Having recently launched the Versys 1000 S, Kawasaki chose November 23 to debut major new models via online unveils hosted by both Kawasaki Motors Europe and Kawasaki Motors Corporation in America.
Underpinning this, Kawasaki showcased new technology under its Rideology banner encompassing contemporary and future thinking on Artificial Intelligence, Hybrid Technology and Self-Driving Vehicles.
Highlighted in a keynote speech by Mr Masanori Inoue, General Manager, Kawasaki Motorcycle & Engine Company, the future vision for Kawasaki and its core commitment to the community and the planet shared the stage with models in two major product families for the European market.
Hot on the heels of a sixth consecutive WorldSBK title, the Ninja ZX-10R and ultimate performance partner, ZX-10RR feature a number of highlights for 2021 some easy for the eye to spot and others further “under the skin”.
Sure to create conversations, the new Ninja “aero-package” debuts Integrated Winglet Technology responsible for achieving a 17% more downforce compared to the current model and has already been praised by six time World SBK Champion, Jonathan Rea at the recent Kawasaki Racing Team Winter Test at Jerez.
A redesigned rear seat contributes to an area of low pressure behind the rider while a new foot-peg positioning, a 40mm higher screen and handlebars adjusted according to KRT rider input illustrate well the Kawasaki philosophy, not just one headline grabbing feature but updates across the board take the litre class Ninja machine to the next level.
And for the RR, the adoption of Pankl pistons and matched piston pins mated to Pankl connecting rods, the race technology is proven with Marchesini wheels, braided brake hoses and a 400rpm maximum rev capacity compared to the standard ZX-10R.
For the Z H2 SE, the strong, muscular presence of the Z H2 and its Balanced Supercharged technology, trellis type chassis and TFT meter equipped LED equipped headlamp cowl are taken to the next level via Brembo Stylema calipers and Brembo radial master cylinder illustrate well the match of performance and quality exuded by the Z H2 SE. Instantly recognisable thanks to a new colour and graphic treatment – and benefitting from Showa’s advanced Skyhook suspension technology – the unique Supercharged Z H2 SE is set to burnish the Hypernaked crown yet more in 2021.
There may be no major international shows in 2020 due to the global pandemic, but that will not diminish the desires on Kawasaki fans worldwide. And with debut of the latest litre class Ninja models and Z H2 SE, plus further future thinking, Kawasaki looks to 2021 and beyond with hope and optimism.
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