Attractive new promotions available with Kawasaki this January!

For bikers looking to kick-start the New Year with a new machine, Kawasaki UK is excited to announce a raft of attractive promotions across a range of 2023 models. Available from Authorised Kawasaki dealers from today, the offers include a wide choice of bike, from entry-level options such as the Ninja 125cc through to the supercharged Ninja H2 SX.    

 

These fantastic new promotions are designed to help riders of all abilities discover a brand new Kawasaki for 2024, with all 2023 model year machines 650cc and under now available with a competitive 4.9% HP and 5.9% PCP rate when purchased through an Authorised Kawasaki dealer via Kawasaki K-Options finance.

 

For motorcyclists looking for a bigger capacity option, the popular Boost Up promotion is remaining with customers able to get £1,000 contribution towards the purchase price of the Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja 1000SX, and now also the Versys 1000 family, when purchased through K-Options Finance at 9.9% PCP.  New for this year is the Supercharged Boost, which will give riders a huge £3,000 contribution when purchasing the 2023 Ninja H2 SX or Z H2 (including the SE variants).

 

These offers are available from all Authorised Kawasaki dealers from now until March 31st.

 

Craig Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kawasaki Motors UK:

We are entering the new year with a fantastic line up for pretty much every style of riding and with the host of enticing offers from boost up support to great rates of K-Options Finance, now is the time to get down to your local dealer and pick up your new Kawasaki!

2023 Versys 650 Tourer

2023 Versys 650 Tourer

£8,929.00

2023 Ninja ZX-10R Performance

2023 Ninja ZX-10R Performance

£18,499.00

2023 Z900 SE Performance

2023 Z900 SE Performance

£12,179.00

2023 Z900 Performance

2023 Z900 Performance

£10,649.00

2023 Versys 1000 SE

2023 Versys 1000 SE

£15,569.00

2023 Versys 1000 S

2023 Versys 1000 S

£13,579.00

2023 Versys 1000

2023 Versys 1000

£10,879.00

2023 Versys 650

2023 Versys 650

£8,129.00

2023 Z H2 SE

2023 Z H2 SE

£19,799.00

2023 Z H2

2023 Z H2

£17,299.00

2023 Vulcan S Tourer

2023 Vulcan S Tourer

£8,529.00

2023 Vulcan S Performance

2023 Vulcan S Performance

£7,979.00

2023 Ninja 650

2023 Ninja 650

£7,389.00

2023 Z650

2023 Z650

£7,139.00

2023 Ninja ZX-10RR

2023 Ninja ZX-10RR

£25,429.00

2023 Ninja ZX-10R

2023 Ninja ZX-10R

£17,499.00

2023 Z400 Performance

2023 Z400 Performance

£6,399.00

2023 Ninja 400 Performance

2023 Ninja 400 Performance

£6,749.00

2023 Z900 SE

2023 Z900 SE

£11,229.00

2023 Z900

2023 Z900

£9,699.00

2023 Z650RS

2023 Z650RS

£7,689.00

2023 Ninja 1000SX

2023 Ninja 1000SX

£12,349.00

2023 Vulcan S

2023 Vulcan S

£7,229.00

2023 Ninja 400

2023 Ninja 400

£6,099.00

2023 Z400

2023 Z400

£5,799.00

Kawasaki UK unveil three special colourways for the 2024 Ninja ZX-10RR

Voted for by fans, the three stunning machines were revealed live on the Kawasaki stand at Motorcycle Live today and are available to order from dealers now.

With 2024 marking the 40th anniversary of the Ninja brand, Kawasaki UK worked with Kar Lee Design to create a range of liveries for the ZX-10RR inspired by retro colourways from the last four decades. Kawasaki’s social media followers voted for their favourite, with UK specialist SprayBay then turning the three most popular ones into reality before their appearance on the Kawasaki UK Motorcycle Live stand. 

There are just 40 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RRs available, each with anniversary plates set into the top yokes bearing the special moniker of 1 of only 40 and the anniversary logo.  Customers will be able to choose their favourite from the three designs. 

In addition to the unique colourways, each bike will be a Performance Edition, featuring an Akrapovic muffler, pillion seat cover, smoked windshield and tank pad. Customers will also receive a paddock stand, a special bike cover, and a Ninja 40th anniversary keyring. 

The anniversary ZX-10RR will cost £26,599 and is available to order from dealers now.  

Craig Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kawasaki Motors UK

“The retro theme has become very popular over the past couple of years, and we thought it would be great to further celebrate 40 years of Ninja with these special liveries commemorating the designs of historic Ninjas from the 90s. We are sure they are going to be very popular, so it’s key that you speak to your local Kawasaki dealer as soon as possible!”

Kawasaki adds original Ninja colourways to 2024 model line

Having already unveiled several 40th anniversary Ninja models for the 2024 range in the racetrack influenced ZXR livery of blue, white and green, Kawasaki has now gone full throttle with the announcement of two further celebration models – but with a twist. 

Reimagining the famous 1985 Ninja 900 colours for a today’s riding generation, the new season line will now include 40th Anniversary Editions of the Ninja 1000SX and Ninja 650, resplendent in black, silver and red livery redolent of early USA market Ninja models retailed in Europe under the GPz brand name.

The unmistakable two-tone Firecracker Red and Ebony colours are inspired by the 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R with the colour of the silver line separating the red and ebony panels carefully selected to match the brightness of the original.

Additionally, on top of the fuel tank, a 40th anniversary emblem sit proudly. Designed in a style similar to a championship sticker and reminiscent of the 1980s racing scene, the outline of the “Ninja” logo was reproduced using the original designs while the “Liquid-Cooled” logo used elsewhere symbolises the transition from air-cooled to liquid-cooled engines in the late 80s.Attention to detail abounds with the eye-catching addition of silver-coloured wheel rim tape representing the texture of the machined wheels of the 1980s.

Predicted to be a highly popular and collectable iteration of the Ninja family, all 40th Edition models will be available in showrooms alongside a vibrant range of standard colourways for the 2024 season.

Making the future a feature of today, Kawasaki hopes that a new generation of riders will enjoy and celebrate four decades of Ninja in the nest way possible; on the open road at the controls of an iconic sports machine. 

Kawasaki adds spice to the 500cc class in 2024

Since the legendary Mach III of 1969, the model name “Kawasaki 500” has energised and excited riders globally. For 2024, Kawasaki is set to unleash both a Ninja 500 and Z500 to join the battle for sales in the hard-fought mid-capacity sector.

The aggressively styled Z500 is powered by a new twin-cylinder, water-cooled engine equipped with an Assist and Slipper clutch. The responsive power unit is housed in a lightweight trellis type chassis delivering reassuring handling and easy reach to the ground for A2 licence holders. More experienced riders will be keen to take advantage of the lithe cornering and instant urge during sporting weekend rides.

Equipped with a LCD meter, the 2024 Z500 will also be available as a Special Edition model with its own unique livery plus the addition of an under-cowl, a colour TFT meter providing the ability to access information via the latest version of the Kawasaki Rideology App on the rider’s Smartphone and USB-C outlet.

According to the market where it is sold, the SE version might also include smoke style instrument panel cover, radiator screen, crash sliders, pillion seat cover, tank pad plus knee grip pads. In terms of genuine accessories, the Z500 owner enjoys a plethora of choice including large windshield (in clear or smoke), an ERGO-FIT high seat (+30 mm), tank bag and wheel rim tape.

Enjoying the same core trellis type chassis and invigorating twin-cylinder, water-cooled engine as the Z, the 2024 Kawasaki range also features a new Ninja 500. Presented in the new more aggressive Ninja family look with angular upper cowl and a comprehensive performance styling package, the Ninja 500 meets European A2 licence regulations widening its appeal across experienced riders with a desire for a narrow chassis and easy reach to the ground plus reassuring low speed manoeuvrability matched to genuine sporting performance.

Boasting the possibility to increase the seat height by 30mm via the fitment of an ERGO-FIT high seat, the range of other genuine accessories is comprehensive allowing riders to create a truly personalised mount. And for those that want to start their Ninja 500 ownership experience with an increased specification straight out of the box, the Ninja 500 Special Edition is a bike made for them. Equipped with its own unique colour graphic treatment, the SE includes KIPASS keyless ignition as standard plus a TFT meter and USB-C outlet. Like the Z500 SE, it may also feature a variety of other parts in its specification according to market including, radiator screen or pillion seat cover among other items. In the 500 class, 2024 is the right time to make a statement!   

Colours for the 2024 Z500 models are:

Z500

Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray

Z500 SE
Candy Persimmon Red/Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray
Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray 

Colours for the 2024 Ninja 500 models are:

Ninja 500

Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Raw Graystone 

Ninja 500 SE
Lime Green/Ebony
Metallic Matte Dark Gray/Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Moondust Gray

Kawasaki doubles its Hybrid offer with new Z model

Hot on the heels of the Barcelona media launch of its globally unique Ninja 7 Hybrid, Kawasaki has now doubled its presence in this exclusive market with the announcement of the Z 7 Hybrid.

Harnessing the same innovative, unique* and groundbreaking technology as its fully faired sibling, the 2024 Z7 Hybrid is a naked style bike – or should that be bikes? as it is effectively three machines in one thanks to electric power allied to hybrid and internal combustion technologies.

With two power sources, a 43.5kw max power 451cc water-cooled four-stroke twin cylinder internal combustion engine and a 9kw maximum rated electric traction motor, the latest (and most technically advanced) – Z is ready for what the city, the suburbs and countryside can challenge it with … plus come back for more!

Calling out its strong hybrid** credentials, the Z7 Hybrid can operate in three ways. As a full EV with automatic transmission, the machine is suitable for zero emission zones and can operate for up to 12kms on electric only before the internal combustion engine seamlessly provides battery charge – remember this is a true Hybrid so the machine recharges itself.

In Eco-Hybrid mode, the electric motor works in harmony with the internal combustion engine providing a “best of both worlds” solution offering the choice of either six speed automatic transmission or manual gear selection via “up and down” paddles on the left handlebar – which, naturally, features no clutch lever. A “walk mode” is also a feature for ease of manoeuvring and parking plus selectable auto engine stop at standstill reflecting current automotive thinking. 

Finally, sports mode unleashes the full performance potential of both the electric and gasoline motors with the addition of an “E-Boost” function (via a paddle switch on the right handlebar) that effectively harnesses all the potential power available in a short five second burst for litre class acceleration from a standing start or truly impressive thrust while riding. Matched to a potential for fuel economy in the 250cc class category, the Z7 Hybrid truly represents the best of both worlds and looks set to change the game.

Relying on the same trellis type chassis layout and running gear as the Ninja 7 Hybrid, the ‘Sugomi’ styled Z7 Hybrid opens up a new world in the naked class sector while doubling the Strong Hybrid offer from Kawasaki in the market from one to two machines. Expected to be on sale during the Spring of 2024, the Z 7 Hybrid moves Kawasaki firmly to centre stage in the constantly evolving universe of powered-two-wheeler technology.

Colours Z 7 Hybrid:
Metallic Bright Silver/Metallic Matte Lime Green/Ebony

Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Ebony/Metallic Graphite Gray

*1 Mass production models (excluding scooters) from a major power sports manufacturer as of October 6, 2023, per Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. research. **2 Strong hybrid systems combine an internal combustion engine (ICE) with an electric motor for powerful riding, and because of their large battery capacity they are able to run on electricity alone.

Kawasaki unveil Ninja 40th Anniversary models for 2024 range

Over the last 40 years, Ninja motorcycles have captured the hearts of Sportsbike enthusiasts around the world. Never straying from what made Ninja famous from the start, the development of the iconic brand has always been at the forefront of technology, making Ninja not just a recognisable name but, for many riders, a way of life.

Now – for the 2024 model year – Kawasaki is releasing a “family group” of Ninja 40th Anniversary models as part of a celebration of four decades of performance and innovation. Set to be seen “in the flesh” for the first time at the prestigious EICMA show in Milan and now unveiled online, the trio of machines comprises the Ninja ZX-10R, base machine for multiple WorldSBK titles, the highly regarded mid-weight 636cc Supersport Ninja ZX-6R and the already highly praised and equally high revving Ninja ZX-4RR.

Each machine will be available in a version of the evocative early 1990’s Kawasaki World Endurance livery of green, blue and white with the bold, unapologetic Kawasaki logo dominating the lower cowl; just like the three-time championship winning machines of the period. Adopted for the 1989 ZXR series of machines, the distinctive livery dials into the fashion for all things retro while also looking fresh and contemporary. Like the Ninja itself – it’s a win/win combination.

Boasting a 40th Anniversary logo on their fuel tanks, each machine has had its livery carefully adjusted to suit the bodywork while the bold Kawasaki logo was taken from original drawings and even the displacement figures on the rear bodywork are evocative of the period. Adding lime green wheels and silver painted parts (including frame parts) illustrates the attention to detail lavished on these machines by stylists at the Kawasaki factory in Japan.

Available alongside the already announced colourways for the 2024 season, the 40th Anniversary models will play a significant role in a global digital celebration of a Sportsbike brand that is universally recognised and respected. 

The bikes will begin to arrive in dealers from January 2024. The Ninja ZX-4RR will cost £8,899, the Ninja ZX-6R £10,849, and the Ninja ZX-10R £17,749.

That’s a wrap on BSB ’23!

The 2023 Bennetts British Superbike Championship came to a close over the weekend, and it was a great year for our Team Green family! 

In the blue-riband class, the FS-3 Racing team had one of their strongest seasons to date, with Lee Jackson taking five podiums over the year to finish a hard-fought fourth place in the Championship standings. Despite it being his maiden season in the Superbike class, teammate Max Cook impressed everyone to finish 15th overall and secure the R&G Rising Stars award as the top rookie.
 
2023 also proved to be a breakthrough year for GR Motosport Superbike rider Storm Stacey, who had his best-ever season, which included his first front row start, highest points tally, and finishing top independent Kawasaki team. Rookie riders Bradley Perie, Jack Scott and Lous Valleley also enjoyed a strong end to the season as they continued to get to grips with the Ninja ZX-10RR.
 
In the British Supersport class, Gearlink Kawasaki rider Tom Booth-Amos had a brilliant season, taking more race wins than any other rider on his way to second overall in the series. Luke Stapleford also had a strong season, taking a pair of wins alongside a further eight podiums.
 
More Ninja ZX-6R success came in the National Junior Superstock Championship, where Cameron Dawson and Asher Durham finished second and third in the series, taking two wins and nine podiums between them.
 
The Ninja 400 was the machine of choice in the British Junior Supersport class, with the top 16 riders in the Championship opting for Kawasaki power. The title came down to the final round, but it was Finn Smart-Weeden who was eventually crowned Champion ahead of Lewis Jones and Lennon Docherty.
 
While the season might have only ended a few days ago, 2024 has already begun as FS-3 Racing’s new signing, Jason O’Halloran, got his first laps of the ZX-10RR Superbike earlier this week. You will be able to meet Jason and Max Cook next month on the Kawasaki stand at Motorcycle Live.

Completely Motorbikes announced as new title sponsor of FS-3 Racing Kawasaki

Popular Kawasaki UK dealer Completely Motorbikes has signed a deal to become the title sponsor of FS-3 Racing, the official Kawasaki Superbike team in the British Superbike Championship. The partnership kicks off this weekend at the final round of this year’s championship with the Completely Motorbikes logo appearing on one of the team’s superbikes on the Completely Motorbikes stand at Brands Hatch at an unveiling event on Thursday afternoon and then out on the track. The new logo will also be prominent in the team’s pitlane garage over the weekend.

Fresh from announcing its 2024 line-up of Jason O’Halloran and Max Cook, the FS-3 Racing team is excited to confirm that Completely Motorbikes is joining the team as its title sponsor for the 2024 season and beyond. The motorcycle dealership has Kawasaki branches in Worcester, Gloucester and Yeovil and is no stranger to the Bennetts British Superbike paddock, already sponsoring teams throughout the series.

The new partnership was announced today on the Completely Motorbikes stand at Brands Hatch ahead of the final round of the 2023 BSB season, with the FS-3 Racing’s superbikes carrying the Completely Motorbike logo on the side of the Ninja ZX-10RR’s and in the team’s pitlane garage.

Nigel Snook, FS-3 Racing Team Owner:
‘’We are delighted to welcome Rob and James Ayland to the team. The Completely Motorbikes logo is already a familiar sight in the British Superbikes paddock and on the track. Their ambitions are a perfect match with ours and we are excited that they have chosen to team up with FS-3 Racing and Kawasaki as they move up to support a front running two-rider superbike entry. Working with Rob and James will provide a wide range of opportunities for their customers to get closer to the action and for the team to be directly involved in helping promote bike sales across the country’’.

Rob Ayland, Completely Motoring Group Managing Director:

“We have been proud to sponsor the Bennetts British Superbike series since 2020, moving onto 2024 when we also become official sponsors of the “Completely Motorbikes Kawasaki’’ team. To hopefully see Jason and Max fighting for the championship in 2024 on the official FS-3 Racing Kawasaki is a culmination of four years of successful involvement with many riders, and at all levels of BSB. The “Team Green” headline sponsorship has all of the Completely Motorbikes group very excited and we cannot wait for 2024 season to commence!”

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:
“It is fantastic that FS-3 Racing now has a completed line up with Jason O'Halloran and Max Cook and a new title partner confirmed for 2024 so they are all set to operate to the level required within the Bennetts British Superbikes Championship. We are incredibly pleased that Rob and his team at the Completely Motorbikes group have come on board to support our official team. It’s a perfect match to be honest, and I sincerely hope that this new relationship is fruitful for all parties, both on and off track in 2024 and beyond.”

Danny Buchan back with Team Green as he joins DAORacing!

Six-time British Superbike race winner Danny Buchan is returning to theKawasaki family for 2024, having signed with DAO Racing to race their NinjaZX-10RR Superbike in the prestigious BSB series.

Danny has spent a lot of his career racing for Team Green, joining the BSB paddock in 2010, racing a Ninja ZX-6R in the National Superstock 600 class and securing a memorable Superstock 1000 title in 2014 aboard the road-going version of the Ninja ZX-10R, a feat he repeated in 2017.

Danny’s best season in BSB came in 2019 when he finished fourth overall on the FS-3 Racing-prepared Kawasaki, and the Essex-based rider will be looking to replicate that form when he joins the DAO Racing squad next season.

The DAO Racing team are focusing fully on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in 2024, with the experienced squad eager to claim their first rostrum and wins in the series.

Danny Buchan:

“First of all, I want to thank Clarissa, Sommai and Jonny for putting this together. It’s no secret that 2023 has been a disaster, but DAO Racing can see potential in me, which is massive! The team has clear ambitions to become regular podium finishers and race winners, and that’s always the goal of a racer.

I feel very proud to be part of this project and obviously excited to be jumping back on a bike I’ve got good memories with. The Kawasaki ZX-10RR is in good form currently in BSB, so with a winter’s test plan and lots of laps, I’m hoping we can get right to it and have a good first season together. Thank you to my supporters, sponsors and everyone who has stayed so positive around me this season. Roll on 2024!”

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:

“Danny has been part of the Team Green family for many years now, and it’s great to have him back on board for next season! Although it’s clearly been a tough 2023 for him, we know he has the talent to run at the front of the Superbike class, and now he has joined this extremely experienced team with a good crew around him, we’re confident he will hit the ground running in 2024.”

Kawasaki “Change the Game” with new strong hybrid Ninja 7 HEV

Having only recently held the debut of its new A1 licence class EV motorcycles in Paris, Kawasaki is taking another giant step down the road towards its long term goal of carbon neutrality with the introduction of the world’s first* mass produced Strong Hybrid*, the Ninja 7 Hybrid.

Seeking to “Change the Game”, the all new Ninja 7 Hybrid offers a unique window into a world of future motorcycles but in a contemporary time frame with the first models expected to be on showroom floors in January 2024. 

At the heart of the Ninja 7 Hybrid is the innovative combination of a brand new 451cc parallel twin, water-cooled four stroke engine – complete with manual or automatically selected gears – and a traction motor plus battery; a futuristic combination that offers a number of new riding experiences plus an engine power of 43.5 kw rising to an impressive hybrid net power of 51.1kw thanks to “e-boost”. 

In terms of dimensions, the Ninja 7 Hybrid is a mid-size package offering 650cc to 700cc class overall performance with the instant acceleration to rival that of a 1,000cc-class supersport model from a standing start (with Kawasaki’s e-boost function already seen on their EV machines), fuel economy on par with the 250cc-class and button-shift sport riding. In addition, riders can switch between three riding modes (SPORT-HYBRID, ECO-HYBRID, EV**) that each offer a distinct riding character as they accommodate a wide range of riding situations. 

Other innovations include idling stop whereby the internal combustion engine stops at a halt to save fuel and reduce emissions plus Automatic Launch Position Finder (ALPF) which – when selected – automatically selects first gear at standstill plus a forward and reverse “walk mode” to aid low speed manoeuvring and parking. 

Utilising a specially designed version of Kawasaki’s familiar trellis type chassis, the “packaging” of the gasoline engine and 9kw max traction motor reveals a compact twinned power unit with the 48V lithium ion battery near the centre point of the chassis to idealise weight distribution. And in terms of styling, the Ninja 7 Hybrid is resplendent in a unique HEV treatment combining a matt lime green under cowl with silver and black bodywork destined – like its engineering innovations – to set this bike apart from the common herd. 

Ergonomically, the relaxed and sporty riding position eases the rider towards the high-grade cockpit and carefully considered layout of the switchgear; both designed to be intuitive and to inspire confidence.  For the meters, full-colour TFT instrumentation includes smartphone connectivity via a custom version of the RIDEOLOGY THE APP MOTORCYCLE contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience.  

As the first of its kind, the Ninja 7 Hybrid sets the bar for HEV motorcycling.  Offering the best elements of ICE and EV models, and able to navigate both the urban jungle and countryside backroads, this revolutionary new model is greater than the sum of its parts.  With its exciting character and numerous innovative features for riders to explore, the Ninja 7 Hybrid truly ushers in a new era in riding experiences. 

The Ninja 7 Hybrid will be available in the UK from April 2024, with prices to be confirmed nearer the time. 

* Mass production models (excluding scooters) from a major power sports manufacturer as of October 6, 2023, per Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. research.    

Strong hybrid systems combine an internal combustion engine (ICE) with an electric motor for powerful riding, and because of their large battery capacity they are able to run on electricity alone. 

** The Ninja 7 Hybrid’s EV Mode may be helpful for certain situations where quiet riding is appropriate, such as in residential areas or in parking garages. Speed and range are limited.

Pass Your Motorcycle Test with KRTS and Receive a Free Ticket to Motorcycle Live 2023

Join the Kawasaki family! Pass your test with Kawasaki Rider Training Services before 10th November and you’ll receive a free one-day ticket to Motorcycle Live as a welcome to the world of motorcycling!

Kawasaki works with authorised training service providers throughout the UK to offer professional rider training. Located in areas to complement the Kawasaki dealer network, current riders and those new to two-wheels are encouraged to learn and improve their skills to get the most of their experience on a Kawasaki machine. 
KRTS is a national training service provided by leading manufacturer Kawasaki. We aim to ensure safe, comprehensive and fun motorcycle training at the highest level. We launched KRTS to help protect the future of our industry.

  • We partner with the best trainer in the area.
  • High standards of training & service.
  • Free advice & guidance from the KRTS Contact Centre.
  • Insurance premium discounts offered by major UK Insurance Underwriters.
  • Train on well-maintained quality Kawasaki machines.
  • Equipped with clean and proper fitting protective clothing.
  • All instructors are DVSA Qualified.
  • Learn with experienced and enthusiastic instructors
This fantastic offer applies to all practical motorcycle tests, including CBT, module 1 & module 2. With over 60 KRTS centres across the UK, we're confident you will find a school to suit you.
Simply visit learntoridewithkawasaki.co.uk to find your nearest KRTS provider, and start your journey today.
*Terms & Conditions

Anyone who passes a practical motorcycle test including CBT, module 1 & module 2 (theory test is not included) through an approved KRTS school between 20th September 2023 and 10th November 2023 is eligible to receive a redemption code for a free one-day ticket to the 2023 Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC, Birmingham 18-26 November 2023. All test passers must email krts@kawasaki.co.uk to request their unique redemption code which can be used to claim a free one-day show ticket which can be used on any show day of your choice. A maximum of one Motorcycle Live Show 2023 entry ticket is available to each person who completes their test, regardless of how many tests are completed during the offer period. For any questions, or to request your code, please email krts@kawasaki.co.uk. For further detail on Motorcycle Live visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk

Kawasaki set for biggest ever Motorcycle Live!

The countdown to this year’s Motorcycle Live Show is on, with the annual two-wheel extravaganza returning to the NEC, Birmingham from the 18th – 26th November. Kawasaki is excited to confirm it will be returning once again with what is set to be our most exciting year yet!

Returning with our unique double-storey stand we debuted at the 2022 show, visitors will be able to see the complete range of 2024 motorcycles. This includes the new Ninja ZX-4RR, ZX-6R, and Eliminator alongside popular models such as the entry-level Ninja and Z 125, the retro-inspired Z650RS and Z900RS, and the Versys 1000 range. The exciting Z e-1 and Ninja e-1 electric machines will also be on display, with more new announcements ahead of the Show.
 
Race fans are going to be well-catered for once again, with racing announcements and interviews being conducted throughout the nine-day event while the FS-3 Racing British Superbike duo of Jason O’Halloran and Max Cook will be revealing their 2024 livery live on the stand. Fresh from announcing the exciting new Kawasaki British Superteen Championship, we have teamed up with Moto Trainer Simulator to create the “Kawasaki Superteen Challenge”. Using four Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RRs, the simulator will let visitors go head-to-head, with daily prizes on offer for our winners!
 
If all that wasn’t enough, we’ll also welcome our wide range of experience partners, including the California Superbike School and Kawasaki MX Experience, to the stand, showcasing their machines and chatting with guests. Official Kawasaki clothing and merchandise will be available from our shop, perfect for those looking for a special Christmas present for the bikers in their life.
 
Eager to showcase the benefits of two wheels to as many people as possible, we are excited to launch a unique new promotion to those looking to start their riding journey with Kawasaki. Anyone who passes their CBT or any other practical motorcycle test with Kawasaki Rider Training Services between September 20th and November 10th will be able to receive a free one-day ticket to Motorcycle Live!* We will also have our Z125 ready for test rides in the Show’s popular TryRIDE zone. Every day during the show – MCIA TryRIDE will offer free motorcycle lessons to anyone aged 14 or over with a professional instructor, provide protective clothing too – and it's free!
 
Once again, we are looking forward to welcoming our Club Kawasaki members to our stand. All members and their guests are invited to join us in our hospitality suite to escape the hustle and bustle of the Show and enjoy our free refreshments. We will also be hosting our exclusive preview event again, which gives Club Members early access to the Show, where they can enjoy a hot breakfast roll and drink before being given an overview of the latest machines on the stand. You can find out more information and book your spot here. All Club Members will also be able to enjoy a 10% discount in our Show shop.
 
Tickets for Motorcycle Live 2024 are available now, and don’t forget you can also enter our competition to win a brand-new Ninja ZX-4RR!
 
*Terms & Conditions: Anyone who passes a practical motorcycle test including CBT, module 1 & module 2 (theory test is not included) through an approved KRTS school between 20th September 2023 and 10th November 2023 is eligible to receive a redemption code for a free one-day ticket to the 2023 Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC, Birmingham 18-26 November 2023. All test passers must email krts@kawasaki.co.uk to request their unique redemption code which can be used to claim a free one-day show ticket which can be used on any show day of your choice. A maximum of one Motorcycle Live Show 2023 entry ticket is available to each person who completes their test, regardless of how many tests are completed during the offer period. For any questions, or to request your code, please email krts@kawasaki.co.uk. For further detail on Motorcycle Live visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk

Axel Bassani to Join KRT

Axel Bassani has been confirmed as a Kawasaki Racing Team rider for the 2024 season and beyond. He will join established KRT rider Alex Lowes to complete the team’s line up for next season on the official Ninja ZX-10RR.

Bassani (24) is one of the most exciting talents to rise from inside the WorldSBK paddock in recent years. He has amassed six podium finishes since he made the jump to WorldSBK racing in 2021, finishing ninth overall that year and scoring his first podium at KRT’s home round of Barcelona – Catalunya, on his MotoCorsa Ducati.

The ambitious and increasingly skilled Bassani would score three podiums the next season as he finished seventh overall. He was the top competitor in the Independent Riders’ standings in 2022, beating his closest opposition by over 100 points.

At time of writing he is fifth in the overall WorldSBK standings in 2023, and easily the best Independent Rider with two rounds to go.

His relative youth and obvious talent has made him an attractive proposition for many teams and with Jonathan Rea leaving the KRT set-up for 2024, Bassani was seen as the best prospect to be teamed up with Alex Lowes for a full campaign next year.

Bassani has scored six WorldSBK podiums already and is looking forward to having his first ride on the official KRT Ninja ZX-10RR machine once his contract with his current team expires. 

Axel Bassani, stated: “I'm really happy for the important opportunity that Kawasaki is offering me. I will give the best of myself on and off the track to achieve the best possible results, hoping to give all the Kawasaki fans great emotions and satisfaction! I want to thank my family for the sacrifices made and Lorenzo Mauri for the path we have taken together which has allowed me to stand out in recent years. See you soon on the track.”

Guim Roda, Team Manager of KRT, stated: “Our 2024 strategy was set months ago, but Rea's move made us rethink the organisational logic at KRT. We spoke internally with KMC and the decision was to take a younger rider with the potential to win races and who knew how to take advantage of all the KRT experience. His image is fresh, sincere, fun and has a lot of potential to represent Kawasaki's image in the world. Alex Lowes will now need to apply all of his experience, while Axel will have a bit of time to learn. We are very happy with the structure we have proposed for 2024 and we are very motivated to enjoy racing and take advantage of the best aspects of the Ninja ZX-10RR. I hope the fans enjoy next season with this latest project we are working on.”

Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Motors Europe, Race Planning Manager, stated: “While we continue to compete for wins and podiums in the remaining races of the 2023 season with Jonathan and Alex, already the Kawasaki Racing Team is long-term planning for next season. It is almost impossible to express the impact that Jonathan has had within the Kawasaki racing family and as he leaves us at the end of the season there is a golden opportunity for a rider new to our racing project to make an impression. We are delighted to have signed Axel and our feeling is that his impressive track record so far is only a small indication of his future potential. We look forward to realizing that potential and seeing him blossom on the KRT Ninja ZX-10RR.”

Shigemi Tanaka, General Manager of Marketing and Sales Division, Kawasaki Motors Ltd., Japan, concluded: “Our WorldSBK racing project has achieved multiple manufacturer and rider World Championships in recent years; first with Tom Sykes and then thanks to Jonathan Rea. The news that Jonathan will move elsewhere in 2024 signifies the end of one incredible chapter and the beginning of another in Kawasaki’s illustrious racing history. The global Kawasaki family welcomes the news that Axel Bassani joins the KRT racing project for the coming season and we are confident that, in partnership with Alex Lowes, we will once again field two exciting and success hungry riders on our iconic Ninja machinery in the 2024 WorldSBK Championship.”

2024 Completely Motorbikes Kawasaki livery unveiled at Motorcycle Live!

The official Kawasaki British Superbike team, Completely Motorbikes Kawasaki, unveiled their 2024 livery today on the opening day of Motorcycle Live. Riders Jason O’Halloran and Max Cook were present in front of a large crowd on the Kawasaki stand. 

2024 will be the first time that Australian rider O’Halloran will ride for Kawasaki, but the 26-time British Superbike race winner has already got his first taste of the Ninja ZX-10RR at a positive shakedown test last month. Joining the experienced Aussie will be Cook, who remains with the team following an impressive debut Superbike season in 2023. 

The team welcome new title sponsor Completely Motorbikes for 2024, alongside AJN Steelstock, with both brands featuring prominently on the FS-3 Racing prepared Kawasaki. The team have continued with the popular retro-inspired livery for next year, mirroring the special Ninja 40th anniversary edition of the road-going Ninja ZX-10R, which will be available from Kawasaki dealers from January. 

Nigel Snook, Team Owner of Completely Motorbikes Kawasaki:
“We’re really pleased with the look of our 2024 livery, especially as it carries the logos of our new-for-2024 main sponsors. We announced at the final round at Brands Hatch that Completely Motorbikes is taking up the position as our title sponsor, and we’re delighted that AJN Steelstock has now joined us as well, building on their relationship with Jason O’Halloran. The heart of our design is the retro style that was so well received this year and now reflects Kawasaki’s 40th-anniversary special paintwork.” 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:

“The retro scheme has always gone down incredibly well with race fans, so that, combined with the fact customers can now purchase a ZX-10R in similar colours, meant it made sense to continue with this theme for 2024. It’s a stunning look and one that stands out incredibly well on track, and we can’t wait for it to do so once again in 2024, hopefully at the front of the pack!”

Tracker announced as the Title Sponsor of the Kawasaki British Superteen series

Kawasaki UK is excited to be welcoming the UK’s leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) specialist, Tracker Network U.K., as the Title Sponsor of the all-new one-make series, the Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen Championship.

First announced in July, the series is designed to provide a valuable stepping stone for young riders, with each entrant racing the all-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR. After a series of test sessions at the final rounds of the British Superbike Championship, combined with rave reviews of the bike in the press, grid spots are filling up fast ahead of the opening round at Oulton Park in May. 

Alongside prominent branding on each Superteen bike, in turn raising awareness of its offering to the next generation of riders, Tracker has also become an official partner of Kawasaki UK. This exciting collaboration enables all new Kawasaki owners to purchase Tracker Vantage – the ultimate defence in the event of bike theft – through their local Genuine Kawasaki dealer. 

Tracker Vantage boasts integrated GPS technology supported nationwide by UK police forces. In addition to its unique police partnership, Tracker offers its customers a wide range of security features including geofence alert, bike down safety feature and movement alert. Customers choosing to equip their new Kawasaki with Tracker Vantage will also enjoy lower premiums when purchasing through Kawasaki Insurance.  

Mark Rose, Managing Director at Tracker:

“We have been protecting riders for decades against the risk of theft. Our stolen vehicle recovery solutions won’t prevent a bike from being stolen but it will significantly improve the chances of it being quickly located by the police and returned to its rightful owner. We are thrilled to not only have this opportunity to showcase our brand to track side enthusiasts during the series but also partner with Kawasaki UK to safeguard its customers.” 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:

“We are delighted to welcome Tracker as the title partner of our new series and also to Kawasaki UK. We are really excited about the Superteen Championship in 2024 and look forward to seeing a packed grid of riders all on board our Ninja ZX-4RR machines with the Tracker logo sitting pride of place on each bike. We also fully endorse their fantastic SVR solution, which will be available to purchase with your new Kawasaki at every genuine dealer.”

Kawasaki Ninja and Z EV models Spark a New Era

From Kawasaki – a company with seventy years of motorcycle experience – a new era is about to dawn with the unveiling of two ground breaking battery powered, zero emission EV machines set to underline its “Go with Green Power” commitment unveiled at the 2022 EICMA motorcycle show.

Created to sit proudly within the 125cc class of current motorcycles, the new Kawasaki EV machines will be available in Ninja and Z family styles as Z e-1 and Ninja e-1 with both able to boast mid-capacity type chassis and running gear specifications delivering typical Kawasaki fun to ride characteristics mated to zero emission desirability.

With a near silent and efficient brushless motor rated at 5kw (with a useful maxim of 9Kw on demand) this duo of EV models rely on an innovative twin (removable) battery solution with the batteries wired in parallel unlike competitors delivering the advantage of more efficient charge usage. Enjoying a variety of charging options this twin battery configuration allows the sort of portability that heavy single item applications simply prohibit.

Clutchless, with no gears to change and with a simple “twist and go” riding style, the fun to ride feeling is augmented by some clever rider-centric features such as two riding modes (Road and Eco) plus an exciting “e-boost” option delivering an on-demand max of 9kw of power and acceleration (plus a potential top speed of 99kph where permitted) over a short distance thanks to a e-boost button on the right bar under the twist grip.

Kawasaki Z e-1 and Ninja e-1 riders can also amaze their friends with a walk mode that allows these machines to manoeuvre at walking pace in both forward AND reverse – particularly useful for tight parking spots or moving backwards up an incline. 

Enjoying a unique Metallic Bright Silver and Metallic Matte Lime Green appearance – which is to be the signature livery of future Kawasaki EV models – the rider view is pleasingly dominated by a TFT meter with smartphone connectivity. Relaying such things as machine riding status, range, availability of boost function and riding level selected (Road or Eco), the TFT meter seamlessly combines with the easy-to-use throttle and 400cc motorcycle class ABS brakes and trellis type chassis to create genuine on road presence and the riding reassurance that has so far been missing in the entry level EV powered two-wheeler class. 

Charging options include a charge docking station which a battery can be placed in or via a lead which can link the off-board charger unit to the machine via an under-seat socket with batteries still in place. Cool features about the advanced Li-Ion batteries include inbuilt charge indicators plus a symmetrical design allowing easier placement within the machine plus a handy lockable stowage area above the batteries below the battery cover.   

With a range of accessories including +30mm Ergo-Fit seats and various charging solutions, the naked Sugomi style Z e-1 and sleek fully cowled Ninja e-1 models from Kawasaki are set to create another chapter in the company’s illustrious history and open the door to a greener future for two-wheel fans globally – truly a spark of innovation for a new era.   

Both machines will arrive in the UK next month, with prices to be confirmed soon.

Celebrating 70 Years of Kawasaki motorcycles

In September of 2023, Kawasaki Motors celebrates its 70th anniversary of making motorcycles having first made forays into the motorcycle business in 1953.

After the end of World War II, Kawasaki produced motorcycle engines under the name of “Kawasaki Machine Works.” Since then, Kawasaki has continued to Let the Good Times Roll and has strived to share its “Fun to Ride” philosophy with customers around the world. Today, Kawasaki motorcycles are sold in more than 90 countries and regions. 

To commemorate Kawasaki Motorcycles’ 70-year anniversary, AKM (American Kawasaki Motors) will mount a special exhibition to be held at the AKM Heritage Hall in Foothill Ranch, California as well as Kawasaki Good Times World in Kobe, Japan starting in September 2023. The displays will focus on the history of the motorcycle business in the U.S. market, which marked a major turning point in Kawasaki's overseas trading strategy.

Kawasaki’s path to success in the motorcycle industry, which began with the launch of the KE-1 motorcycle engine in 1953, was not a smooth one. Several efforts were made to try to expand sales, including working with trading companies to expand to overseas markets, in addition to a business alliance and subsequent merger with the Meguro Manufacturing Company. However, each of these efforts failed to produce the sales results that the Kawasaki factory in Japan had hoped for.

It was decided that selling directly to dealers would be the better business model, so in 1966 American Kawasaki Motors (USA) was established. Kawasaki’s US operations began with only 10 employees and adopted an innovative policy of “localism” before going on to develop motorcycles like the Kawasaki A1 Samurai 250, Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III and iconic Kawasaki Z1 900 for the U.S. market. Early on, Kawasaki USA launched a new kind of sales policy aimed at expansion that included the industry's first model year system and worked to strengthen relationships with dealers by setting up branches in every region of the U.S., thereby consolidating its base in the U.S. market.

In 1974, Kawasaki made a $20 million investment to build a manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska to be in-line with a coming shift to a floating exchange rate in the U.S. In fact, Kawasaki’s Lincoln plant became the first plant built by any Japanese car or motorcycle manufacturer in the U.S. It remains Kawasaki’s main plant outside of Japan to this day. It is where all Kawasaki Jet Ski personal watercraft and side by are still manufactured today.

Kawasaki started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century ago. The first Kawasaki motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from the development and production of aircraft engines, and Kawasaki’s entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by the company’s constant effort to develop new technologies. 

Numerous new Kawasaki models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created enduring legends based on their unique engineering, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. is committed to maintaining and furthering these strengths using both internal combustions engines and green technologies such as EV and HEV which will surely give birth to new legends.

Kawasaki unveils the latest array of 2024 

While 2023 might still be in full swing, Kawasaki is already lookingahead to next year, announcing today a raft of 2024 models set to be arrivingin the UK over the coming months. From entry-level bikes such as the Ninja 125and Z125 to the retro-inspired Z650RS and supercharged Z H2, the lineupconfirms the brand’s commitment to delivering exceptional machines for everyrider and budget. 

These 23 models join the already announced Ninja ZX-4RR, Ninja ZX-6R, Eliminator and KX450, as well as the next generation of motorcycles in the Z EV and Ninja EV electric machines., making for an impressive array of bikes that cover every aspect of motorcycling.

The full list of models included in the latest 2024 range can be found in the table below, including the colours, pricing and when they will arrive in the UK. Images can be downloaded here: https://we.tl/t-jvMgU6G54R

 Craig Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kawasaki UK:

“We are very pleased to announce this huge selection of models that will form part of our growing range in 2024. With some of our most popular machines included, along with many new and exciting colours and competitive pricing, we are confident that there is a machine for every customer, no matter their preference or experience!”

 

Model

Colour

Price

Arrival in UK

Z125

Green

£4,299

October

Z125

Grey

£4,399

October

Ninja 125

Green

£4,699

October

Ninja 125

Black

£4,699

October

Z650

Red

£7,239

November

Z650

Black

£7,139

November

Z650

Grey

£7,239

November

Z650RS

Red

£7,839

January

Z650RS

Black

£7,839

January

Ninja 650

Black 

£7,539

January

Ninja 650

Green

£7,539

January

Z900

Red

£9,799

October

Z900

Grey

£9,799

October

Z900

Black

£9,699

October

Z900RS

Black

£11,799

September

Z900RS

Green

£12,099

September

Z900RS SE

Black

£13,149

September

Z900SE

Black

£11,299

September

Versys 1000

Grey

£10,879

January

Versys 1000 S

Black

£13,579

January

Versys 1000 S 

Grey

£13,759

January

Versys 1000 SE

Black

£15,569

January

Versys 1000 SE

Grey

£15,569

January

Ninja 1000SX

Green

£12,349

November

Ninja 1000SX

Grey

£12,349

November

Ninja 1000SX

Black

£12,149

November

Ninja ZX-10R

Green

£17,499

January

Ninja ZX-10R

Grey

£17,499

January

Z H2

Grey

£17,299

January

Z H2 SE

Grey

£19,799

November

Ninja H2 SX

Black

£22,649

November

Ninja H2 SX SE

Green

£25,649

January

KX250

Green

£8,099

November

KLX140R

Green

£3,499

December

KLX140R L

Green

£3,749

December

KLX140R F

Green

£3,999

December

KLX110R

Green

£2,649

September

Kawasaki UK announce exciting new British Superteen class for 2024!

After the highly popular unveil of the all-new Ninja ZX-4RR, Kawasaki UK is pleased to announce that it will be launching an all-new one-make series, the Kawasaki British Superteen Championship. The series will feature as part of the 2024 Bennetts British Superbike Championship calendar, giving young riders a chance to race in front of huge crowds at the best circuits in the UK. 

The new Kawasaki British Superteen class will be open to riders aged between 15 and 20 and will run across eight double-header rounds, at the UK’s premier circuits, including a planned World Superbike support race.  With riders on equal machinery, the series will be a thrilling spectacle for fans trackside, while the high-revving characteristic of the 4-cylinder 400cc Supersport machine is perfect for helping young riders develop their skills as part of the world’s most competitive domestic series. The overall winner of the 2024 Superteen class Championship will receive a brand-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R road bike.
 
Each race bike competing in the series will be built by Kawasaki Team Green Technical Partner, MSS Performance, who will also offer a choice of two packages to suit every budget. Eager to make this a fair and competitive option for going racing, package prices will begin at under £12,000 plus VAT.
 
The series was officially launched today at Brands Hatch, with the very first Ninja ZX-4RR in the UK, which has been built to race spec, available to view in Pit Lane throughout the weekend. Members of staff from Kawasaki UK and MSS Performance will also be in attendance all weekend for any riders and teams interested in joining the Championship next season.
 
Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:

“As soon as we saw this model on the production plan, we knew it was destined for the race track! To have the BSB Championship promoter MSVR on board and enabling us to have a class entirely devoted to this bike is fantastic!

 

We are excited to be able to offer a competitively priced and exciting race package to young riders looking to develop their racing careers. The Team Green ethos has always been about supporting young talent and offering opportunities on track, so we cannot wait to take this one step further with this new class in 2024.”

 
Stuart Higgs, Bennetts British Superbike Championship Series Director:

“It is 32 years since the British circuit promoters launched the first “Superteen” Championship, and within the entry list was James Haydon, David Jefferies, John McGuiness and Michael Rutter.  We are tremendously excited to bring the “Superteen” name back to British Championship status. Together with our partner Kawasaki UK we are re-calibrating this most important entry level class with a new motorcycle that will benefit team and rider development, and importantly be contained to tight budget and regulations parameters.  Any major change to the championship structure is carefully considered and current Junior Supersport machines will be eligible for many different regional and national club championships.”

 
To find out more details on the ZX-4RR package, please contact MSS Performance on orders@mssperformance.com or 01206 913216.
 
To register your interest in racing in this class, please contact superteen@msvracing.co.uk.

New 2024 Ninja ZX-4RR due in September

Following a universally enthusiastic reception when recently announced, the new for 2024 Ninja ZX-4RR is due to arrive in the UK in September 2023 with dealers already anticipating strong demand and many already taking pre-orders.

Available in one colour (Lime Green / Ebony), the all-LED lighting equipped mid-weight street and track machine is rated at an incredible maximum with Kawasaki Ram Air of 80ps at 14,500 rpm while the rev limit itself lays beyond an incredible 15,000rpm.

As the only full-fairing supersport model in the 400cc class with a parallel four-cylinder engine, dealers are gearing up for demand for the high spec machine equipped with a WorldSBK inspired chassis and full-colour LCD screen integrating a track mode that displays lap times, gear position, and RPM from 10,000 rpm and above. KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control) and Power Modes also feature, along with a dual direction KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter).

Augmenting the already impressive Ninja family for 2024 – while adding yet more choice in the popular mid-capacity sector – the unique in class Ninja ZX-4RR will certainly deliver Kawasaki’s tag line for the model to a legion of lucky owners in the 2024 sales season – “Awaken Your Supersport”.

Due to customer demand, the UK will only be importing the ZX-4RR, and to ensure it is as accessible to as many riders as possible, the incredible machine will cost just £8,699. 

Team Green Podium Delight At 2023 Isle of Man TT!

The 2023 Isle of Man TT proved to be an incredible fortnight of racing on the island, and for Kawasaki and Team Green, it was a resounding success with podiums coming across race week at the hands of Dean Harrison, Jamie Coward and Josh Brookes.

With glorious weather gracing the Isle of Man throughout the TT festival, lap times quickly tumbled, and for DAO Racing and Dean Harrison, practice week gave them plenty of time to get the ZX-10RR Superbike and Superstock machines dialled into the challenging 37.73-mile circuit. Having already had three rounds of BSB under his belt and a successful week at the North West 200, Dean was able to hit the ground running. 

He continued that pace into race week, where he was able to claim third place in the Superbike TT before replicating that in both Superstock races. In the blue-riband Senior TT, Dean immediately got his head down to set a fantastic pace, eventually securing second place to make it a 100% podium success rate for the team. 

The Team Green success did not end there, though. The two Supertwin TT races proved to be edge-of-the-seat action, with Jamie Coward claiming a hard-earned third place in the opening race, while Josh Brookes claimed his maiden TT podium in race two. This was an impressive feat from the returning Australian rider, who only sat on the RC Express Racing Ninja 650 machine for the first time in practice week! 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:

“Never have we seen weather, lap times and exciting racing like it! I would like to thank Dean and the DAO Racing team for all of their efforts across the fortnight; they worked tirelessly to achieve the superb results we saw. Between those and the double Supertwin podium, I would say it was a successful event for Team Green, and I am already looking forward to building on this for TT2024! I would also like to offer my sincere condolences to the friends and family of Raul Torras Martinez, who lost his life in the Supertwin race.”

Kawasaki Motors UK continue support for Rob Vine Fund at the Isle of Man TT

Ahead of the Senior TT race tomorrow, Kawasaki Motors UK has made a donation to the Rob Vine Fund, a charity organisation that provides training and essential medical and rescue equipment to doctors and paramedics involved in all forms of motorsport on the Isle of Man.

The Rob Vine Fund is an essential part of the Isle of Man TT, providing the event with 130 Immediate Care Cases and 130 Scoop Stretchers alongside helping frontline ambulances, air ambulances and response cars. The charity has long been a cause that Kawasaki UK has supported, and the manufacturer is very happy to be again making a donation of £2,500 to Ros Gale, Director of the Rob Vine Fund, to not only support TT2023 but also enable them to continue the fantastic work they do for future events on the island.
 
The charity was founded in 1985 following the tragic loss of Rob Vine in the Senior TT, and since then has played a vital role in helping to support the medical services in all forms of two, three and four-wheel competition on the island, including the Isle of Man TT. Further information on the fund can be found at https://www.robvinefund.im/
 

Howard Dale, General Manager at Kawasaki Motors UK

“We have been supporting the Rob Vine Fund for a number of years now and are fully behind the great work that they do. The Isle of Man TT races and associated events are a spectacle to behold, but of course come with risks, so to be able to help in a small way to aid this great charity in the work that they do is fantastic. We would like to thank Ros Gale for all of the hard work that she puts in to ensure the maximum amount possible is raised for this important charity.”

New Kawasaki Eliminator for Europe in 2024

The Eliminator brand makes a welcome return to the Kawasaki motorcycle model range in Europe for 2024 with a totally new model and concept called the Eliminator with the tag line “Just Ride”.

Offering yet more Kawasaki choice in the mid-capacity European A2 class, the new Eliminator has distinctive urban cruiser styling offering a comfortable and low seat plus a cruiser style 18” front and 16” rear wheel combination all relying on an all-new trellis type chassis with a 451cm3 Ninja based fuel-injected parallel twin engine at its core delivering strong low rev performance combined with lively upper rev range ability.

In a nod to previous Eliminator models, the 2024 machine has a tail unit reflecting the heritage of the brand family while twin rear shock absorbers aid the “traditional meets modern” look. Offering a natural and relaxed riding position and conceived to be passenger friendly, the Eliminator rider can rely on all-digital instrumentation plus the welcome incorporation of an assist and slipper clutch.

Focussing on what Kawasaki terms its “Horizontal” design approach, the full 2024 Eliminator specification will soon be revealed – along with many genuine accessory items – but two colour options have been confirmed; the first option being Metallic Flat Spark Black and the second Metallic Matte Carbon Gray with Flat Ebony.

It’s said that the best things come to those that wait, so potential Eliminator customers need to hold their breath just a little longer for the full facts to emerge regarding this welcome new addition to the Kawasaki cruiser stable. The Eliminator will be available from January 2024, with a guide price between £6,600 and £6,800. 

New Ninja ZX-6R for 2024 Kawasaki range

An iconic name appears in the Kawasaki motorcycle range for the 2024 sales season with the announcement of a new Ninja ZX-6R and its tagline “Supersport Obsession”.

Boasting a number of features not so far seen on the much-loved Supersport middleweight in previous iterations, the 2024 model has both technical and styling updates ready to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding street or track day rider. And with the aid of Kawasaki’s iconic Ram Air system a stunning maximum of 95.2 kW {129 PS} is produced at 13,000 rpm.

The most obvious aspect of the new machine is the distinctive aero-winglet equipped Ninja “face” with purposeful aggressive lines incorporating for the first time hybrid projector/reflector headlights (part of a complete LED lighting package), and a new sports windshield equipped with special cut outs to reduce buffeting. The entire bodywork for 2024 uses interwoven layers to create a 3D effect, with the multiple layers adding to a high-class design.

In terms of the cockpit area, a new 4.3inch (11cm) colour TFT meter makes its debut and also facilitates Smartphone connectivity via Kawasaki’s Rideology App. Information updates such as a shift light, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder, Riding Mode indicator, Smartphone call and mail notices are all available. Also featured – along with all the familiar vehicle status updates – are a Bluetooth indicator and an Economical Riding Indicator.

From a technical perspective, the famous and highly praised 636 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke in-line four forms the core of the machine and now features revised cam profiles to satisfy stricter emission regulations plus revised intake funnels and revised header and collector pipes all combining to benefit low- to mid-rpm performance.

A move to round over petal discs reflects the current Ninja ZX-10R family image while such items as the SFF-BP (Separate function fork with big piston), KQS Kawasaki Quick Shifter, three mode KTRC traction control and both power modes and integrated riding modes underpin the high specification of this Supersport legend.

Rolling on Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tyres, the 2024 Ninja ZX-6R will be available in two colourways for the upcoming season, a green version (naturally!) in Lime Green/Ebony plus a more “stealth” version combining Metallic Graphite Gray and Metallic Diablo Black. For sure Kawasaki dealers and loyal fans of the Ninja family will welcome the sight of a new and comprehensively updated Ninja ZX-6R for 2024 keeping the Ninja flame burning brightly.

The 2024 Ninja ZX-6R will be available from October and priced at £10,599.

Ultimate touring record achieved: 15 countries in 22 hours with the Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE

What seemed an unattainable record, has been achieved with the Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE. On Saturday, May 20, Thierry Sarasyn visited 15 countries* in one day with Kawasaki's adventure-touring motorcycle. It took the Belgian barely 22 hours to cover the 2200 km adhering to the local traffic regulations of each country visited.

This wasn’t Sarasyn’s first record attempt. Last year he rode through 13 countries in one day. “After the Italian Valerio Boni's achievement in 2021, this was the second officially registered Touring record,” commented Sarasyn. “But there were rumours – especially online – about motorcyclists who had visited 14 countries in one day; and there’s even a video of a ride of 15 countries in 24 hours and 3 minutes. None of those attempts had been registered with a tracking device or were done in less than 24 hours. After the thirteen countries in one day, however, I had sworn I would never take on such an adventure again. But….”
 

Never say never

Opinions can change, though.  “When I got the chance to ride the Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE, I saw it as an opportunity to set things straight once and for all. A ride through 15 countries, registered by an official tracking system as well as respecting traffic rules and enough rest along the way.”
 
The comfort and touring capabilities of the Versys combined with the experience gained last year, made the adventure a success. Saturday May 20th at 7:59 p.m. Sarasyn rode across the border into the Netherlands, just under 22 hours after starting in Poland. “That was better than I had ever dared to hope, especially since they closed a tunnel on the Austrian border. I was stuck there for over an hour”, the Belgian stated.
 

Experience

“With the experience of 2022, I was able to avoid the bottlenecks I found on my route back then. Moreover, with the Kawasaki Versys 1000, I now had greater autonomy and amazing comfort. To state that I could have ridden much further would be stretching the truth, but I was less tired than last year. With over 400 km extra on the odometer, two more countries visited and almost three hours more in the saddle…this was enough for me. But it seemed like the Versys 1000 was hungry for more. If I have a fitting idea, I might hop back in the saddle. In the meantime, I am very happy that I was able to accomplish this feat. It hardly seems feasible to safely visit more countries in one day. This is a record that may be here for quite some time to come.”
 

Partners

Without renowned partners, such as Kawasaki Benelux, Motul Oil and Bridgestone, the Belgian would never have been able to set up this adventure. “When Thierry approached me to try and break his own record with the Versys 1000 SE, I immediately jumped at the opportunity,” says Frank Zoontjes of Kawasaki Benelux. “We now know that when Thierry has an idea, he goes flat out and for this project the Versys 1000 SE was an eminently suitable motorcycle. It’s made for long adventurous journeys. There is no better proof than this record. No motorcycle can more appropriately carry this honour than the Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE!”
 
* The countries he visited are: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, France, Luxemburg, Belgium and The Netherlands. Check also https://thierry-sarasyn.legendstracking.com/