped Uni-Trak rear suspension with five-way rear preload adjustment, it is likely to have sharp and nimble handling.
It is powered by a 249ccc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single which Kawasaki says has strong low to mid-range torque and a quick-revving engine. They say the top end extends well into the over-rev without dropping off suddenly.
It features a flat-style handlebar, trellis frame, LCD digital instruments, petal disc brakes and twin-piston callipers.
For commuter comfort in the summer peak hour traffic the fan is behind the radiator to direct hot air down and away from the rider.