Kawasaki launched their 2018 new models at the annual EICMA show in Milan drawing from their rich past and looking to the future - it's supercharged!
At a press conference in Milan, Kawasaki introduced a new supercharged model powered by the second generation Balanced Supercharged engine – the Ninja H2 SX. Next to the supercharged sports tourer, was the new Ninja ZX-10R SE featuring electronic semi-active suspension. Joining them was another stunning retro sport machine – the Z900RS Café along with news of two new 125cc motorcycles set for the European market as part of 2018-year plans.
The new Ninja H2 SX uses Kawasaki’s in-house developed Balanced Supercharged technology, which has been engineered with a focus on real-world street use. Where the Ninja H2 and H2R have a focus on outright speed and power, the 998cc liquid-cooled four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve supercharged engine in the new Ninja H2 SX’s offers excellent fuel efficiency, along with sensational linear power output in the low to mid-range.
Everything about the new Ninja H2 SX is designed to go far and go fast, so beyond its striking power-to-weight ratio and potential for exhilarating acceleration, you’ll find a relaxed by sporty riding position, superb ride comfort, reassuring high-speed stability and agile handling.
And of course, it’s designed to take passengers and luggage, with a 195kg payload.
The all new Ninja H2 SX comes in two model variants: the standard Ninja H2 SX priced from £15,099 and the Ninja H2 SX SE in green/black priced from £18,099. The SE model comes equipped with an impressive array of additional quality features including Kawasaki’s first colour TFT LCD instrument meter and lean angle sensitive LED cornering lights, plus a quick-shifter for seamless up and down gear selection, Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), premium colour and graphics, a large screen and heated grips.
The new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R SE is a new, high-grade addition to the litre sports bike class; a new premium ZX-10R that complements the ZX-10R and more track focused ZX-10RR.
Equipped with Showa suspension units front and rear, the Ninja ZX-10R SE is Kawasaki’s first motorcycle to feature Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS); the very latest technology with stroke sensors and adjustment solenoids built into the suspension units themselves, ensuring the system is both discreet and highly efficient.
It incorporates a dedicated suspension ECU that communicates with the standard fitment ECU and the inertia measurement unit (IMU) to provide a fast responding and reassuring ride in one of three settings; road, track or manual. The result is a system with lighting quick reaction time, one that’s being constantly refined and adjusted to suit the prevailing road surface plus the demands of machine dynamics and rider input.
Adding to the overall desirability of the high-tech package, the Ninja ZX-10R SE (priced from £18,949) also features specially cast Marchesini seven-spoke forged alloy wheels, an evocative matt black appearance with distinctive green highlights and a Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) for clutchless up and down shifting.
Following the recently revealed and well received Z900RS, the new Z900RS Café can trace its roots back to the Super Four model Z1 of 1972 but this new retro sport machine adds a twist to proceedings with a bold approach to colour and graphics plus a more focused riding position thanks to its drop-style black finish handlebar. This results in a sporty ride position that’s matched well by a bikini cowling and stylish seat complete with racer inspired rear hump. Like the naked Z900RS (from £9,899), the Z900RS Café (from £10,399) also features a carefully considered exhaust system design, incorporating Kawasaki’s first tuned exhaust note.
Multi-spoke cast wheels give the appearance of traditional wire spoked items while the meticulous attention to detail manifests itself with clever engine details and a clean overall appearance uncluttered by poorly routed hoses and cables.
Also announced at the EICMA Kawasaki press conference was welcome news of two new 125cc motorcycles set for the European market as part of 2018-year plans. Outline concepts for the new Z125 and Ninja 125 models (which are expected to be seen towards the end of 2018) were unveiled in silhouette form.
All these new models will be available to view at Motorcycle Live in Birmingham at the NEC from 18th to 26th November at the Kawasaki display in Hall 3 on Stand 3C20.
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