Kawasaki’s baby Ninja ZX-25R is quite the screamer at 17,000 rpm -Take a listen
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.
Kawasaki opened up their quota of electric powertrain technology
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.
Bimota is back with a supercharged machine: Tesi H2. Courtesy Kawasaki
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.
After Yamaha, Kawasaki is high on three wheels
We saw Yamaha’s fancy new Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW) launched at the 45th Tokyo International Motor show last year. A stunning three-wheeled machine called the Niken which is based on the hugely popular MT-09 platform.
Crazy as it might sound, it looks like the Niken is slowly feeling the heat of the competition. And it is coming from none other than its green nemesis, Kawasaki with a new electric-powered concept.
Coming hot on the heels of Yamaha acquiring leaning front-end technology from the Norway-based Brudeli Tech Holding AS this week, Kawasaki has teased the J concept motorcycle/three-wheeler in all seriousness. And it comes with an “Attack mode.”
Kawasaki’s 2018 Ninja H2 SX can see better in the corners
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.
Innovative technology is prevalent in the world of motorcycles. Kawasaki has pioneered its fair share of technologies and it’s no surprise that one of the Japanese company’s new offerings, the Ergo-Fit Concept, is getting a lot of love and attention from media folks like us.
The Ergo-Fit Concept, which can be seen on Kawasaki’s newest cruiser, the Vulcan S, is a system that allows riders to have the seats of their Vulcan S bikes personally tailored to their specific body type. It sounds pretty simple when you take it on face value, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. A lot more.
For starters, availing the Ergo-Fit Concept involves more than just slapping a new seat like it’s some kind of bike kit. To get the concept fitted into the bike, riders will have to track down a participating Kawasaki dealership at the time of purchase. From there, Kawasaki engineers will get to work re-configurating the bike’s seating position, doing so by moving pegs, adjusting bars, and in some instances, replacing the seat altogether with a modified version that can move the rider closer to or further away from the handlebars. Not so simple now, is it?
The Ergo-Fit Concept is a unique feature of the Vulcan S, a cruiser that Kawasaki released specifically for the young and hip market who prefer their bikes to have equal doses of style, power, and new technology. The Vulcan S offers all three in buckets, none more obvious than the Ergo-Fit Concept.
Check out the video and watch Kawasaki properly explain why the Ergo-Fit Concept is a must-have for anybody who wants to tide the Vulcan S.
When buying a motorcycle, some riders look for speed and others for comfort, but the most challenging part for motorcycle makers was to build one machine that meets these two requests. There you have the incredible Honda Goldwing meeting the comfort standards of even the most demanding riders, but you still have to earn enough money to buy and maintain such a model. The guy who did this to his Kawasaki Ninja clearly doesn’t, but we certainly can’t blame him for that. This is just an original way to make sure he still has a vertebral spine in his 70s.
Who among you will do the same thing to their sports motorcycle?
The internet abounds with motorcycle riding guides, motorcycle riding tips as well as with advices for choosing the best motorcycle to start riding on, but some riders simply work with what they have and develop their own, more or less efficient, techniques for gaining those much needed skills.
Today, it’s all about maneuvering the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R at slow speed around the parking lot. Although it doesn’t sound dangerous (actually, it isn’t), most riders end up tipping their bikes over in the process so an innovative mind was needed. Apparently, the owner of this Kawi came with the oldest idea of them all – bolting on a pair of training wheels, which actually look genuine so I’m not asking where those came off from.
By looking at the rear tire, I can only be amazed by the fact that someone is actually riding that thing as such.
Nowadays, art is widely interpreted and motorcycles have been singing ever since a motor was mounted on a bicycle frame, but from there to this is a very long way.
The creator of the Guitar Motorcycle is called Ray Nelson and the pictures were taken at a car parade (strange, I know), but that’s really all we could find about the intriguing looking thing. From what we can see, it looks like a Kawasaki 750 LTD from the 1980s, but does it go or is it just for expositions? Most likely it runs smoothly and goes like a devil although I’m not sure about the riding position. A dragster is definitely more comfortable than that!
The headlight, mirrors, taillight and signal light are all indicating that this unique creation is street legal (it even has a number plate on so it makes it clear) even though I’ve got a feel it only travels in that trolley.
So the next time you crash your bike, don’t bother to look for every single piece of the cracked fairing, but for a good carpenter.
Did anybody believe that only big, bulky, American cruisers can host V-Twin engines? Well, if you did (which is something that I can easily understand), it is time to change your opinion.
The Kawasaki Z 1300 in the image is being powered by a relatively small V-Twin engine displacing 2600 cc’s. Count the exhaust pipes if you don’t believe me. But doesn’t the engine capacity seem a little too small for this number of cylinders? On a car, yes, but on motorcycles, this is perfection itself as there is a lot of power without the implicit vibrations that would come together with a smaller number of cylinders and the same displacement.
Of course that you don’t need this, I agree with you, but what creator Allen Millyard wants to prove is that everything can find its place on anything. I don’t know how the rider will do that as the gas tank stretches half the bike’s body length and the handlebar raisers fake the problem’s solving.
The most adequate alternative to a full-face helmet is, strangely, not an open face one, but a protective shield added to your motorcycle’s fairing.
Invented by David Fermil, the ingenious accessory bolts perfectly on to the fairing with the nuts and bolts that are already on the bike from when it got out the production line.
The advantages of such an addition to your sport bike’s aerodynamic functions are practically infinite as you no longer have to lurk under the small windscreen and (...)