Classic Kawasaki middleweights of the 80’s

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1983 saw a major revamp of the Scorpion. New UK laws saw learners limited to 125cc and the 250cc class looking a little irrelevant.

The Kawasaki Z250T / ER250 had a tuned engine, rubber mounted in a new twin cradle frame with a box section swinging arm and final drive through a rubber toothed belt all with Unitrack rear suspension.

Cosmetically the Z250T now boasted a fashionable rectangular headlight and instrument pod. All very ‘mid 80’s’. The 1983 ‘Mechanics Magazine’ enjoyed the 20% extra power gained over the previous A3 model and managed to wring 91.8mph out of the bike at MIRA

Air forks and CDI ignition were 2 more refinements, but all the above came at a price. £1099 was only £150 cheaper than the GPz305 also launced in 1983 which is the next incarnation and development of the Scorpion which had been born back in 1979.

To download the full road test and specification for the Z250T from Mechanics Magazine June 1983 as a PDF please click here

Kawasaki Z250T 1983

1983 Kawaski Z250T captured in Mechanics Magazine

Z250T Scorpion specs. As they appeared in the 1988 Range brochure

To view the whole 1988 Kawasaki range, click on the cover above and download the brochure as a PDF

Kawasaki ER250-B1 sales Brochure

Kawasaki ER250-B1 sales brochure

Kawasaki ER250-B2 sales brochure