Ninja H2 SX automatically lights the way in 2023

Engineered to be free, the 2023 Kawasaki H2 SX takes all the high-tech features of Kawasaki’s most advanced Sports Tourer ever and adds the convenience of auto high beam.

The ARAS equipped machine benefits from Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection plus, integrated into the new 6.5” colour TFT instrumentation, is Kawasaki's SPIN Infotainment system supporting the unique Rideology app offering a convenient rider/machine interface via Bluetooth and Smartphone. A Forward Collision Warning feature is built into the twin radar specification machine as well as the comfort of an Emergency Stop Signal warning following traffic of sudden braking.

With keyless KIPASS ignition, LED cornering lights, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Vehicle Hold Assist (aiding uphill starts) as standard features, the list of equipment on the balanced supercharged machine marks it out as a class leading Sport Tourer, especially with the addition of Kawasaki’s one-key accessory clean mount pannier system complete with convenient inner bags. Lighting that leading position in 2023 is the innovative addition of Auto High Beam (AHB). Using a camera sensor to assess the brightness of the lights of vehicles ahead plus streetlights, etc. AHB automatically turns the bike’s LED high beam on or off as necessary. For the system to function, the dimmer/passing switch must be set to high beam and the bike must be travelling above 20 km/h in darkness. With the system engaged a green icon is displayed on the 6.5” TFT multifunction, colour instrument screen.

Consistently at the forefront of innovation, the path ahead is now clearly defined by the Auto High Beam equipped Ninja H2 SX. 

Colours for the two-model range in 2023 are:

Ninja H2 SX

–           Metallic Diablo Black 

Ninja H2 SX SE
(Equipped With KECS Kawasaki Semi-Active Electronically Damped Suspension With Skyhook)    

–           Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Graphite Grey

Kawasaki reveals carbon neutrality plans at EICMA | Go with Green Power

In a landmark speech at the 2022 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, the President of Kawasaki Motors Corporation, Mr Hiroshi Ito, unveiled a range of new and prototype Kawasaki models while sharing more details of a company-wide vision focused on Carbon Neutrality.

Joining the battery electric Z family machine destined to fulfill the needs of commuters in cities across Europe first shown as a prototype at Intermot, Mr Ito also unveiled a Ninja style machine with the same dual battery motive power and a maximum capacity of 3.0 kWh. Both machines have been created to comply with the European A1 vehicle licence regulations and will be on sale during 2023.

Highlighting Kawasaki research and development into other innovative vehicle types, Mr Ito hosted the European preview  of Kawasaki’s first ever Hybrid motorcycle in prototype form. Able to quickly and easily switch between its internal combustion engine and electric motive power, the HEV machine is currently destined to be part of the 2024 product range.

Demonstrating that Kawasaki is considering the full breadth of urban mobility from multi-cylinder machines to those based on familiar cycle technology and configuration, the Kawasaki booth at EICMA also hosted displays including an electric tricycle  called “Noslisu” plus an experimental hydrogen powered display engine based on the Supercharged Ninja H2 using direct injection and compressed gaseous hydrogen as fuel plus the Elektrode, a child’s off-road style electric bike already on sale in North America.

While underlining Kawasaki’s commitment to internal combustion engines and research into future fuel types, Mr Ito also unveiled a new symbol headlining the new Go with Green Power initiative with its goal of achieving carbon neutrality for Kawasaki within a strategic timeframe. 

From the current model line, an updated Ninja H2 SX was shown for the first time at EICMA. Already equipped with front and rear radar sensors as standard, the new addition of auto high-beam – that automatically switches between low and high beams – was unveiled as just one of the many new models for 2023 season. Amidst so many attention-grabbing new, prototype and pre-production models, Mr Ito additionally clarified that across the two model seasons from model years 2024 to 2025, Kawasaki plan to also introduce about 30 internal combustion engined motorcycles globally. About half of this number will comply with European regulations and are therefore destined for the European market.

The sentiment that Mr Ito left the media audience with at EICMA was that Kawasaki will continue to provide products and services that meet the needs of its customers and society by harnessing advances in current vehicle technology and via new, environmentally friendly products that are carbon neutral.
 
Watch the full press conference here, and the promotional videos here and here

adidas and Kawasaki team up once again

adidas and Kawasaki team up once again with another addition to the collaborative ZX footwear collection. This iteration comes in the form of the adidas ZX22 KAWASAKI, a future-ready sneaker inspired by the experimental forms and materials of the Kawasaki vehicle.

adidas are reunited once again with Kawasaki for a bold new footwear release, reigniting the collaboration that fuses the aesthetic of the Japanese powersports titan into the world of the celebrated ZX sneaker range. Inspired by the forms of futuristic Kawasaki vehicles, this future-ready silhouette is executed in a bold metallic colorway accented with black and lime green details.
A co-branded metallic silver leather with reflective three-stripe branding sits on a chunky midsole unit with BOOST cushioning, encased in a bold heel cage accented with lime green and black details.

About Kawasaki:
Kawasaki is one of the world’s leading powersports (motorcycle, off-road four wheelers, and personal watercraft) and power unit brand. Its unique ability to create products with unrivaled performance is made possible through its technological expertise drawn from a century of diversified engineering and heavy industry capability of the Kawasaki Group. True to its development philosophy to constantly challenge themselves in delivering the ultimate riding experience and sensory thrills to nourish the soul and empower spiritual richness, has produced many iconic machines such as the H1 (500SS Mach-III), Z1 (900 Super Four), Ninja (GPz900R), and in recent years the supercharged Ninja H2. 

About adidas Originals:

Inspired by the rich sporting heritage of adidas – one of the world’s leading sports brands and a global designer and developer of athletic footwear and apparel – adidas Originals is a lifestyle brand founded in 2001. With the adidas archive at its foundation, adidas Originals continues to evolve the brand’s legacy through its commitment to product innovation and its ability to filter the creativity and courage found on courts and sporting arenas through the lens of contemporary youth culture. Marked by the iconic Trefoil logo that was first used in 1972 and championed by those that continue to shape and define creative culture, adidas Originals continues to lead the way as the pioneering sportswear brand for the street.

Victor Steeman

It is with great sadness that we communicate the news that Victor Steeman (MTM Kawasaki) has passed away after sustaining serious injuries during the first race of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship finale at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve last weekend.

Despite the quick response in attending to him at trackside, and the efforts of the medical staff both on site and at the hospital in Faro, Victor passed away on Tuesday 11 October.
 
Steeman was still in contention for the 2022 WorldSSP300 championship before his accident, after a recent run of four race wins. He lined up on the grid in Portugal having just secured a new record of six career pole position starts in WorldSSP300.
 
Victor had enjoyed a successful early career in his native Netherlands, in the Rookies Cup and then in the IDM before his first full season in WorldSSP300 last year.
 
Kawasaki extends it sincere condolences to his family, friends and all those in the close-knit MTM team at this difficult time.
 
Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Race Planning Manager, stated: “Victor was a hero to all of us at Kawasaki. He had achieved much in his racing journey already, even at such a young age. We express our deepest sympathies to his friends and family, and of course all of his supporters and the crew of his MTM team, at this sad time.”

Kawasaki unveils EV production prototype at Intermot

On Tuesday 4 October Kawasaki offered a tempting glimpse of just one option for future motive power by revealing the prototype of a promised EV production machine.

First seen in action at the Suzuka 8 Hour event, the EV model was one element of a wide-ranging speech presented by Managing Director of Kawasaki Motors Europe, Mr Masaya Tsuruno.

Reflecting on the commitment of Mr Hiroshi Ito, the President of Kawasaki Motors, to present at least three electric vehicles globally by 2022, Mr Tsuruno stressed that the prototype – that was on display for just the duration of the Press Conference – would form the basis of an actual future production machine.

While underlining Kawasaki’s continuing commitment to Internal Combustion Engines, Mr Tsuruno added that both E-fuel and Bio-fuel were among the options being considered in addition to the much reported research into hydrogen as a possible carbon neutral choice.

With its undoubted huge internal resourced and experience, Kawasaki is well placed to play a significant part in both the transport evolution via new and emerging technology, in addition to an enviable track record of internal combustion engine innovation. And, as Mr Tsuruno explained, the company is actively involved in partnerships which are not confined to simply the two-wheel world but encompass both automotive and other future-focused technologies, commenting that:
“We are highly motivated and strongly connected and will continue our research and development”.

In closing, Mr Tsuruno revealed that the company is committed to further strengthening the Kawasaki brand, to offer products and services that meet customer needs, continue research into carbon neutrality and explore every opportunity.

Justifiably causing a worldwide sensation when launched, the supreme Supernaked Z H2 remains the planet’s only production forced induction naked style machine.

Harnessing Kawasaki’s unique in-house developed balanced supercharger technology, the 147.1 kW {200 PS} rated Z H2 and its sparring partner, the Z H2 SE, boast impressive specifications with an array of technology and rider aids that justify their positions at the forefront of the naked bike segment.

For the Z H2 this means such features as IMU enhanced electronics package encompassing electronic cruise control, traction control, power mode selection, launch control plus other top line items like a dual direction quick shifter and integrated braking along with an assist and slipper clutch.

And on the subject of braking, the Z H2 benefits from Brembo M4.32 calipers while the Z H2 SE boasts the Italian firm’s latest Stylema calipers along with Showa electronically damped suspension featuring state-of-the-art Skyhook technology designed to keep the machine attitude stable while the suspension absorbs road deviations.

With both machines benefiting from a Ninja H2 derived trellis tube chassis and all LED lighting integrated into the unique Sugomi styling, the rider view is dominated by the “fat” type handlebar and highly praised colour TFT meter display featuring Smartphone connectivity allowing riders to use version two of the Kawasaki Rideology App. 

Add a Performance Edition to the mix featuring a large smoke meter cover, gel tank pad, colour coded seat cover and titanium Akrapovic exhaust silencer and the choice of which Z H2 to focus on gets even harder.

In 2023, the Z H2 will be available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Ebony, costing £17,299.

The Z H2 SE will be in showrooms resplendent in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Ebony/Mirror Coated Black, costing £19,799.

Both models will be available from February.

The unique and much loved “versatile system” that lays at the core of the mid and large capacity Versys range continues into 2023 offering a number of new colour options while highlighting the many Editions that are possible for either the two-cylinder 650 class machine or the four-cylinder litre class Versys 1000. 

Whether riding solo or two-up, around the corner or around the globe both the nimble 650 Versys and the continent crushing 1000cc class machines have engines tuned for flexibility, and lithe chassis specifications allied to a characteristic relaxed, upright riding position offering a high level of machine control and comfortable seating for rider and passenger.  With impressive wind protection as standard, it’s easy to spend a long and rewarding time in the saddle of a Versys.

In terms of the Versys 1000, there are three model types for 2023 each with an array of accessories available or the choice of Edition versions. Even the standard version comes equipped with Electronic Cruise Control plus Kawasaki KTRC Traction Control, Power Modes and an Assist and Slipper clutch plus Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System while many features found on the S and SE model are additional accessory options.

The Versys 1000 S takes the ‘any roads’ platform to the next level offering linked Traction Control and Power Modes plus up/down quick shifter, LED Cornering Lights, a TFT meter panel and grip heaters plus hand covers as just part of its comprehensive showroom floor package. Moving to the most technical and state-of-the-art Versys 1000, the SE model includes the addition of advanced Showa electronically damped suspension to the matrix facilitating Skyhook technology whereby the attitude of the machine is targeted to remain stable as the suspension moves to absorb road deviations.

For the Versys 650 the message for 2023 is “the same but different” with its own range of Edition options available. While there is one base platform, it is possible to either personalise on an individual basis selecting from a range of genuine accessories or opt for one of four Edition models offered. Complete with KTRC traction control, LED lighting and Bluetooth connection as standard, the flickable Versys 650 also boasts a colour TFT meter and adjustable windscreen as part of the foundation spec. Allied to this are Urban, Tourer, Grand Tourer and Grand Tourer Plus Edition models each offering a rising increment in specification from the addition of colour-coded “one key system” luggage to other carefully chosen accessory items.  

In terms of the Versys 1000 there are three Edition models over and above the standard specification or the possibility of an owner creating their own machine identity from the official Kawasaki accessory range. The Versys 1000 Tourer sits proudly alongside the Versys Tourer Plus and Grand Tourer with each of the three model bases available in one of the three options making a 1000cc class range of an amazing twelve machines while the 650 range amounts to an impressive five machines.

Colours for the Versys 650 in 2023 are Metallic Smoke Gold/Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Spark Black or Candy Lime Green/Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Spark Black and the new model will be available from January, with prices starting from: Versys 650 – £8,249

Versys 650 Tourer – £9,049

Versys 650 Grand Tourer – £10,649 

The 2023 Versys 1000 will be available from November in Metallic Matte Graphensteel Gray/Metallic Spark Black. Prices start from:

Versys 1000 – £10,879

Versys 1000 Tourer – £11,829

Versys 1000 Grand Tourer – £12,779 

The Versys 1000 S will also be available from November in either Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black or Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black. Prices start from:

Versys 1000 S – £13,579

Versys 1000 S Tourer – £14,329

Versys 1000 S Grand Tourer – £15,279 

Finally, the Versys 1000 SE comes in Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black or Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black. Available from November, prices start from:

Versys 1000 SE – £15,569

Versys 1000 SE Tourer – £16,319

Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer – £17,269 

They say there is always strength in numbers and the 2023 Versys 650 and 1000 range proves that beyond doubt with a staggering twelve possible model editions to choose from. A vast and versatile 2023 range- if adventure calls then it must be the Versys from Kawasaki.

KRT Kiddimoto balance bike sets next Rea generation on the right track

Like father, like sons, Jake and Tyler Rea have taken to two wheels in the Superbike paddock and are already targeting a future Kawasaki factory ride thanks to the newly launched Kiddimoto balance bike in 2022 KRT livery.

Six-time WorldSBK Champion, Jonathan Rea, has travelled the racing world with his wife, Tatia and their two sons so it was only fitting that the boys got the chance for an exclusive “KRT test ride” at the Catalunya track on a bike which boasts a sustainably sourced birch plywood chassis plus grippy pneumatic tyres.

Naturally the next generation of a family that lives and breathes motorcycles were soon getting used to the steering and manoeuvrability of mini WorldSBK replica honing their balance, coordination, and confidence.

After mastering the fun two-wheeler in the paddock impressing his father and KRT technicians with his skill and control, 6-year-old Tyler commented: 
“I can be a Kawasaki rider just like my dad now. The bike was easy to ride, and I even tried a few stunts, but dad said I should walk before I run, ha ha!”
 
The 2022 KRT Kiddimoto is available from Kawasaki dealers now.

Kawasaki Motors UK returns to Motorcycle Live bigger and better than ever before!

The annual motorcycling extravaganza returns to the NEC in Birmingham this November (19th-27th), and Kawasaki will be in attendance throughout with a brand new, larger stand located in Hall 3. Alongside the latest 2023 machines on display, there will also be a host of attractions for fans to enjoy as well as a chance to win a brand new 2023 Ninja 400.

Returning last December after a one-year hiatus, Motorcycle Live returns to its traditional November dates for this year, and Kawasaki is excited to be bringing its full 2023 range for fans to see. This includes the already announced and updated Ninja 650 and Z650, the returning Ninja 400 and Z400, the ever-popular Z900RS SE, plus many more including some still-to-be-announced machines.
 

Often one of the most eye-catching displays at the show, Kawasaki is bringing an even bigger and better stand for this year. Located in Hall 3, the Kawasaki stand will again feature a full shop packed with the new season clothing and accessories, the latest road and off-road machines, race bikes, and displays from Kawasaki UK partners such as the California Superbike School and the Kawasaki MX Experience. There will also be regular interviews with Kawasaki’s 2023 Team Green race stars and a dedicated area for the team from MSS Performance.

 

Club Kawasaki members will once again be able to gain exclusive access to the show before anyone else, with an intimate preview event being held on Saturday, 19th of November. Event tickets (which include entry to the show) and more details are available here –  Motorcycle Live Preview Event – Kawasaki Motors UK (club-kawasaki.co.uk)

 

For attendees looking to get their first experience of two wheels, Kawasaki Rider Training Services will be in the Try Ride area throughout the show with their Z125’s. Visitors will also be able to try their luck at winning a brand new Ninja 400, which is being given away in conjunction with the team at Motorcycle Live. The competition is live now at https://www.motorcyclelive.co.uk/competition/win-a-kawasaki-2/.   

 

Tickets for Motorcycle Live 2022 are on sale now from www.motorcyclelive.co.uk.   

Power and poise is a hard balance to achieve – especially in the Supersport arena – but the duo of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R machines for the 2023 season have become a benchmark for highly focused, controllable power allied to handling precision and some useful “creature comforts”.

With low drag co-efficient aerodynamic bodywork, the Ninja ZX-10R family benefits from integrated bodywork winglets that contribute to both downforce and assured front end stability. Equipped with highly efficient, compact LED headlights, the easy-to-read colour TFT instrumentation can be paired with the rider’s Smartphone thanks to Kawasaki’s Rideology app giving various machine status updates even when not on the machine. Other rider focused features include electronic cruise control, integrated rider modes and KCMF, Kawasaki’s innovative cornering management function delivering the best response and traction in all riding conditions.

It’s no secret that both motorcycles have greatly benefited from the experience of KRT, (the Kawasaki Racing Team) and, most especially, the unique insight of multiple WorldSBK champion, Jonathan Rea plus race engineers in Europe and Japan.    

The formidable 998 cm³ Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four DOHC, 16 valve motor of the Ninja ZX-10R peaks at a heady 149.3 kW {203 PS} at 13,200 rpm while, with RamAir assistance, the “race-base” Ninja ZX-10RR boosts that to 214 PS at 14,000 rpm. Matched to an Assist and Slipper clutch, sports traction control, close ratio transmissions and even launch control, the racing pedigree of both machines is self-evident; and that goes for the chassis too.

The light handling chassis’ of both machines feature 43 mm inverted Balance Free front forks with external compression chambers, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability plus top-out springs. At the rear the horizontal back-link suspension with BFRC lite gas-charged shock of each machine features a piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping plus spring preload adjustability and a top-out spring. Braking up front is down to a pair of 330mm Brembo discs with dual radial-mount, Brembo M50 monobloc opposed 4-piston calipers.

The racetrack influence even extends to the design of the air-cooled oil cooler which KRT helped develop in the white heat of competition. And it’s within the jungle of competing for race honours that the Ninja ZX-10RR has its happy hunting ground. Honed to a different state of tune compared to the ZX-10R, the RR model has been created to be the base bike for Superbike competition with a higher revving engine and an array of exotic components taking its performance potential to the next level.

The spec sheet of the RR is formidable listing such things as steel braided front brake lines, lightweight Pankl titanium connecting rods, special valve springs, RR-specific camshafts, lightweight Pankl pistons and DLC lightweight piston pins plus Marchesini forged wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres and a solo seat.

The venerated Ninja name will once again be ready for the fight for track and street supremacy in 2023 and it is beyond doubt that the next chapter of the litre class Ninja legend will be created. A

vailable from November, the costs and colour options for the Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-10RR for 2023 are:

Ninja ZX-10R   – £17,499

Pearl robotic white/metallic diablo black

Lime green/ebony

Ninja ZX-10RR – £25,429      

Lime green

Tempting 2023 Kawasaki 125s ready to give first taste of two wheels

Many bikers will talk fondly of their “first real bike” and for current two-wheel fans the ideal candidates to tempt riders are the Z125 and Ninja 125. Both equipped as standard with ABS and tube type trellis chassis configurations accommodating Kawasaki’s unique Uni-Trak rear suspension, both machines have changes to the colour way options offered for 2023.

A1, A2 and B licence rider friendly with 15PS (11kW) available from their 125 cm3 4-stroke single-cylinder electric start engines delivered via six speed gearboxes, the choice between bold naked Z good looks and the scalpel precision of the race inspired cowling equipped Ninja is the only tough choice riders have to make.

Both models feature full digital instrumentation and also offer Kawasaki’s Ergo-Fit system meaning accessory seat pads can be swapped out to alter seat height according to rider size and preference. 

Available from early November, the colours and pricing for the Z125 and Ninja 125 for 2023 will be:

Z125 – starting from £4,299

Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black
Pearl Storm Grey

Ninja 125 – starting from £4,599

Lime Green/Ebony

In a period of consistent and high demand, Kawasaki is excited to be announcing its range of carryover models for the 2023 season, with the new models hitting the showrooms soon. Alongside the previously announced return of the Ninja 400 and Z400, the Z900RS, Z900RS SE, Z650RS, Z900, Z900SE, Ninja 1000SX and Vulcan S join the 2023 lineup with a blend of updated colours and graphics.

The comprehensive range ensures that there is something for every rider, allowing everyone from new learners to experienced motorcyclists the chance to experience Kawasaki in 2023. 

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Z family in 2022, Kawasaki is now looking towards the next five decades. The instantly-recognisable Z900 finds expression under the halo of its unique-to-Kawasaki Sugomi styling and will be available in three colours for the new season, Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Graphite Grey/Metallic Flat Spark Black, Metallic Phantom Silver/Metallic Carbon Grey and Ebony/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Grey. For those riders seeking the next level of performance and refinement, the Z900SE remains in the range, coming in a unique Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Grey/Candy Lime Green. 

Bolstering the Z family is the hugely popular retro-inspired RS range. The recently introduced Z650RS covers both the entry-level and mid-capacity segments and will be available in Metallic Spark Black and Candy Emerald Green for the new season. The bigger capacity Z900RS continues to offer exceptional style, with two new colourways for 2023, including Candy Tone Blue and Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Imperial Red. 

Building on the superb Z900RS base, the immensely popular Z900RS SE evokes the 1970’s trend to personalise and focus on performance. Featuring an Öhlins S46 rear shock, re-tuned front suspension settings with a new front fork finish and Brembo M4.32 front brake callipers and disc alongside an instantly-recognisable and evocative paint scheme, it is clear to see why the machine has been in such high demand since its launch. 

For riders seeking the perfect blend of sporty handling and touring performance, the Ninja1000SX features as Electronic Cruise Control, an Up-Down quick shifter, Assist and Slipper Clutch, Integrated Rider Modes (combining traction control and Power Modes) and a Cornering Management Function as standard, ensuring riders can truly enjoy the best of both worlds. Alongside the iconic Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Graphite Grey colours, the 2023 model will also be available in Metallic Matte Sovereign Red/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Matte Carbon Grey. 

The A2-compliant cruiser, Vulcan S, continues its Metallic Flat Spark Black paint scheme and will be joined by the new option of Metallic Matte Carbon Grey/Ebony with new graphics. 

The full range of carryover models, new colours and pricing is listed below, with retail availability announced shortly. 

Z900 23MY Colours:
–              Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Graphite Grey/Metallic Flat Spark Black – £9,699
–              Metallic Phantom Silver/Metallic Carbon Grey – £9,699
–              Ebony/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Grey – £9,799 

Z900SE – 23MY Colour:
–              Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Grey/Candy Lime Green – £11,229 

Z650RS – 23MY Colours:

–              Metallic Spark Black – £7,949
–              Candy Emerald Green – £8,099 

Z900RS – 23MY Colours:

–              Candy Tone Blue – £11,799
–              Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Imperial Red – £11,799 

Z900RS SE – 23MY Colour:

–              Metallic Diablo Black – £13,149 

Ninja 1000SX 23MY Colours:
–              Metallic Matte Sovereign Red/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Matte Carbon Grey – £12,349
–              Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Graphite Grey – £12,349 

Vulcan S 23MY Colours:
–              Metallic Flat Spark Black – £7,449
–              Metallic Matte Carbon Grey/Ebony – £7,649

Kawasaki 650 twins take control in 2023

The unique Sugomi style of the Z650 allied to the sharp racetrack styling of the Ninja 650 has created two stand out models in Kawasaki’s A2 compliant stable, now they are set to take even greater control of their segment.

To be precise, both models will now be available with KTRC, Kawasaki’s advanced traction control. For both the naked Z machine and its race cowled sibling, the addition of a three-setting system adds further still to the overall riding environment and is especially useful for riders gaining experience of various real-world situations.

TFT meter equipped and boasting smartphone connectivity via the Kawasaki Rideology App, both machines offer a level one setting for KTRC which helps manage traction control when cornering facilitating maximum drive out of curves while governing wheel spin. With level two selected the traction control intervention occurs earlier and is well suited challenging riding conditions such as poorly surfaced roads, wet manhole covers and cobblestones. Riders – if they prefer – may also select to switch KTRC off thus delivering three setting options.

Boasting tube type trellis chassis, horizontal back-link suspension allied to assist and slipper clutches, the sporting and reassuring nature of these machines is welcome by newbies and experienced riders alike while both iterations can be adjusted to 35Kw to suit A2 licence requirements across Europe. Additionally, and new for 2023, both machines benefit from full LED lighting – including indicators – plus come as standard with a special internal cut key.

The 650’s are available in new colour combinations which also includes, on certain models, changes to wheel and chassis colours plus new graphic treatments. With Z650 owners responding to the tag line “Energize” and Ninja pilots encouraged to “Ride Bold”, the model coming year standard fitment of traction control plus an overall uplift in five colourways ensures that the Z650 and Ninja 650 will surely take control for the new riding season.

Available from late 2022/early 2023, the colours and prices are:

Z650 – starting from £7,499

  • Metallic Phantom Silver/Metallic Carbon Grey
  • Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Grey/Ebony
 

Ninja 650 – starting from £7,649

  • Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Grey/Ebony
  • Lime Green/Ebony

Step-by-Step tutorial videos for Ninja H2 SX and H2 SX SE launched

Kawasaki SPIN Infotainment Tutorial Video – Ninja H2 SX and H2 SX SE

Kawasaki Forward Collision Warning – Tutorial Video – Ninja H2 SX and H2 SX SE

Kawasaki Blind Spot Detection – Tutorial Video – Ninja H2 SX and H2 SX SE

Kawasaki Adaptive Cruise Control Tutorial Video – Ninja H2 SX and H2 SX SE

With leading edge innovation and encompassing the latest two-wheel technology, Kawasaki’s radar-equipped Ninja H2 SX and H2 SX SE boast a wealth of cutting-edge rider aids focused on safety, convenience and rider/passenger infotainment.

In a move to highlight the key features of these range topping machines, Kawasaki has created a series of tutorial videos designed the explain features, functionality and setting procedures in a clear “step-by-step” format.

Available by Kawasaki country Branch public platforms and also via the Kawasaki Motors Europe YouTube page – either via language specific commentary or with subtitles – there are four videos in the series highlighting such features as Adaptive Cruise Control, Kawasaki SPIN Infotainment, Blind Spot Detection and Forward Collision warning.

As Eleanor van Winsen of Kawasaki’s European Corporate Marketing Department explains, the videos form part of an overall suite of information.

“The owner’s manual is very concise and covers every aspect of these machines in superb detail. That said, we thought a video guide that showed the features and how to use and adjust them in a “real life” situation would not only guide owners through the various features but also be of interest to potential owners.

Apart from the on-board radar system, there are an incredible array of rider aids and assistance features on these motorcycles, so we chose the headline items and created videos to show exactly how these aids and features work.

”The 10 languages covered by the tutorial video programme for Ninja H2 SX and H2 SX SE are:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Swedish
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Portuguese   

KRT And Rea Back Together Again

Kawasaki is delighted to announce that six-times WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea has signed a two-year contract extension to race inside the official Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT), continuing a highly successful partnership that began in 2015.

After taking over 100 WorldSBK race wins on Kawasaki machinery Jonathan has shown characteristically high levels of motivation and confidence in the future of the overall KRT programme by extending his contract for the next two seasons. 

The Ninja ZX-10RR programme will continue to be developed and this commitment has been central to Jonathan’s decision to remain inside the official Kawasaki WorldSBK effort. 

Kawasaki has also underlined its commitment to remain in WorldSBK as it is considered the perfect World stage in which to show Kawasaki’s technical strengths and development prowess, with its flagship motorcycle products being central to the entire endeavour. 

All parties are happy to have concluded this agreement relatively early in the season, as it will allow KRT and Jonathan a clear run to concentrate on their immediate joint goal of winning the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “I am really happy and excited to renew my contract with Kawasaki, to roll on for another two more years. It has been an incredible partnership, we have enjoyed so much success together that it is almost a natural progression. There was not much negotiation needed to continue together from both sides. It was more a case of how much more motivation I had to keep racing at the highest level in the WorldSBK championship. It has been an incredible few seasons; more competitive than ever. I have realised how motivated I am to continue and to continue fighting to win. Kawasaki gave me the opportunity back in 2015 to realise a childhood dream when I won the WorldSBK championship in the first year together. As a partnership we are so solid, and I am looking forward to continue making memories and representing an incredible manufacturer and brand. My team is my racing family. I love everyone inside the team like my own family and relationships like that count for a lot in racing. Huge credit goes to every single person in the staff, from Provec Racing, all the engineers in Japan, and everyone in the Kawasaki family. I am excited to see what we can do over the next two seasons.” 

Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager, stated: “Since we signed Johnny for the 2015 season, and until now, we have written a nice part of WorldSBK’s history. We are so proud to be part of this Rea success story, which also means, Kawasaki’s success story. It’s going on eight seasons together now, and Johnny has been performing at the maximum, always. Nowadays, and at the age of 35, he is in his best shape, and we know there's still a lot of dancing left to be done. We have been working hard to define, with KMC, which kind of project we could create for Johnny to allow him to keep pushing at 110%. I think we gave him the motivation he needed to go for it for two years more. We can never rest on the laurels of our successful past, so we will have a hard job to cover JR’s expectations. We are ready for that. We guarantee it will be a real show for at least two more years…” 

Shigemi Tanaka, General Manager of Marketing & Sales Division at Kawasaki Motors Corporation, Japan, stated: “Since Jonathan joined KRT in 2015, we have achieved a number of significant feats together with the incredible combination of his riding talent and our Ninja ZX-10RR. We are delighted that he will take the next step together with us again for another two years aiming to reach further unprecedented heights for all Kawasaki fans across the world”. 

Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Europe Race Planning Manager, stated: “Jonathan has been fundamental in creating an incredible relationship and a firm bond between the wider Kawasaki brand and the Ninja ZX-10RR in particular. Our six-time World Champion is undeniably part of the Kawasaki family and a history maker in his own right. Now, he has a chance to create another record-breaking chapter and we are eager to play a part in the next important phase of his racing journey.”  

Rea Statistics
Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020
2022: Races 15, Wins 5, Podiums 13, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 117 (102 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 228 (186 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 37 (33 for Kawasaki) 

Kawasaki Statistics
8 x Riders’ Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020), 1 x EVO Riders’ Championship (David Salom 2014)
6 x Manufacturers’ Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020)
5 x Teams’ Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) 

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 176 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 503 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 102 – second overall