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Built on a history going back to 1984, the name “Ninja” stands for speed, agility, and performance. Ranging from the small-displacement 250 to the high-performance Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R powered by supercharged engines designed completely in-house using Kawasaki’s gas turbine and aircraft engine knowhow, the Ninja line offers something for a wide variety of riders who want the ultimate motorcycle experience.

2018 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja 400

2018 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja 400
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  • Kawasaki Ninja 400
  • Year:
    2018- 2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Parallel-Twin
  • Displacement:
    399 cc
  • Top Speed:
    105 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    5199
  • Price:

It’s the new big small-displacement Ninja

Kawasaki took the next step in the struggle to find that perfect balance between displacement, performance, and affordability with the new-from-2018 Ninja 400. This ride delivers the aggressive styling that you expect from the Ninja family with a host of improvements over the previous generation. More power, less weight, and a mature presentation should hold the new Ninja in good stead in the highly-competitive small-displacement sportbike market that serves as the main battlefield in the contest to instill some brand loyalty in the increasingly important new buyer base.

 

Latest Kawasaki Ninja news and reviews:

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R Could Be The ULTIMATE Four-cylinder Entry-level Sportbike

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R Could Be The ULTIMATE Four-cylinder Entry-level Sportbike

With the potential to produce more power than the twin-cylinder 500s the ZX-4R could even take on a couple of 650cc bikes

Love it or hate it, electrification is happening as we speak and it’s more a matter of when, not if, as we see the big guns jump aboard the EV train.

However, Kawasaki’s ideology seems a bit different than the rest, as the Japanese bikemaker is trying to whip up some flabbergasting internal combustion engines before it electrifies its portfolio.

A prime example of this is the four-cylinder Ninja ZX-25R and now, it looks like Kawasaki will soon back it up with a 400cc iteration, the Ninja ZX-4R.

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2018 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja 400

2018 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja 400

It’s the new big small-displacement Ninja

Kawasaki took the next step in the struggle to find that perfect balance between displacement, performance, and affordability with the new-from-2018 Ninja 400. This ride delivers the aggressive styling that you expect from the Ninja family with a host of improvements over the previous generation. More power, less weight, and a mature presentation should hold the new Ninja in good stead in the highly-competitive small-displacement sportbike market that serves as the main battlefield in the contest to instill some brand loyalty in the increasingly important new buyer base.

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Just How Capable Is The New CFMoto 450SR As Compared To The KTM RC 390 & Kawasaki Ninja 400?

Just How Capable Is The New CFMoto 450SR As Compared To The KTM RC 390 & Kawasaki Ninja 400?

The top two names in the entry-level sportbike space take on the new kid on the block. Here is a detailed specification comparison

The entry-level sportbike category is a competitive space, yet CFMoto has stepped into it with their all-new 450SR, aiming to take on established players such as the KTM RC 390 and Kawasaki Ninja 400.

Wondering how well the 450SR fares against these two? Well, here’s a spec comparison between the three bikes to help paint a picture.

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2021 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

2021 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

It would be easier to tell you what’s NOT new on the Ninja ZX-10R

Kawasaki takes its Superbike racing program to the bank with its made-for-public Ninja ZX-10R platform that brings an uncommon level of performance to the streets. A newly-updated engine carries improved cooling features and exhaust components with a new bundle of ride-control and ride-safety electronics to keep it all under control. Next-gen bodywork wraps up the package with windtunnel-tested efficiency and some interesting paint choices.

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Supersport Fans Rejoice! The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R IS Back With A Bang For 2023

Supersport Fans Rejoice! The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R IS Back With A Bang For 2023

Undercutting both the Suzuki GSX-R600 and the Aprilia RS660, the new ZX-6R aims to be the best upgrade for existing 250-400cc riders

Going the polar opposite way of its rivals, Kawasaki has announced that it’ll be bringing back the Ninja ZX-6R for 2023, with the production of motorcycle already underway.

This leaves the ZX-6R, one of the few MY23 Supersports on sale in the country, and with barely any supersport rivals, especially after Yamaha strangled the neck of the YZF-R6 last year, the stage is set for Ninja to wipe the floor with it.

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Proof That Modern Isn't Always Better: Tricked Out Old Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Attempts To Prevail Over A Yamaha YZF-R1

Proof That Modern Isn’t Always Better: Tricked Out Old Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R Attempts To Prevail Over A Yamaha YZF-R1

The Ninja ZX-12R was one of the fastest motorcycles of its time. But is it fast enough to keep up with the new kids? Find out here!

Modern-day sportbikes, such as the Yamaha YZF-R1, are super fast. That being said, true blue enthusiasts still remain adamant that there’s just something about the raw performance of old-school sportbikes with no electronic leash around their necks, such as the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R.

Can’t pick a side of your own? Well, let this drag race between a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R and a Yamaha YZF-R1 help you make up your mind.

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Latest Videos:

EV vs ICE Drag Race: Energica Ego Attempts To Win Against WSBK-Spec Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

EV vs ICE Drag Race: Energica Ego Attempts To Win Against WSBK-Spec Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

The Energica Ego pumps out a massive 143 lb-ft while the ZX-10R only manages 93 lb-ft. Which one is your money on?

In today’s dose of your drag race fix, we’ve brought you an EV vs ICE motorcycle showdown, where an Energica Ego electric motorcycle, one of the fastest electric bikes out there, attempts to ruffle the feathers of two Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10Rs.

Let’s dive into it.

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2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

A host of updates and refinements give the ZX-10RR a sharper edge

Kawasaki lets the good times roll with a street-legal, budget-friendly version of its WSB Championship bike in the new Ninja ZX-10RR. Easily converted for track use, the “10RR” doubles as an entry-level racebike as an affordable alternative for unsponsored pilots. Titanium components and top-drawer electronics complete the package with even more track-worthy performance and control features.

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Ninja vs Ninja: Lady Rider On ‘14 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Takes On A Dude Aboard A ‘12 Ninja ZX-10R In A Drag Race

Ninja vs Ninja: Lady Rider On ‘14 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Takes On A Dude Aboard A ‘12 Ninja ZX-10R In A Drag Race

An exhilarating drag race with final quarter-mile times faster than million-dollar supercars!

For today’s drag-race feature video special, we have a lady rider on a souped-up 2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R trying to take on a dude aboard an equally souped-up 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Now, the result might be what you’d expect, but the quarter-mile times here are nothing short of mind-blowing.

Let’s dive in.

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Sky's The Limit: A 250cc Motorcycle Just Breached 155mph!

Sky’s The Limit: A 250cc Motorcycle Just Breached 155mph!

Trick Star based out of Japan plonked a TURBO onto this quarter-liter and the end result is 100 ponies at the wheel and ballistic speed

A 250cc motorcycle with an inline-four engine sounds insane but it was clearly not crazy enough for Japanese-based custom bikemaker Trick Star, the same company responsible for the epic, viral white and green Kawasaki Ninja H2R.

So in order to spice things up a bit, Trick Star set out a goal to top 250kmph (155mph) on Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-25R in 2021. Almost six months on and one blown engine later, the firm has finally achieved this target and their bike managed to hit a speedo-indicated 252kmph (156mph). Here’s how they did it.

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Drag Race: Can A Near-stock BMW S 1000 RR Take On A Souped Up Suzuki Hayabusa & Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R?

Drag Race: Can A Near-stock BMW S 1000 RR Take On A Souped Up Suzuki Hayabusa & Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R?

Think size matters? Well, this drag race will make you think otherwise

The BMW S 1000 RR is one of the fastest bikes money can buy, but the same can also be said for the iconic Japanese hyper-tourers, the Suzuki Hayabusa and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R.

Ever wondered whether the 1000cc BMW can take on these 1300+cc heavyweights in a straight line? Well, lucky for you, here’s a drag race that answers that very question.

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Drag Race: Three Sports Tourer Motorcycles Try To Take Down A 200+HP Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Drag Race: Three Sports Tourer Motorcycles Try To Take Down A 200+HP Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Will the BMW S 1000 XR, Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX or Aprilia Tuono V4 succeed in beating Kawasaki’s flagship liter-class bike? Let’s find out

With each passing day, motorcycle manufacturers are pushing the envelope of peak power that you can churn out from an engine. As a result, both sportbikes and sports tourers are getting more powerful and faster, to the extent that the gap between these two categories has shrunk.

This raises a very valid question - Can a modern-day sports tourer motorcycle keep up with (let alone beat) a modern-day liter-class sportbike? I’m sure this is a question, that many people want to know the answer to.

Lucky for us, Revzilla had the same idea, owing to which they brought along three leading sports tourer bikes - the BMW S 1000 XR, Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX, and Aprilia Tuono V4 - to a drag strip, pitting them against a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Here’s how it went down.

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Knife To A Gun Fight Battle: Watch A Lady Rider On A ‘19 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Take On A ‘12 Honda CBR1000RR

Knife To A Gun Fight Battle: Watch A Lady Rider On A ‘19 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Take On A ‘12 Honda CBR1000RR

The results of this drag race are MUCH closer than you’d think

Let’s face it, 600cc motorcycles, no matter how powerful, are no match for full-blown liter-class superbikes. However, contrary to popular belief, in this drag race, a proud Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R owner takes on a Honda CBR1000RR and the result is….well, let’s get into it.

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Kawasaki Ninja H2R Sets Public Roads On Fire By Reaching 226.5mph!

Kawasaki Ninja H2R Sets Public Roads On Fire By Reaching 226.5mph!

Becomes the fastest machine on two wheels in all of New Zealand!

We all know that the Kawasaki Ninja H2R is a crazy motorcycle, designed specifically to set racetracks on fire. But New Zealand’s Scott Wilkins took this beast of a motorcycle to the 2022 Timed Speed Event hosted by the Landspeed New Zealand Association.

The result? An all-new national landspeed record of 226.5mph (362.5kmph) with a two-way average speed of 222mph (358.4km/h).

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Drag Race: Can A '04 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Smoke A Turbocharged Harley-Davidson Road Glide?

Drag Race: Can A ’04 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Smoke A Turbocharged Harley-Davidson Road Glide?

With more power, torque, and weight, you’d put all your money on the Harley. But numbers don’t tell the whole story as you’re about to find out

Drag races are a high adrenaline affair and require utmost skills and concentration, even though it looks as easy as just dumping the clutch when lights go off. But what makes drag races the most fun for the viewers is that you can literally put anything and everything against each other.

This is exactly what happens in this video (posted by Drag Racing And Car Stuff) where a turbocharged Harley-Davidson Road Glide is raced against a 2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.

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This Mean-looking Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R Is Unlike Any Other

This Mean-looking Kawasaki Ninja ZX7R Is Unlike Any Other

Tasteful Mods along with a special surprise at its heart have transformed this Ninja ZX7R

The Kawasaki Ninja moniker has been on the market since forever now and one of the most iconic models in the Ninja lineup was the ZX7R. With 12 AMA superbike championships under its belt, it’s safe to say that the ZX7R was also a pretty fast motorcycle in its time.

Although the bike was discontinued in 2003, it still remains a hit amongst bike collectors. And one such bike was sold by reseller Iconic Motorbike Auctions, based in the USA, and the new owner has tastefully turned it into a one-of-a-kind ZX7R.

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2019 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 R

2019 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 R

With top-flight aerodynamics and a supercharged engine, the H2 R is far too awesome to be street legal

Many of the major players offer a pure-D racetrack hypersport for the public’s consumption, and for Kawasaki, that honor falls to the freshly updated Ninja H2 R. The H2 R brings to the table the best Kawi has to offer along with top-flight aerodynamics and a supercharged engine on top of a full electronics suite making it a threat on the track right out of the box. That’s about the only place it’s a threat though, since the H2 R is far too awesome to be street legal, and as a track-only bike, it wastes not an ounce on any silly old mirrors, headlights, or turn signals. Carbon-fiber components complete the package with their own brand of lightweight strength.

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2020 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja 650

2020 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja 650

New styling and agile handling make it more ’Ninja’ than before

Kawasaki gave its Ninja 650 supersport a facelift ahead of MY2020 with aggressive new lines. Safety and visibility were increased through LED technology, and instrumentation moves into the 21st century with a TFT display to deliver the metrics. New tires and new networking technology round out the package along with the engine performance and handling that made the last generation a hit.

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2020 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

2020 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

Supersport or Sport-Tourer: You Choose

Kawasaki stepped up its game ahead of the 2020 model year with new body components, updated electronics, and a smoother-running engine for its Ninja 1000SX. The factory also tuned up the ergonomics to improve long-range comfort and even chucked on an adjustable clutch lever for a little bit of lagniappe. Improvements in rideability, control, and aesthetics join the liter-plus engine and Ninja pedigree to deliver a refined product to the masses.

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2019 - 2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+

2019 - 2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+

Kawi’s supercharged hyper-tourer lets the fiery-eyed peg draggers share with a friend

Kawasaki beefed up its Ninja lineup ahead of MY2019 with the upgraded H2 SX SE+. Competition is fierce at the top of the liter-bike range, but Kawi has a not-so-secret weapon in its fight for street dominance in the form of a supercharger (compressor) that significantly boosts performance. The electronic suite received a buff as well with electronic suspension control bundled with new riding modes and the ability to network with your smartphone. Plus, it rocks a “self-repairing” finish that resists dings and scratches to help it keep its curb value.

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2019 - 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

2019 - 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

The ZX-6R is probably the fastest bike you’ll find for less than $10k

Kawasaki’s Ninja lineup made a well-deserved impression on the sportbike sector, and the factory elevates its game with the ZX-6R. This mid-size Ninja “636” added last year carried a host of improvements that range from vanity-to-vroom with spruced-up looks, LED lighting, and new instrumentation, just to name a few. The electronics were upgraded as well, and the new features stack with the incumbent power modes, traction control, and Kawasaki’s own Intelligent Brake System.

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2015 - 2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS

2015 - 2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS

This is not the bike for the weak of heart

The Ninja ZX-14R ABS continues to serve as Kawasaki’s non-H2 Ninja flagship as we head into the 2020 model year. Essentially unchanged since this generation hit showroom floors back in ’12, the “14R” brings almost a liter and a half of four-cylinder supersport-goodness to the table along with the ride-quality and safety subsystems you’ll need to keep it under control. Make no mistake; this is a serious ride meant for experienced riders, and not another one of these racebike-looking commuters so popular with the masses right now.

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Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to consider for beginners

Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to consider for beginners

If you want to look fast while you still learn the tricks, these machines could be your pick

Starting with a sportsbike as your first might seem off-putting. Still, with technology and the manufacturers’ ability to make bikes as user-friendly as possible, it might just be the right entry for your motorcycling adventures. They are sleek with aerodynamic bodywork, top-spec suspension and braking setups, and ride with aggressive riding positions.

There are plenty of affordable bikes out there for every skill level matching the size of small wallets. These are our recommendations for young riders itching to feel the wind in the most stylish and flashy manner. And occasionally maybe want to drop a knee on a racetrack or zoom around your local canyon road.

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2019 - 2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

2019 - 2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

It has more power with a wider powerband

Kawasaki’s Ninja family has been a household name for over three decades now, and the factory aims to keep it that way with a couple of new-in-2019 models in the liter-bike range: the ZX-10R base model and its KRT variant. Toward that end, Kawi boosted power through a number of individual improvements in the engine. The engineers also added a few items that will certainly endear these siblings to the hearts of the race fans and wannabe knee-draggers out there and the electronics were upgraded with even more fandanglery on the menu.

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Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to buy under $10,000

Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to buy under $10,000

Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, these machines love slicing the wind to go as fast as possible

Massive engines, aerodynamic bodywork, top-spec suspension and braking setups, aggressive riding positions, these machines have got it all to attack everything running on the street and the track. These sportbikes enter with the best of electronic packaging and power to just be the fastest one out there. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

We here give you a list of machines in 2020 that do all that, without breaking your bank. For under $10,000, these machines will blaze the streets and sweep us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible.

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Happy New year folks :) The 20 most exciting motorcycles being served up for 2020

Happy New year folks :) The 20 most exciting motorcycles being served up for 2020

Our 20 picks for the most thrilling machines we can’t wait to ride in 2020

2020 is a new decade, a new year for all of us to leap and move forward fearlessly. To re-invent and to make room for things which really matters, things that will uplift you physically, mentally, and spiritually.

OR

Throw up your arms, wash off that alcohol stink, and go get yourself a new motorcycle. Works just the same.

Here’s our top twenty production motorcycles coming in 2020 that does all of that, and more.

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The fastest motorcycles currently in production

The fastest motorcycles currently in production

Reaching the three digit speeds in a jiffy is the new high

Motorcycle racing took shape the minute the second motorcycle was made. Then came the madness of being the fastest man or building the quickest machine on the planet gave a new sense of high and want. It is intoxication, indeed. Setting records for the whole world to know became a fascination, and people spent all the time and money into this pursuit of speed.

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines bred by factory engineers have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable way possible. Here is our list of top ten machines ready to be plucked off showroom floors and much miles as quick as possible:

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Kawasaki's baby Ninja ZX-25R is quite the screamer at 17,000 rpm -Take a listen

Kawasaki’s baby Ninja ZX-25R is quite the screamer at 17,000 rpm -Take a listen

The Only In-Line Four Engine in the 250cc Class developed with WSBK engineers

Bringing back the sweet-four in a 250cc motorcycle after two decades, Kawasaki’s all-new entry-level sportsbike will go against the likes of the Honda CBR 250RR and the Yamaha R25. The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R is touted to be the most prolific quarter-liter machine in the category with a top-spec equipment list, electronic aids, and a smothering power mill that has touted to be the highest-revving motorcycles on the market.

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Top 5 new Sports-Tourers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Sports-Tourers coming in 2020

Combining the performance of a sport bike with the long-distance capabilities

Call them bikes that perfectly fill the gap between thrilling sportsbike and the gigantic touring machines, sports-tourers are naturally long haul motorcycles with sportbike expectations built to get the best out of that long way home. Here is our list of 2020’s top five machines offering the same capabilities as touring bikes but without sacrificing any of the sporty performance.

They tend to be a bit lighter and corner well but aren’t the most comfortable. The riding position tends to be a bit more relaxed compared to sports machines, and there’s better wind protection, much better pillion comforts, transmission with lower gearing, and usually a whole quick-release pannier system designed.

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Top 5 new Sportbikes coming in 2020

Top 5 new Sportbikes coming in 2020

Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, the competition is hot as ever

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

Here are our top five picks of serious sports machines coming in 2020 with rider ergonomics favor function, and ones built to cut through the air as smoothly as possible with massive engines and fancy equipment list.

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Kawasaki opened up their quota of electric powertrain technology

Kawasaki opened up their quota of electric powertrain technology

The Green Team showcases the Ninjas’ with electric power, 4-speed gearbox and regenerative braking control

Kawasaki has finally spoken up. For a long time, the Japanese Green Team has been silent about their electric plans, despite being poked by the media a gazillion times. OK, for a moment of honesty here. The manufacturer had unveiled an electric Tron-ish concept bike - the Kawasaki J-Concept back in 2014, and again in 2018. A truly far-fetched idea, but nothing for the current bunch of masses. Now though, they is something cooking up.

Tethered to the elements of a Ninja 300 and a Ninja 650, Kawasaki showcased an electric powertrain concept at the recently concluded EICMA, 2019. While they released a video featuring the Ninja 300 EV pacing on the tracks, the Ninja 650 EV’s bones bolted with the electric powertrain was the attractive element at the Kawasaki stall during the unveiling of six new machines for the 2020 lineup.

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Bimota is back with a supercharged machine: Tesi H2. Courtesy Kawasaki

Bimota is back with a supercharged machine: Tesi H2. Courtesy Kawasaki

This technological spectacle will feature top spec kit including a swingarm with hub center steering, dual rear shocks and more

It had been over a couple of weeks that we’d learned about the Japanese Green Team’s acquisition of the celebrated Bimota brand from Swiss-Italian entrepreneurs Marco Chiancianesi and Daniele Longoni. But little did we know that this hostile effort would turn out to produce a no-holds-barred hyperbike powered by most powerful motorcycle engine in production in a jiffy, and we’ll get to see it in the flesh.

Imagine the thunderous H2’s 998cc supercharged mill harnessed in a Bimota Tesi chassis with the state-of-the-art electronic wizardry. That, my friend, is what the Bimota Tesi H2 is all about. It is the best of Japanese engineering and Italian architecture the modern world is going to witness and was unveiled at the recently concluded EICMA 2019. The universe is so kind.

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The most expensive motorcycles currently in production

The most expensive motorcycles currently in production

For those who seek life-bending experiences on two wheels

Let’s just say you’ve made it big out there in the world, bought a billion-dollar mansion somewhere along the coast or up in the mountains, and you have enough space to indulge with all sorts of gadgetry and machines.

But for that whiff of pure unadulterated freedom, you know you need one motorcycle that can truly make sense of all of that. An experience no other motorcycle could possibly give. Which one’s going to be your tool?

Here’s our way of spoiling you for choices. A list of those breathtaking machines on two wheels you could buy right now that are truly made for opulence, opportunities, and most vividly, to make a statement.

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Which are the Highest revving production motorcycles ever made?

Which are the Highest revving production motorcycles ever made?

Here’s our list of the top screamers rolling out of the production floors

Motorcycles engines are known for their high-revving nature. Since they are limited in size and slapping them with massive big-block motors like the ones you see on automotives is a non-option, they compensate for making that big power by revving higher than most cars out there. For most motorcycles, 8000 to 11000 rpm’s are a standard affair, and all current sports bikes rev happily at these ranges and push the redline a wee bit more too.

But you are not here for these, are you? Well, fret not. Top Speed has got you covered. Although emission laws make things like those an impossible dream today, the motorcycles we are featuring here will give you a glimpse of that very high revving creation of our pasts. And it all starts with the Big four’s from Japan. But of course!

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2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

It Caters Directly To The Fiery-Eyed Pegdraggers Out There

Kawasaki beefs up its street-legal racebike game for MY2019 with the improved Ninja ZX-10RR superbike. This hotly-contested sector caters directly to the fiery-eyed pegdraggers out there, and should be considered a continuation of the closed-circuit competition between the pros, just in a different venue. A new engine drives the windtunnel-tested chassis with a number of internal improvements along with a handful of suspension tweaks to handle all that extra power. Best of all, it comes with the necessary gear to make it street legal but can be quickly stripped for track days.

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2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE

2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE

A Mix of 10R and 10RR, It’s Aggressive Ninja DNA For The Peg-Draggers Among Us

Most of the major players have a street-legal racebike replica on the market for relatively ordinary Joes/Janes, and for Kawasaki, that distinction falls to the 2018 Ninja ZX-10R Special Edition. The SE borrows its plant from the Kawasaki Racing Team’s WSBK liter-bike race program along with top-shelf electronic rider aids that add safety and value. Plus, this model comes stock with Kawi’s Electronic Control Suspension system that delivers three separate modes, each with their own performance profile for quick switchups. Best of all, the Ninja ZX-10R SE is priced with us mere mortals in mind, having a sticker in the lower five-digit range instead of the six figures a few manufacturers demand for their equivalent machine.

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2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX / H2 SX SE

2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX / H2 SX SE

See Nothing But Blurred Scenery On Your Journey

Brand new in 2018, the Ninja H2 SX and H2 SX SE from Kawasaki present as a sort of hypersport-next-door with large-ish windshield and relaxed rider’s triangle that is part of the comfort-oriented features package. This new line adds a dose of “super” to the sport-touring genre with its supercharged four-banger that cranks out a generous 101 pounds o’ grunt with enough electronic fandanglery to help you tame the beast, or at least protect you from yourself somewhat. Commuter or ’really’ fast tourbike, the SX siblings cover a lot of everyday-riding ground for riders who are looking for more than run-of-the-mill performance.

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2019 - 2020 Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon

2019 - 2020 Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon

Now With More Of Everything That Made The Previous Generation A Hit

Kawasaki gave the Ninja H2 and H2 Carbon a fairly major update ahead of MY2019 that goes far beyond any kind of token trim package treatment. The “new” category is well populated with items as minor as a new model-specific emblem up through a brand-new powerplant and electronic augmentation. Oh yeah, the supercharger that made this supersport line famous reprises its role with an efficient new design ramping up compression while it minimizes heat generation. As a result, this new pair comes with more of everything that made the previous gen a hit.

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2019 Kawasaki Ninja 125

2019 Kawasaki Ninja 125

A Balance Of Limited Performance And Fun Ride

Indoctrination is best started young, and Kawasaki shows that it agrees with that assertion with its new-for-2019 Ninja 125 targeting the youngest riders within the tiered licensing system favored by much of the EU and UK. The A1 bracket’s restrictions are fairly severe, and it takes a special machine to balance the limited performance requirements against what it takes to make something actually fun to ride. Kawi’s littlest Ninja brings the right blend of small-bike power and big-bike handling to the table to fit that bill, so today I want to check out this exciting new ride and see how it stacks up against the competition from some of the other big four.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja 125.

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2017 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 650

2017 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 650

A Saucy Middleweight Contender

Coming off an update in MY2017, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 remains a very capable sportbike as we move into 2019. The Ninja is powered by a 649 cc, water-cooled engine with all the wizardry needed to earn it a place in the iconic Ninja lineup.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja 650.

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Top 10 Sports-Tourers of 2018

Top 10 Sports-Tourers of 2018

Combining the performance of a sport bike with the long-distance capabilities

Call them bikes that perfectly fill the gap between thrilling sportsbike and the gigantic touring machines, sports-tourers are simply long haul motorcycles with sportbike expectations built to get the best out of that long way home. Here is our list of 2018’s top ten machines offering the same capabilities as touring bikes but without sacrificing any of the sporty performance.

They tend to be a bit lighter and corner well but aren’t the most comfortable. The riding position tends to be a bit more relaxed compared to sports machines, there’s better wind protection, much better pillion comforts, transmission with lower gearing and usually a whole quick release pannier system designed in.

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Top 10 Sportsbike of 2018

Top 10 Sportsbike of 2018

Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, the competition is hot as ever

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

With the emphasis of a sport bike being on performance, there are certain design elements that most motorcycles of this type will share. Rider ergonomics favor function. Apart form the high performing engines, they are built to cut through the air as smoothly as possible. High tech and expensive materials are often used on sport bikes to reduce weight.

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS

A Mid-Displacement Supersport

The Ninja ZX-6R bolsters Kawasaki’s mid-range sportbike presence with much the same race-tastic tendencies as its larger-displacement siblings, just in a smaller package. It goes far beyond the looks; the factory stuffed a four-cylinder plant inside the windtunnel-tested body panels with a full electronics suite to help keep it all under control. However, this doesn’t necessarily make the “6R” suitable for beginners, but rather an appropriate first or second upgrade, or perhaps as a funbike for weekend warriors. Today I want to take an in-depth look at this Ninja and see how it fares against a comparable model from another of the Big Four.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.

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Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies

Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies

Final showcase to happen at the upcoming EICMA show

The Japanese Green Team have officially released images and introductory videos of their new babies of both their sports and naked categories, finally after a couple of years of speculation ever since the 2017 EICMA. It is the Ninja 125 and Z125 that will be revealed at the upcoming EICMA in Milan.

Although we already have the naked Z125 in our markets, it will be replaced with a newer, more advanced update along with its sportier Ninja sibling. While doing so, Kawasaki will finally have a product to cater to the basic A1 license that has so far limited them to the use of mopeds.

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2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

Feel the WSBK on the streets with Finger-follower valve train, titanium rods, lightweight wheels

With their bikes dominating the WSBK championships, we can see the direct impact of this on their street products. With the integration of technology and electronics from their motorsport experience, they have continuously pushed the limits for better handling and a thrilling ride experience along with ground-breaking technology catering to the rider’s needs.

For 2019, the ZX-10R series is receiving major updates to slay the competition. New developments in the engine architecture will take the power figures to 200 hp+ to all three models. The RR will be a limited edition affair with even more fineness inside that 998cc mill.

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Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup

Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup

To finally cater the A licence millennial riders

For 2019, the Japanese green team is bringing in smaller babies of both their sports and naked categories to our markets finally after a couple of years of speculation ever since the 2017 EICMA. It is the Ninja 125 and Z125 that will be revealed at the upcoming EICMA in Milan.

Although we already have the naked Z125 in our markets, it will be replaced with a newer, more advanced update along with its sportier Ninja sibling. While doing so, Kawasaki will finally have a product to cater to the basic A1 license that has so far limited them to the use of mopeds.

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Kawasaki adds more power to their 2019 ZX-10R superbikes

Kawasaki adds more power to their 2019 ZX-10R superbikes

Finger-follower valve train, titanium rods, lightweight wheels, self-healing paintjob

With their bikes dominating the WSBK championships, we can see the direct impact of this on their street products. With the integration of technology and electronics from their motorsport experience, they have continuously pushed the limits for better handling and a thrilling ride experience along with ground-breaking technology catering to the rider’s needs.

For 2019, the ZX-10R series is receiving major updates to slay the competition. New developments in the engine architecture will take the power figures to 200 hp+ to all three models. The SE will get self-healing paint while the RR will be a limited edition affair with even more fineness inside that 998cc mill.

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Kawasaki Team 38 set a new world record for the fastest Ninja H2

Kawasaki Team 38 set a new world record for the fastest Ninja H2

at 209 mph, the Bonneville Speed Week got its new P-PB 1000 class record holder

Kawasaki took its Team 38 racing team, and the modded Ninja H2 to a place where the automobile is king and speed is the one true god. A piece of land bordered by mountains, and crusted in fine white granules of salt - The Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway.

The team has set a new world record for being the fastest Ninja H2 with the official figure of 209 mph. The record run was a part of the Speed Week from August 11th to the 18th, 2018, the same time where speed junkies from all over the world will land on this 10 mile stretch in the pursuit of holding the title for the fastest man and machine.

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2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon

A massive 230 hp motor, new Stylema calipers, tires, instrumentation and more

When launched three years ago, the H2 was an elegant artwork of supreme violence making 207 hp, more power than any of the superbikes in competition then. Then came the rest of the chaps who caught on with the horsepower war, with the most recent Ducati V4 making 215 hp. But it looks like the Japanese Green team didn’t like losing this race yet.

So for 2019, they have bumped up their 998cc supercharged motor to produce a lathering 230 hp, and the non-street-legal H2R will be making a mind-boggling 300 hp at the crank! It will also come with a self-healing paintjob, new brake calipers, tires, TFT instrumentation and a new Bluetooth connectivity app.

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Kawasaki has upped the game with the 2019 Ninja H2 machines

Kawasaki has upped the game with the 2019 Ninja H2 machines

A massive 230 hp motor, new Stylema calipers, tires, instrumentation and more

When launched three years ago, the H2 was an elegant artwork of supreme violence making 207 hp, more power than any of the superbikes in competition then. Then came the rest of the chaps who caught on with the horsepower war, with the most recent Ducati V4 making 215 hp. But it looks like the Japanese Green team didn’t like losing this race yet.

So for 2019, they have bumped up their 998cc supercharged motor to produce a lathering 230 hp, and the non-street-legal H2R will be making a mind-boggling 300 hp at the crank! It will also come with a self-healing paintjob, new brake calipers, tires, TFT instrumentation and a new Bluetooth connectivity app.

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Kawasaki's Team 38 setting up stage to create a new speed record atop the H2

Kawasaki’s Team 38 setting up stage to create a new speed record atop the H2

From Japan to the Speed Week at Bonneville Salt Flats

Kawasaki is taking its Team 38 racing team, and the modded Ninja H2 to a place where the automobile is king and speed is the one true god. A piece of land bordered by mountains, and crusted in fine white granules of salt - The Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway.

The team is there to attempt and set a new world record in a category that has been undisclosed. The record run will be a part of the Speed Week from August 11th to the 18th, 2018, the same time where speed junkies from all over the world will land on this 10 mile stretch in the pursuit of holding the title for the fastest man and machine. Kawasaki has released a teaser video of the attempt this year at Bonneville.

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2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE

2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE

Kawasaki adds electronic suspension to its new member of the ZX-10R class

With their bikes dominating the WSBK championships, we can see the direct impact of this on Kawasaki’s street products. With the integration of technology and electronics from their motorsport experience, they have continuously pushed the limits for better handling and a thrilling ride experience along with ground-breaking technology catering to the rider’s needs.

One such addition is the semi-active suspension unit that the folks from Kawasaki have equipped their new 2018 ZX-10R variant. Suffixed as ’SE’, the bike sits right in the middle of the ’R’ and the ’RR’, and is ready to slay the competition as one of the one of the most user-friendly and equally precise-to-use supersport in the world.

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My Top Five Bike Picks For Women Who Don't Want A Cruiser

My Top Five Bike Picks For Women Who Don’t Want A Cruiser

Yeah, We’re Short, But We Like To Go Fast, Too

Is being a woman and wanting to ride a motorcycle a big deal nowadays? It isn’t as much a ’big deal’ now as it was a few decades ago. Our culture is more open to folks of the female gender doing anything and everything we want to do, but there is still a certain barrier when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Why? Because traditionally, bikes were designed with men in mind, at least 5’ 8” tall and with enough upper body strength to wrestle the weight and pick one up if it ended up on its side. Women were generally relegated to cruisers because we are typically shorter than men and cruisers have the low seat heights. That is changing as more manufacturers recognize that there is a whole customer base out here with money to spend. So what shall we spend our money on if we don’t want a plain ol’ cruiser?

Continue reading for my top 5 motorcycle picks that aren’t cruisers.

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2017 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

2017 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Ramped Up Tour-ability And Plenty Of Electronic Goodies

The Ninja 1000 ABS was on the receiving end of an extensive rework in 2017 and carries it over straight into the 2019 model year. The electronics suite is indeed sweet with Bosch’s Inertial Measurement Unit on board along with Kawasaki’s Cornering Management Function, Traction Control and ABS. Long-distance capabilities were upgraded as well with better ergos, a lower saddle and a larger zone of protection due to the revamped fairing and windshield design. The delightfulness continues into the instrumentation with a new LCD screen display in an equally-new instrument panel. All this comes bundled with the proven 1,043 cc, 81.7 pound-foot engine to propel the Ninja 1000 into what Kawi hopes is a hybrid sport-touring niche that is a bit sportier than its tour-tastic Concours line, and more tour-capable than its other straight-up sportbikes and supersports.

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2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

Ten of the 2018’s hottest bikes coming to change the way we ride

Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.

Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.

Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:

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Kawasaki's 2018 Ninja H2 SX can see better in the corners

Kawasaki’s 2018 Ninja H2 SX can see better in the corners

The ’world’s only’ supercharger tourer gets LED cornering lights

Every time I ride in the dark, be it in the city or the highways, I always wanted to see more ahead. Manufacturers have gone a great deal in headlight designing and have come a long way from halogen powered spots to the projector and the very recent LED powered multi-reflector beams.

State regulations also force manufacturers to maintain standards with illumination and light throw. Yet, there is always that ‘gray area’ in your light view you wished you did not have. Especially while tackling corners, where the edges of your light narrows as you lean.

Luckily manufacturers have a new trick up their sleeves to tackle this problem and Kawasaki shows it with their LED cornering lights on their brand-new Ninja H2 SX SE sport-tourer.

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More about the Kawasaki Ninja

The first model to carry the Ninja name was the 1984 Gpz900R. Developed in secret over a six-year period, it was the first stock street bike to exceed 150 mph. The Gpz900R included technical advances for the day including the world’s first 16-valve liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder motorcycle engine, allowing for more power, and a frame that used the engine as a stressed member for improved handling and reduced weight. It was a marvel in its day and set the stage for all Ninjas that followed.