of Japan made its debut on the vivid 125 segment with two brand new machines:
the sportbike Ninja 125 and the naked
Z125 at the 76th edition
of the International Motorcycle and Accessories Exhibition (EICMA) in Milan,
Italy from November 6 to November 11, 2018.
Both share some features with their elder sisters and are
equipped with 4T liquid-cooled single-cylinder fuel-injected engine and tubular
trellis frame. Traditional telescopic front fork setup, steel rear monoshock
and disk brakes with petal-type rotor are also among technical solutions.
The company started a new chapter concerning supercharged
performance applied on the new Ninja H2
SX SE+. Compared to the SE version, the “+” variant features new KECS
(Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension) semi-active suspensions, developed in
collaboration with Showa. These components have different adjustment levels
perfectly integrated into the exclusive Riding Modes, which also include
Traction Control (KTRC) as well as Power Modes. Furthermore the brand new
Brembo Stylema brake calipers debut on this bike. On the mechanics front 998 cc
4-cylinder engine capable of 200 hp at 11.00 rpm is still confirmed. The
Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ is equipped with steel trellis frame and weighs 256 kg
(wet weight). Heated grips, quickshifter and cruise control are also included.
Kawasaki greatly upgraded its Versys 1000 model. The 1.043 cc 4-cylinder has been maintained but
now it takes advantage of Ride by Wire which allows for the adoption of the
Cruise Control as-standard feature. The Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) makes
it debut along with the cornering lights, available on the SE variant. This
last version is the most complete ever conceived thanks to numerous accessories
offered as standard, such as up&down quick shifter, semi-active electronic
suspensions (KECS) together with the full-colour TFT instrumentation capable of
connecting the bike to the rider’s smartphone.
focused their expertise on the performance of the new Ninja ZX-10R. The maxi sportbike from Akashi now reveals a new
engine equipped with finger-follower valve train, a technical solution that
takes the Ninja ZX-10R peak horsepower to a higher level (203PS). Engine main
novelties have been applied to all the Ninja ZX-10R range, which for 2019
consist of three models: ZX-10R, ZX-10RR and ZX-10RR SE. As for what concerns
the ZX-10RR version, that is the basis for the Superbike model, it will be
equipped with special Pankl titanium rods which increase the rev limit by
600rpm. Furthermore all the Ninja bikes will be offered with bi-directional
Quick Shifter as standard equipment.
EICMA 2018 also marked the coming back of the Ninja 636, the most important
Kawasaki’s Supersport icon. The new Ninja has been refreshed with modern lines,
which includes a more flowing design, twin LED headlamps as well as an
analog-digital instrumentation panel. The Ninja ZX-6R features a 636cc
liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder engine, which now meets the Euro4
regulation standards. The chassis features a pressed-aluminium perimeter frame
design, adjustable suspension, tires and sporty brakes all managed by an
electronic package which includes Traction Control, multi-function ABS and
three Riding Modes. Furthermore the quickshifter allows for upshifts without
using the clutch.
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