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German Estrellas BJ250 C2













BJ250 C2

BJ250 C1

BJ250 C3

BJ250 C1

In 1996 the BJ250 C2, never called Estrella RS in Germany, replaced the BJ250 A in the official programme of Kawasaki Germany.

The BJ250 C was at the same time the last Estrella version officially exported to Germany. But the C-versions still being built and sold in Japan!

German Estrella - Japanese Estrella

The most significant differences between a German and a Japanese Estrella are the mirrors and indicators. The German ones are round and a bit bigger. They have probably been changed to fulfil the European respectively German import and admission standards.
Japanese Estrellas have a different carburettor with produces 21 PS instead of the German version with only 17 PS.
This might also be the reason why German (European) Estrellas have different carburettors (E). The German carburettor has a different interior and also a different carburettor cover. All German Estrellas produces only 17 instead of the Japanese 21 PS.

The German C-version also has no hazard light button (D) in contrast to the Japanese Estrellas. That is »normal« for motorcycles in Germany, but it would have been nicer if the Estrella had such a button ...

BJ250 A - BJ250 C
At first, you can tell apart a standard BJ250 C from an  A-version by the colour. The C-version is painted in »Ebony / Firecracker Red (J3)« while the A-version is in »Luminous Windsor Green / Pearl Alpine White (RS)«.
The standard C-version
has a double bench for dual person use with a white decorative strip (A), while the standard A-version has a saddle. Together with the double bench, the maximum load increased from 109 kg to 160 kg.

The BJ250 C also had a different shaped fork bridge and handle bar (F). Furthermore the colour of the indicator display lamps changed from orange to green. In Japan, the tank logo changed for the third time, in Germany for the second time.
The C-version always had shock absorbers without reservoir (B) and a heated carburettor (E). The position of the rectifier has always been under the tank.

Kawasaki Estrella BJ250 C

The BJ250 C also has chromed fenders (C) and the headlight housing (D) is black and not in motorcycle colour.

The Estrella BJ250C with her double bench was more for every day use but she didn’t have the exotic charm of the BJ250A with her saddle and the luggage rack.

The last German BJ250C
When was the last Kawasaki Estrella that came to Germany produced and when was it shipped?
The BJ250 A3 still had the internationally used identification number code - but the C-version starts with »C000001«. So, we can’t say when these Estrellas were built. Besides there is a great chaos in numbers.

BJ250 C1
Japanese BJ250 C1 (1995)
BJ250 C1A
Japanese BJ250 C1A (1995)

In the German instruction handbook are pictures of the BJ250 C1 (left) from 1995 which was never sold in Germany.
This handbook has a »C1« printed at its back - but other documents say that the same bike is a »C2«.

It might be that so many Estrellas were on stock in Europe, that the Estrellas officially sold in 1999 were still unsold 1997ers. The tyres of 98 and 99 models might give an answer - but most of them have already been changed.
It is said that the last official German Estrella C-version left the shop of a Kawasaki dealer in 2003 ...

Herbert am Livigno-See
an Estrella BJ250C with her stepsister, the W650

In 1999 a dream came true for many motorcyclists. Kawasaki brought out the W650 - an »Estrella with more cubic capacity and power«. Many fans of the Estrella wouldn’t say so! The W650 is a totally different motorbike. Maybe the »stepsister« - but that’s a story someone else has to tell ...

BJ250 C -  technical data*


air cooled 4 stroke one cylinder, 2 valve SOHC, Euro 1

 cubic capacity

249 cm³

 bore & stroke 

66.0 x 73.0 mm

 compression ratio

9.0 : 1


12.5 kW (17 PS) / 7500rpm
unrestricted 15 kW (20 PS) / 7500 rpm

 maximum power

17.7 Nm (1.8 kpm) / 5000 rpm
unrestricted 21 Nm (2.1 kpm) / 6000 rpm

 piston speed

19.5 m/sec. at 8.000 rpm

 volve free play (cold)

Inlet 0.12 - 0.17 mm
Outlet 0.17 - 0.22 mm

 fuel system

34 mm carburettor Keihin CVK34
- heated from BJ250 A3 (1995) on

 fuel quality

ROZ 91 or better




transistor ignition with battery and coil

 ignition times

2.5° v. OT at 1100 rpm until 30° v. OT at 5000 rpm (electric adjustment)

 sparking plug



224 W


12 V 8 Ah

 gear box

5 speed, sealed chain


wet sump

 primary reduction ratio

3.363 (74/22)

 final reduction ratio

2.533 (38/15)

 overall drive ratio

7.101 (5th gear)

 1. gear
 2. gear
 3. gear
 4. gear
 5. gear

2.636 (29/11)
1.733 (26/15)
1.300 (26/20)
1.050 (21/20)
0.833 (20/24)


semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel

 front tyre

90/90-18 51P - 2.0 bar

 rear tyre

110/90-17 60 P - 2.3 bar

 front brakes

single disk break, 300 mm diameter

 rear brakes

single disk break, 230 mm diameter

 transfer of energy

o-ring-chain, 102 links

 overall length

2090 mm

 overall width

780 mm

 overall height

1050 mm


1400 mm

 ground clearance

150 mm

 seat height

740 mm

 dry weight

142 kg


156 kg

 maximum weight

316 kg


2 (double bench)

 fuel capacity

14 litres (incl. reserve)


2 litres


3 to 4 litres / 100km

 maximum speed

120 km/h (restricted)
132 km/h (unrestricted) not legal in Germany


Ebony / Firecracker Red (J3)

 * (all data without guarantee)

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