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2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400
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  • Kawasaki Ninja 400
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    Parallel-Twin
  • Displacement:
    399 cc
  • Price:
    4999
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The New Big Small-Displacement Ninja

Kawasaki takes the next step in the struggle to find that perfect balance between displacement, performance and affordability with the new-for-2018 Ninja 400. This all-new ride delivers the aggressive styling that one expects 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 Millennial buyer base. It appears that the Ninja 300 is going by the wayside as the factory tries to unload the 2017 300s with a discounted price tag, so it’s probably safe to say the 400 is the replacement ride; at least in the U.S. market. After a race to the bottom, it looks like Kawi has decided the sweet spot lies somewhere uphill for American riders.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja 400.

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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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2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400

The New Big Small-Displacement Ninja

Kawasaki takes the next step in the struggle to find that perfect balance between displacement, performance and affordability with the new-for-2018 Ninja 400. This all-new ride delivers the aggressive styling that one expects 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 Millennial buyer base. It appears that the Ninja 300 is going by the wayside as the factory tries to unload the 2017 300s with a discounted price tag, so it’s probably safe to say the 400 is the replacement ride; at least in the U.S. market. After a race to the bottom, it looks like Kawi has decided the sweet spot lies somewhere uphill for American riders.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja 400.

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2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX / H2 SX SE

2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX / H2 SX SE

See Nothing But Blurred Scenery On Your Journey

Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 made a splash when it hit the market last year, and if you missed the window-of-opportunity to score one of the first-run models — or perhaps it was priced a tad out of your range — then I have some good news for you. Introducing the Ninja H2 SX and H2 SX “Special Edition.” Brand new for 2018, the H2 SX line presents itself as a sort of hypersport-next-door with large-ish windshield and relaxed rider’s triangle as 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. Is it too much? Let’s dig in and find out.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki H2 SX and H2 SX SE.

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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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Kawasaki's top dogs are US bound

Kawasaki’s top dogs are US bound

The Ninja ZX-10R SE, the H2 SX and the Z900RS

The 2017 EICMA gave us a glimpse of what we can expect on our roads the next decade, and it sure looks exciting. Crazy looking concepts and technologically advanced machines filled the floor spaces in Milan, and the Japanese makers stole the show with Yamaha’s three-wheeled Niken and Honda’s tech-powerhouse, the Gold Wing traveler.

Kawasaki was not far behind. The Green Team put up a spectacular show with their gut-wrenching supercharged sports-tourer, the H2 SX, a fancy new superbike with a semi-active electronic suspension, the ZX-10R SE and the retro-classic Z900 RS.

Luckily for us, Kawasaki has decided that we deserve to drive them on our roads and are bringing all of them to the North American showroom floors.

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

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

I mean, how serious are the Japanese Green Team really?

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.

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.

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After the mighty Ninja H2 and H2R, Kawasaki brings in the 207 hp H2 SX to the table

After the mighty Ninja H2 and H2R, Kawasaki brings in the 207 hp H2 SX to the table

The Japanese Green outfit’s third supercharged monster. And its a touring motorcycle

While we were still drooling over the radical H2 and H2R that can put any super sports to shame, Kawasaki decided to expand the overcharged family and give the same gut-wrenching soul to a biblical tourer.

Called as the ninja H2 SX, it was co-developed by Kawasaki’s motorcycle and aerospace division. This ‘world’s only’ supercharged hyper sport touring motorcycle will have the ultimate blend of power, performance, refinement, comfort and fuel efficiency.

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Kawasaki unveils the brand new 2018 Ninja 400.

Kawasaki unveils the brand new 2018 Ninja 400.

It is here to replace the Ninja 300 as the entry-level fully-faired sportsbike from the Japanese Green Team.

The Ninja 400 is not a badge you’ll see for the first time on a Kawasaki machine. The Japanese used to make the ‘Ninja 400R’ in 2011 for Asian, Canada and New Zealand markets. But was culled from the showroom floors within a couple of years of its launch.

The news of the new 2018 Ninja 400 has been doing the rounds on the internet ever since a Milwaukee television news broadcast gave us a glimpse of the 399 cc green machines while they were parked on the streets for a commercial shoot. Then, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) documents published indicated that the motorcycle would be coming to US shores soon.

All of this gave us the kicks, and it was only time before it was confirmed. Well, it’s now officially arrived as expected.

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Kawasaki Ninja 400 is US bound for 2018.

Kawasaki Ninja 400 is US bound for 2018.

Will it replace the Ninja 300 as the new entry-level sportsbike or just be another addition in the lineup?

Back in July, a Milwaukee television news broadcast had managed to give us a glimpse of the 399 cc green machines while they were parked on the streets for a commercial shoot. The footage gave us the kicks for the number plate clearly showed "Ninja 400" on it, and it was only time before it was confirmed.

Looks like it has now arrived. Spotted by friends at motorcycle.com, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) documents published indicate that the 399cc Kawasaki motorcycle will be coming to US shores amidst the existing Ninja 300 and the 650.

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2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650

2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 650

A Saucy Middleweight Contender

The Kawasaki Ninja is one of the most recognized models in the world, right up there with the likes of Honda’s CBR and Suzuki’s GSX-R families. The 2018 650 models can trace their roots back to the original 650R that rolled out 12 years ago. In order to stay competitive in this market; there necessarily have been a number of changes through the years, and the ’17 models benefited from a number of updates and revisions. The ’17 MY lineup saw the new-and-improved Ninja 650 in both the ABS and non-ABS versions as well as the black and green, Kawasaki Racing Team livery. A very capable sportbike, the Ninja is powered by a 649 cc, water-cooled engine and 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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The Japanese Green outfit's third supercharged monster is coming.

The Japanese Green outfit’s third supercharged monster is coming.

After the H2 and the H2R, a touring motorcycle with 200 bhp is ready to pounce.

While we were still drooling over the radical H2 and H2R that can put any super sports to shame, Kawasaki decided to expand the overcharged family and give the same gut-wrenching soul to a biblical tourer.

Co-developed by Kawasaki’s motorcycle and aerospace division, this ‘world’s only’ supercharged hyper sport touring motorcycle, touted to be called as the ’Ninja H2 SX, will have the ultimate blend of power, performance, refinement, comfort and fuel efficiency.

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2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Ramped Up Tour-ability And Plenty Of Electronic Goodies

I’m not sure exactly at what point we can call a bike a “new model,” but I suppose if it has the same frame and engine as the previous year then it isn’t really ’new’-new. Such is the case with the Ninja 1000 ABS that saw an extensive rework in 2017 and carries over straight into the 2018 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 got a boost 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.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja 1000.

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Watch what happens when the engine of a Kawasaki Ninja explodes at 300 kph.

Watch what happens when the engine of a Kawasaki Ninja explodes at 300 kph.

And it was a modified Ninja running at 300 hp and 24 psi

When factories make machines, they do so with extreme accuracy and precision. With a good amount of tolerance levels, their machines are made to last quite long. And if the supercharged Ninja H2 is what we talking about, it is the most technologically advanced machine to come out of the famed Japanese green outfit that created a new benchmark in the industry both in terms of construction and packaging.

When you take that 207 bhp monster and pump it all the way upto 300, you cannot expect even the best of Japanese engineering from saving your arse. That is exactly what happened to one unlucky Ninja H2 which ended up with an exploded crankcase when the bike was running at a whopping 300 kph in a motorsport event.

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

The most serious sports tourer on the face of this planet, or any other planet for that matter.

Kawasaki seems to have mastered the dark arts of slaying the competition in everything they put their hands in. Especially the way all their Ninjas’ are up on the throats of every other faired motorcycle in their classes. Having diversified their skill sets in recent years, the fearsome Ninja brand got an upgrade on each of its models, with the latest one being this 2017 Ninja 1000. Basically, the sports bike which can hold a couple of bags on it and is a tad bit comfortable for longer stints.

The 2017 edition promises to be sportier and more eager to roar than the outgoing one to give you a competitive edge on those interstate highways and the streets. Like having the best of both worlds, this new bike takes on the pedigrees of the ZX-10R and the Concours brothers and puts them in a sought after package that leaves you with nothing to complain about. Here is our take on this new Green Machine:

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

Feel the WSBK on the streets

Towards the end of 2015, Kawasaki surprised everyone with the much-awaited upgrade to its litre class supersport, the Ninja ZX-10R. The motorcycle, which has always remained as one of the one of the most user-friendly and equally precise-to-use supersport in the world, received a thorough upgrade in each aspect, be its design, performance, mechanicals and set of electronics.

Within a year of its official launch, Kawasaki has mildly updated the motorcycle by giving in a few more equipment and mild changes to its powertrain. But instead of launching it as the ‘all new Ninja ZX-10R’, Kawasaki is terming this new version of the motorcycle as an additional variant of the same. Say hello to the new limited edition Ninja ZX-10RR then.

It promises to be sportier and more eager to roar than the standard ZX-10R with the Japanese Green team giving it WSBK hardware and software and has dropped all unwanted stuff to give you a competitive edge on the track and the streets. Here’s a quick look at what all changes do the new Ninja ZX-10RR is adorned with, over the standard ZX-10R:-

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2015 - 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300

2015 - 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300

Launched in 2012 for the 2013 model year, the Ninja 300, displaced the old Ninja 250 with a few more cubes. This sport-bike looking ride offers the market a lightweight, easy to handle option with a 296 cc engine, a six-speed transmission and just enough alphabet-soup tech acronyms to be modern without whacking the price. As far as being a starter bike, yeah, you can call it that. It’s also for folks that want a sport-bike look in a commuter bike or just to have a bike with a smaller engine size so it doesn’t smack your wallet on insurance premiums. It’s smooth, it’s flickable and I might even call it a sport-bike trainer. As a starter or a trainer, you’ll outgrow it; but for a lightweight, fun bike, this could be your huckleberry.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja 300.

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2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS / ZX-10R ABS KRT Edition

2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS / ZX-10R ABS KRT Edition

When it comes to sportbikes, and there are plenty to choose from, it’s one thing to build a racey-looking bike, but something else entirely to mass produce a bike that truly would be as comfortable on the track as it is on the street.

The Kawasaki Ninja has a long and illustrious racing history, and the ZX-10R carried Kawi to podium finishes over the years, and championship status in both the ’15 Rider’s Championship and the Manufacturer’s Championship, so it’s natural that Kawi would tap it to carry its race technology to the streets.

Enter the new-for-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10R KRT Edition. Kawi blessed this bike with all the race-proven, superbike technology that propelled the Kawasaki Racing Team to its position as the dominant racing superpower within the aforementioned brackets. Usually I get to study bikes that do little more than pay lip service to the hardcore race enthusiasts, but this time, I’m faced with the Real McCoy, and I can’t wait to delve in and see what Kawi put together for us this year.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS and ZX-10R ABS KRT Edition.

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300 30th Anniversary Edition

2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300 30th Anniversary Edition

Overview
30 Years at the top
For thirty years we’ve created ultimate Supersport machines equally capable on road and track. Always our mission has been singular – to be at the top.
With World Endurance, WSBK and WSS Championship wins, the Ninja’s define the Supersport category for racers and road riders alike. Now, to celebrate three decades of success, we announce three Anniversary Ninja models.
Ninja - top choice for thirty years. Kawasaki Ninja 300 30th Anniversary Edition Video2015 (...)

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Overview
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.
The bike needed to deliver intense acceleration and ultra-high top speed, coupled with supersport-level (...)

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance

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?

Continue reading for my review of the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance.

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Kawasaki Ninja H2R Getting Recalled In Australia, No Word Yet On US Market

Kawasaki Ninja H2R Getting Recalled In Australia, No Word Yet On US Market

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.

Continue reading to read more about the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s recall of the Kawasaki Ninja H2R.

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Video: Kawasaki Ninja H2R Flexes Its Muscles At The Isle Of Man TT

Video: Kawasaki Ninja H2R Flexes Its Muscles At The Isle Of Man TT

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.

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Video: Jay Leno Rubs Elbows With The Old And New Kawasaki H2 Bikes

Video: Jay Leno Rubs Elbows With The Old And New Kawasaki H2 Bikes

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.

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Kawasaki Ninja H2R To Make Parade Lap At Isle Of Man TT

Kawasaki Ninja H2R To Make Parade Lap At Isle Of Man TT

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.

Continue reading to read more about the Kawasaki Ninja H2R’s parade lap at the Isle of Man TT.

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Video: Super Street Magazine Pits Kawasaki Ninja H2R Against Trio Of Supercars

Video: Super Street Magazine Pits Kawasaki Ninja H2R Against Trio Of Supercars

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.

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Kawasaki Launches New Limited Edition Ninja 400 For The Japanese Market

Kawasaki Launches New Limited Edition Ninja 400 For The Japanese Market

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.

Continue reading to read more about Kawasaki’s newest limited edition version for the Ninja 400.

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Video: Michelin Launches We "Are All Racers" Web Series

Video: Michelin Launches We "Are All Racers" Web Series

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.

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Performance

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Performance

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.

Continue reading for more information on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Performance.

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Kawasaki Announces Second Round Of Orders For Ninja H2

Kawasaki Announces Second Round Of Orders For Ninja H2

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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Kawasaki Ninja H2 Arrives In US Dealerships

Kawasaki Ninja H2 Arrives In US Dealerships

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 Donates Ninja ZX-6R To The American Indian College Fund

Kawasaki Donates Ninja ZX-6R To The American Indian College Fund

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 Trademarks "Ninja R2" Name

Kawasaki Trademarks "Ninja R2" Name

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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Video: Man Performs Jump Over Two Superbikes

Video: Man Performs Jump Over Two Superbikes

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.

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Video: Rider Crashes Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Due to Absent-Mindedness

Video: Rider Crashes Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Due to Absent-Mindedness

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.

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Video: Kawasaki Ninja H2R is Built Beyond Belief

Video: Kawasaki Ninja H2R is Built Beyond Belief

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.

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2

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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Kawasaki's new Ninja H2 teased

Kawasaki’s new Ninja H2 teased

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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2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Performance

2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Performance

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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300 km/h Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R left behind by an Audi RS6

300 km/h Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R left behind by an Audi RS6

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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2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE

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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2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

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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2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

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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2014 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

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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2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300

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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2014 Kawasaki Ninja 650

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 650

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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2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

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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Hotbodies designed a new Fender Eliminator kit for the Kawasaki Ninja

Hotbodies designed a new Fender Eliminator kit for the Kawasaki Ninja

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.

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2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

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.

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2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Performance

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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2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS

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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2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS

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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2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS

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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2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 250R

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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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS

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.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000.

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