Kawasaki, the Japanese Superbike powerhouse, showcased 3 new members of its Ninja family at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The bikes are launched across three engine variants – 250cc, 1000cc and the mammoth 1400cc.
Kawasaki Ninja 250 ABS
The 2016 Ninja 250 announces Kawasaki’s re-entry into the 250cc bike segment after their previous low-end sports bike was powered by a 300cc engine. The new Ninja 250 draws its design cues from the 2015 Ninja 300, featuring a split headlight and a more agressive stance than its predecessor. It is powered by a 249 cc liquid-cooled, inline-twin engine with DOHC, 8 valves and fuel-injection system, that produces 32 PS at 11,000 rpm and 21 Nm at 10,000 rpm. The motor also comes with a assist and slipper clutch which is usually only found in larger displacement models. The bike also comes standard with ABS, something that wasn’t available in the previous Ninja 250 model.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (KRT Edition)
The phenomenal performance of the ZX-10R in the 2015 Superbike World Championship resulted in Kawasaki winning the manufacturer’s as well as rider’s titles. Drawing from this racing pedigree, the new 2016 model utilises the extensive feedback from both the riders and the race team to create an even better and faster superbike. The ZX-10R is the litre-class flagship model of Kawasaki using a 998cc in-line, 4-cylinder engine that produces 165 hp of power. Kawasaki claims: “The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS is the highest performing, most track-focused sportbike available today for homologated racing use.” It also benefits from features such as a quick shift sensor and the lauded Kawasaki Braking Control that were debuted on the supercharged monstrosity that is the Ninja H2R. This bike is definitely the closest thing to a world superbike champion machine that you can ride on the roads.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R (High Grade)
The Ninja ZX-14R is the largest-displacement model in the Ninja sport bike series and is nicknamed as ‘The King of all Sport Bikes’. The bike is powered by a massive 1441cc in-line 4-cylinder engine and comes with special edition Brembo brakes to bring it to a halt before it takes off. While it can absolutely monster a quarter-mile drag strip as well as negotiate the bends of a race track, its uniqueness lies in its versitality. Unlike the race focused Ninja H2 and ZX-10R, Kawasaki has designed this bike to accomodate long-distance touring and even trips to the corner store (you might not be able to find parking for this beast though). The ZX-14R also comes with 2 power modes, a LCD display unit on the dash and an improvised Kawasaki Traction Control Unit (KTRC) to ensure that the rider maintains complete control over the bike.
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