A supercharged sensation at its launch on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier in 2020, Kawasaki’s incredible Z H2 blasts into 2021 with an SE model in showrooms making it a two-bike range for the new year.

In its own unique paint and graphic look, the SE model does what seemed impossible at the time, adding yet more bling to the Z H2 concept. Already a no-nonsense, impossible to ignore base machine, the SE version adds some key features to justify its claim to be King of the Supernakeds.

The trellis chassis remains and so too the unique balanced supercharged engine that has won so many plaudits already. And although appearing to be naked and stripped to bare essentials, the Z H2 SE also boasts an awesome array of electronic rider aids including, electronic cruise control, integrated riding modes (linking KTRCS sport traction control), power modes, traction & launch control, selectable power modes an up/down quick shifter plus Cornering Management Function, launch control and Intelligent anti-lock Brake System which counts on Brembo Stylema calipers for incredible stopping power.

And while the huge torque of the 998cc inline four brings the horizon rushing into focus, the journey there will now be even smoother as the new edition of electronically damped ø43 mm Showa SFF-CA (cartridge) fork and a high-spec BFRC lite rear shock can now count on Showa’s Skyhook technology. With a 1 millisecond reaction time, Skyhook adjusts the damping electronically to suit vehicle speed and suspension stroke speed with the intention of keeping the body of the vehicle in a constant attitude while the wheels and suspension follow the dips and deviations in the road surface.  Deceleration is also considered, allowing the pitching that occurs under braking to be managed.

Ensuring that Kawasaki’s Sugomi styled predator does not have to move among the shadows at night, an all LED lighting package illuminates the Z H2 SE while the rider can focus on the clarity of a TFT meter panel which is also Bluetooth equipped allowing connection with a Smartphone for a variety of functions courtesy of Kawasaki’s free to download Rideology app. With so many stand out features – and such characteristic Kawasaki state-of-the-art engineering – it’s no wonder the Z H2 SE is adorned with the exclusive “River Mark”.

It’s a lot to take in and certainly a genuine assault on the senses so it’s comforting to know only one word needs to be recalled to create an image of the 2021 Z H2 SE – Supercharge!

Arriving March 2021, the Kawasaki Z H2 will cost £15,899, with the Performance edition priced at £16,999. The Z H2 SE is available in Gloden Blazed Green and Diablo Black and will cost  £18,349, with the Performance Edition priced at £19,449.

Mirroring the methodical Ninja development approach of the Kawasaki Racing Team, the Kawasaki factory have delved deep inside the very core of the Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-10RR for a new model and racing season and taken another significant step in the evolution of these iconic machines.

Making full use of Team riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, the Kawasaki factory have tested numerous ideas across a season that saw Rea secure a historic sixth consecutive world Championship to add truly “race developed” features to both litre class Ninjas for 2021.

Concentrating on genuine performance and engineering upgrades and focusing on delivering a machine to win on track and set the Supersport standard on road, Kawasaki engineers have prioritised an innovative aerodynamic package for 2021 combined with handling and ergonomic upgrades supported by new engineering tech “under the skin”. 

In terms of aerodynamics the target word is “downforce” with innovate integrated winglets incorporated into the structure of the cowling ducting the airstream and creating additional downforce which is approximately 17% greater than the current Ninja machine. Likewise, the design of the rear seat is subtly changed to create an area of low pressure behind the rider. When combined with a 40mm higher screen, a handlebar position that replicates that of Jonathan Rea’s race bike and 5mm higher foot-pegs, the aero and ergonomic package is just one of the “next step” WorldSBK features for 2021.  Inside the new cowling innovations continue with a race style TFT dash (including Bluetooth connectivity), four handlebar button selectable rider modes and road rider features like electronic cruise control and optional heated handlebar grips.

Chassis updates include a 1mm lower swing-arm pivot point (adjustable on the RR), 2mm greater front fork offset and an 8mm increase in actual swing-arm length all contributing to increased stability and greater traction. Spring rates have changed too with the front now softer and the rear harder while a wider fork clamping area for the lower triple-clamp revises the rigidity balance for the fork outer tubes.

The job of slowing this agile beast on track and road for 2021 is ably handled by a suite of Brembo items encompassing M50 monobloc calipers, ø330 mm semi-floating front discs and a radial pump master cylinder (with race-quality steel-braided lines on the RR). And the “see and be seen” element for the new season is catered for thanks to all LED lighting utilising direct projection unit headlamps from Mitsubishi; their luminous optical modules being adopted for motorcycle use for the very first time.

The beating heart of any Ninja is the engine and the ZX-10R and RR are no exception. Both continue to rely on finger follower valve actuation increasing power and efficiency while reducing valve train weight and gear ratios are refined with 1st, 2nd and 3rd lower to make best use of the Ninja’s prodigious power which is further enhanced by a new inlet port design. The 2021 machine has also been engineered to meet Euro 5 regulations, while keeping the lubricating lifeblood cool, a new KRT developed air-cooled oil cooler transfers straight from track to street reinforcing the link between race and road for Ninja fans. 

Which leaves the ultimate 998cc Ninja, the ZX-10RR for 2021 (limited to 500 units worldwide). Complete with specially commissioned Marchesini wheels equipped with standard fit Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres. Safely revving 400rpm higher, the RR takes a big step toward the new race and track day season with existing Pankl precision lightweight connecting rods joined by Pankl low friction pistons and Pankl matched piston pins creating pure podium potential.

No wonder a Ninja has won the World Superbike crown six years in a row and no wonder the 2021 Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR wear Kawasaki’s prestigious river mark emblem. Kawasaki has changed the face of superbike racing with the Ninja – with new features and a brand-new look Kawasaki now says #FaceYourself.

The 2021 ZX-10R is available in Lime Green/Ebony/Pearl Blizzard White and Flat Ebony, while the ZX-10RR is available in Lime Green.  The ZX-10R is expected in dealers from May, costing £15,799 (with the Performance Edition priced at £16,799). The ZX-10RR is available for race teams by request, costing £24,799, with the Performance Edition priced £25,599

Having recently launched the Versys 1000 S, Kawasaki chose November 23 to debut major new models via online unveils hosted by both Kawasaki Motors Europe and Kawasaki Motors Corporation in America.

Underpinning this, Kawasaki showcased new technology under its Rideology banner encompassing contemporary and future thinking on Artificial Intelligence, Hybrid Technology and Self-Driving Vehicles. 
 
Highlighted in a keynote speech by Mr Masanori Inoue, General Manager, Kawasaki Motorcycle & Engine Company, the future vision for Kawasaki and its core commitment to the community and the planet shared the stage with models in two major product families for the European market.
 
Hot on the heels of a sixth consecutive WorldSBK title, the Ninja ZX-10R and ultimate performance partner, ZX-10RR feature a number of highlights for 2021 some easy for the eye to spot and others further “under the skin”.
 
Sure to create conversations, the new Ninja “aero-package” debuts Integrated Winglet Technology responsible for achieving a 17% more downforce compared to the current model and has already been praised by six time World SBK Champion, Jonathan Rea at the recent Kawasaki Racing Team Winter Test at Jerez.
 
A redesigned rear seat contributes to an area of low pressure behind the rider while a new foot-peg positioning, a 40mm higher screen and handlebars adjusted according to KRT rider input illustrate well the Kawasaki philosophy, not just one headline grabbing feature but updates across the board take the litre class Ninja machine to the next level.
 
And for the RR, the adoption of Pankl pistons and matched piston pins mated to Pankl connecting rods, the race technology is proven with Marchesini wheels, braided brake hoses and a 400rpm maximum rev capacity compared to the standard ZX-10R.
 
For the Z H2 SE, the strong, muscular presence of the Z H2 and its Balanced Supercharged technology, trellis type chassis and TFT meter equipped LED equipped headlamp cowl are taken to the next level via Brembo Stylema calipers and Brembo radial master cylinder illustrate well the match of performance and quality exuded by the Z H2 SE. Instantly recognisable thanks to a new colour and graphic treatment – and benefitting from Showa’s advanced Skyhook suspension technology – the unique Supercharged Z H2 SE is set to burnish the Hypernaked crown yet more in 2021.
 
There may be no major international shows in 2020 due to the global pandemic, but that will not diminish the desires on Kawasaki fans worldwide. And with debut of the latest litre class Ninja models and Z H2 SE, plus further future thinking, Kawasaki looks to 2021 and beyond with hope and optimism.

Please find all our online unveils on our YouTube Channel: Kawasaki Motors YouTube

Three of Kawasaki’s most popular machines, the Z900RS, Ninja 125 and Z125, are receiving new colourways for 2021, further enhancing their appeal for new riders or those seeking retro-inspired styling of yesteryear.

Evoking the legendary Z1 Super Four series of machines available between 1972 and 1976, the Z900RS matches a swathe of styling sentiment with up to date technology, electronic rider aids and chassis compliance carefully matching classic looks with modern convenience.  

The four-cylinder water-cooled engine is equipped with traction control and an assist and slipper clutch making down-changes quick and seamless. Acceleration is brisk and, along with gathering speed, the expertly crafted “four-into-one” exhaust has been tuned to create the most evocative sound – true Z personality. 

Low maintenance, multiple thin spokes are a homage to Z1 style, as is the modern multi-functional LED meter.  The bright LED headlamp has a chrome bezel just like 1970’s machines, whilst the rest of the machine, from its teardrop fuel tank, side panel badges, 1970’s seat strap and aesthetically designed tail further add to machines retro design. 

The 2021 Z900RS continues with its Candytone Green livery, but will also be available in Metallic Spark Black and Ebony. Machines will begin to arrive in dealerships during December. 

Kawasaki’s entry-level machines are also receiving a makeover for 2021. The top-selling Z125, with its exposed tubular trellis chassis spars, robustly engineered four-stroke A2 friendly 15PS (11kW) engine and sleek digital meters, is capable of handling the demands of both experts and new riders alike. 

The already ergonomically designed machine also comes with an Ergo-Fit accessory option to lower the machine, opening it out to all riders. The 2021 machine will be arriving in January and is available in:

  • Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black
  • Metallic Spark Black / Pearl Flat Stardust White / Metallic Flat Spark Black
  • Metallic Flat Spark Black / Metallic Spark Black 

For those riders seeking a more sporty design, the aggressively styled Ninja 125 is also getting a new look for 2021. From the same Ninja family that has won the WorldSBK Championship a record six years in a row, the smallest Ninja is built to evoke the emotions of track success while delivering a composed and control environment in which to get used to the delights of two-wheeled transport. 

Sharing the same A2-friendly engine of the Z125, the Ninja 125 is completed with a nimble chassis that is worthy of comparison to the mighty Supercharged Ninja H2, delivering chassis integrity matched to handling compliance. 

From its aggressive race style cowl to its upswept Supersport tail, the Ninja 125 is ready to “tick all the boxes” of those aspiring to sit astride their first powered two-wheeler in 2021. Available in UK dealers from May and in a Lime Green / Ebony / Pearl Blizzard White colour way for the new season, the Ninja 125 is sure to race its way into the hearts of a legion of new riders in the coming year.

Motorcycle News has today announced the Ninja 1000SX as its ‘All Rounder of the Year’ in the 2020 MCN Awards. 

The 2020 Ninja 1000SX is the fourth generation of the popular sport touring machine, providing motorcyclists with the same great performance but with a sportier and more dynamic styling. The 2020 model also provides cleaner emissions and increased comfort, as well as Electronic Cruise Control and integrated Riding Modes. 

Today’s award marks a tenth consecutive MCN Award win for Kawasaki, and the newspaper named the Ninja 1000SX its ‘All Rounder of the Year’ for 2020, stating, “the Ninja handles with greater precision, less effort and a lot more grace. Its long-stroke inline four continues to offer lashings of easy, eager thrust at all revs without needing to be worked hard.”

 Craig Watson, Kawasaki Motors UK Sales & Marketing Manager added, “We are really proud to have this machine named MCN’s All Rounder of the Year. Since its introduction, the Ninja 1000SX has been one of our most popular machines, giving motorcyclists a comfortable and sporty solution no matter whether they’re seeking a daily commuter or looking to head out on a lengthy tour. 

It’s great that its all-round capabilities have been recognised by MCN and the win cements ten successfully years for Kawasaki in the annual awards.”

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea cemented his status as one of the all-time World Superbike greats over the weekend, securing his sixth consecutive title aboard the Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

Despite needing just three points, it was a tough start to the weekend for the star when he crashed during qualifying, leaving him starting the opening race back in 15th position on the grid. Showcasing his class, Rea sliced his way through the field to eventually finish in fourth place, seeing him secure the 2020 title in the process. 

The newly crowned champ followed that up with a fifth in the Tissot Superpole race on Sunday before crashing out of podium contention in Race Two, although he was able to remount and finish 14th. It was a challenging weekend for team mate Alex Lowes, who was able to finish sixth in the opening race before scoring two DNFs in Sunday’s races. Alongside winning the riders' Championship with Rea, Kawasaki also won the Manufacturers' Championship.  

The final race of the World Supersport Championship was a successful weekend for Kawasaki, as Lucas Mahias and Philipp Öttl qualified on the front row before taking third and fourth respectively in the opening race. It was in the final race of the season, however, where Mahias was able to shine, taking his second win of the season.

The World Supersport 300 class continued to see Kawasaki Ninja dominance as Kalinin, Perez and Ieraci made it a front row lockout. The two races then saw all six podium positions secured by Kawasaki riders as Perez and Mueffels shared the wins whilst Booth-Amos and Di Sora also climbed the rostrum. MTM Kawasaki Motoport team rider Jeffrey Buis was eventually crowned series Champion. 

This weekend also saw the final round of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, as the series rolled into a cold and damp Brands Hatch circuit in Kent. Eager to complete the season in style, it was a challenging qualifying for the FS-3 Kawasaki duo of Lee Jackson and Danny Buchan, finishing 13th and 14th respectively. Knowing they could achieve better in the three races, Danny stormed through in race one to eventually finish fifth with Lee just a few places behind in eighth. It was a similar story in Sunday’s final two races, with Lee taking a fifth and ninth and Danny securing seventh and sixth. 

In the Quattro Group British Supersport class, Ben Currie was able to round his season off in style with a front row in qualifying and a second place finish in the opening race whilst team mate James Westmoreland was able to secure third overall in the Championship standings. 

Further success came in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class as Danny Kent powered his Morello Racing ZX-10RR to victory in a thrilling final race. However, the biggest success came in the Superstock 600 class, when Ben Luxton was able to secure the 2020 title following a tense victory in the opening race on Saturday afternoon.  

Equipped as standard with many of the features seen on the popular SE model, the new for 2021 Versys 1000 S may very well be “the best of both worlds” for many riders seeking 1000cc adventure style luxury with a traditional chassis layout. The Versys 1000 SE also receives an update for 2021, taking rider comfort to the next level with the addition of Showa Skyhook technology.

Available in two further Edition models in the UK, the Versys S becomes a three machine line with a Standard model plus Tourer and Grand Tourer editions; each option being fitted with a gradually increasing number of touring items from panniers, handguards and a tank pad for the Tourer model. The ultimate spec is a comprehensive long-distance package for the Grand Tourer offering the most luggage space thanks to the addition of a 47l top case complementing the clean mount panniers with one key fitting every lock on the machine.  

Equipped with manually adjustable Showa 43mm inverted front forks with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, the rear horizontal back-link suspension features a gas-charged Showa shock absorber with rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability. 

Featuring an iconic Kawasaki sporting yet flexible four-cylinder across the frame motor at its heart, the adventure focused 1,043 cm3 Versys 1000 S benefits from electronic throttle valves which allow the adoption of electronic cruise control while Kawasaki’s IMU linked cornering management function forms part of a comprehensive electronic rider aid and handling package. 

The suite of electronic rider aids also includes KTRC traction control as well as selectable engine power modes to suit conditions and rider preference. The Versys 1000 S also comes as standard with integrated rider modes allowing the selection of three modes which automatically combine the most appropriate traction control and power settings for sport, road, rain plus a rider (manual) mode. 

Practically speaking, the S ergonomic package is well thought through with a large adjustable height screen for protection from the elements and a seating arrangement that offers hour after hour comfort for rider and passenger alike. Additionally the Versys 1000 S can also be fitted with the accessory Low Seat (20 mm height reduction) which facilitates an easy reach to the ground. 

Bringing the comfortable long travel suspension equipped machine to a halt, KIBS intelligent anti-lock brakes rely on powerful radial mount mono-block front brake calipers while LED headlamps ensure that the route ahead is clearly defined. In fact the Versys 1000 S is equipped with LED lighting throughout from main lighting to indicators, rear brake light and even licence plate illumination. 

Additionally, a TFT meter panel and LED cornering lights form part of the specification along with a Kawasaki quick shifter for fast and seamless changes up and down the gearbox. This is allied to an assist and slipper clutch with a lighter handlebar lever action than the majority of its competitors. 

The Kawasaki Rideology App delivers Smartphone connectivity to the Versys 1000 S meaning owners can “pair” with their bike via a Bluetooth connection and see riding logs and other machine specific information such as service and oil change intervals. 

For 2021 the Versys 1000 S is also equipped with Kawasaki’s Highly Durable paint which, via a “trampoline effect” of still semi-liquid molecules within the coating, can change the appearance of light scuffs back to standard looking paintwork using a high-tech recovery process. 

Touring focus on the Versys 1000 S is ably handled with clever additions such as a dash-mounted 12V power source for powering not just satellite navigation systems but a host of other power-hungry essential items. Additionally the standard fitment of grip heaters, hand guards and a large height adjustable screen ensures total comfort – whatever the conditions. The Versys S story continues – now it’s time to add your own chapter.

Colours for 2021 will be:

> Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black

> Pearl Storm Gray / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black 

EDITIONS Details:

> Tourer spec – 56l Panniers, Pannier inner bags, Tank Pad

> Grand Tourer spec – 56l Panniers, Pannier inner bags, 47l Top Case, Top Case inner bag, Tank Pad, Fog lights, GPS Bracket, Frame Sliders

Versys 1000 SE upgrade

In addition to the new Kawasaki Versys 1000 S, the brand is also updating the popular Versys 1000 SE for 2021, taking rider comfort and suspension feedback to the next level with the addition of Showa Skyhook. 

The Skyhook concept imagines a hook supporting the motorcycle’s sprung weight and modulates the suspension’s damping force to allow the wheels to track the dips and bumps encountered while maintaining the motorcycle’s vertical position with minimal disturbance. 

Showa’s Skyhook software, which has been carefully fine-tuned by Kawasaki engineers, ensures the Versys 1000’s sporty riding character has been preserved, delivering a smoother ride as it continually adapts to the road surface in real time.  Road holding ability is excellent, pitching (especially when riding with passenger) is reduced while steering remains light when riding on the highway and the bike feels more stable when riding in the rain. 

Colours for 2021 will be:

> Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black

> Pearl Storm Gray / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black 

Now, for 2021, when Versys riders hear Adventure Calling they will be able to respond with the most technically advanced and luxurious Versys ever.  

These two models will be the only variants of the Versys 1000 available in the UK in 2021, with the all-new Versys 1000 S arriving in dealers this December retailing at £12,999, whilst the upgraded Versys 1000 SE will cost £14,899 and will be in dealers from February. 

The Editions will be priced:

> Versys 1000 S Tourer – £13,799

> Versys 1000 S Grand Tourer – £14,699

> Versys 1000 SE Tourer – £15,699

> Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer – £16,599

Following the announcement of new season colours for the popular Vulcan S, the remaining three models in the 2021 twin-cylinder 650cc range have been unveiled.

Each a standout bike in its class, Kawasaki’s venerable water-cooled, cassette gearbox equipped 650 twin engine once again powers new iterations of the Ninja 650, Versys 650 and Z650 for the coming season.

That means for riders who prefer mid-weight ‘All Roads, One Bike’ style machines, the Versys will now be available in Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Blizzard White / Metallic Spark Black or Metallic Moondust Gray / Metallic Spark Black.

Equipped with distinctive long travel suspension, the Versys is ready to tackle the city, its suburbs and any distance demanded thanks to a confidence inspiring upright riding position and the ability to add clean mount 56l accessory panniers that utilise a single key operating the ignition, fuel cap and seat lock too.

Comfortable attacking not simply corners but carving a niche for itself in the hearts of many sporting riders, the Ninja 650 will arrive on showroom floors with an equipment package that includes LED headlamps, a colour TFT meter and an assist and slipper clutch.

The machine’s narrow, lithe profile is an ideal confidence boost for newer riders while the angular Ninja cowling is great to tuck behind for more experienced riders enjoying the full sporting potential of this mid-capacity Ninja. For 2021 the colour options are Metallic Spark Black, Lime Green / Ebony / Pearl Blizzard White or Metallic Spark Black / Pearl Blizzard White.

The Sugomi presence of the hard edged yet supremely rider friendly Z650 will be accentuated in 2021 with machines offered in Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black, Pearl Blizzard White / Metallic Spark Black or Metallic Spark Black; this underpinned with dual throttle valves, LED lighting and a trellis type tubular chassis echoing that of the mighty Z H2.

Offering outstanding performance in terms of newbie-friendly power delivery and responsive chassis compliance, each of the “trio of twins” can also offer a lusty mid-range and accomplished top end rush ready to satisfy even the most time-served rider.

Add the narrow profile and sleek outward appearance of the twin cylinder engine and the only decision to make is the family; Ninja, All Roads, One Bike or Z Naked – whatever the choice these three Euro5 compliant mid-weights approach 2021 ready, willing and able.

Prices are to be announced soon with the Versys 650 arriving in dealerships in November and the Z650 and Ninja 650 arriving in dealerships from December.

NINJA 650

Z650

VERSYS 650

Kawasaki is pleased to announce a limited-edition range of motocross apparel, specifically designed for riders and MX enthusiasts alike. The first MX clothing collection in four years consists of men’s and women’s t-shirts, polo tops, sweatshirts, jackets, body warmers and hats, and is available now. 

With the all-new Kawasaki 2021 motocross machines arriving in dealers as we speak, the brand is pleased to confirm both fans and riders can also now enjoy a new MX apparel collection. The new MX-dedicated range is the same as that worn by the Kawasaki Racing Team in MXGP and features the KRT logo alongside official sponsors such as Monster Energy.
 
The limited-edition range consists of a Men’s t-shirt and polo top, as well as a ladies’ polo top. Both options are made from 100% polyester which is lightweight and breathable, and are suitable for use all year round. As the weather begins to cool, MX fans will be able to keep themselves warm with dedicated men’s and women’s sweatshirts, winter jacket and body warmer. The new MX collection also features a KRT MXGP cap and beanie.
 
Only available while stocks last, the collection is available now either from Kawasaki’s MX dealer network or online at http://bit.ly/Kawasaki-MX-Range.
 
Dean Clewley, Business Operations Manager at Kawasaki Motors UK, added, “We’re very excited to be launching a brand new range of motocross apparel, the first new MX-dedicated clothing since 2016. The stylish new range is suitable for use throughout the year and is sure to look great in racing paddocks and motocross tracks across the country!”

Z900 enjoys three new colour options for 2021

Continuing to push boundaries and delivering a visceral riding experience while offering an outstanding selection of focused electronic rider aids, the Z900 will be available in three colour-ways for the 2021 season.

For many in the media, plus legions of owners, the Z900 presents the ideal balance between the direct and emotionally charged experience of riding a class defining Z family naked bike and the refinement and confidence that a carefully selected suite of electronic rider aids proves.

Equipped with an easy to read and innovative TFT meter panel (with Smartphone Connectivity) plus all LED lighting, the Z900 will be available in three colour-ways plus an Edition model for 2021.

Fans of mean and moody dark colours are rewarded with a choice of Green Framed Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black with a touch of green or Red Framed Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black with a touch of red while the impossible to ignore impact of Pearl Blizzard White / Metallic Spark Black is also on offer for the coming season.

With Power Mode selection plus advanced traction control and rider modes, the support and subtlety of the electronic rider aids is matched to the precision of such features as a smooth to operate Assist and Slipper clutch offering a riding experience that is generally recognised as taking the Z ethos to the next level of engagement and refinement.

Speaking of next level, for those who demand an “instant upgrade” the Z900 is available from Kawasaki dealers as a Performance Edition once more in 2021 featuring a large smoke meter cover, a gel tank pad, a colour coded seat cover plus the sporty sound and extra performance of an Akrapovic exhaust, finished off with carbon heat shield.

The Z900 and its unique Sugomi style is not simply a vital element of Kawasaki brand DNA, it is also an essential part of the riding universe of thousands of riders across Europe. In 2021 that number will be swollen by yet more discerning riders ready to experience Kawasaki’s exciting and easy definitive mid-weight naked machine.

The Z spirit finds its latest expression in the Sugomi styled Z900. Power to the max, instinctive handling and traction control redefine the SuperNaked experience. LED lights and a TFT display (with Smartphone Connectivity) bring the newest tech. Push boundaries and dominate your ride.

The 2021 Z900 will be available in dealers from this coming December and prices will be announced shortly.

Class defining Ninja 1000SX set to continue segment dominance in 2021

The new 2021 Ninja 1000SX, arriving in dealers this December, is set to hit showroom floors in a range of three colour-ways. Alongside this, the machine coms with the choice of three distinct Editions which – added the growing number of Genuine Accessory items available – will create a huge range of possible machine specifications.

Evolving from the Z1000SX, which frequently topped the sales charts in several European markets, the recently launched Ninja 1000SX ably demonstrated that the best can indeed get better. Adding the zest of the Ninja personality to the basic SX package has led to an uplift in dynamic engine and chassis performance, without losing the enviable touring capability, which initially established a new category of machine in the litre class.

Tech-wise, a TFT meter panel and advanced traction control feature alongside electronic cruise control plus a quick shifter as well as a clever integrated braking system and cornering management, all designed to facilitate hours of fulfilling saddle time whether that be long distance touring or hard core sport riding.    

Available in three colourway options for 2021, riders can choose between Metallic Carbon Gray / Metallic Diablo Black, Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Graphite Gray or Metallic Moondust Gray / Metallic Diablo Black. And in each case match the desired colour to one of three Editions.

The Ninja 1000SX Performance Edition adds frame sliders, a smoke windscreen, a gel tank pad, a colour coded seat cover plus the sporty sound and extra performance of an Akrapovic exhaust.

Marking the fifth generation of a successful sport touring platform, the Ninja 1000SX Tourer Edition adds a 2x 28L integrated pannier system that is colour-matched to the body of the bike and can be conveniently locked with the ignition key. A larger windscreen is fitted for even more comfort; while the GPS bracket lets you mount your system of choice.

The third of the trio of Edition options is the Ninja 1000SX Performance Tourer Edition adding a colour coded 2x 28L integrated pannier system, heated grips, frame sliders, a large smoke windscreen, a GPS bracket, a gel tank pad, a colour coded seat cover plus the sporty sound and extra performance of an Akrapovic exhaust.

Time and distance will continue to be an abstract concept for Ninja 1000SX riders as they choose a destination and decide how long they would like to take to get there. Motorway blasts or country road tours, the Ninja 1000SX in all its new liveries and guises is set once more to deliver the ultimate combination of Sports thrills and Touring practicality.
 
Prices for each machine will be announced at a later date.

Vulcan S cruises confidently into 2021

Available for the upcoming sales season in three distinct colourways, Kawasaki’s popular and highly rated mid-weight Cruiser successfully combines modern technological convenience with a personality that is the very essence of custom style.

Whether choosing Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Flat Raw Graystone or Ebony, Vulcan S riders can be assured of a stimulating ride thanks to the Vulcan’s 649 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin engine delivering a healthy 61 PS.

Translating an engaging riding sensation into words, the cruiser virtues of light handling, comfortable, plush low seat and relaxed foot-forward riding position are all evident thanks to the compact engine and slim frame design creating a narrow aspect at the knees and feet.

Successfully mixing the traditional virtues of a classic cruiser with a contemporary styling approach the customer base for the Vulcan S is diverse extending from those that are drawn to the relaxed custom lifestyle matched to dependable low to mid speed pulling power and predictable handling and other who enjoy and more spirited ride utilising the by now famous top-end urge and acceleration of the water-cooled power plant.

Add the adjustability offered by the Kawasaki Ergo-fit approach whereby handlebar and seating adjustments can be made via the use of accessory items and the Vulcan S is machine well suited to experienced riders, those new to the mid-weight scene and, as sales has shown, both male and female riders. 

The benefit of ABS and a linkage-equipped offset laydown single-shock means that the confidence levels of riders both experienced and novice are well catered for and, along with high tech features like dual throttle valves, the Vulcan S rides into 2021 ready to impress a new legion of cruiser fans.

Rea Reigns Supreme in Aragon!

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea showcased why he’s the most successful World Superbike rider of all-time over the weekend, with three hard-fought podium finishes that saw him extend his lead at the top of the Championship standings

Just as he did last weekend, Rea topped qualifying to claim pole position whilst KRT team mate Alex Lowes fought through severe gastroenteritis to claim an impressive ninth. Setting a consistent pace throughout the race, Rea was able to claim his 11th podium of the season with second place whilst Lowes took a strong sixth. With title rival Scott Redding crashing out of contention, Rea’s podium saw him significantly extend his series lead at the top of the standings.  

Sunday played host to two all-time great World Superbike races, with Rea and Redding going head-to-head in the Tissot Superpole race, seeing Rea again take second, before the Kawasaki star stunned the paddock in Race Two to take victory. Lowes continued to battle his illness, taking an impressive sixth and fifth in both races. 

In the World Supersport class, Lucas Mahias was able to take fourth and second, whilst Philipp Öttl took fifth and fourth. In the two World Supersport 300 races, Ninja 400 riders continued to dominate the class, with Victor Rodriguez Nunez and Jeffrey Buis sharing the victories, with four of the six podium spots being claimed by Kawasaki riders. 

Back in the UK at the Silverstone Bennetts British Superbike Championship round, Danny Buchan and the new-look Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki claimed pole position, before taking ninth, eighth and eleventh in the three races. Team mate Lee Jackson secured two sevenths and eighth. 

In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class, Danny Kent took third place in the opening race, whilst the Superstock 600 class saw a podium from Daniel Brooks. Two action-packed Hel Performance British Junior Supersport races saw five of the six podium positions claimed by Ninja 400 riders, with Osian Jones and Owen Jenner sharing the victories.

Kawasaki announce “Team Green Army” rewards programme

With the upgraded 2021 range of KX machinery only recently announced, Kawasaki are excited to introduce an all-new rewards programme aimed at the amateur Motocross riders competing across the UK

The programme reinforces Kawasaki's inherent focus on racing and provides an opportunity for like- minded racing enthusiasts who choose the Kawasaki brand to be rewarded for their achievements. 

For riders competing on both KX250 and KX450 machinery (2020 or 2021 model year), prize money will be paid to the top three Kawasaki mounted riders in the following classes and series’ throughout the respective 2021 Championships:

The BSMA Championship – Adult A and Adult B classes

The Portsmouth MX Club – MX1 and MX2 classes

The White Rose MX Club – A class and B Class

The Merthyr MX Club – MX1 Junior and MX2 Junior classes

(2021 Events, dates and venues TBC)
 
To apply, simply head over to www.teamgreenracing.co.uk/teamgreenarmy and complete the online form, stating which club / Championship and class you will be competing within plus your nominated local Kawasaki dealer, through which you would collect your prize money.
 
Kawasaki Motors Head of Marketing & Racing Department, Ross Burridge, is pleased to see the Team Green Army rewards programme roll out, saying “As Team Green we spend a lot of time and effort supporting our professional level teams, with much success over the years. However we understand that the grass roots level of our sport is so important and we relish the idea of being able to support the riders who are loyal to Kawasaki.

We believe this first step of our rewards programme is a great way of not only achieving this, but hopefully adding yet another reason for customers to choose one of the premier models from the KX range! The Team Green Army will be an inclusive programme and one which we hope will make its members feel a part of the wider Kawasaki community.”

Dominant Display for Kawasaki at Aragon!

It proved to be a prosperous weekend for Kawasaki at the first of two World Superbike rounds held at the Spanish circuit of Aragon, gaining silverware in every class

After setting a new circuit record in Superpole, reigning World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea claimed third place in the opening encounter, battling for the lead for the majority of the race. Team mate Alex Lowes crashed out unhurt whilst running in a strong podium contention position.
 
On Sunday, the five-time Champion demonstrated his talent by first taking victory in the 10-lap Tissot-Superpole race, before following it up with another win in the full-length Race 2. Taking the chequered flag by nearly two seconds, it marked Rea’s 80th win with Kawasaki and gave him a ten point lead in the Championship standings. On the other side of the garage, Lowes was able to battle back from his highside on Saturday to claim sixth and ninth.
 
Further trophies came in the World Supersport class, with Philipp Öttl taking third in the opening race, his second podium of his rookie season, following it up with fifth in race two, one place behind teammate Lucas Mahias in fourth.
 
The World Supersport 300 class once again provided fans with two action-packed races, but it was Jeffrey Buis who shone through, taking pole position before doubling up on race wins, his first victories in the class. All six podium positions were claimed by riders racing the Kawasaki Ninja 400.
 
This weekend also saw further Kawasaki success, when the SRC squad were able to claim second place at the gruelling Le Mans 24 Hours World Endurance Championship!