Withfifty years of motorcycle manufacture and heritage as a solid foundation, Kawasaki used a Press Event on its booth at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan to unveil its complete road bike range for the 2016 sales season and look tothe future.
President of the Motorcycle and Engine Company, Mr Kenji Tomida was an honoured guest atthe show and gave the keynote speech highlighting new models focussing inparticular on strategies for the future, as well as showing for the first timea concept sketch based on Kawasaki's unique Supercharger technology.
Christened t he SC-02 or Soul Charger, the un-faired naked concept illustrationrevealed a machine with visual clues pointing to a smaller capacity than thelitre class Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R that it shares much of its technologywith. Mentioning that Soul Charger represented the possibility for Kawasaki to make forced induction technology scalable, Mr Tomida offered a tempting insight into just one possibledirection for Kawasaki's in-house designed and manufactured Supercharger.
Interms of the new season, Kawasaki unveiled the new J125 scooter, a partner tothe highly regarded J300. The A1 driving licence category machine marks anexciting entry for the company into the hard fought and popular 125cc scootermarket. Sharing many features with the J300, Kawasaki expects strong interestin the J125 which features ABS braking, an automatic under-seat courtesy lightand shutter style security ignition as well as the convenience of a riderfriendly 12v on-the-go charger socket.
Additionally,two new variants of the Z family gained their public debut at EICMA. The Z800and Z1000 Sugomi Editions take Kawasaki's styling and engineering concept tothe next level for these popular naked class motorcycles with new burgundy andblack colour treatments plus accent anodising and model specific Akrapovic silencers for each machine.
For fans of the larger capacity classes, the company highlighted the new-for-2016 ZZR1400 Performance Sport model which will run alongside the ever-popularstandard version. Boasting twin Akrapovic silencers as standard, the machinealso features an Ohlins TTX rear shock absorber, higher wind-screen and aBrembo braking package comprising M50 monobloc calipers, 310mm disc rotors plussteel mesh hoses and a Brembo radial pump front master cylinder.
Adding to the interest generated at the recent debut of the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R at Barcelona, the machine that has been jointly developed between the KawasakiRacing Team and Kawasaki's Akashi factory was joined by a brand new variant inMilan. Dubbed the Ninja ZX-10R Winter Edition - and resplendent in its sveltematt black and white testing livery - the new machine features the KRT Snow flake logo plus Japanese kanji fuyu character appropriately meaning Winter.Complete with a racing team partner road-legal Akrapovic silencer as standard,the ZX-10R Winter Edition looks set to answer sustained requests for such amachine by many Kawasaki fans from across Europe.