1952

Design of the KE-1 Motorcycle Engine is completed. (Kawasaki Machine Industry (the precursor to Kawasaki Aircraft Company), Takatsuki Factory)

“Aircraft engineers” began development of the KE (Kawasaki Engine) in 1949. Mass production of the air-cooled, 148 cm3, OHV, 4-stroke Single starts in 1953.

 
 

1955

Production of the KB-5 Motorcycle Engine starts. (Kawasaki Aircraft Company, Kobe Plant) Its responsive torque at low and mid rpm, and outstanding characteristics give it a good reputation among riders. For the next 10 years the KB-5, while receiving a number of updates, provides the base for Kawasaki’s 125 cm3 motorcycle engine.
The Meihatsu 125-500, equipped with the KB-5, is released. 1956 sees the debut of the Meihatsu 125 Deluxe. In 1957, production of an improved version ofthe KB-5 engine, the KB-5A, commences. The “Kawasaki” logo is stamped into the side cover for the first time.

 
 

1955

“A Durable Kawasaki Engine”
At a motorcycle industry magazine test, the Meihatsu 125 Deluxe (Kawasaki Meihatsu Industries) sets a top-speed record for its category. In a separate test, the Kawasaki engine proves its phenomenal durability by running for 50,000 km without breaking down.

 
 
 
 

1960

A factory dedicated exclusively to motorcycle production is completed.
Sales of the Kawasaki 125 New Ace commence.

 
 

1961

Sales of the first Kawasaki brand motorcycles, the Kawasaki Pet and Kawasaki 125B7, commence. Using the most advanced materials of the time, their curved surface compositions give them high-sense designs.

 
 
 

1962

Sales of the Kawasaki 125B8 commence. Developed and manufactured exclusively by Kawasaki Aircraft Company, the B8’s low-end torque, quiet engine and supreme durability earn it the reputation as the No. 1 practical use bike.

 
 

1963

The B8M Motocrosser takes the top 6 positions in the Hyogo Prefecture Motocross Tournament.
The Fearsome “Red-Tank Furore”
With all the Kawasaki bikes completing the race, they prove that “Kawasakis are strong machines on tough circuits.” Later, at the Fukui Prefecture Motocross Tournament, Kawasaki machines win all the race events; at various motocross tournaments held in West Japan, Kawasaki machines are victorious in most of the events – despite not competing the past year. The outstanding achievements of the “Red-Tank Furore,” named for its red fuel tank, earn it a fearsome reputation.

 

1966

Popularity of the W1 (650 cm3) (650W1 in Japan) in the US gains Kawasaki worldwide recognition as a big bike manufacturer.

Sales of the A1 (250 cm3) commence. The first bike in its class to be equipped with an air-cooled, 2-stroke, parallel twin, rotary disc valve engine, the A1 demonstrates phenomenal performance.

 
 
 

1966

Noteworthy GP Racing Achievements
In the final race of the 1966 FIM World Championship, Kawasaki’s first 125cc GP racer, the KAC Special, finishes in 7th and 8th. In the All-Japan Championship, the A1R (250 cm3) finishes 2nd. In the 1967 Singapore GP, the A7R (350 cm3) takes 1st and 2nd; the A1R finishes 2nd and 3rd. In the Japan Round of the 1967 FIM World Championship, the KA-2, a liquid-cooled, 124 cm3 V4 equipped with the world’s first all rear exhaust mechanism, takes 3rd and 4th showing Kawasaki’s technological prowess.

 
 

1969

Sales of the H1 (500 cm3) (500SS Mach-III in Japan) commence. The air-cooled 2-stroke Triple, is the fastest machine in its class. Nicknamed “Bronco,” the H1 marks the beginning of Kawasaki’s Speed King Legend.

 
 

 

 

1969

Expected World Champion Shines
In the 125cc class FIM World Road Racing Championship, Dave Simmonds – who was victorious in the West German GP
and the isle of Mann TT – won the series championship on a KR-1.

 

1972

Overseas sales of the Z1 (900 cm3) start. Sales of a domestic version, the Z2 (750 cm3), start the following year.
Birth of the Power King Legend
The Z1, with the world’s first air-cooled, DOHC, In-Line Four and other impressive specs, becomes the most powerful motorcycle of its time. Code-named “New York Steak” during its five-year development, the mouth-watering motorcycle is a huge hit from the moment of its release. The domestic Z2 also enjoys tremendous popularity in Japan. Overseas the Z1 reigns as the “King of Motorcycles” for a number of years. Z1-mania still endures in present day. In Japan, the popularity of the Z2 among motorcycle magazine readers catapults it to No. 1; the “Myth of Z” is born.

 
 

1977

Sales of the Z1-R (1000 cm3) commence. A real-style cafe racer, the Z1-R’s stylish appearance receives great praise overseas.

 

1978

The Z1300 makes its debut. At 1300 cm3, the liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC In-Line 6-cylinder “Dreadnaught” is the largest Japanese manufactured machine. Its release at the Cologne Motor Show marks the beginning of the Kawasaki Monster Legend.

 

1979

Sales of the Z400FX commence. The first air-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC In-Line-Four in its class, the “FX” makes a name for itself. Its large frame (from a machine one class higher), compact engine and no-compromise quality make it a big hit.
The same year, the Z750FX and the Z250FT are released and enjoy a favourable reception.
The first Japanese mass-produced belt-driven motorcycle, the KZ440LTD, is manufactured for the US market. This is one example of Kawasaki’s “Spirit of Embracing Challenge.”
The same technology is used in two domestic models, the Z250LTD, and the Z400LTD starting in 1983.

 
 

1980

The Z1100GP is released. The first model in the supersport GP line-up features Fuel Injection and an oil cooler.

 
 
 

1981

Kawasaki wins the manufacturer’s title in the 250cc class FIM World Road Racing Championship for the fourth year in a row. The machine is the KR250. A. Mang wins the rider’s title in both the 250cc and 350cc classes.
Sales of the AR50 commence. Kawasaki’s first 50 cm3 sports model is also the first 6-speed machine in its class.

 
 

1982

Sales of the Z400GP, a domestic model in the GP line-up, commence.
Overseas sales of the Z1000R commence. The legendary model is a limited edition replica commemorating Eddie Lawson’s 1981 AMA Superbike Championship victory. Based on the Z1000J, the “Lawson Replica” features the latest technology, like an oil cooler, and Lime Green colouring.
Overseas sales of the GPz1100 commence. The new sports model features DFI and Uni-Trak rear suspension. The following year sales of other models in the series, the GPz750 and the GPz400, commence.

 
 

1983

Sales of the Z750 Turbo start. Often referred to as “the pinnacle of air-cooled machines” at Fuji Speedway and the like, this is Kawasaki’s first turbo-charged supersport
Sales of the Voyager (1300 cm3) commence. Designed for the American market, this fully equipped tourer features a liquid-cooled DOHC In-Line Six with DFI, shaft drive, a full fairing, detachable travel trunk and saddlebags and many other features for comfortable long-distance touring.

 
 

1984

Following its release in Monterey, California at a press introduction and test riding session in December of the previous year, sales of the GPz900R, the first “Ninja” (US naming), commence.
Ninja named “Bike of the Year”
Ninja named “Bike of the Year” The GPz900R rocks the world when it is released. The new model is equipped with Kawasaki’s first liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder engine and a light, compact chassis. With its phenomenal top speed and quarter-mile times the GPz900R rewrites the motorcycle record books. When sales start in 1984, it is named “Bike of the Year” by magazines all over the world. Its side-drive cam, diamond frame, unique full fairing and other features that distinguish it from competing models earn it great popularity. Receiving various refinements over the years, the long-selling model retains its popularity in present day.
Sales of the domestic GPz750R commence. From this point on, many Kawasaki motorcycles feature liquid-cooled DOHC engines with 4-valve heads.
Sales of the KR250, a replica model of Kawasaki’s FIM World Championship-winning racer, commence.

 
 

1985

Sales of the Vulcan 750, Kawasaki’s first V-Twin American-style Cruiser, commence.
Sales of the Eliminator (900 cm3) commence. The new Sports-Cruiser uses the engine from the GPz900R.
Overseas sales of the KDX200 commence. The new Enduro model has an air-cooled Single that features the newly developed KIPS.
Sales of the GPZ600R (Ninja 600R in N. America) commence. The GPZ1000RX, GPZ400R, GPZ250R and the fairingless FX400R complete the supersport line-up.

 
 

1985

Birth of the 600 Class ZX-10
The GPZ600R’s excellent brakes and suspension and its original design make it extremely popular; it becomes a best seller as soon as its sales commence. Kawasaki’s unique sports bike philosophy, evidenced by the modern design of its newly developed perimeter-style frame, sets the new machine apart from competing models. The first middleweight offering engine, chassis and aerodynamic performance levels to rival larger-displacement bikes, the GPZ600R is often credited with the creation of the 600cc supersport class.

 
 

1986

Sales of the 1000GTR commence.
The long-selling tourer model features a GPZ1000RX-based engine tuned for maximum torque and mid-range performance, a top gear set for relaxed riding, shaft drive and mounts for optional panniers.

 

1986

Sales of the GPX750R, a full-fairing supersport model, commence. Sales of the GPX250R and the GPX400R commence the following year. Sales of the Voyager XII (1200 cm3) commence. Powered by a reliable liquid-cooled In-Line Four engine, it is lighter than the Voyager. Standard features like cruise control and the 4-speaker audio system make it a long seller.

 
 
 
 

1987

Sales of the KS-I (50 cm3) and the KS-II (80 cm3), small-size dual purpose models with air-cooled Single engines, commence. The new machines allow riders to enjoy both on-road and off-road fun. The bikes mark the beginning of the “Superbikers’ Mini Racer” boom

 
 

1988

Overseas sales of the ZX-10 (1000 cm3), or Ninja ZX-10 in N. America, commence.
The performance king – ZX-10
The new machine features an extremely rigid aluminium e-box frame inherited from Kawasaki works racers. With a light weight of 225kg, it has a phenomenal top speed, ensuring Kawasaki’s continued reputation as a manufacturer of highperformance machines.
In Japan, sales of the ZX-4 (400 cm3) commence.

 
 

1989

Sales of the ZXR Series, including the ZXR750 (Ninja ZX-7 in N. America) and the ZXR400, commence. These supersport machines have styling identical to that of Kawasaki works racers.

 

1989

Sales of the Zephyr (400 cm3) commence.
Zephyr Causes Market Sensation
Developed mainly by young Kawasaki engineers, the Zephyr’s design concept was to create a “real” bike that “got back to basics.” Released in the middle of the racer replica boom of the mid 1980’s, the Zephyr’s refreshingly simple design, low and mid range performance, air-cooled four-cylinder engine, and the prevalent idea of “fun riding” change the market as motorcycle fans swiftly respond to the new machine. Sales explode; the Zephyr is the best-selling 400 cm3 machine until 1992, giving birth to the “Myth of the Zephyr.” When sales of the Zephyr 750 and Zephyr 1100 start in 1990 and 1992 respectively, they also create great sensations.

 
 

1990

Sales of the new Kawasaki flagship model, the ZZ-R1100 (Ninja ZX-11 in N. America), commence.
First Ram Air System Hits the Market
At the time of the debut, the ZZ-R1100 had an unbelievable maximum power of 147 PS. This “monster bike” employed the first “RAM Air System” and also featured the first speedometer with a 320 km/h dial. For the next six years it was to be the world's undisputed “ King of Speed “.
In the same year, sales of the ZZ-R600 (Ninja ZX-6 in N. America) and the ZZ-R400, models in the same series, commence.

 
 

1991

Sales of the Estrella (250 cm3) commence. The new classic sports model features an air-cooled single-cylinder engine.

 

1991

Sales of the Balius (250 cm3) commence. The new naked sports model features a liquid-cooled, DOHC 4-cylinder engine.

 
 
 

1992

In the AMA Superbike Championship, Kawasaki wins its first Daytona 200 and Scott Russell, riding a Ninja ZX-7R, wins the rider championship.

 
 

1992

Sales of the Xanthus (400 cm3), a road sports model with innovative styling, commence.

 
 

1993

Sales of an updated ZZ-R1100 (Ninja ZX-11 in N. America) commence. The new model, featuring Dual Ram Air Induction, a lighter aluminium perimeter frame and larger front disc brakes, continues its predecessor’s reign as “King of Speed.”

 
 

1993

In the FIM Endurance World Championship, Kawasaki racers riding the ZXR-7 win the Le Mans 24-Hour Race for the second year in a row and the Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance Race for the first time.

 
 
 

1994

Kawasaki is the FIM Endurance World Championship series manufacturer’s champion for the fourth year in a row. The bike that earns Kawasaki the title of “Endurance King” is the ZXR750R.
Sales of the ZRX (400 cm3) commence. The new naked sports model combines straight-line, powerful styling with a refined version of the ZZ-R400’s engine.

 
 

1994

Overseas sales of the Ninja ZX-9R (900 cm3) commence.
Featuring an engine heavily influenced by the ZXR750, twin Ram Air intake and an aluminium frame, the new supersport model offers an unparalleled balance of size, power and handling.

 
 

1996

Sales of the GPZ1100 ABS commence. The new supersport model features an anti-lock braking system.

 
 

1996

Sales of the Ninja ZX-7R (750 cm3) and limited edition 7RR commence. Replacing the championship-winning ZXR750/R, the models feature shorter-stroke engines and new aluminium perimeter frames. Additionally, the 7RR offers variable rake and an adjustable swingarm pivot, is more compact with a shorter wheelbase, and features a racing seat.

 
 

1996

Sales of the Vulcan 1500 Classic commence. The new American-style Cruiser, which features a V-Twin engine, is the world’s largest displacement mass production motorcycle.
Sales of the ZRX1100 commence. The new large-displacement road sports model features a bikini cowl.
Sales of the Zephyr (400 cm3) commence. The new road sports model features an engine with 4-valve heads.

 

1997

Sales of the Super Sherpa (250 cm3) commence. The new multi-purpose off-road model’s performance makes it the ideal wilderness partner.

 
 

1998

Sales of a thoroughly revised Ninja ZX-9R (900 cm3) commence. Smaller, lighter and more powerful, it features a compact new engine with Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC), “stick-type” plug-mounted ignition coils, magnesium engine covers and a titanium muffler. A shorter, lighter chassis uses the engine as a stressed member allowing the twin down tubes to be eliminated.
Sales of the D-Tracker (250 cm3) commence. Featuring a liquid-cooled 4-valve Single, the D-Tracker creates a new category of motorcycle.
Sales of the W650, a re-release of the popular W1, commence.

 
 
 

1998

Classic beauty in a Modern Machine
Following a “new nostalgic” concept, the new sports model’s appeal lies in its elegant simplicity. The W650 combines the beauty of a redesigned air-cooled Vertical Twin engine, elegant high-class styling and a compact chassis. Its instant popularity among a wide variety of riders makes it a hit model.

 
 

2000

Overseas sales of the Ninja ZX-12R (1200 cm3) commence.
New Millennium Flagship
The flagship model of Kawasaki’s supersport “Ninja” Series. Intended to be the successor to the King of Speed throne, the Ninja ZX-12R features the first mass-produced aluminium monocoque frame, an advanced technology liquid-cooled DOHC 16-valve In-Line Four engine with a lofty maximum power, an aerodynamically crafted chassis and numerous other unique features.

 
 

2001

Sales of the ZRX1200 commence. The successor to the ZRX1100 features an increased displacement and comes in one of three styles: the half-cowled ZRX1200S, the bikini-cowled ZRX1200R and the naked ZRX1200.
Sales of the Vulcan 1500 Mean Streak commence. The sporty new Cruiser combines a long and low chassis, high-performance components and custom styling.  

 
 
 

2002

Sales of the ZZ-R1200 commence. An evolution of the famous ZZ-R1100 superbike, the new supersport tourer combines superbike performance, sport touring comfort and avant-garde styling.

 

2003

Sales of the Z1000 commence. Released 30 years after the legendary Z1, the new “Supernaked” combines top-level supersport components with a design that is unmistakably Kawasaki. BusinessWeek recognises it as one of 2003’s Best Products.
Sales of the Ninja ZX-6R (636 cm3) and the Ninja ZX-6RR (600 cm3) commence. Designed to be the quickest circuit bikes in their class, these completely redesigned Sixes feature many components usually found only on race machines.

 
 

2004

Sales of the Ninja ZX-10R (1000 cm3) commence.
Circut Domination
Introduced to wolrdwide media on the 20th anniversary of the original Ninja (Gpz900R), Kawasaki's new litre-class supersport model, ZX-10R was designed for one purpose: total domination on the circuit. Incredible performance and racer-friendly characteristic made it the winner of supersport shootouts around the world and earned it the title of Master Bike – two years in a row.

 
 

2004

Sales of the Z750 commence. While unmistakably part of the “Z” series, the mid-class version of the Z1000 features its own distinct cowling and a single muffler. Sales of the Vulcan 2000 (VN2000 in Europe) commence. With a displacement of 2,053 cm3, Kawasaki’s new flagship cruiser model is the world’s largest production V-Twin.

 
 
 

2004

Sales of the KX250F, Kawasaki’s first 4-stroke motocrosser, commence. The new bike is a model jointly developed by Kawasaki and Suzuki. A year earlier in the 2003 All-Japan Motocross championship, the KX250F-SR (factory racer) wins its debut race, and amasses 11 wins to take the 125cc title.

 
 

2005

Sales of the Z750S, the latest in the “Z” series, commence. This multi-talented model features an aerodynamic cowl and long comfortable seat.

 

2006

Legend Reborn
Kawasaki fans rejoice at the arrival of the ZZR1400. Featuring Kawasaki’s most powerful engine yet and an all-new aluminium monocoque chassis wrapped in sculpted bodywork both aerodynamic and awe-inspiring, the new flagship is a showcase of the latest technology and Kawasaki craftsmanship. Designed to deliver the ultimate supersport riding experience, the ZZR1400’s superb balance of performance, handling and a virtually palpable presence recalls the legendary machines whose spirit it embodies.
Sales of the ZZR1400 (Ninja ZX-14 in N. America) commence.

 
 

2006

Sales of the ER-6n (650 cm3) commence. Its unique combination of avant-garde styling, responsive power, brilliant handling and user-friendly characteristics allow it to be enjoyed by a wide range of riders.

 
 

2006

Sales of the ER-6f (650 cm3), or Ninja 650R in N. America, commence. The versatile package offered by its Parallel Twin engine, lightweight chassis and sleek, sophisticated styling make it appealing to both new riders and veterans alike.
Sales of Kawasaki’s first big-bore 4-stroke motocrosser, the KX450F, commence. Its high-performance engine, lightweight aluminium frame, race-tuned suspension and superlative rear wheel traction make it a potent track weapon for riders serious about racing.  

 
 

2007

Like its predecessor, the new Z1000 takes the performance naked class by storm. Refocused for even more real-world riding exhilaration, the new Z1000 is the epitome of Kawasaki Performance and Styling, its crouching, muscular appearance an overt display of its phenomenal performance.

 
 

2007

Sales of the Versys (650 cm3) commence. Designed with experienced riders in mind, this interesting model features the same base engine and chassis as the ER-6n and 6f (Ninja 650R) introduced the year before, but adds long-travel front and rear suspension, 17” wheels with sport tyres, an upright riding position, engine tuned for low-mid range torque, and a sleek, flickable chassis with superb rider feedback – all part of a versatile package that enables riders to explore a variety of riding styles and to tackle numerous street riding conditions with confidence.

 

2008

The 1400GTR (Concours 14 ABS / Concours 14 in N. America) debuts.
Passport Required
Like its predecessor, the long-selling 1000GTR (Concours in N. America), the 1400GTR borrows from the best supersport technology of its time. But where the 1000GTR had its roots in the GPZ1000RX, the 1400GTR takes its key components directly from the mighty ZZR1400 (Ninja ZX-14). Starting with breathtaking engine performance, sublime handling, and a slim riding position care of its supersport core, Kawasaki’s new “Transcontinental Supersport” bike adds shaft drive, removable panniers, electrically adjustable windscreen and a host of other features that make it the most impressive long-distance flagship-class machine of its time. It also features KIPASS (Kawasaki’s Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System), the first electronic authorisation system in its class.  

 
 

2008

Sales of the Ninja 250R commence.
Good things do come in small packages
Designed for riders of all levels, the Ninja 250R offers an engine character that can be fully exploited, a compact, easy-tooperate chassis and numerous riderfriendly features – all wrapped in fullfairing supersport styling that would not be out of place on top-class Ninja supersport models. Two versions are released: a carburetted model for N. America (replacing the long-time bestselling entry model of the same name), and a fuel-injected model for Europe. In the following years, popularity in developing countries in Asia and S. America make the Ninja 250R a model of truly global importance.

 
 
 
 

2008

The KLX450R makes its debut. Taking key engine, frame and suspension components directly from the KX450F motocrosser and adapting them for the gruelling world of off-road racing, the KLX450R offers racers a highly competitive package right out of the crate.

 

2009

The new Ninja ZX-6R (600 cm3) takes the trackfocused performance of its predecessor to the next level. Lighter handling – care of 10 kg less weight, chassis fine-tuning and mass centralisation – is complemented by the first production-use of Showa’s BPF (Big Piston Front fork), which offers increased control and superb composure under hard braking. A much stronger mid-range and very precise throttle control and feel at all rpm are matched by revised ergonomics that offer a high level of feedback, giving riders the confidence to go faster and enjoy themselves when pushing hard.

 
 
 

2009

Kawasaki introduces the Vulcan 1700 Voyager (VN1700 Voyager in Europe), the first Japanese full-dress V-Twin tourer.
Set your sites beyond the horizon A large front cowling, windscreen, and leg shields provide superior wind and weather protection. Top-mounted trunk, hard panniers and dual glove boxes ensure ample storage. Essential touring features like Electronic Cruise Control and 6-speed transmission with over-drive are joined by innovative technology like Kawasaki’s first fully electronic throttle valve system, and (on ABS models) K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS. A new 1700 cm3 engine mounted in a light-handling chassis is all wrapped in sculpted bodywork reminiscent of 60s muscle cars. In short, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager offers everything needed for long-distance touring with or without a passenger.
Other models in the series, the Vulcan 1700 Nomad (VN1700 Classic Tourer in Europe), Vulcan 1700 Classic (VN1700 Classic in Europe) and Vulcan 1700 Classic LT, debut the same year

 
 

2009

Domestic sales of the ZRX1200 DAEG start. Designed specifically for the Japanese market, the replacement for the long-selling ZRX1200 features a new fuel-injected engine, lighthandling chassis and the latest suspension and brake technology.

 
 
 

2010

With the introduction of the new Z1000, Kawasaki takes the Supernaked concept in a new direction. Where its predecessors mated Ninja ZX-9R-based engines with original frames and striking bodywork, development of the new Z1000 started from scratch. Both the liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3 In-line Four and new aluminium twin-tube frame, featuring Horizontal Back-link rear suspension, were designed specifically for the new Z1000. Visually, the new Z1000 takes the aggressive styling of its predecessor a step forward. From the sharply sloped front cowl design to the minimalist tail section, the new Z1000 presents a very condensed, mass-forward image – a dynamic design further reinforced by its front fork covers and wide shrouds adorned with intakes for its new Cool Air system.

 
 

2010

The new 1400GTR ABS / 1400GTR (Concours 14 ABS / Concours 14 in N. America) arrives. Building on the continent-crossing performance of it predecessor, it incorporates new touring features for enhanced rider comfort and convenience. It is also equipped with KTRC, Kawasaki’s first traction control system, and 2nd generation K-ACT ABS, featuring two modes of sporty settings.

 
 
 

2010

Sales of the new Versys (650 cm3) commence. Sharper new styling better reflects its nimble, sporty nature and gives it a slimmer, sleeker look. Enhanced tandem comfort, new accessories and optional ABS mean the new Versys is better equipped than ever to provide a fun street riding experience.
Two brand new 125 cm3 models arrive. The KLX125 (dual purpose) and D-TRACKER 125 (motard-style) feature a simple air-cooled engine mounted in a lightweight compact chassis designed specifically for the 125 cm3 class
Sales of the KLX110 and KLX110L commence. The two new playbikes based on the previous KLX110 are designed for youngsters and mini-moto enthusiasts.

 

 

2011

The arrival of the new Ninja ZX-10R causes quite a sensation.
Explore the Limit
Designed with the goal of enabling more riders to taste the thrill of riding a superbike at the limit, the new model is the first complete redesign since the original 2004 model. Its new 998 cm3 engine features a revised layout, ultra-smooth power delivery and a heady maximum output of 200 PS*. The all-new cast aluminium twin-spar frame, contributing to both superb chassis control and an overall weight reduction of 10 kg, is equipped with a Big Piston Front fork and Horizontal Back-link rear suspension. Advanced technology includes S-KTRC (Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control), Kawasaki’s predictive race-type traction control, KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System), a multi-sensing system ideally suited to supersport models, and Power Mode selection. *European full-power models

 
 
 

2011

The Ninja 1000 (Z1000SX in Europe), a bike that combines the seduction of a supersport model with everyday versatility, makes its debut. Engine and chassis, based on those of the Z1000 and designed to ensure maximum street riding excitement, are complemented by wellintegrated supersport styling reflecting its sporty street riding performance. With a relaxed riding position that can accommodate everything from city riding to touring to sport riding, and numerous bike-life-enhancing features (including an adjustable windscreen, large-volume fuel tank and comfortable tandem accommodation), the Ninja 1000 offers a depth not available on Supernaked or supersport model

 
 

2011

Sales of the Z750R commence. Designed to enable even higher-level street riding than the popular Z750, the Z750R adds high-grade suspension and brake components from the 07-09MY and 10MY Z1000, as well as a sharp new front cowl and two-tone colouring.

 
 

2011

The W800, the latest model in a brand spanning 45 years, arrives. Its striking 773 cm3 Vertical Twin engine, classic proportions from a compact frame with large-diameter wheels, and a meticulous attention to detail give the W800 an authentic quality and classic beauty, while the carefully cultivated ride feel recalls the bikes of yesteryear. Modern concessions include fuel injection for clean emissions and enhanced fuel efficiency, a balancer shaft to dampen vibration and hassle-free push-button starting.

 
 

2011

Sales of the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero (VN1700 Voyager Custom ABS in Europe), Kawasaki’s first bagger model, commence. Its flowing design includes a large muscular cowling with a short wind deflector at the front and culminates with sleek integrated side cases – essential bagger equipment. High-grade cruising essentials like K-ACT ABS, Electronic Cruise Control, and a high-spec iPodcompatible audio system contribute to comfort on the open road.

 
 
 
 

2011

The new KX250F joins the ranks of fuel-injected motocrossers. The new model is the first mass-production motocrosser to feature a Separate Function front Fork (SFF), locating its damping assembly in the left fork tube and a spring in the right.

 
 
 

2012

The Ninja ZX-14R (ZZR1400 ABS in Europe) arrives.
King of All Sport Bikes Designed to settle the issue of supremacy in the flagship class once and for all, the Ninja ZX-14R’s new 1,441 cm3 engine delivers heady levels of power, making this the strongest accelerating production motorcycle on the planet. Revised chassis rigidity, sportier suspension and lighter wheels maintain the big Ninja’s light & neutral handling character while giving it a sportier edge. The beautifully sculpted bodywork is both imposing and functional, offering excellent wind protection and heat management. An added back-torque limiter and advanced electronic riding aids like the new 3-mode KTRC and Power Mode selection help manage the Ninja ZX-14R’s formidable output.

 
 

2012

The Versys 1000, conceived to enable the greatest riding enjoyment in the widest variety of street riding situations, makes its debut. Like its mid-size counterpart, it features an upright riding position, dynamic long-travel suspension and sporty 17” wheels. But using a howling In-line Four engine in a lightweight, rigid aluminium frame (both modified from the Z1000) is what gives the Versys 1000 its high street riding impact. Ample payload to accommodate both luggage and a passenger, thickly padded seats, an adjustable windscreen and functional bodywork ensure long distances can be covered in comfort. Advanced technology includes standard ABS, 3-mode KTRC and dual power modes.

 
 

2012

Sales of the new ER-6n (650 cm3) commence. Increased engine performance makes it even more fun. Aggressive street-fighter looks make it even more stylish. And a slimmer new chassis and comfortable new seat make it even easier to ride than before.

 
 
 

2012

The new Ninja 650 (ER-6f in Europe), featuring even more aggressive Ninja styling and an adjustable new windscreen, is introduced the same year.

 
 

2012

The new KX450F adds a number of new factory-inspired features designed to give serious riders an edge on the track: the MX industry’s first production-use Launch Control Mode, a new ECU with 3 selectable maps, and an adjustable riding position. In the same year, the new KX250F becomes the first production motocrosser to feature dual injectors.

 

2013

The new Ninja ZX-10R (1000 cm3) is introduced. Complementing its already high base performance, it is equipped with a new electronic steering damper jointly developed with Öhlins – offering even more advanced technology to help riders explore the limit.

 
 

2013

The Z800, the successor to the highly popular Z750, makes its debut. 40 years after the birth of the original Z, the Z800 takes the Z design in an aggressive new direction. While the design of the Z750 could be considered somewhat reserved, for the Z800 designers were given free rein to pursue a more vivid expression of the Z brand for the mid-size class. Engineers were equally unconstrained when it came to engine and chassis design. The Z800 offers even greater riding exhilaration care of its larger 806 cm3 engine displacement and a chassis that offers a sporty, yet friendly, character..

 

2013

A new Ninja ZX-6R joins the highly contested middleweight supersport
Ninja ZX-6R: Boosted
Both Ninja fans and journalists rejoice at the arrival of the new Ninja ZX-6R (636 cm3). Capitalising on the highly successful performance of its 599 cm3 predecessor, the new Ninja ZX-6R expands its area of expertise beyond the racetrack, offering performance and riding excitement in a wider range of situations. With its increased displacement, Kawasaki’s latest middleweight supersport offers more performance at all rpm as well as great usability in everyday street-riding situations. Additionally, with chassis settings focused on winding roads, the new bike is able to deliver riding exhilaration in situations ranging from the track to the hills, and the highway to the city. The most advanced mid-size supersport model Kawasaki has ever produced, the new Ninja ZX-6R is loaded with cutting-edge technology to help a wider range of riders enjoy its serious sport riding performance. Features like 3-mode KTRC, Power Mode selection and KIBS come directly from the flagship model Ninja ZX-14R and ZX-10R. Debuting on this bike, the new SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) front fork and an Assist & Slipper clutch further increase the potential for fun and exciting riding.

 
 

2013

Sales of the successor to the highly popular Ninja 250R commence. The new Ninja 250 offers aggressive new Ninja styling, increased riding excitement and a level of quality generally not seen in the 250cc class. Some features of note include Kawasaki’s first die-cast aluminium cylinder, significantly reduced engine vibration thanks to a partially rubber-mounted engine, heat management technology like the clever radiator fan cover that directs engine heat down and away from the rider, and a wider rear tyre that contributes to increased stability. ABS versions are also available in certain markets.

 

2013

Released soon after the new Ninja 250, the Ninja 300 arrives on the scene. Also designed as a successor to the Ninja 250R, the new 300 offers performance and quality beyond its class. It features a larger-displacement 296 cm3 engine boasting class-eclipsing power and torque, racetrack-level chassis stability, and race-derived clutch technology that offers a supersport-style back-torque limiter and increased ride feel. Reduced vibration and new heat management technology result in a high-quality ride feel and comfort level more common with a much larger machine. The aggressive Ninja styling package bears a strong family resemblance to flagship Ninja models, and the high level of fit and finish on par with larger models contributes to its impressive silhouette and undeniable Ninja presence.

 
 

2013

With the Z250, Kawasaki brings the wild excitement of the Supernaked concept to the 250cc class. Intended primarily for the Asian market, the Z250 features an aggressive Supernaked design inspired by larger Z Series models. Its muscular bodywork hints at the bike’s performance, while ensuring that the Z250 stands out from the crowd. And its superb level of fit and finish further separate it from ordinary “naked” models. Sharing the high-performance engine and chassis of the new Ninja 250, the Z250 offers the acceleration and handling to dominate the 250cc class. Its powerful 249 cm3 Parallel Twin engine and circuit-developed frame deliver a high level of riding excitement. But where the Ninja 250 was designed to excel on the racetrack, the Z250’s relaxed, upright riding position and wide handlebar enable active rider control, making it an ideal machine for navigating the concrete jungle.

 

2013

The big news for the 2013 KX450F is its new Pneumatic Spring Fork (PSF). Replacing the fork’s main springs with pressurised air, the PSF offers numerous benefits: lighter weight, simple adjustability, a wide setting range, reduced friction, increased bottoming resistance and improved road holding. The ability to make trackside setting adjustments with a simple air pump is a great advantage for racers and motocross enthusiasts alike. Other changes include engine fine-tuning and revised ECU settings for increased ultra-low to mid range torque.

 
 

2013

An updated KX250F adds to the highly acclaimed power offered by its dual injectors, with more direct intake routing and wider porting offering increased high rpm performance. Like the KX450F, DFI couplers offer easy access to the new ECU’s 3 maps. A slimmer frame with revised rigidity, newly designed minimalist bodywork, and a larger diameter front fork with SFF Type 2 internal construction offer lighter handling, improved ergonomics, and increased suspension performance.

 
 

2014

A special edition Ninja ZX-14R ABS, ZZR1400 ABS in Europe, with enhanced performance and appearance, offers riders an even greater premium experience. Some of the special features include a high-performance Öhlins TTX rear shock, special edition graphics and cockpit highlights, and a dimpled seat cover. European models also come standard with a performance kit exhaust and screen.

 
 

2014

A refined Ninja 1000 (Z1000SX in Europe) is introduced. Like its predecessor, it offers street riding excitement wrapped in seductive full-fairing styling. Changes to the engine and chassis for more direct response enable riders to feel even more connected to their ride. Like before the new Ninja 1000 blends control and comfort, the sportier handling not coming at the cost of ride comfort. The well balanced new package further benefits from perfectly integrated new panniers (accessory) and flagship-level technology like 3-mode KTRC and selectable Power Modes, adding to the Ninja 1000’s already highly versatile performance.

 
 

2014

A new Ninja 400 arrives. It features changes similar to those offered by the 2012 Ninja 650: increased engine performance for more fun; a new doublepipe perimeter-style frame contributing to a slimmer, lighter-handling chassis; a redesigned seat that offers increased comfort; and even more aggressive Ninja styling complemented by an adjustable new windscreen.

 

2014

A head-turning new Z1000 debuts.
Introducing Sugomi Design & Performance
Designed to be the most radical Supernaked in its highly competitive category, the new Z1000 takes a significant step forward in both looks and feel. More direct response from both engine and chassis bring riding excitement to a new level. The crisp response offers riders a very linear connection to the rear wheel and a satisfying surge of acceleration – a sensation enhanced by the Z1000’s fine-tuned intake howl. Sharper handling care of the new SFF-BP front suspension is complemented by superb brake performance offered by new radial-mount monobloc calipers. Visually, the new model’s sugomi design advances the mass-forward crouching concept of its predecessor. The low-positioned LED headlamp, which features a reflector-less construction, and leaner design are reinforced by tighter-fitting bodywork, contributing to an even more dynamic form as well as a higher quality fit and finish.
*Sugomi: The Japanese word sugomi describes the intense aura or energy given off by a person or object of greatness and felt by the viewer. Someone, or something, possessing sugomi inspires awe, leaves an indelible impression, is imposing in stature or ability, and commands respect. In the new Z1000, sugomi is evident both in its fiercely intense design and the exhilarating performance it delivers, radiating as a palpable energy.

 
 
 

2014

Kawasaki introduces its first scooter for the European market, the J300. Like all big scooters it offers comfort and convenience. But Kawasaki’s requirements for Urban Performance mean that the J300 also seamlessly blends in sport and control, and wraps it all in a distinctive design instantly recognisable as a Kawasaki. The result is a package appealing to sports-minded riders looking for a daily dose of fun from their commute.

 
 

2014

A new Estrella (250 cm3) arrives. Offering classic elegance in a slim, compact chassis powered by an air-cooled, fuel-injected single-cylinder engine, it delivers an easy to control, fun to ride package with good ride comfort. Great attention to detail ensures the Estrella offers class-leading quality feel to match its classic good looks.

 

2014

The KLX150L, a large-wheel variation of the capable KLX150 dual purpose model, is introduced. Complementing the simple yet reliable air-cooled single-cylinder engine and sturdy box-section perimeter frame, the KLX150L’s 21” front and 18” rear wheels offer increased off-road performance for trail riding. Electric start for all markets ensures hassle-free starting.

 

2014

The KSR PRO (110 cm3) is added to the KSR mini-motard line-up. Like its brethren it combines an aggressive off-road-style design with cast aluminium wheels, a powerful engine and a highly capable inverted front fork into a compact mini-moto package. The KSR PRO’s manual clutch adds another dimension of rider control, enhancing the fun of its nimble street riding performance.

 

2014

A trio of completely revamped KX mincrossers is introduced. The KX100, KX85 and KX85-II feature significantly increased engine and chassis performance, slimmer flush-fit ergonomics, and a 6-position adjustable handlebar. The stronger package enables up-and-coming racers to be faster, while sharp factory looks allow them to look like Kawasaki champion Ryan Villopoto.

 
 

2014

The Ninja 250SL (Ninja RR mono in Indonesia), Kawasaki’s newest entry into the 250cc full-fairing supersport class, appears. Powered by a 249 cm3 4-stroke Single mounted in an original trellis frame, the newest Ninja offers sporty performance in a slim, lightweight and compact package. With competitive performance, quick, nimble handling, and aggressive ergonomics, it is a lighter, racier alternative to the Ninja 250.

 
 

2014

2014 marks the fulfilment of a dream for Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes. After narrowly missing the title in 2012 (by half a point), he pilots his Ninja ZX-10R to the Superbike World Championship title – the first for Kawasaki since Scott Russell’s in 1993. Sykes’ form is dominant all season, taking 8 of 14 pole positions, and finishing on the podium 18 times (including 9 race wins) in 27 races. He records the fastest lap of the race 13 times, and is the lap leader for 255 laps – more than twice the next rider – an achievement that drives home the point that he and the Ninja ZX-10R are Superbike’s fastest rider and machine.

 
 
 

2014

In AMA racing, Ryan Villopoto captures his third consecutive title in the AMA SX Championship, then backs it up by completely dominating the AMA MX Championship, taking the title in that series as well.