Built Beyond Belief
The launching point for the development of the Ninja H2™R motorcycle was a strong desire to offer riders something they had never experienced before. Convinced that an extraordinary riding experience would not be found by merelybuilding on the performance of existing models, the design team committed to developing the “ultimate motorcycle” from a clean slate.
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Kawasaki made a splash in 1995 with the addition of the ZX-6R line to the Ninja family, and the reverberations are still felt 20 years later, with the 2015 ZX-6R 636 Performance as its top-shelf entry in the U.K. mid-size bracket. Built to take on its traditional competitors (Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki) in the sportbike market, this little Ninja comes with a few extra features in an attempt to give it an edge over other comparable models in its weight class. It will need all the help it can get, because it shares this chunk of the market with successful, long-established models such as the 2015 Suzuki GSX-R750 and the 2015 Honda CBR500R, to name a few. Let’s take a look at what Kawi is hiding under all those body panels to compete with such august company, shall we?
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The Kawasaki Ninja H2R has been billed as one of the year’s most exciting superbikes. For the most part, that hype has been justified, but like anything else in this world, even the mighty Ninja H2R isn’t perfect.
Owners in Australia are about to find that out the hard way now that there’s a recall notice from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission because of potential issues with the bike’s warning harness.
Normally, recalls from other regions don’t necessarily affect the same models in other places. But the situation with the Ninja H2R is different since there are only a limited number of Ninja H2R all over the world. So there’s a possibility, even though it hasn’t been announced yet, that other markets that have received the Ninja H2R could face a similar recall in the coming days or weeks.
As far as the problems itself is concerned, the ACCC has said that the warning harness on some Ninja H2R models may get pinched between some frame parts, leading to potential damage to the wire that could cause the engine to either stall, or worse, lead to excess fuel injection. The latter scenario is pretty scary since such a situation could increase the risk of the bike catching fire.
Fortunately, the Ninja H2R’s road version, the H2, isn’t affected by the same issue.
In case you own a Ninja H2R here in the US, do your due diligence and try to find out if the issues affecting some of the Ninja H2R models in Australia could somehow affect your model too. Better be safe than sorry, ladies and gentlemen.
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Kawasaki promised to unleash the Ninja H2R for a parade lap at the Isle of Man TT. The company was true to its word as Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider James Hillier put the beastly Ninja H2R through the paces around the hallowed track of the Snaefell Mountain.
As crowds began gathering in various spectator spots around the track, the palpable excitement of watching the Ninja H2R flexing its muscles prompted most of the people to pull out their mobile phones in anticipation of the H2R zooming past their respective locations. Those people watching from the Sulby Straight were even treated to an extra dose of the Ninja H2R’s power as reports have come out that Kawasaki’s newest superbike was able to reach speeds in excess of 207 mph in that particular section of the track.
Separate reports even said that Kawasaki told Hillier to take it easy on the bike, immediately prompting speculation that the Ninja H2R is actually capable of exceeding that 207-mph top speed if it really wanted to. That apparently is the kind of expectation that comes with a bike that has 300 horsepower on tap, waiting to be unleashed by anyone brave enough to test it to its limits.
Suffice to say, the Ninja H2R made a hell of an impression to the lucky folks fortunate enough to see its parade lap. This only adds to the bike’s already growing legend, a testament to the incredible product Kawasaki has built. Soon enough, prospective owners of the Ninja H2R will get to experience for themselves the debilitating power of this superbike.
If its parade lap around the Snaefell Mountain at the Isle of Man TT is any indication, future owners will have a certified monster on two wheels in its hands.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 is one of those superbikes that belongs in its own category of motorcycle awesomeness, presumably included with descriptive words like “mental” or “bonkers.” Jay Leno knows that more than most, having already ridden the Ninja H2 and experienced first-hand the exhilarating power of 205 supercharged ponies on a superbike.
Knowing full well what the Ninja H2 is capable of, the automotive and motorcycle enthusiast decided to dedicate an entire episode of his hit web series, Jay Leno’s Garage, to learn more about the long and storied history of the H2 straight from the mouth of someone who knows what he’s talking about: Kawasaki Senior PR Coordinator Jeff Herzog.
The two discuss a plethora of topics pertaining to the Ninja H2, each one ending up with the same conclusion: the H2 is a bike designed for evil intentions. Leno even brought out a couple of H2 bikes from yesteryear just so he and Herzog can put in proper perspective the feeling of riding some of the fastest and most powerful bikes Kawasaki built in their respective generations.
And like all Jay Leno’s Garage episodes, I’d be remiss if I neglected to point out that Leno took all the H2 bikes for a run like only he could. I’d advise you guys to turn the volume up just so you can enjoy the ear-splitting spectacle of a supercharged Ninja H2 unleashing its banshee-like screams on the road.
There’s really nothing quite like an H2 blasting through the open road with little regard for noise pollution. That’s always been one of the H2’s calling cards and for as long as it’s been around, it’s a badge of honor it still proudly wears to this day.
As if the Isle of Man TT event isn’t already brimming with events, Kawasaki has just announced that is all-conquering superbike, the Ninja H2R, will be a part of the Monster Energy parade lap.
Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider James Hillier will pilot the Ninja H2R around the Snaefell Mountain, making it the first event that Kawasaki will unleash its prized superbike in a bonafide race track.
The Ninja H2R will be Kawasaki’s showcase model at the parade but it won’t be the only one. Joining Hillier in the ceremonial lap will be World Superbike riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. Unfortunately, neither Rea nor Sykes will be piloting the Ninja H2R. Instead, they’ll each be riding the less awesome but still pretty cool Ninja ZX-10R.
The Isle of Man TT is a great track debut for the Ninja H2R, that is if it wants to strut its wares in one of the most demanding road courses in the world. Don’t expect it to go full blast, though, since parade laps normally don’t necessitate participating cars and motorcycles to go all-out.
That said, I’m still excited to see the Ninja H2R in action. It might not be in an element of its choosing, but with all the things we’ve heard about the superbike, now’s the time for it to finally show everyone what it’s made of.
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The eternal question is car vs bike has been asked so many times the answer now probably lies somewhere in between the two protagonists. But even then, that hasn’t stopped people from testing it out for themselves, which is what Super Street Magazine did recently when it rolled out a Kawasaki Ninja H2R superbike and pitted it against a troika of supercars headlined by the Bugatti Veyron and also includes a McLaren 12C and a heavily modified Nissan GT-R that packs a walloping 1,350 horsepower.
As you can imagine, the Ninja H2R did quite well for itself, as it should since according to Super Street, this is the only H2R that Kawasaki USA has as of the moment. And let’s face it, even if it does produce just 300 horsepower - peanuts compared to what the three supercars have under their respective hoods - the much lighter superbike can be just as quick on a drag strip as any of its four-wheeled counterparts.
Actually, the H2R beat two out of the three supercars it competed against and the third one, even if it lost, was closer than most people thought. Care to venture a guess which of the three supercars bested the H2R on the drag strip?
I’d spill the beans but that would mean taking out the fun of actually watching the video for yourselves. Trust me at least when I tell you that you’d be surprised by the results.
Or maybe not depending on what you’re opinion is of aftermarket upgrades.
Kawasaki has announced a new special edition iteration of the Ninja 400 exclusive only to Japan, called the Ninja 400 Limited Edition.
The new limited edition version doesn’t stray too far away from the standard Ninja 400 sportsbike. In fact, it’s basically the same thing except for the the black and gold colors adorning the limited edition version. It’s a small change, but you have to admit that the new color scheme brings out a whole new level of sportiness and aggression to the overall look of the Ninja 400.
The black color does the majority of the work in giving the bike that stealthy appearance we secretly want in all of our bikes. Carbon-effect decals on the fairing and tank add a splash of luxury that blends well with the sinister look of the Ninja. The same can be said for the gold pinstripes that run on various angles on the fairing, matched with the golden wheels, brakes, and rear shock mount.
The overall look of Kawasaki’s latest limited edition bike fits perfectly with the Ninja name. The fact that only 300 units feels like a lot of interested buyers will be left out, not to mention interested buyers from the US and Europe.
Those people aren’t even going to get a sniff of the bike.
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Motorcycle racing covers a wide spectrum of disciplines that aren’t necessarily tied into each other. There’s even a perception in the industry that MotoGP racers aren’t suited for the mud-soaked world of motocross while motocross riders would find it difficult to translate to the opulent style of top-class two-wheeled racing.
I don’t necessarily believe that and apparently, neither does Michelin, which just released the first episode of its new web series called “We Are All Racers.”
The episode features two racers from different worlds of motorcycle racing converging on one track to give us the kind of head-to-head battle we rarely see these days. On one corner is FIM CEV Superbike champion Kenny Noyes and on the other corner is Team Luc1 Motorsports’ Sylvain Bidart. The two couldn’t be more different from the other. One races with aKawasaki ZX-10R in the CEV Superbike European Championship while the other one races with a Honda CRF motorbike. in the SuperMoto GP.
Yet with their differences screaming loudly in the bikes they ride in competition, Michelin is elevating the thought that Noyes and Bidart aren’t really different from each, as is any other racer who rides on the saddle and competes in whatever race is being held all over the world.
What Noyes, Bidart, and every other motorcycle racer in the world share is a love and passion for racing motorcycles, no matter what kind of competition it is. They may use different bikes to serve their different racing disciplines, but no matter the circumstances, at the core of all of these people lies the heart of a true racer.
Sample state of the art Superbike supremacy on the class defining Ninja ZX-10R. Track or street, push the WSBK developed performance advantage with K-TRC traction control and a standard fit electronic steering damper. This Performance Edition comes equipped with Akrapovic exhaust, tankpad, bubble screen and pillion seat cover.
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Those who missed out on owning a Kawasaki Ninja H2 now have reason to celebrate. On the other hand, those who risked life and limb just to secure a piece of the limited edition supercharged bike are up-in-arms over what they perceive to be having the rug pulled from underneath them. Why the mixed reaction, you ask? Well, Kawasaki just announced that due to the incredible demand for the Ninja H2, it’s opening up new orders for a second wave of models for those who were too late to call dibs on the first set.
This is awesome news in the grand scheme of things. Ever since the Ninja H2 and its track-focused sibling, the H2R, were launched in November 2014, the two machines have been the talk of the motorcycle world. That much became clear when the first set of limited edition H2 bikes sold like snow cones on a warm summer day. The method by which Kawasaki used to score an H2 only added to the bike’s appeal. See, these bikes were never sold in dealerships because, quite frankly, Kawasaki didn’t need to. Instead, it offered the H2 on a first-come, first-served basis, even requiring interested customers to place a deposit for priority delivery on the bike and then making them wait for the spring of 2015 for the bikes to be delivered to them. Clearly, the circumstances surrounding taking ownership of a Ninja H2 were different and the price - $25,000 for the H2 - only adding fuel to its proverbial fire of exclusivity.
But business will always be business and when there’s an opportunity to capitalize on the incredible demand for the Ninja H2, Kawasaki seized without even batting an eyelash. So Kawasaki is opening up orders from a fresh batch of Ninja H2 bikes with deliveries expected to come sometime in June 2015. The company didn’t say how many bikes will be offered this time around, but make no mistake, these models will be scooped up just as quickly as the first batch, maybe even quicker than that.
As for those who feel slighted about supposedly being misinformed about the Ninja H2’s limited edition status, don’t feel too bad. Your bikes are expected to be delivered to you this month. By the time you see them, you probably won’t care about how many of these babies are out in the market, as long as you have one at your disposal.
It’s really a win-win scenario for everybody.
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I know Christmas is still a little over eight months away, but it certainly must feel like the holidays for customers who pre-ordered the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2. After months of waiting, Kawasaki has announced that the Ninja H2 has been delivered to select dealerships across the US where their eager owners can pick them up and finally go crazy with them.
The Ninja H2 is without question one of the most talked-about bikes in recent years so news that the hand-built bikes are ready to meet their owners is a huge deal.
Somewhat surprisingly, the deliveries of the Ninja H2 models happened sooner than I expected. The bike was only unveiled late last year in Europe and pre-orders only began in December 2014. Considering that the bikes are all hand-assembled, Kawasaki must have gotten a jump on production in order to accommodate all the orders coming in for the bike.
I don’t think expectant owners are going to complain about the quick turnaround because quite frankly, if I’m in their position, I’m already counting down the days when my Ninja H2 is delivered to me. Kawasaki also said that deliveries for the track-focused Ninja H2R are going to begin this month, giving new owners enough time to secure additional parts for the bike before they get that call from their dealerships that their new baby is already waiting for them.
For now, though, it’s the expectant owners of the Ninja H2 that should be rejoicing. The bike that you’ve been dreaming about since last year has arrived! Just be sure to temper your excitement as much as you can, or at least until that fateful phone call arrives, telling you that your Ninja H2 is ready to be picked up.
At that point, you have my blessing to go nuts.
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Kawasaki is considered one of the biggest bike manufacturers in the world. That’s a status the company has earned over years of excellent bike production. But with success, there’s always that responsibility to give back to the community in one form or another. Kawasaki knows this more than most, which is why Kawasaki Motors Corp USA has announced its intention to donate a Ninja ZX-6R sportsbike to the American Indian College Fund. Oh, and the bike was signed by the cast of the Lone Ranger so that’s an added benefit, right?
The AICF, known for providing students with scholarships, will be hosting its 25th anniversary gala in Los Angeles on April 11, 2015. That’s where the Ninja ZX-6R, as well as a two-night stay in Kauai, Hawaii and a Kawasaki Teryx tour at Kipu Ranch, will be auctioned for the benefit of the organization.
Proceeds from the silent action will directly go to AICF as the organization continues its mission of providing scholarships and other financial means of support to Native American students. The organisation’s work yielded more than $6 million in the past two years, providing 6,452 students with college scholarships.
Kawasaki’s involvement in the auction goes to show how much value the bike manufacturer puts, not only in education, but in seeing that today’s youth receive a proper college education that they can all put to good use in the future.
Something like this isn’t the kind of thing Kawasaki actively promotes to gain brownie points. That’s up to people like me who understand the importance of this kind gesture, but also appreciates the way Kawasaki continues to uplift countless lives even if it’s not required of them.
Well done, Kawasaki.
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Kawasaki has something brewing under the sheets. The company hasn’t divulged exactly what it is and the only thing we know at this point is that it has registered the name “Ninja R2” with the US Patent and Trademark office, among other patent offices around the world, specifically Europe and Japan.
No details were given on where Kawasaki will use the Ninja R2 name, but given its recent trend of loosening up its production platform, there is reason, if only a little, to believe that the Ninja R2 name is being prepared for some kind of high-performance bike. What that bike will become is also a matter of debate and it really would be getting too ahead of ourselves if we starting naming new bikes without knowing what Kawasaki’s plans are.
But it is worth noting that Kawasaki also registered a handful of names in Japan, including Ninja R2-R, Ninja E2, Ninja E2-R, Ninja S2 and Ninja S2-R. A lot of ‘2’s’ in those names, right?
Ok, so here’s what we know so far. We know that Kawasaki has become more aggressive in building new models recently. Whether its small-displacement sports bikes or supercharged monsters, the Japanese motorcycle maker hasn’t held back on the aggressive run of new models hitting the market these days.
Kawasaki has also hinted on using shared technology for its bikes in the recent past, having done so when it created a supercharged technology for the H2R. At that time, it appeared that the project was exclusively tied into the H2R, but Kawasaki nevertheless added that the technology could be used in “future projects”.
Perhaps the Ninja R2 qualifies under “future projects”?
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He goes by the name “Al the Jumper”, which is really all you need to know about what he does for a living. If it isn’t obvious enough, Al the Jumper jumps for a living. He jumps over cars, road signs, and really whatever kind of object he finds that he can try to jump over. That’s his thing and he’s actually pretty good at it. Recently, though, Al the Jumper took his jumping to a whole new level. Instead of doing something he’s already done before, Al the Jumper decided to switch things up and jump over a speeding super bike.
Oh, and it’s not just one super bike. It’s two.
You’ve probably heard of the Ducati Panigale and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R. These are two of the fastest and most powerful bikes in the market. The mere sight of them speeding in your direction is enough to make most people squeamish. But Al the Jumper isn’t most people because, well, most people can’t do the things he does.
Check out the video and see for yourself how this man who calls himself by his noted skill was able to pull it of. It’s actually more impressive than jumping over a car. I don’t know anyone who’s ever done something like this before, but Al the Jumper isn’t settling for just this particular stunt.
Apparently, he wants to jump over two cars. One jump. Two cars. Call him crazy, stupid, or a combination of both. But something tells me you’ll all be watching when he tries to attempt that stunt. In the meantime, though, give this one a watch because it’s actually pretty sick.
The phrase “with great power comes great responsibility” is used far too often these days. It definitely applies in various aspects of life, including riding high-powered motorcycles like the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. I understand the urge to turn the throttle and enjoy the Kawasaki superbike’s pure power and pace. But it’s also important to exercise a little bit of caution, especially if you don’t want to be on the receiving end of some heavy nicks and bruises.
Unfortunately, the rider in this video found that out the hard way. You know what’s going to happen - he crashes and spills on the road - but the lead-up to the crash is still a pretty good build-up to the time he slams into the rear end of another rider, who happened to catch the entire incident on camera.
The spill wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been and the rider probably walked out of it with nothing more than bruises to his body. But the Ninja XZ-10R looks like it got the brunt of the damage, slamming hard to the ground, causing sparks to fly and spinning multiple times before resting to a stop in the middle of the road.
Judging by the video, it does appear that the crash could’ve been avoided if the rider exercised a little more awareness of his surroundings. The rider could’ve also assumed the standard staggered formation in rides like this to avoid hitting the other bike and spilling to the pavement. It takes a great amount of inattentiveness to crash into a bike, especially at the speed both bikes were going.
Lesson learned for this rider. Look where you’re going.
Have you had your fill of goosebumps this morning? If you haven’t, well Kawasaki is here to fill you with a day’s worth of spine-tingling excitement with this video highlighting the development of one of its most extreme superbikes, the almighty Ninja H2R.
First introduced by Kawasaki at the 2014 EICMA show in November 2014, the Ninja H2R has so far been covered in a shadow of mystery. We already know the lineage of the bike, having taken its name from the Japanese bookmaker’s famous Ninja and H2 lines, but until now, we’re still in the dark as to how the latest Ninja H2R came to be.
No more, it seems, as Kawasaki has finally rolled out the first promotional ad of the super bike, complete with incredible snippets of its architecture and combined with the usual cadre of opera-like music filling the background. Don’t think this is a music video of some sort because it’s far from one. What it is, though, is somewhat of a never-before-seen look behind the reported 300-horsepower machine. It’s got aerodynamic credentials that are based on aerospace chassis design and a supercharger engine that was created using gas turbine engine technology. Oh, and it also features a planetary gear inspired by aircraft engines and anti-knock technology from Green Gas engines.
Throw in a production quality that’s second to none and you have a superbike that can lay waste to just about any bike in its path. Heck, we won’t even be surprised if it can beat down some of the best sports cars in the world today. Don’t sleep on the latter happening, because once the Ninja H2R gets its legs fully stretched, such a thing just might happen far more often than sports cars would want.
So say hello to Kawasaki’s new pride and joy. Chances are, you’re going to hear a lot more about the new Ninja H2R when it begins its assault on roads and pavements all over the world.
After many teasers the house of Akashi has finally released a comprehensive list of pictures and videos of its all new H2R, which is basically the racing version of the upcoming H2.
The new motorcycle looks like something never seen before and sets new standards in its class in terms of style, technology and performance.
Packed with a tubular trellis steel chassis, a single sided swingarm and an innovative 998 cc, in-line four cylinder, DOHC supercharged engine which is rumored to put out up to 300 hp, the all new Kawasaki Ninja H2R has all it needs to impress even the most demanding motorcycle enthusiasts. The scroll-type supercharger was designed completely in-house and represents the start of a new era of motorcycle racing.
Moreover, the entire body was designed by Kawasaki’s Aerospace Company and is made of carbon fiber, as well as the dual intake air duct and the back of the engine. Each part of the body was designed with aerodynamics in mind and a closer look will reveal many resemblances with Jet fighters.
As far as wheels are concerned, the new Ninja H2R sits on 120/600R17 front and 190/650R17 rear rims wrapped in Bridgestone V01 tyres.
We still don’t have the full technical details of the motorcycle but we do know that the new bike features an ABS on the front wheel with Brembo radial-mount calipers.
Nevertheless the new Ninja H2R looks stunning and promises to be an impressive race bike.
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There is no secret that Kawasaki is planning to launch a totally fresh member of the Ninja family. Named the H2, the new motorcycle will be propelled by a supercharged engine, but for the moment we don’t have any official info about the bike’s specs.
To spice things up before the launch, the company has revealed two teaser videos which give us a glimpse at its upcoming motorcycle. The first video shows only a few curves of the new model and reveals the date of the official launch – 20 September, while the second one is basically a soundtrack that lets us hear the engine’s roar which betrays the fact that it will be a turbo.
The manufacturer says that its new model is built on the legacy of the company’s classic Mach IV H2, the 3-cylinder H1 and the Z1 Super Four. Therefore we can expect to a pretty interesting product which combines a classic philosophy with modern technologies.
The new Kawasaki Ninja H2 will be fully revealed at the Intermot Show in Cologne, Germany.
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There aren’t many motorcycles that can offer the same versatility, performances and riding experience as the iconic Ninja ZX-6R Performance.
The secret behind the bike’s mind blowing performances, is a modern 599cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke in-line four, DOHC, 16 valves engine which generates 94.1 KW (128 PS) at 14,000 rpm and 66.7 Nm (6.8 Kgf.M) of torque at 11,800 rpm. The engine is mated to a six speed transmission and is fueled by a 17 liters fuel tank.
The motorcycle’s aerodynamic full fairing is combined with a scratch resistant Bubble Screen which further improves its aerodynamics.
The stopping power is handled by front dual semi-floating 300 mm (x t6 mm) petal discs and rear single 220 mm (x t5 mm) petal discs. As far as suspensions are concerned, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Performance features a front 41 mm inverted fork and a bottom-link uni-trak setup with gas-charged shock.
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Everybody knows that if you want to mix the adrenaline of a high speed race with the experience of normal traffic, then you should visit Germany’s famous Autobahn – a speed-lover’s paradise where there aren’t any speed limits imposed by the law.
Naturally, in a place like this happen a lot of interesting things, as regardless how fast you drive or ride, you have to keep in mind that there is always someone faster than you… even when you ride with 300 kmph on a motorcycle.
It may be hard to believe, but the whole action was caught on camera so the video bellow could make you change your perspective about what “fast” truly means.
The video shows a very skilled Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R rider that rolls on the Autobahn with 300 kmph when it is passed effortless by what seems to be an Audi RS6.
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The new Ninja 300 SE represents Kawasaki’s offensive against its 250cc rivals. The new model is the strongest model in its class and comes with a comprehensive list of new features which help it dominate the entire segment.
In terms of power, the motorcycle sports a new 296cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin engine which transfers its power to the rear wheel through a six-speed transmission with F.C.C. assist clutch.
The engine is housed by a new frame made of high-tensile steel tubing that is 150% stiffer than the old frame used by the Ninja 250R.
Jump on board and you’ll be welcomed by a new seat, high-tech instrumentation and a comfy handlebar.
Other features worthy of being mentioned include new wheels and tires, a fresh bodywork and a two-stage under-seat storage compartment.
The 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE comes with a base price of $5,199.
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The 2014 version of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX is here. The motorcycle delivers a great mix between handling power and practicality, being perfectly suited for both racetracks and city streets.
To be able to deliver top notch performances at both low and high speed, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX 10-R needed a set of high end technologies, therefore, the company’s engineers have equipped it with an electronic steering damper system developed in cooperation with Öhlins. You also get Kawasaki’s Traction Control (S-KTRC) which further enhances the bike’s handling abilities and optional ABS brakes.
Power comes from a 998 cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four engine which transfers its power to the rear wheel through a six speed transmission with an adjustable back-torque limiting clutch that facilitates smooth downshifts.
The 2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is offered with a base price of 14.299, while the ABS version costs $1000 more.
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Super fast, super agile and super sexy, the 2014 Kawasaki Ninja is finally here and has all it needs to blow your mind. The 2014 model year comes with a set of small upgrades that help it remain the top dog from the streets.
One of the most important upgrades was made to the monocoque aluminium frame that now offers a narrower profile improving the mass centralization. The frame houses the battery, air box and air filter in a space-saving design that simplifies maintenance. Needless to say that the revised frame also houses Kawasaki’s 1,441c, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valve per cylinder, inline-four engine which puts out a peak power of around 200 hp and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Once the engine is fired up, the rider can switch between three traction control modes using a convenient switch mounted on the handlebar.
Other features worthy of being mentioned include the modern slipper clutch, ABS brakes, adjustable suspensions and dual mode digital ignition.
The base 2014 Kawasaki ZX-14R model is offered with a price of $15.299, while the ABS model can be yours for $15.699.
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The Kawasaki Ninja 250 is one of the most wanted compact sport bikes form the market and with the 2014 model year it just became even more desirable.
Thanks to its aerodynamic fairing, the low 374.9 lbs weigh and the strong 249cc liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine, the Kawasaki Ninja is able to cut the air with ease rewarding its rider with a unique riding experience.
The engine is fed by a 4.8 gallons fuel tank and is linked to a six speed transmission with spring-type clutch damper for enhanced smoothness and reduced hesitation at very low speeds.
Like the previous models, the 2014 model year is built on a sturdy and durable diamond-style frame which is combined with a square-tube swingarm with a 60 x 30mm cross section.
The 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 250R is offered with a base price of $4.199.
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The Kawasaki Nina 300 is considered one of the best motorcycles and there is no wonder why as is light, strong and cool. Moreover, the motorcycle has also received a set of small improvements for 2014 raising the bar even higher.
The motorcycle is equipped with a long list of amenities such as optional ABS, FCC assist slipper clutch, air management system, digital injection and an innovative frame design that offer a perfect balance between rigidity and lightness.
Once on board you are met by a newly designed seat and a premium digital instrument panel that features a modern Eco indicator, an easy-to-read speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, digital clock and warning lights.
At the heart of the bikes lies a 296cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine with Digital Fuel Injection (DFI).
The standard Kawasaki Ninja 300 is offered with a base price of $4,999 while the ABS version can be yours for $5.299
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The Kawasaki Ninja 650 is one of the most wanted motorcycles in its class and the 2014 model year continues to impress us with its bullet proof built quality, modern technologies and great handling.
The 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is propelled by a strong and compact 649 cc, twin-cylinder engine with semi-dry sump. Its power is kept in leash by a modern six speed transmission that delivers smooth and precise shifts.
The motorcycle needed a perfect compromise between stability and the ability to swallow shocks without “killing” the rider’s back. Luckily, the company’s engineers have found the perfect balance between these two factors and fitted the motorcycle with a 41mm front fork and a preload-adjustable rear shock offer, both tuned to deliver optimum ride comfort.
The stopping power is assured by dual 300mm front petal-shaped brake rotors with twin-piston calipers and a single 220mm rear petal-shaped rotor.
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The Ninja 1000 was already one of the best bikes in its class, but this wasn’t enough for Kawasaki. Therefore the company’s engineers decided to raise the bar even higher with the 2014 version.
The new model year comes with a few style upgrades, traction control, hard panniers, more power and fresh top-spec brakes. Moreover, with a starting price of $11.999 the 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS is $100 cheaper the previous model.
In terms of power, the Ninja 1000 is propelled by the torquey 1,043cc inline-four that features a few key revisions which help it boost its low and mid-range power. The engine cranks out a maximum power of 140 bhp and 82 lb-ft. of torque and sends its power to the ground through a revised six speed transmission. The new transmission features a longer 6th gear, which helps you reduce revs at highway speeds for enhanced smoothness. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine comes with new selectable Power Modes that offer a choice between full power and approximately 50 percent power output to help suit changing conditions.
The brakes are also upgraded, featuring ABS and new one-piece “monobloc” radial-mount front calipers.
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The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 (also known as ZX-10R or Ninja ZX-6R) is one of the most wanted super sport motorcycles and many riders love to customize their beauties with various accessories.
One of the latest accessories especially developed for the Ninja comes from Hotbodies, a company specialized on designing aftermarket parts for motorcycles.
Their latest creation is a fender eliminator kit which makes the bike look even sportier. The fender eliminators are made of ABS and come in two style versions namely gloss black or textured black. It is also worthy of being mentioned that they come with a license plate bracket with LED lighting.
To be easy to install on the motorcycle the kits were designed to be a direct replacement of the original mud flaps, and use the same existing mounting points.
The new fender eliminator kit for the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 can be yours for only $50.
The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 delivers a great mix of adrenaline, power and agility. Like any respectable sport motorcycle, the 2013 Ninja 1000 comes with an aerodynamic style that betrays its sporty pedigree. You also get a racy riding position which helps you merge with the bike without compromising the comfort of your spine.
This metallic Japanese monster is propelled by a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, online four, DOHC, 1043 cc engine with four valves per cylinder. The engine features a smooth-shifting six-speed gearbox with ideal ratios which helps you control the entire power effortless.
The engine is housed by an advanced aluminum frame that has a similar design with the one from the Ninja ZX-10r. The frame has a lightweight construction and curves over the engine, cradling it from above and bolting solidly to it in three places.
The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is offered with a base price of $11,399.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 was already one of the most capable models in its class, but the Performance version raised the bar even higher.
Among the unique features offered by the special Performance model you’ll find a colour coded pillion seat cover, tank pad, bubble smoke screen and a lightweight LeoVince exhaust silencer.
At the heart of this bike lies a 636 cm3, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-line four engine that feels similarly comfortable both on the race track and in the city thanks to its increased low and mid-range torque. The engine is rated at 131 PS at 13,500 rpm and 71 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm.
Like any respectable sport bike, the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance was especially designed to offer an aggressive riding position that is perfectly suited for high speeds.
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There aren’t many motorcycles that are able to compete with success against the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS. This Japanese monster is packed with state of the art technologies and a wide range of modern features which help it deliver first class performances at mind blowing speeds.
Jump on its back and you’ll be greeted by an advanced electronic instrumentation that keeps you posted on vital stats. Perhaps it goes without saying that the bike was especially designed to put you in the perfect position for high speed riding.
The most important element is the 998cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four engine. The engine is mated on a Six-speed transmission with an adjustable back-torque limiting clutch.
The engine is mounted on an aluminum-alloy frame that offers a perfect mix between lightness and rigidity helping you have full control of the motorcycle at high speeds. Needless to say that the chassis geometry was also carefully engineered to improve the steering and handling.
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What do you get if you mix an aggressive design language with a lightweight frame, a strong 636 cc engine, sporty suspensions and a Kawasaki badge?
The answer is the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS, one of the most desirable sport motorcycles in its class.
A the core of this bike lies a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four engine with a displacement of 636 cc. This unit is fed by a 4.5 gal. fuel tank and is linked to a six speed transmission.
The motorcycle’s backbone is a lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame that was especially developed to place the engine in the perfect position to maximize the handling performances. The sub-frame is a narrow lightweight two-piece aluminum die-casting which further enhances the motorcycle’s stability at high speeds.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS can be yours for not less than $12,699.
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The Kawasaki Ninja ZX014R is one of the most desired sportbikes in the industry. This two-wheel beast made its debut last year and in 2013 continues to keep the standards high when it comes to speed, agility and state of the art technologies.
The motorcycle was built around a 1,441cc inline-four, liquid cooled, DOHC, engine that puts out more power than any other production sportbike on the planet. The engine is mated on a six-speed transmission and you also get a KTRC traction-control system that features three different selectable modes. Each mode can be easily selected using a convenient switch mounted on the left handlebar.
To offer a perfect balance, the engine is positioned forward in the frame, a position that improves the motorcycle’s stability at high speeds.
As far as safety is concerned the bike is available with an optional ABS system and standard front and rear petal disc brakes.
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The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is a compact motorcycle designed for those who want to learn the secrets of sport motorcycles on a less powerful model.
Like any Ninja, the 250R features an agile stance with an aerodynamic fairing and a short windscreen. Needless to say that the motorcycle was designed with ergonomics in mind, so once on board you are met by a comfortable seat and a modern handlebar with a digital instrument panel.
The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is built around a 249cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine. The engine is paired with a six-speed transmission that offers a wide selection of ratios to match varied riding conditions.
The engine is linked to a modern 2-into-1 exhaust system that further enhances its performances.
The motorcycle rides on relatively big full-size 17-inch sportbike wheels.
The Kawasaki Ninja 250R is offered with a starting price of $4,199.
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Kawasaki is one of the oldest Japanese motorcycle manufacturers and most of the company’s models were received with great interest by the riders. And there is no wonder why as they had a bullet proof built quality and offered top notch performances as well.
From the original Z-1 to the ZZR1200, Kawasaki’s do-it-all motorcycles combined the power, handling, comfort and aesthetic appeal that repeatedly dominated their categories. The same facts are also true for the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS, which is one of the best models in its segment.
The 2012 version delivers a dominating mix of power, handling, looks, technology and rideability. The bike is powered by a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four, 1,043cc engine which is paired with a six speed gearbox.
For those who want a faultless stopping power, Kawasaki also offers an ABS version of the Ninja 1000 for 2012.
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Kawasaki’s motorcycles have become a benchmark in the industry and with every year that passes, they become better and better.
One of the most appreciated models in Kaswaski’s lineup is the Ninja 1000, a motorcycle that combines power and sporty handling with comfort and modern design. Kawasaki is also offering an ABS version of the Ninja 1000 for 2012. This system offers confidence-inspiring braking action on all types of surfaces.
The motorcycle is propelled by a 1,043cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine mated on a six speed gear box. As far as suspensions go, the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 rides on a front 41 mm inverted cartridge fork with stepless compression and rebound damping and a rear horizontal monoshock with stepless rebound damping and adjustable spring preload.
The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 is available in four color combinations namely Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Flat Micron Gray, Candy Lime Green and Ebony.
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The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS was built using the latest technologies developed by the Japanese manufacturer and is ready to hit both the race tracks and city streets.
The motorcycle is powered by a compact, narrow and lightweight engine which comes with large intakes valves, chromoly camshafts and strong connecting rods. Moreover, the Intake and exhaust valves are titanium to reduce reciprocating weight and stress at high rpm. The engine has a displacement of 998 cc and is paired with a six speed transmission.
Needless to say that the ride is kept in check by a set of sporty suspensions. The Shock and linkage are positioned above the swingarm, a layout that offers excellent road-holding, smooth suspension action, and stability and feedback when cornering.
The Ninja ZX-10R is equipped with Kawasaki’s Intelligent anti-lock Braking (KIBS), which is combined with front dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers and a rear single 220mm petal disc paired with an aluminum single-piston caliper.
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There is no other bike like a Ninja. This model has become an icon of sportiness and adrenaline from the instant it was launched for the first time on the market.
When it arrived on the big-bore sportbike stage in 2006, the big Ninja blew everyone’s minds with its power, sport-tourer comfort, agile handling and aerodynamic full-coverage bodywork. Since then, the motorcycle received a lot of upgrades and the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R raised the bar even higher.
The R-designated 2012 Ninja ZX-14R is stronger, better looking and smoother than ever, thanks to the numerous upgrades received from Kawasaki’s technicians.
Big power delivered smoothly has always been a big Ninja hallmark, so the changes for 2012 begin in the new ZX-14R’s engine bay. First off, there’s more displacement via a 4mm stroke increase; to 65mm (up from 61mm), with displacement now registering 1441cc (up from 1352cc). Combustion chamber shapes are newly optimized for 2012, and they’re surface-milled now, not cast. Moreover, intake ports are reshaped and polished for maximum flow while working in concert with longer and more durable intake valves.
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Despite its sporty character, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 can be used without problems as a daily commuter but also for long journeys. The Ninja 650 has a long history behind it and every generation was among the most wanted bikes of its time.
During its long life, the middleweight motorcycle was continuously improved and today is still considered one of the best models in its class. The 2013 comes with the same powerplant and design as the 2012 model, but it received an optional antilock breaking system ($500) and new colors. The new ABS system was designed to be ultra light and works in conjunction with the front dual 300 mm, petal disc brakes and the rear 220 mm petal discs.
The bike continues to be powered by the same 649cc engine which churns out 72 hp and 64 Nm of torque.
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Not long ago, the Japanese motorcycles were considered the uncontested leaders of sport motorcycles and nobody had the guts to challenge them. However, this situation has changed after BMW entered the battle. Its first super sport bike, the S 1000RR was not only a completely newcomer, but it was also so strong and technological advanced that it made any other bike look like defenseless scooter.
Needless to say that the Japanese manufacturers were highly intrigued and the first samurai who challenged the Germans to a duel was Kawasaki.
Kawasaki’s anti S 1000RR weapon is the Ninja ZX - 10R. Packing a lot of advanced features and modern technologies, the bike is fast enough to compete with success against the German oppressor.
Despite the fact that nothing changed for the 2013 model year, except for some color schemes, the Ninja continues to be ahead of the pack when it comes to sporty performances.
Build on a nimble, lightweight chassis, The Kawasaki Ninja ZX - 10R ABS is “blessed” with a powerful 998cc inline four engine which cranks out 197 hp at 11500 rpm.
Among the most important features offered by the Ninja ZX - 10R, you’ll find the advanced Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC) and an intelligent ABS system which comes as an option ($1000).
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Power. Speed. Handling. Dominance. Sometimes, bikes just come with all the elements that make for a perfect sports bike. In a nutshell, that’s what you get with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. It’s got the kind of potent strength that will satisfy even the most discriminating enthusiasts. For the 2012 model of the ZX-6R, you can expect the same tradition of middleweight performance that harkens back to the day of the ZX600-A1.
The ZX-6R is powered by Kawasaki’s famous 599cc 16-valve, DOHC inline-four engine that provides top-shelf middleweight power, a trademark value of the Japanese bike builder. Squeezing big power from small displacement has always been a hallmark for the manufacturer and that tradition continues with the Ninja ZX-6R. The midrange power the bike has provides arm-stretching drive out of corners with the sort of precise throttle control that allows riders to enjoy the full, breath-taking experience of the Ninja ZX-6R. The bike’s engine is likewise mated to a cassette-type transmission that greatly simplifies gearing changes at the track, reducing set-up time and allowing more time for riding.
In terms of handling, the Ninja ZX-6R comes with its class-exclusive Big Piston front fork, a fully adjustable shock, ideal engine placement, optimum frame rigidity, and the very latest in mass centralization. Looking at the svelte profile of the bike, it’s easy to point out that the ZX-6R was designed with superior handling in mind. The bike’s twin spar aluminum frame is both lightweight and rigid, and places the engine in the optimum position for superb handling and rider feedback. Meanwhile, the bike’s sub-frame constitutes a two-piece aluminum die-casting consisting of a front and rear section while the lightweight sub-frame is very narrow, providing a compact and slim rear end that completes the overwhelmingly positive characteristics of the ZX-6R.
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With a smooth power delivery, a low seat height, and upstanding handling characteristics, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R has everything you’re looking for in a sports bike. It’s not going to wow with anything out-of-this-world, but that’s not what the Ninja 250R is all about.
It’s actually a versatile sports bike that appeals to both novice riders and the more seasoned variety. Aerodynamically speaking, the Ninja 250R is wrapped in a modern aerodynamic fairing and windscreen that not only look great, but also deliver effective wind deflection for a wide range of riding situations. The bike also has an easy-to-read instrument panel with a fuel gauge and neutral indicator, as well as a natural riding position, comfortable ergonomics, and a set of full-size 17" sport bike wheels, all of which make the Ninja 250R a nimble and lightweight sports bike that’s designed to deliver pure pleasure on city streets.
In terms of performance, the Ninja 250R is powered by a compact, 249cc liquid-cooled twin-cylinder engine, that produces crisp throttle power seasoned riders will definitely appreciate. The bike’s extra highway passing power compared to other bikes in the 250 class is unparalleled whereas beginners will love the smooth torque delivery at lower speeds. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed transmission that offers the right gear for almost any situation. Together, the efficient engine and transmission allow the Ninja 250R plenty of enjoyment from a wide array of customers.
Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran, the Kawasaki 250R will offer you everything you need in a versatile machine.
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The 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R is the quintessential finished product when passion and technology merge. Redesigned and retooled a year ago, the 2012 ZX-10R is chalk-full of new technology that elevates the bike above all others in its class.
It’s very hard for a bike to boast such claims, but this one can rightfully do so without even batting an eyelash. The ZX-10R is powered by a potent 998cc, 16-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four engine. This power plant has been tuned to optimize power delivery, center of gravity, and actual engine placement within the chassis while the steady release of torque allows the bike to eliminate power peaks and valleys that make it difficult for racers and track-day riders to open the throttle with confidence.
On top of the impressive power train, the ZX-10R also comes with new Kawasaki technology: the highly advanced and customizable Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control that allows riders to harness and capitalize on the ZX-10R’s amazing blend of power and responsive handling. The system is called Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control, or S-KTRC, and works by crunching numbers from a variety of parameters and sensors, including wheel speed and slip, engine rpm, throttle position, acceleration, etc. The S-KTRC system also relies on complex software buried in the ZX-10R’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) working to quickly reduce power at the right time where slippage exceeds the optimal traction zone. This allows the S-KTRC system to maintain the optimum level of tire grip to maximize forward motion, resulting in an improved lap time and better rider confidence across the board. Working on three different modes of operation - Level 1 (Max-Grip), Level 2, (Intermediate), and Level 3 (Slipper Conditions) - the S-KTRC system allows for a fast, smooth, and powerful ride on any condition imaginable.
That’s why the 2012 ZX-10R is considered as being in a class of its own.
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Power is a fabulous thing. If you have it, you can’t get enough of it. If you don’t, you want it that much more.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 isn’t the most powerful bike on the market. But when you’re talking pound-for-pound, the bike’s improved performance, all-new chassis, and bodywork make it one of the best mid-sized sports bikes around.
The 2012 Ninja 650 is a sleeker and more aggressively styled motorcycle than ever before. The all-new bodywork is more sharply defined and more like our race-winning supersport machines, with flowing lines and a tapered brow that blends nicely with the rest of the bike. From an aerodynamic standpoint, the Ninja 650 is as good as it gets. Add an adjustable, 3-position windscreen, a 20mm wider handlebar than the previous version, and a 2-piece seat assembly topped with foam that’s thicker than before, and you have the makings of a comfortable ride in every sense of the word. Complimenting the ergonomic improvements done on the Ninja 650 is an analog tachometer located above an LCD info-center showing speed, trip meters, fuel consumption, remaining range, etc., with a swath of info-lights to the right.
At the heart of the Ninja 650 is a highly advanced, 649cc liquid-cooled vertical twin engine that comes with a digital fuel injection system featuring 38mm throttle bodies and sub-throttle assemblies for optimum response and precise fueling. You won’t need to worry about the Ninja 650 disappointing you on the road because it has an engine that can produce substantial power with plenty of character – especially down low and in the mid-range.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 has always been known as an outstanding street bike that offers impressive top end performance, yet enough satisfying low- and mid-range oomph to allow novices to get acclimated with it. There’s no question as to how legit this bike is. The only question is whether you can handle owning one.
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In the world of sports bikes, you really would be hard-pressed to find a bike that is more capable inside and out than the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS. Not only does it come with Kawasaki’s world-renowned craftsmanship, but it also carries some of the latest in sports bike technology, most of which have been derived from MotoGP.
Don’t be confused by the anti-lock braking on the ZX-10R ABS; the system was designed and developed specifically for the purpose of providing maximum on-track performance for the bike. And when you consider the many safety- and control-oriented benefits provided by the amazing electronic and hardware technology available today, it begins to make a lot of sense.
Think of it: You’re charging into a hairpin during a track day. It’s late in the afternoon, you’re tired, and your front tire is shagged from a day of hard-core knee-dragging. But instead of tucking as you squeeze the front brake lever, your front tire chirps briefly and the KIBS system intervenes until traction returns – allowing you to arc gracefully into the corner, a little wiser and a lot more intact physically than if you were riding a non-ABS motorcycle. On the street, anti-lock’s benefits are even easier to realize.
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For those about to enjoy their first taste of two-wheeled freedom, Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R sportbike has always been a great option to start. It doesn’t come with off-the-wall features, but it does have enough of an ’oomph’ that novice riders - and veterans, for that matter - can enjoy.
Kawasaki has established a reputation in the business as one of the best bike designers in the world and the aesthetic profile of the Ninja 250R only adds to the company’s already glowing reputation. The sharp styling of the bike makes it look like a supersport, while its compact engine and superior handling offers a perfect blend of power and stability that riders can fully enjoy.
There’s definitely a lot to like about the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Heck even the name sounds as stealthy as those Japanese warriors. The Ninja250R is all that and plenty, plenty more.
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The new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is being described as one of the finest super sports bikes in the market today. With the kind of tradition that it has, it’s no secret why Kawasaki has high hopes for their latest offering.
Built on the tradition of offering middleweight dominance in the ultra-competitive 600 supersport market, the ZX-6R comes packed with sleek styling, top-notch technology, and a racing tradition that makes it a cut above the rest. Everything about the bike has been constructed with the kind of laborious detail and excellent craftsmanship that Kawasaki has come to be known for. It certainly doesn’t pull back any punches with this model, and even goes so far as to provide just about everything a rider needs - and wants - in a super sports bike.
As far as complete packages go, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R offers plenty of it for a price that isn’t too steep for avid riders everywhere.
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The Kawasaki Ninja 650R is an all-around sportsbike that combines good looks with user-friendly performance capabilities and excellent handling. All those three qualities in one package is enough to be a believer in the Kawasaki sportsbike.
The 650R offers everything you need in a sports bike: a sporty and aggressive design, a stout chassis, upstanding performance capabilities, and a carefully-tuned suspension system. The Ninja’s slim structure is due to its compact 8-valve 649cc parallel-twin engine, which permits the use of a narrow, lightweight frame. The fuel injection and ignition settings are tuned to boost the liquid-cooled engine’s bottom-end torque, allowing the bike to rev quicker at all times.
Sportsbikes have always been made to with the one credo in mind: look good and be powerful. That’s exactly what Kawasaki has with the Ninja 650R. It’s got a stunning sporty design that catches attention and a powertrain that comes with premium performance capabilities.
Really, what more do you want?
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Sportbikes have always been a popular staple in American society, thanks to the excellent combination of a powerful engine and handling performance with a high degree of comfort, practicality, and top-end styling. Over the years, Kawasaki has provided the market with some of the best bikes of this segment, dating back to the original Ninja 900R of the 1980s, to the ZX-11 of the ’90s, and the ZZR 1200 of the the new millennium.
Today, the Japanese motorcycle brand is proud to announce their latest offering to the line-up, the new Ninja 1000. As the name suggests, this sportsbike is all about stealthy good looks that are combined with an unassuming, yet powerful engine, resulting in a machine that’s more than capable of stopping you in your tracks before you even realize what just happened. Sort of like a ninja.
The bike’s core - the frame, engine, and suspension - are all made from the finest materials and built with the sort of high-end technology that Kawasaki has built its name on. So don’t be surprised if the new Ninja 1000 drops your jaws to the floor; it was built specifically for that purpose.
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For more than 40 years, Kawasaki has shocked and awed the motorcycle world with its big-bore streetbikes. From the arm-stretching 500cc H1 of 1969 to the legendary 903cc Z-1 of 1973, all the way to the high-tech Ninja ZX-10s and 11s of the ’80s and the ZX-12s and 14s of the new millennium, Team Green has continuously kicked butt and taken names in the large-displacement sportbike category.
Fast forward to 2011 and Kawasaki has another storm brewing with the new Ninja ZX-14. Looking as menacing as ever before in its lime green set-up, the Ninja ZX-14 takes the tradition of its predecessors and antes up to cater to the demands of the new-age riders.
Packing a technologically-advanced powertrain set-up to go with a sublime finish and carefully-constructed body, the ZX-14 will be as in demand as any Kawasaki bike that has come out of Japan in recent memory.
Not that we’re surprised considering that the motorcycle brand has been doing this for well over four decades, and they’ve established a reputation as one of the best in the biz in that time.
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The problem with hype is that more often than not, the expectations don’t live up to the billing. However, try telling that to Kawasaki.
The Japanese motorcycle brand’s new Ninja ZX-10R sportbike clearly has lofty expectations, but where others have fallen flat, this particular bike stands tall as one of the fastest, lightest, and most innovative production bikes in the market today. No such credibility gap, going several steps beyond newer, faster, lighter and better by offering the most advanced traction-control system in all of production motorcycling.
Yes, in all of production motorcycling.
More than the complete redesign of the bike’s engine, frame, suspension, bodywork, instrumentation, and wheels, the ZX-10R offers a highly advanced and customizable electronic system that helps riders harness and capitalize on its amazing blend of power and responsive handling. The system is called Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control, or S-KTRC, and it represents a whole new dimension in motorcycle performance, one that vaults this bike into a class all its own.
Motorcyclists have forever been challenged by traction-related issues, whether on dirt, street, or track. Riders that can keep a rear tire from spinning excessively or sliding unpredictably are both faster and safer, a tough combination to beat on the racetrack.
And when talking about the absolute leading edge of open-class sport bike technology, where production street bikes are actually more capable than full-on race bikes from just a couple years ago, more consistent traction and enhanced confidence is a major plus.
That’s precisely what the new ZX-10R offers.
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The Kawasaki Ninja 650R is entering the 2011 model year with no major updates, just some minor tricks and some new exterior colors. It is powered by a compact 8-valve 649cc parallel-twin engine, which permits the use of a narrow, lightweight frame. The fuel injection and ignition settings are tuned to boost the liquid-cooled engine’s bottom-end torque, to smooth the low-to-mid rpm response and allow the engine to rev quicker. The engine meets stringent emissions regulations thanks to its precise fuel injection and a three-way catalyst system with a 300-cell catalyzer.
The 2011 Ninja 650R is defined by sporty styling. It gets integrated turn signals and a sharp tail cowl, MotoGP-inspired multi-function instrumentation and controls. Thanks to them, the rider will notice the slimness of the chassis, low seat height and minimal effort controls first before recognizing the true aim of Kawasaki’s design efforts – the rider.
Prices will be announced at a later date.
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The all-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R race bike has been unveiled to international press at the Nürburgring race track, and at the same time the riders for the 2011 World Superbike Championship season were introduced.
The presentation of the new bike and riders comes just before the German round of The World Superbike Championship, which will take place at the Nürburgring race track this weekend.
The new Ninja ZX-10R race bike has been eagerly anticipated by everyone involved in the Superbike racing project for a while now and therefore the Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team are extremely keen to get started with the new Ninja ZX-10R. The team unveiled the first edition of the race bike during a press conference that marked the start of the Nürburgring WSBK round, which will be held this weekend.
The unveiling of the new Ninja ZX-10R will mark a new start for Kawasaki in the World Superbike Championship. From 2011, the Kawasaki World Superbike Racing Team will receive more means and more support from the mother company in Japan.
After a first teaser image unveiled at the end of June, Kawasaki unveiled today the first official image of the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R race bike. The motorcycle is preparing for a 2-day test at the Suzuka race track in Japan where the bike will prepare for the 2011 World Superbike Championship. A road-going version based on this model will also be unveiled at a later date. It is rumored to come with a more aggressive look, a completely restyled fairing and exhaust, new chassis and new engine that will deliver more than 200 HP. Road going model will feature the usual green ninja paint scheme as with all the previous Ninja models.
However when launched the new ZX-10R will have strong competition on the market (Yamaha YZF-R1, Honda CBR-1000RR, and also the Suzuki GSX-R 1000) so is no wonder that Kawasaki will do its best to improve their motorcycle as much as possible.
The Japanese motorcycle maker Kawasaki is teasing us with the 2011 Ninja ZX10R super bike. According to the first details the motorcycle will receive a complete makeover: a more aggressive look, a completely restyled fairing and exhaust, new chassis and new engine that is rumored to deliver more than 200 HP.
Of course the new ZX10R will keep the same green ninja paint scheme as with all the previous Ninja models.
During the next few weeks, people interested will be able to go to Kawasaki Challenge and discover more about the future motorcycle.
However when launched the new ZX-10R will have strong competition on the market (Yamaha YZF-R1, Honda CBR-1000RR, and also the Suzuki GSX-R 1000) so is no wonder that Kawasaki will do its best to improve their motorcycle as much as possible.
Teaser video after the jump.
Nobody would want to see an “Altered Rat” unless it’s the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R special owned by Brian Johnson, who is a big fan of the rat bike style. The bike was done in the Altered Chrome Garage using the company’s own parts and it is the only one of its kind that we’ve seen so far.
We have to admit that this is truly an original idea and, in the end, what’s not to like about a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
This thing is like a rolling advert for junkyards, but don’t be fooled in thinking it’s a piece of crap. Imagine seeing this thing pass next to you doing 150mph.
Police patrols are known to have favorite “haunting” spots and this has got to be it for the one in this video simply because of the easy “prey”. Take a look at this inexperienced Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R rider having the time of his life on Mullholland highway near Malibu when he is surprised by the cops during a high speed corner and makes the BIG mistake of hitting the front brake. See the shameful result in the video after the jump.
They say you need to be a certain kind of biker in order to ride a trike and it is not hard to recognize the type as the biking crowd passes along, so hearing about a guy having turned a 2001 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R into a trike raises a few question marks regarding to what kind of rider would do that and why. A very special kind of rider let me tell you and also one who wants to have fun and feel a little safer on two wheels.
Simeon Hill is a brit who’s 155mph Kawi trike featuring a custom-built frame, a push-button gearshift system, Akrapovic exhaust, modified axle and differential from a Ford Sierra made it to Trike magazine. Sure, the 17-inch rear wheels with 235 x 50 tires also had much to do with the achievement, but mostly with what our man built it for. So let’s see what Hill has to say: ‘I built this trike to handle. I have turned a few heads and surprised many sportsbike riders on twisty Yorkshire and Lincolnshire roads. It’s taken me on local jaunts, weekend trips and longer trips around Europe, not only keeping up with my friends’ sportsbikes but also giving them a good run for their money.’
Kawasaki produced and sold the Ninja250R for 20 years before considering an upgrade and getting at work to develop a brand new model, the one that was launched a couple of yeast ago and which started a complete frenzy especially among beginning riders. Soon turning into Kawi’s best selling sport bike, the Ninja 250R carries on as a 2010 model year with virtually nothing changed on it, so the only rightful question related to it is: “Will it be the same 20 years from now?”
The combinations between sexy chicks and supersport motorcycles are some of the very few things that leave bikers speechless and today’s proposal is that between Andreea and the middleweight Ninja. You can read more about the bike here, so we’ll focus on what you’re really interested, the hot chick next to the green track blast. Andreea is a 20-year-old model studying in Prague, Czech. She does seem passionate about motorcycles, but they all do when the photographers get into action. Making this combination successful are the proportions of both characters involved. More pictures after the jump.
A wise man once said that intelligence consists in the ability to adapt to new situations each and every time these emerge and it looks that this is exactly what Kawasaki is doing with the Ninja 650R. This is the head of their sports bike lineup and it meets the latest requests in matter of performance, comfort, user-friendliness, reliability and style. It started as Kawi’s response to the need of such a bike on the market and it got much better with time.
Getting in contact with a candidate for the “Ultimate Superbike” title can be a mind blowing experience, especially if you’re suppose to ride the hell out of the thing, but the 2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 adds a little more to that feel. It’s all about the imposing dimensions and the constant thought of knowing that underneath you grumbles this manufacturer’s biggest and most evolved motor to be mounted on a superbike-type motorcycle.
Although Kawasaki initially had plans to launch an entirely new Ninja ZX-10R for 2010, their final decision was to stick to what they already had and slightly improve their open class sportbike in an almost unnoticeable manner. The move doesn’t turn the 2010-spec Ninja ZX-10R into a threat for the competition, but this would still have to deal with a more aggressive look and small technical tweaks now characterizing the Green racing motorcycle with headlights.
It is no secret to anyone that Kawasaki’s supersport look didn’t evolve quite as it should have during the past few years and people have even started calling the ZX-6R and the ZX-10R “ugly”. While we don’t entirely agree with that and we should give Kawi credit for repairing its faults starting with the 2010 models, it is also nice to check out how MotoRevue’s Jérôme Vannesson imagines the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R will look like.
This photoshop rendering unveils precisely what the motorcycle press is expecting from the future generation liter bike: angular lines that would reflect a blend of features found on visually attractive motorcycles such as the Hornet, from which it gets the tail and RC8 or YZF-M1 fairing with ZX-14 venting gills. Also, the paintjob is very attractive and still in accordance with the Team Green standards.
Kawasaki has never ever thought at manufacturing a Ninja chopper, but it seems that this owner has taken measures by itself and came up with this bad idea for a chopper. I guess I never really considered how ridiculous a ZX-6R with longer forks and sidestand can look.
But looking at the bright side, it is now much easier to pull out a wheelie; all you really have to do is try to get moving.
Kawasaki starts the week at full throttle and releases the first photos and info regarding four of their 2010 street models, the Ninja ZX-10R, Z1000, Concours 14 and Versys. We have come to find that they are a bit retained with the upgrades, something that defines their strategy in the uncertain times that we’re traversing.
The best example in this concern is definitely the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, which gets the looks of its middleweight brother, the ZX-6R, and an 18-position Ohlins steering damper. I believe it’s in vain mentioning how much more we were expecting considering the competition in this class, but in the end 200bhp is nothing to laugh at.
At least Kawasaki doesn’t break the “all-new 2010 Z1000” promise and the new bike will be powered by a 1,043cc inline-four engine developing 136bhp and 81lb/ft of torque. The frame is now made of aluminum while the suspension and brakes are new as well and the thing has a dry weight of 436.9lbs (198.2kg). The 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 also looks new, but that doesn’t necessarily mean better. It should make a statement against motorcycles such as the Ducati Streetfighter and MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR, but definitely not at a first glance.
The 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 gets traction control and a fuel economy mode as well as anti-lock brakes and a much more appealing design.
At the bottom of our list is the new Kawasaki Versys, which gets a new strange headlight and what we dare calling a facelift. Powered by the same 62bhp 649cc parallel-twin, this versatile middleweight motorcycle
should now be an even sweeter ride thanks to the new footpegs with rubber inserts, clearly a nice touch claimed to reduce vibrations.
Expect to read more about each model on this page in the next couple of days.
It seems that Marco Melandri itself advised German builder Hoely to develop this MotoGP kit for the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R as the racing bike’s rider believes the original bike can easily be turned into a MotoGP replica for the road by customers who had enough of the standard color schemes and graphics.
We have to admit that the Italian MotoGP rider thought well and the Germans were clever in following his ideas because bikes are pretty much like cars: you buy them new, drive/ride them for a couple of months and already start thinking at ways to make them better. And what better way to improve a stock Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R than making it look like its racing sibling?
Kane Friesen is a Canadian stunt rider and the current record holder of the world’s fastest nose wheelie after managing to lift the rear end of his 2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R at the amazing speed of 137 mph and then coming to a complete stop. The previous record of 98 mph was set by Gary Rothwell in 2002, but like the wheelie master himself says: “my personal goal is 135 mph to set the bar so high up that no other rider wants to even attempt it any time soon.”
Former professional body piercer, Kane’s longest wheelie was of 12 miles, while he’s fastest stoppie measures more than 900ft.
During the British Supersport race at Brands Hatch on Sunday, Chris Martin’s Kawasaki motorcycle broke down, locking the rear wheel. The rider was thrown from the seat and sent bouncing way over the barrier during what has to be one of the most dangerous crashes of this racing season. In fact, this ended the season for Chris Martin, but he is expected back on two wheels next year.
Team Gearlink Kawasaki has issued a report regarding the crash:
Chris has suspected 3 broken vertebrae, will not know for sure until neck/back specialist has seen him. He has broken his ankle and will now be out of action for the rest of the season.....:-((
The video follows the jump.
When buying a motorcycle, some riders look for speed and others for comfort, but the most challenging part for motorcycle makers was to build one machine that meets these two requests. There you have the incredible Honda Goldwing meeting the comfort standards of even the most demanding riders, but you still have to earn enough money to buy and maintain such a model. The guy who did this to his Kawasaki Ninja clearly doesn’t, but we certainly can’t blame him for that. This is just an original way to make sure he still has a vertebral spine in his 70s.
Who among you will do the same thing to their sports motorcycle?
This Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 has undergone a serious transformation so that it will delight an owner clearly passionate of Egypt’s glory days and, of course, motorcycling. Ancient looks meet modern technology on this not to be missed long haul sports motorcycle spotted on the streets of Australia.
Apparently, this guy considers himself a smaller Shaq O’Neal and, so, it is inspired by the famous big guy’s jumps over cars and barbeques to pull out this very stupid and unsuccessful attempt to jump over a speeding Kawasaki Ninja. Now that’s a very nice way of making sure that your family jewels will never be productive again!
The internet abounds with motorcycle riding guides, motorcycle riding tips as well as with advices for choosing the best motorcycle to start riding on, but some riders simply work with what they have and develop their own, more or less efficient, techniques for gaining those much needed skills.
Today, it’s all about maneuvering the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R at slow speed around the parking lot. Although it doesn’t sound dangerous (actually, it isn’t), most riders end up tipping their bikes over in the process so an innovative mind was needed. Apparently, the owner of this Kawi came with the oldest idea of them all – bolting on a pair of training wheels, which actually look genuine so I’m not asking where those came off from.
By looking at the rear tire, I can only be amazed by the fact that someone is actually riding that thing as such.
Some bikes simply never end up their statements about comfort, user-friendliness, manageable power, but mostly reliability. One such motorcycle is Kawasaki’s Ninja 500R, a consecrated two-wheeler with a taste for modern days too. Freshly painted in Kawi’s latest and greatest color (Plasma Blue), the 2009 model year carries on teaching beginners a thing or two about sports riding while providing an enjoyable ride too.
Although the more recent alternative known as the Ninja 650R has developed into a great success too, riders keep on heading towards this latest’s smaller sibling and so revive the traditional learning and then exploiting way.
I can understand the fact that people feel the need to ride their motorcycles in the winter. I also ride in sunny January afternoons and afterwards complain about my rheumatism, but I never experienced the need to ride on a lake. Apparently, this guy did and didn’t ended up pretty well (he probably risks hypothermia while his buddies try to rescue his submerged Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle).
A racing motorcycle with headlights such as the 2009 Kawasaki ZX6R couldn’t find a better place for a commercial than the track, but Kawi goes even further and visualizes an Area 51 sort of environment. That is very inspired as the characteristic color for these bikes is Green.
The most adequate alternative to a full-face helmet is, strangely, not an open face one, but a protective shield added to your motorcycle’s fairing.
Invented by David Fermil, the ingenious accessory bolts perfectly on to the fairing with the nuts and bolts that are already on the bike from when it got out the production line.
The advantages of such an addition to your sport bike’s aerodynamic functions are practically infinite as you no longer have to lurk under the small windscreen and (...)
On the 30th of March at the Vallelunga track in Italy Kawasaki fans will have the great opportunity of witnessing the second edition of the Ninja Trophy. A race will be held and the participants are owners of the 2007 and 2008 model year Kawasaki ZX-6R so we at least know what bike will win, let’s wait for the rider.
Organizers planned six races and all are programmed on the most notorious circuits in Italy, the last and decisive one being the Mugello circuit. Participants have all the (...)
This tricked out Kawasaki ZX-6R comes as a result of AMA Supercross champion James “Bubba” Steward.
Produced by Two Bros, the Kawasaki ZX-6R of Bubba includes many mechanical modifications including the most impressive under-the-seat exhaust I’ve ever seen.
The rims look like taken from a Cadillac and the graphics are truly exceptional, but why don’t you check it out yourself?
If I was to define the Ninja ZX-6R in just a few words, I would say that it is one of the best examples concerning fast cornering, hard-hitting accelerations and high-speed stability in the 600cc class. I wouldn’t be able to suppress my opinions and avoid naming it the sleekest racer out there.
Designing the Ninja 500R, Kawasaki established a perfect balance between function, form and budget that isn’t seen quite often in this domain. It is awesome for a rider to know that it buys a bike which initiates him and than becomes a nice, ready to rip ride.
The 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R is situated at the line between rider-friendly behavior and top Ninja styling. The recipe seemed to be very simple: keep the twin-cylinder engine and sporty chassis and dress everything nicely in a fairing inspired on bigger Ninjas.
It is hard to believe that a machine like Kawasaki ZX6R can be improved with aftermarket components but Rizoma offers a kit for each and every speed monster out there and this model is no exception.
For 2007 the kit offers a wide range of components that put Rizoma’s fingerprint on the already wonderful product: the rear view mirrors have a slick design but still complete their purpose, the engine guards protect the engine and fairing if the motorcycle falls and slides on the road and the (...)
It is of course a point of view, but according to the information we have received, Kawasaki is about to re-examine the design of its hyper-sport ZX-10R to do it more frayed and aggressive…
With a more powerful engine, the result should be rather malicious…
This is only a concept, so keep tuned for more information…
When you say “Ninja” you think about power, style and performance. When you say “Kawasaki Ninja” you think of one of the most beautiful and powerful motorcycles in the world, and also one of the best selling in the Kawasaki line-up. Oriented toward serious sport riding and track performance, the ZX-6R is the most aerodynamic Ninja ever. About its performance there was rarely a magazine comparison test completed among middle-weight sportbikes that doesn’t sing the praises of Ninja ZX-6R.
I am particularly fond of Kawasaki’s commercials, especially since I discovered the "tractor":
and “give me five”.
Kawasaki returns with an ad for the ZX-6R, one cool commercial made in the way of „Mission Impossible” where the rider does not seem disturbed by the inopportune landing of the helicopter.
Kawasaki is pleased to announce that the awesome Ninja ZX-10R is now available on 0% APR (Typical) Finance as part of the ‘Precious Metal’ Finance Campaign launched earlier this month.
Precious Metal, offered through Kawasaki’s K-Care Finance partner, Black Horse, means customers can now purchase the 1000cc Superbike with a minimum deposit of only £99 with 0% finance over 3 years.
As if that wasn’t enough, every new Ninja ZX-10R purchased until March 31 will also receive a pair of Genuine (...)