1992 Kawasaki BJ250A Estrella
Registration no. J207 LTP
Frame no. BJ250A000754
Engine no. BJ250AE014458
Nowadays it seems that every major manufacturer has to have a 'retro' model or two in the range, a trend that arguably was started by Honda back in 1985 with the XBR500. Kawasaki's W800 vertical twin is recognised as one of the most successful of current retros but back in the early 1990s the Japanese factory came up with a delightful single every bit as convincing: the Estrella. Guaranteed to appeal to nostalgia buffs who didn't need the power (and disliked the weight) of larger models, the 250cc Estrella was launched in 1992, boasting a simple tubular steel frame, twin shock absorbers, 'right-way-up' front fork, separate headlamp, painted mudguards and wire-spoked wheels. Disc brakes were just about the only outwardly visible concessions to modernity. The engine too was a mix of old and new features, being a long-stroke, overhead-cam, two-valve design of unitary construction that incorporated a balancer shaft to dampen vibrations. Although immensely popular in Japan, the Estrella was not widely exported, the only country in Europe to receive substantial numbers being Germany. The model was never officially imported into the UK.
Believed one of only two Estrellas in the UK, the other being a 1996 model, this example gained Type Approval in this country in 2005 and has not been used on the road, although it has been shown. Described by the vendor as in 'like new' condition, this beautiful modern classic is offered with import paperwork, recently expired MoT (26th July 2011) and Swansea V5C document.