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Big, loud and green: '80s-style bikes ready for Asia comeback

Kawasaki and Suzuki aim to capture demand in Indonesia and India

Kawasaki Heavy Industries' Ninja ZX-25R motorcycle goes on sale in Indonesia and Thailand next year. (Photo by Tsuyoshi Tamehiro)

TOKYO -- Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Suzuki Motor have updated motorcycle engines common in the 1980s to conform with today's environmental standards, aiming to roll out the two-wheelers in developing markets in Asia.

Kawasaki will release the Ninja ZX-25R next year in Indonesia and Thailand. The 250cc model will be the first one of its class in 12 years to adopt the four-cylinder engine that was a feature of larger bikes.

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