London Calling As Kawasaki Set To Exhibit At Savile Row Concours Event!



Renowned the world over for its tailoring, Savile Row has been at the heart of London’s fashion industry for centuries. The Savile Row Concours event blends bespoke tailoring with luxury automotive, and Kawasaki UK is proud to be attending the 2024 display with its revolutionary Hybrid and EV motorcycles.  

Taking over the entire road, the two-day Concours event (May 22nd and 23rd) attracts thousands of fans eager to explore the array of spectacular machines, fascinating tailors’ displays and enjoy live talks and music on the central stage. First launched in 2022, the event has continued to grow each year, and 2024 looks set to be the biggest yet.
 
Kawasaki UK is proud to announce that it will showcase its innovative EV machines and the world’s first mass-produced hybrid motorcycles on both days. Located in the heart of London, the event is the ideal place to promote the advantages of green machines in urban environments.
 
Admission to the event is free, and more information can be found at https://concoursonsavilerow.com/.
 
Craig Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kawasaki Motors UK:

This is a really exciting opportunity for Kawasaki, allowing us to showcase our latest generation of motorcycles to an audience who are not necessarily two-wheel focused. Savile Row needs no introduction, being at the cutting-edge of design since the 1800s, so it is fitting that we are bringing cutting-edge motorcycle design to the event, allowing visitors to see what the future of transport looks like.

SymCirrus Motorsport Team UpWith Kawasaki For All-New Pirelli National Sportbike Series!

The experienced SymCirrusMotorsport team has partnered with Kawasaki UK to lead the Ninja charge in theall-new Pirelli National Sportbike series. The three-rider team of LennonDoherty, Charlie Atkins, and Jack Kirsch will use the Ninja 650, while teammatesEd Best and Luca Hopkins strengthen the Ninja presence in the Pirelli NationalSuperstock and Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen series.

With testing underway today at Oulton Park ahead of the second round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend, the SymCirrus Motorsport Kawasaki squad is proud to confirm its five-rider team for 2024. The Market Harborough-based team have been working hard over the winter in partnership with Team Green Technical Partners, MSS Performance and Corby Kawasaki to turn the Ninja 650 into a competitive machine for the all-new British Sportbike series. 

With the bike already enjoying success over the years on the roads at the Isle of Man TT, the three-rider lineup of Doherty, Atkins, and Kirsch will be looking to replicate that when the new Championship begins in earnest this weekend.

Further strengthening the team’s connection with Kawasaki, Ed Best will compete in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship aboard the Ninja ZX-10RR, while Luca Hopkins will be racing under the SymCirrus Motorsport Kawasaki colours in the exciting new Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen series. 

Steve Holborough, SymCirrus Motorsport Kawasaki Team Owner:

“I am excited to be part of the new sportbike class and working with the series and Kawasaki we are looking forward to seeing what the Ninja 650 is capable of. It’s a learning process and we will judge the success on the results at the end of the season. Thank you to all of those involved to date, Corby Kawasaki, Steve Hill, EBC and R&G.”

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department:

We are really excited by the new Championships in the BSB series as it allows us to showcase more of the Kawasaki range, and it’s fantastic to be partnering with SymCirrus Motorsport for the 2024 season. They have a long and successful pedigree in the paddock and they have been working hard to develop the Ninja 650 for the new Sportbike series, so we are really excited to see what they can do when the Championship gets underway this weekend.

Bimota returns to WorldSBK in 2025

The iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer Bimota is set to return to the world racing stage in 2025 competing in the Motul FIM WorldSBK Championship.

Winners of the 1980 350cc World Championship fielding Jon Ekerold on a two-cylinder, two stroke Bimota YB3 machine, success was also achieved in TT Formula 1 with legend Virginio Ferrari aboard a YB4R taking the Championship honours in1987. No strangers to four stroke machinery, Bimota won no less than seven races in the very first World Superbike Championship year of 1988 thanks to Davide Tardozzi (5) and Stephane Mertens (2). Even as late as the year 2000, Bimota were still able to achieve a WorldSBK race win thanks to the late, great Anthony Gobert aboard an SB8R machine mounting the top step of the podium at a wet Phillip Island race weekend.

For the 2025 season, Bimota is partnering with Kawasaki in a joint venture which will result in a Bimota chassis with Kawasaki engine (plus allied technology), competing in WorldSBK. Not only will the donor Ninja ZX-10RR powerplant be familiar, but also many of the team staff as Kawasaki transfers its efforts into the Bimota racing program marking a landmark moment in the journey of the Kawasaki Racing Team after nearly four decades in the premier global racing series based on production machines that can be purchased at dealerships.

Recognising not just the legacy of Kawasaki in Superbike racing, but also the close cooperation and synergies between majority Bimota shareholder, Kawasaki, and the Rimini based Italian manufacturer, the new team will operate under the title of Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team.

Fielding a machine jointly developed by Bimota and Kawasaki, the new team will play a pivotal role in the wider global recognition and market presence of the Bimota brand as well as being crucial in highlighting the hand built craftsmanship and care that goes into the creation of every Bimota product. This wider appreciation of the Bimota brand and its core racing DNA is also expected to create increased demand and sales of Bimota street motorcycles. 

Speaking about the new direction for Kawasaki in WorldSBK, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. Hiroshi Ito, stated: “Bimota has an enviable reputation for excellence in motorcycle design and manufacture. As part of our vision for the evolution of this world famous brand we see racing as a logical next step in terms of both product development as well as brand exposure on the global stage. Our commitment to WorldSBK is as strong as ever and we hope that this new racing project will energise fans of both Bimota and Kawasaki. The passion for race success remains and we look forward to the presence of the Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team on the 2025 WorldSBK grid”.  

On behalf of Bimota, COO, Pierluigi Marconi, commented:
“The engineering, technology and day to day business support already offered by Kawasaki has put Bimota firmly back into the consciousness of the media and potential customers, now it is time to take a next step in our evolution.Bimota has had racing as part of its DNA from day one and to compete in WorldSBK alongside developing our new product range, while expanding the European and global dealer network, has an undeniable logic to it.

With the unparalleled experience of the existing Kawasaki racing team experts plus the full support and cooperation of Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. in Japan fills us with pride and optimism. The Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team will surely form the foundations of the next chapter in the Bimota story”.

KRT Team Manager, Guim Roda, concluded:
“In the past thirteen years, myself, and all of those at the KRT workshop in Granollers, have dedicated ourselves wholeheartedly to the Kawasaki Superbike project and garnered seven WorldSBK rider titles in that time plus numerous team and manufacturer awards. Now – after Kawasaki competing for nearly four decades in the Superbike championship – we are proud to be part of a new era forming the infrastructure of the new Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team.

For sure we will spare some time to reflect on and celebrate the heritage of Kawasaki in Superbike racing, but we are also extremely excited to be a core component of this new Bimota and Kawasaki joint venture. This is an evolution for Kawasaki’s approach to the top level of production racing and we are honoured to play our role in this new project. I am confident we have the technology and human resources necessary to succeed and it will be a fresh, energising experience fielding an impressive two rider team in the 2025 Motul FIM WorldSBK Championship.”   

Spring into Summer with Kawasaki’s latest offers!

As the sun starts shining and the weather warms up, Kawasaki UK is launching two fantastic new offers for riders looking to get a new machine for 2024. Alongside attractive deposit contributions across a wide range of bikes, such as the entry-level Ninja and Z125, Z650RS and Versys 650, customers can also enjoy a voucher of up to £3,000 towards accessories or merchandise to “Kustomize” their ride.

Customers purchasing a new Kawasaki can “Spring into Summer” thanks to a host of competitive new offers for riders. For riders purchasing a 650cc and under machine through Kawasaki K-Options finance, they will be able to take advantage of some attractive deposit contributions, including £650 toward the Z650, Z650RS, Ninja 650, Vulcan S and Versys 650 and £500 toward the Ninja 125 and Z125.

 

For those looking for a larger capacity motorcycle, Kawasaki is offering the option to “Kustomize Your Ride” with a voucher that can be used towards accessories for their new bike or merchandise and riding gear. This includes a £900 voucher for anyone purchasing the Z900RS or Z900, £1,000 for the Versys 1000, Ninja 1000SX or Ninja ZX-10R, and an incredible £3,000 for anyone buying a 2023 model year version of the Z H2 or Ninja H2 SX.

 

These new offers are available from April 1st from all official Kawasaki dealers.

 

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

“We are excited to be offering this set of fantastic incentives to customers interested in buying a new Kawasaki. The riding season is about to get underway in earnest, and there’s nothing better than getting out on a brand-new machine. We look forward to seeing many customers visiting their local Kawasaki dealer to take advantage of these great offers.”

2024 Z650RS

2024 Z650RS

£7,839.00

2023 Z650RS

2023 Z650RS

£7,689.00

2024 Versys 650 Grand Tourer

2024 Versys 650 Grand Tourer

£10,429.00

2024 Versys 650 Tourer

2024 Versys 650 Tourer

£8,829.00

2024 Versys 650

2024 Versys 650

£8,029.00

2023 Versys 650 Grand Tourer

2023 Versys 650 Grand Tourer

£10,529.00

2023 Versys 650 Tourer

2023 Versys 650 Tourer

£8,929.00

2023 Versys 650

2023 Versys 650

£8,129.00

2024 Vulcan S Tourer

2024 Vulcan S Tourer

£8,529.00

2024 Vulcan S Performance

2024 Vulcan S Performance

£8,029.00

2024 Vulcan S

2024 Vulcan S

£7,229.00

2023 Vulcan S Tourer

2023 Vulcan S Tourer

£8,529.00

2023 Vulcan S Performance

2023 Vulcan S Performance

£7,979.00

2023 Vulcan S

2023 Vulcan S

£7,229.00

2023 Z125 Performance

2023 Z125 Performance

£4,949.00

2024 Z650

2024 Z650

£7,139.00

2024 Z125

2024 Z125

£4,299.00

2024 Z650 Performance

2024 Z650 Performance

£8,139.00

2024 Z125 Performance

2024 Z125 Performance

£4,949.00

2023 Z650

2023 Z650

£7,139.00

2023 Z125

2023 Z125

£4,299.00

2023 Ninja 650 Tourer

2023 Ninja 650 Tourer

£8,349.00

2023 Ninja 125 Performance

2023 Ninja 125 Performance

£5,449.00

2024 Ninja 125 Performance

2024 Ninja 125 Performance

£5,449.00

2024 Ninja 125

2024 Ninja 125

£4,699.00

Spring into Summer with Kawasaki’s latest offers!

As the sun starts shining and the weather warms up, Kawasaki UK is launching two fantastic new offers for riders looking to get a new machine for 2024. Alongside attractive deposit contributions across a wide range of bikes, such as the entry-level Ninja and Z125, Z650RS and Versys 650, customers can also enjoy a voucher of up to £3,000 towards accessories or merchandise to “Kustomize” their ride.

Customers purchasing a new Kawasaki can “Spring into Summer” thanks to a host of competitive new offers for riders. For riders purchasing a 650cc and under machine through Kawasaki K-Options finance, they will be able to take advantage of some attractive deposit contributions, including £650 toward the Z650, Z650RS, Ninja 650, Vulcan S and Versys 650 and £500 toward the Ninja 125 and Z125.

 

For those looking for a larger capacity motorcycle, Kawasaki is offering the option to “Kustomize Your Ride” with a voucher that can be used towards accessories for their new bike or merchandise and riding gear. This includes a £900 voucher for anyone purchasing the Z900RS or Z900, £1,000 for the Versys 1000, Ninja 1000SX or Ninja ZX-10R, and an incredible £3,000 for anyone buying a 2023 model year version of the Z H2 or Ninja H2 SX.

 

These new offers are available from April 1st from all official Kawasaki dealers.

 

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

“We are excited to be offering this set of fantastic incentives to customers interested in buying a new Kawasaki. The riding season is about to get underway in earnest, and there’s nothing better than getting out on a brand-new machine. We look forward to seeing many customers visiting their local Kawasaki dealer to take advantage of these great offers.”

2024 Z900RS SE

2024 Z900RS SE

£13,149.00

2024 Z900RS

2024 Z900RS

£11,799.00

2023 Z900RS SE

2023 Z900RS SE

£13,149.00

2023 Z900RS

2023 Z900RS

£11,799.00

2023 Versys 1000 S Grand Tourer

2023 Versys 1000 S Grand Tourer

£15,279.00

2023 Versys 1000 S Tourer

2023 Versys 1000 S Tourer

£14,329.00

2023 Versys 1000 Grand Tourer

2023 Versys 1000 Grand Tourer

£12,779.00

2023 Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer

2023 Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer

£17,269.00

2023 Versys 1000 Tourer

2023 Versys 1000 Tourer

£11,829.00

2023 Versys 1000 SE Tourer

2023 Versys 1000 SE Tourer

£16,319.00

2024 Versys 1000 SE

2024 Versys 1000 SE

£15,569.00

2024 Versys 1000 S

2024 Versys 1000 S

£13,579.00

2024 Versys 1000

2024 Versys 1000

£10,879.00

2024 Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer

2024 Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer

£17,269.00

2024 Versys 1000 SE Tourer

2024 Versys 1000 SE Tourer

£16,319.00

2024 Versys 1000 S Grand Tourer

2024 Versys 1000 S Grand Tourer

£15,279.00

2024 Versys 1000 S Tourer

2024 Versys 1000 S Tourer

£14,329.00

2024 Versys 1000 Grand Tourer

2024 Versys 1000 Grand Tourer

£12,779.00

2024 Versys 1000 Tourer

2024 Versys 1000 Tourer

£11,829.00

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 Ninja H2 SX Performance Tourer

2023 Ninja H2 SX Performance Tourer

£24,694.00

2023 Ninja H2 SX Performance

2023 Ninja H2 SX Performance

£23,949.00

2023 Ninja H2 SX Tourer

2023 Ninja H2 SX Tourer

£23,349.00

James Hillier and Bournemouth Kawasaki reunite for TT 2024!

Kawasaki UK is excited to announce that James Hillier will be returning to Team Green for the 2024 Isle of Man TT, reuniting with long-time partner Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing to compete in the Supersport class aboard a 40th anniversary-liveried Ninja ZX-6R! 

The pairing have enjoyed a rich history at the iconic event, securing multiple podium finishes together across multiple classes. However, it’s been the Supersport class where they have enjoyed the most success, scoring five podiums with the Ninja ZX-6R. 

After several years away, the Bournemouth Kawasaki team is returning to the Isle of Man TT and will be partnering with Hillier once again. With 2024 marking the 40th anniversary of the iconic Kawasaki Ninja brand, the team will be running the latest ZX-6R in the highly popular green, white and blue anniversary colours. 

James Hillier:
“I’m excited to be back with Pete and the team at Bournemouth Kawasaki once again for the Supersport races. We collectively have a lot of knowledge and data after many years racing together and at the TT that’s a crucial element to being competitive.” 

Pete Extance, Bournemouth Kawasaki Team Owner:
“We are really looking forward to our return to the Isle of Man TT as Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing, which we are proud to say is an in-house dealer effort. The TT is, without doubt, the best road race in the world, and we are over the moon to be back involved in 2024. It’s a great honour to be running James again, and even more so with the 40th Anniversary liveried Ninja machine. Big thanks to Kawasaki UK for the support.” 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department:
“We are really happy to welcome James back into the Kawasaki fold for the Supersport races this year. Together with Pete and the Bournemouth Kawasaki team we have collectively enjoyed a great deal of success over the years, so we are really hopeful of more trophies in 2024! We’d like to thank both Pete and James for pulling this together, and we can’t wait to see him head off down Bray Hill on what will be a stunning retro-themed Ninja ZX-6R!”

FRIDAY NEWS

17 May


Kawasaki UK announce Motorcycle Live ZX-4RR winner!  

Kawasaki factory MX2 team for 2025

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Kawasaki UK announce Motorcycle Live
ZX-4RR winner!

Since its launch in 2024, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR has received rave reviews across the globe, and visitors to the 2023 Motorcycle Live Show were treated to a special display of the all-new supersport machine. Alongside road-ready versions to sit on, the Kawasaki stand partnered with Moto Trainer to have four machines linked up to their innovative simulator and launched the exciting new Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen series. 

For a chance to enter the competition, visitors simply needed to visit the Motorcycle Live website and answer a multiple-choice question. Following thousands of entries, new motorcyclist Rachel McFarlane was chosen at random, and the bike will now be sitting in pride of place in her garage while she completes her full test! 

Rachel said:
“I still can’t believe I’ve won! This is such an amazing opportunity, and I'm still pinching myself that I’ve won my dream motorbike. I’ve only just begun my motorcycle journey and am currently working towards my full licence so while it’s still a little while until I can take it out, I go into the garage every day to just sit on it and imagine riding it!

I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved at Kawasaki. From the first phone call from Craig saying I'd won to my prize being delivered by Lawrence (who was so lovely and put me at ease and answered all my questions), they have done everything they can to ensure I could keep the bike stored until I'm able to ride it and I cannot thank you enough. I'm so grateful!” 

Craig Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager for Kawasaki Motors UK:
“The response to our Motorcycle Live stand, the Ninja ZX-4RR, and our competition has been incredible, and it's fantastic to see that a brand new rider was our winner. Rachel is already making plans for how she’ll use the bike, and we look forward to seeing how she gets on with her biking journey!”


Kawasaki factory MX2 team for 2025

Based at its impressive workshop near the Lommel track in Belgium, the new enterprise will come under the responsibility of existing KRT Manager, Antti Pyrhönen, while team staffing will evolve and expand according to the extra demands of an additional championship.
Initially utilising the direct relationship that the team has with the KMC factory engineers in Japan – including their wealth of design knowledge and engineering insight relating to the production KX250 machine – the KRT MX2 team will be working on an all new specification across the coming months gearing towards a fully developed race machine for 2025 season.
With no decision at this time being made on who may ride for the team, KRT are targeting those with both podium potential allied to the skill to provide accurate feedback during the important pre-season testing phase. 
Speaking of the new challenge, Antti Pyrhönen, KRT MXGP Manager, was in characteristically optimistic mood.
“When I discussed with our Team Principle, Kimi Räikkönen, the possibility to raise our game to another level and enter MX2 he immediately saw the potential and agreed this was our next logical step. We have built up an incredible working relationship with Kawasaki in Japan and we are determined to repay their trust in us by making an impact with this new project”.
For Kawasaki Motors Europe, Race Planning Manager, Steve Guttridge, emphasised the potential of the new initiative in terms of guiding young talent to the very top.
“Having both MXGP and MX2 run by our factory team offers Kawasaki the opportunity to offer young, very talented riders a dream seat in MX2. Being inside KRT means they can also be well prepared for future MXGP duties within a familiar team environment. We want to win World titles with home grown talent; the structure that Antti and Kimi have built alongside our factory staff offers just that”.
Concluding, Shigemi Tanaka, General Manager, Marketing & Sales Division, Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. commented.
“This is an important step for Kawasaki and it reflects our long established ethos of growing and encouraging talent from green shoots to green wins. It is fundamental to our off road philosophy to provide not just hardware in terms of competitive KX machinery but also the “software” historically manifested by our legendary Team Green race and rider support programme.
The best way to lead is by example, so the establishment of this factory attack on MX2 honours within the highly professional and proven race-winning structure of the Kawasaki Racing Team will provide a stable base for rider and championship success. We hope youth riders will see this as something to aspire to and, in turn, to graduate from MX2 experience and success towards MXGP, the very pinnacle of motocross.”      


May Competition

For the competition this month, we are giving away:
2 x tickets to Round 4 of BSB at Knockhill (14-16 June).

To win, please tell us:

Who holds the BSB lap record for this circuit?

Click on the button below to enter on the Club Forum.

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The May competition is open from 17th May until 31st May where one winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries. The winner will be emailed and their username will be announced in the Friday News email on 31st May. Entries are accepted only on the Club Forum.


Dealer Demo Days

With Summer just around the corner, the Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days are the perfect opportunity for riders to get out on the road and try the latest 2024 Kawasaki range. This year's event will run between April and September and will see the roadshow visit dozens of dealers across the UK. 

Events available to book now:


Upcoming Shows and Events

Weekend Ride out to Bibury Motor Hub with Greenham Kawasaki

Saturday 18th May, from 9am

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Kawasaki UK announces Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen support partners

With 2024 edging closer, Kawasaki UK is excited to announce the support partners for the all-new Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen Championship. This includes Silkolene, Reactive Parts, Samco, GB Racing, K-Tech suspension, and Spark IT exhausts, ensuring each Ninja ZX-4RR is ready for the track while keeping costs as competitive as possible.

Fresh from announcing Tracker as the title sponsor to the exciting new series, Kawasaki is strengthening the prospect for young riders with a host of leading partners joining the Championship. Team Green partner Silkolene will be providing a free, comprehensive product bundle to every rider as they collect their new Ninja ZX-4RR, ensuring they will be fully prepared for when the season gets underway in May. Silkolene will also be providing spot prizes throughout the season.
 
Alongside providing a number of parts for each machine, Reactive Parts will also be running a “Holeshot Award” for each Sunday Feature Race of the season, with the first rider passing through sector one on lap one receiving a full set of ZX-4RR CRC bodywork! Further race support comes from Samco and GB Racing, who are offering free products for the initial bike build, keeping racing costs to a minimum. To ensure each ZX-4RR is truly track-ready, K-Tech suspension and Spark IT exhausts are providing product support to every entrant into the series.
 
Kawasaki UK would like to say a huge thanks to Team Green Technical Partners, MSS Performance, who have been instrumental in bringing these deals together and for building what looks set to be a full grid of Superteen machines in 2024.
 
Since the launch in July, spaces on the grid have been filling up fast, but there are still some slots available, so riders and teams interested in joining this exciting new class should contact MSS Performance at orders@mssperformance.com and register yourself with BSB at superteen@msvracing.co.uk.
 
 Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:
“This new class wouldn’t be possible without the support from all of our partners, some new for 2024 and some that have been with us for a number of years. On behalf of Kawasaki UK, I would like to thank everyone for getting involved, and I’m confident that it will be a hugely successful class within the British Superbike Championship paddock next season. There is now a big job ahead for MSS Performance to get all of these bikes ready for testing, but with ZX-4RRs already arriving in Colchester, it won’t be long until we start seeing laps being spun on track!”

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