2025 Kawasaki KX250: Be Next

For 50 years (and counting), Kawasaki’s KX motocrossers have been built to dominate the racetrack and push racers toward the top step of the podium.

The next step in that progression is the new 2025 KX250, which receives upgrades in a number of key areas for better racetrack performance while equipping it for its factory KRT MX2 Championship debut in the coming season.

In terms of the radically updated spec, the engine power feeling at low speeds and throttle control when exiting corners are both improved for 2025 as a result of a symmetrically aligned intake and exhaust and optimised downdraft intake.

Already known for being a nimble, well-handling machine, the KX250 is now even more agile with updates to the frame and suspension, many of which are similar to those that the KX250’s older sibling, the flagship KX450, received for 2024. These updates – combined with new features such as ODI Lock-On grips and smoother new bodywork – allow the rider to move around on the bike more easily and are destined to translate into faster lap times.

Racers will be delighted with the new tech features, including Power Modes and Kawasaki Traction Control, which are easily selectable from a new switch box located on the left handlebar. Additionally, smartphone connectivity allows riders to connect with their machine to adjust engine mapping directly from their smartphones using Kawasaki’s unique Rideology App tuned specifically for the KX.

Of course, an “attention getter” is the new engine configuration. Finger-follower valve actuation stays, as does a downdraft-style intake, and dual injectors but these are now joined by a new design of piston plus a revised intake and exhaust layout (with the silencer moved further forward for better mass centralisation) and a single-shaft primary balancer for an all-around stronger package with enhanced control and greater low to mid-range urge.

The symmetrically aligned intake and exhaust deliver a strong over-run and smooth low-rpm torque characteristics.  A redesigned intake offers a much straighter route for air-fuel mix to enter the cylinder, while a centrally positioned exhaust port lines up with the intake for high airflow efficiency; both contributing to increased performance.  The optimised downdraft intake also adds to low-end performance while a single-shaft primary engine balancer contributes to smoother power delivery and reduced vibration.

There is even a completely redesigned airbox to maximise the potential of the KX250’s dual injectors and match the new downdraft intake.  Complementing the significantly increased low-end torque and the smoother power delivery, throttle response is more linear.

In terms of gear changing, a hydraulic clutch offers more direct feel and lighter lever action plus less play as the clutch heats up during heavy use. The single-shaft primary engine balancer contributes to the smooth power delivery and reduced vibration, which improves throttle control, especially when exiting slower-speed corners.

Chassis-wise, the KX250’s new frame is based on that of the 2024 KX450, and updates for 2025 to suit the new intake and exhaust layout help to deliver improved handling.  The smooth bodywork is designed to facilitate rider movement and control plus fine-tuned suspension and brake components further contribute to the KX250’s light, agile handling thanks to its optimised rigidity balance.

High-performance Showa ø48 mm inverted coil-spring forks and New Uni Trak rear suspension offer race-ready suspension performance while the Ergo-fit choice of four handlebar positions and two footpeg positions allows riders to tailor their riding position to suit body size and ergonomic preference.

Kawasaki is as focused as ever to create and provide the most rider friendly, race winning package possible. It was a tough call to make the best better but we are confident that the 2025 KX250 moves the class to the next level allowing aspiring and time served riders the unique ability to fulfil their ambition to “Be Next”.  

The KX250 will be available late summer with pricing TBC. 

Elektrode charges to next level for 2025

Following in the silent wheel tracks of the original Elektrode, the latest and larger model in the expanding family will be available in Europe for the 2025 sales season.

The Elektrode 20 is a variant of Kawasaki's first electric balance bike, the Elektrode 16, following the development concept of “My First Fun to Ride”.  Now with 20-inch wheels, the target age range has also increased to include adults allowing more riders to experience the off-road fun that powered two wheelers can bring while delivering Kawasaki's 'Fun to Ride' spirit.

Targeted at those is not yet ready to ride an off-road motorcycle or do not have the environment locally to ride one in, the Elektrode 20 is ideal for use at suitable off-road parks or campgrounds with the necessary facilities and permissions.

In its striking characteristic Kawasaki lime green and black livery, the Elektrode 20 is powered by a combination of a 48 V/10.2 Ah (489.6 Wh) battery linked to an in-wheel motor rated at 750w; a substantial increase over the Elektrode 16’s motor which is rated at 250w.  With the facility to charge – via the charger and charging lead plugged into the battery housed on the frame diagonal tube – zero to full charge in four hours with 90% of charge delivered in just three hours.

Offering three selectable speed modes riders can “tune” the performance to suit their skill and requirement from Low, Mid and High with the comfort of long riding sessions. A full hour of riding is possible in High mode and longer periods at the lower speed ratings are possible according to rider weight, terrain and usage.

The large MTB type tube frame accommodates a telescopic front fork, manual cable type front and rear brakes (operated by left and right handlebar levers) and 20 inch (50.8cm) front and rear tyres. And, in order to accommodate as many rider heights as possible, the seat offers a generous 143mm of height adjustability. It even has a front KX style “number board” to further reinforce its off-road looks and personality!

Thanks to its KX off-road inspired design – coupled with the use of the evocative Kawasaki lime green colourway – the Elektrode 20 is sure to set the pulses racing of not only those who are ready to leave the smaller Elektrode behind but also parents and family members who won’t be able to resist the ease of operation, performance, endurance and fun offered by Kawasaki’s latest all electric off-road offering.

2025 model year colour: Lime Green

Kawasaki factory MX2 team for 2025

The Kawasaki Racing Team will extend its remit in 2025 by entering the MX2 category as well as competing in the MXGP Championship.

Based at its impressive workshop near the Lommel track in Belgium, the new enterprise will come under the responsibility of existing KRT Manager, Antti Pyrhönen, while team staffing will evolve and expand according to the extra demands of an additional championship.

Initially utilising the direct relationship that the team has with the KMC factory engineers in Japan – including their wealth of design knowledge and engineering insight relating to the production KX250 machine – the KRT MX2 team will be working on an all new specification across the coming months gearing towards a fully developed race machine for 2025 season.

With no decision at this time being made on who may ride for the team, KRT are targeting those with both podium potential allied to the skill to provide accurate feedback during the important pre-season testing phase. 

Speaking of the new challenge, Antti Pyrhönen, KRT MXGP Manager, was in characteristically optimistic mood.
“When I discussed with our Team Principle, Kimi Räikkönen, the possibility to raise our game to another level and enter MX2 he immediately saw the potential and agreed this was our next logical step. We have built up an incredible working relationship with Kawasaki in Japan and we are determined to repay their trust in us by making an impact with this new project”.

For Kawasaki Motors Europe, Race Planning Manager, Steve Guttridge, emphasised the potential of the new initiative in terms of guiding young talent to the very top.
“Having both MXGP and MX2 run by our factory team offers Kawasaki the opportunity to offer young, very talented riders a dream seat in MX2. Being inside KRT means they can also be well prepared for future MXGP duties within a familiar team environment. We want to win World titles with home grown talent; the structure that Antti and Kimi have built alongside our factory staff offers just that”.

Concluding, Shigemi Tanaka, General Manager, Marketing & Sales Division, Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. commented.

“This is an important step for Kawasaki and it reflects our long established ethos of growing and encouraging talent from green shoots to green wins. It is fundamental to our off road philosophy to provide not just hardware in terms of competitive KX machinery but also the “software” historically manifested by our legendary Team Green race and rider support programme.

The best way to lead is by example, so the establishment of this factory attack on MX2 honours within the highly professional and proven race-winning structure of the Kawasaki Racing Team will provide a stable base for rider and championship success. We hope youth riders will see this as something to aspire to and, in turn, to graduate from MX2 experience and success towards MXGP, the very pinnacle of motocross.”      

London Calling As Kawasaki Set To Exhibit At Savile Row Concours Event!



Renowned the world over for its tailoring, Savile Row has been at the heart of London’s fashion industry for centuries. The Savile Row Concours event blends bespoke tailoring with luxury automotive, and Kawasaki UK is proud to be attending the 2024 display with its revolutionary Hybrid and EV motorcycles.  

Taking over the entire road, the two-day Concours event (May 22nd and 23rd) attracts thousands of fans eager to explore the array of spectacular machines, fascinating tailors’ displays and enjoy live talks and music on the central stage. First launched in 2022, the event has continued to grow each year, and 2024 looks set to be the biggest yet.
 
Kawasaki UK is proud to announce that it will showcase its innovative EV machines and the world’s first mass-produced hybrid motorcycles on both days. Located in the heart of London, the event is the ideal place to promote the advantages of green machines in urban environments.
 
Admission to the event is free, and more information can be found at https://concoursonsavilerow.com/.
 
Craig Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kawasaki Motors UK:

This is a really exciting opportunity for Kawasaki, allowing us to showcase our latest generation of motorcycles to an audience who are not necessarily two-wheel focused. Savile Row needs no introduction, being at the cutting-edge of design since the 1800s, so it is fitting that we are bringing cutting-edge motorcycle design to the event, allowing visitors to see what the future of transport looks like.

SymCirrus Motorsport Team UpWith Kawasaki For All-New Pirelli National Sportbike Series!

The experienced SymCirrusMotorsport team has partnered with Kawasaki UK to lead the Ninja charge in theall-new Pirelli National Sportbike series. The three-rider team of LennonDoherty, Charlie Atkins, and Jack Kirsch will use the Ninja 650, while teammatesEd Best and Luca Hopkins strengthen the Ninja presence in the Pirelli NationalSuperstock and Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen series.

With testing underway today at Oulton Park ahead of the second round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship this weekend, the SymCirrus Motorsport Kawasaki squad is proud to confirm its five-rider team for 2024. The Market Harborough-based team have been working hard over the winter in partnership with Team Green Technical Partners, MSS Performance and Corby Kawasaki to turn the Ninja 650 into a competitive machine for the all-new British Sportbike series. 

With the bike already enjoying success over the years on the roads at the Isle of Man TT, the three-rider lineup of Doherty, Atkins, and Kirsch will be looking to replicate that when the new Championship begins in earnest this weekend.

Further strengthening the team’s connection with Kawasaki, Ed Best will compete in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship aboard the Ninja ZX-10RR, while Luca Hopkins will be racing under the SymCirrus Motorsport Kawasaki colours in the exciting new Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen series. 

Steve Holborough, SymCirrus Motorsport Kawasaki Team Owner:

“I am excited to be part of the new sportbike class and working with the series and Kawasaki we are looking forward to seeing what the Ninja 650 is capable of. It’s a learning process and we will judge the success on the results at the end of the season. Thank you to all of those involved to date, Corby Kawasaki, Steve Hill, EBC and R&G.”

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department:

We are really excited by the new Championships in the BSB series as it allows us to showcase more of the Kawasaki range, and it’s fantastic to be partnering with SymCirrus Motorsport for the 2024 season. They have a long and successful pedigree in the paddock and they have been working hard to develop the Ninja 650 for the new Sportbike series, so we are really excited to see what they can do when the Championship gets underway this weekend.

Bimota returns to WorldSBK in 2025

The iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer Bimota is set to return to the world racing stage in 2025 competing in the Motul FIM WorldSBK Championship.

Winners of the 1980 350cc World Championship fielding Jon Ekerold on a two-cylinder, two stroke Bimota YB3 machine, success was also achieved in TT Formula 1 with legend Virginio Ferrari aboard a YB4R taking the Championship honours in1987. No strangers to four stroke machinery, Bimota won no less than seven races in the very first World Superbike Championship year of 1988 thanks to Davide Tardozzi (5) and Stephane Mertens (2). Even as late as the year 2000, Bimota were still able to achieve a WorldSBK race win thanks to the late, great Anthony Gobert aboard an SB8R machine mounting the top step of the podium at a wet Phillip Island race weekend.

For the 2025 season, Bimota is partnering with Kawasaki in a joint venture which will result in a Bimota chassis with Kawasaki engine (plus allied technology), competing in WorldSBK. Not only will the donor Ninja ZX-10RR powerplant be familiar, but also many of the team staff as Kawasaki transfers its efforts into the Bimota racing program marking a landmark moment in the journey of the Kawasaki Racing Team after nearly four decades in the premier global racing series based on production machines that can be purchased at dealerships.

Recognising not just the legacy of Kawasaki in Superbike racing, but also the close cooperation and synergies between majority Bimota shareholder, Kawasaki, and the Rimini based Italian manufacturer, the new team will operate under the title of Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team.

Fielding a machine jointly developed by Bimota and Kawasaki, the new team will play a pivotal role in the wider global recognition and market presence of the Bimota brand as well as being crucial in highlighting the hand built craftsmanship and care that goes into the creation of every Bimota product. This wider appreciation of the Bimota brand and its core racing DNA is also expected to create increased demand and sales of Bimota street motorcycles. 

Speaking about the new direction for Kawasaki in WorldSBK, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. Hiroshi Ito, stated: “Bimota has an enviable reputation for excellence in motorcycle design and manufacture. As part of our vision for the evolution of this world famous brand we see racing as a logical next step in terms of both product development as well as brand exposure on the global stage. Our commitment to WorldSBK is as strong as ever and we hope that this new racing project will energise fans of both Bimota and Kawasaki. The passion for race success remains and we look forward to the presence of the Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team on the 2025 WorldSBK grid”.  

On behalf of Bimota, COO, Pierluigi Marconi, commented:
“The engineering, technology and day to day business support already offered by Kawasaki has put Bimota firmly back into the consciousness of the media and potential customers, now it is time to take a next step in our evolution.Bimota has had racing as part of its DNA from day one and to compete in WorldSBK alongside developing our new product range, while expanding the European and global dealer network, has an undeniable logic to it.

With the unparalleled experience of the existing Kawasaki racing team experts plus the full support and cooperation of Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. in Japan fills us with pride and optimism. The Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team will surely form the foundations of the next chapter in the Bimota story”.

KRT Team Manager, Guim Roda, concluded:
“In the past thirteen years, myself, and all of those at the KRT workshop in Granollers, have dedicated ourselves wholeheartedly to the Kawasaki Superbike project and garnered seven WorldSBK rider titles in that time plus numerous team and manufacturer awards. Now – after Kawasaki competing for nearly four decades in the Superbike championship – we are proud to be part of a new era forming the infrastructure of the new Bimota by Kawasaki Racing Team.

For sure we will spare some time to reflect on and celebrate the heritage of Kawasaki in Superbike racing, but we are also extremely excited to be a core component of this new Bimota and Kawasaki joint venture. This is an evolution for Kawasaki’s approach to the top level of production racing and we are honoured to play our role in this new project. I am confident we have the technology and human resources necessary to succeed and it will be a fresh, energising experience fielding an impressive two rider team in the 2025 Motul FIM WorldSBK Championship.”   

James Hillier and Bournemouth Kawasaki reunite for TT 2024!

Kawasaki UK is excited to announce that James Hillier will be returning to Team Green for the 2024 Isle of Man TT, reuniting with long-time partner Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing to compete in the Supersport class aboard a 40th anniversary-liveried Ninja ZX-6R! 

The pairing have enjoyed a rich history at the iconic event, securing multiple podium finishes together across multiple classes. However, it’s been the Supersport class where they have enjoyed the most success, scoring five podiums with the Ninja ZX-6R. 

After several years away, the Bournemouth Kawasaki team is returning to the Isle of Man TT and will be partnering with Hillier once again. With 2024 marking the 40th anniversary of the iconic Kawasaki Ninja brand, the team will be running the latest ZX-6R in the highly popular green, white and blue anniversary colours. 

James Hillier:
“I’m excited to be back with Pete and the team at Bournemouth Kawasaki once again for the Supersport races. We collectively have a lot of knowledge and data after many years racing together and at the TT that’s a crucial element to being competitive.” 

Pete Extance, Bournemouth Kawasaki Team Owner:
“We are really looking forward to our return to the Isle of Man TT as Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing, which we are proud to say is an in-house dealer effort. The TT is, without doubt, the best road race in the world, and we are over the moon to be back involved in 2024. It’s a great honour to be running James again, and even more so with the 40th Anniversary liveried Ninja machine. Big thanks to Kawasaki UK for the support.” 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department:
“We are really happy to welcome James back into the Kawasaki fold for the Supersport races this year. Together with Pete and the Bournemouth Kawasaki team we have collectively enjoyed a great deal of success over the years, so we are really hopeful of more trophies in 2024! We’d like to thank both Pete and James for pulling this together, and we can’t wait to see him head off down Bray Hill on what will be a stunning retro-themed Ninja ZX-6R!”

The popular Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days return for 2024!

This summer, riders across the UK will once again be able to enjoy the latest models in the 2024 Kawasaki range when the brand’s popular Dealer Demo Days roadshow returns. Kicking off in April, the event will visit dealers the length and breadth of the country.

With summer just around the corner, the Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days is the perfect opportunity for riders to get out on the road and try the latest 2024 Kawasaki range. This year’s event will run between April and September and will see the roadshow visit dozens of dealers across the UK, so customers should keep an eye on their local dealers for their closest event.
 
Each event will see a huge array of machines for riders to book test rides on, including the exciting new Ninja 7 Hybrid and Z 7 Hybrid machines, Ninja ZX-4RR, Z500 and Ninja 500. Alongside these new models, attendees will also be able to try the ever-popular Ninja 1000SX and Versys range.  
 
Craig Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kawasaki Motors UK:

With the better weather just around the corner, the excitement to get out riding again is definitely building! Our Dealer Demo Days have been a huge success in recent years, so we’re pleased to be bringing them back again for 2024, offering bikers a chance to experience some of the latest and exciting machines in our range.”

 
Full line-up of models available to test ride:

Z500 SE
Ninja 500 SE
Eliminator SE
Ninja 650
Ninja ZX-4RR
Ninja ZX-6R
Z 7 Hybrid*
Z900
Z900RS
Ninja 1000SX
Versys 1000 SE
Ninja ZX-10R
Ninja H2 SX SE
Z H2 SE
Ninja 7 Hybrid*

 
*Hybrid machines are subject to availability
 

Kirkcaldy Kawasaki – Saturday 22nd June 2024

Address: 149-157 Rosslyn Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 3HT
Tel: 01592 656910

Fowlers Kawasaki – Saturday 06th July 2024
Address: 2 – 12 Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3DR
Tel: 01179 772272

Shirlaws Motorcycles – Saturday 20th July 2024
Address: Wellington, Circle, Altens, Aberdeenshire, AB12 3JG
Tel: 01224 584855

Bolton Kawasaki – Saturday 27th July 2024
Address: Ivy Road Garage, Ivy Road, Bolton, BL1 6DJ
Tel: 01204 491511

Grow with Kawasaki – new KX112 available for 2024

As riders grow and progress in their riding ambitions, their bike – and its size – is of great importance. Kawasaki can now offer a new capacity option for young riders with the introduction of the KX112.

A classic two-stroke, water-cooled single cylinder machine with a 19inch front and 16inch rear wheel combination, the KX112 is destined to make a great practice or track day bike for younger riders getting to grips with precise machine control and practicing their race craft.

Thanks to a sturdy six speed transmission, allied to tried and trusted Kawasaki KX engineering, the KX112 enjoys factory inspired styling and Dunlop MX33 tyres.  Additionally, unique Kawasaki “Ergofit” functionality delivers an adjustable handlebar mounting system allowing riders to tailor fit their riding style and size by selecting from six different possible handlebar positions.

With an 870mm seat height and weighing in at just 77kg, the new KX112 will for sure be an exciting new practice and track day option for discerning young riders in 2024.

BillyAskew and Bobby Bruce join Dixon Racing Team!

Afteran incredible 2023 season that saw him win every race he finished, Billy Askewwill remain with Kawasaki for next year, joining fellow new recruit Bobby Bruceand Jack Chambers in the Dixon Racing Team. The signing completes an excitinglineup for Team Green in the UK for 2024 that includes Tommy Searle, MelPocock, Joel Rizzi, Carlton Husband and Charlie Cole.

As one of the hottest new talents in UK motocross, and after a dominant year in 2023, Kawasaki is excited to retain Askew for the 2024 season, where he will compete in the EMX250 and British MX2 Championships. The youngster will be able to learn from teammates Bobby Bruce, who will be competing in the MX2 GP and British Championships, and Jack Chambers, who will fight for MX2 honours in the MXGP series. The three-rider dream team will all be utilising the race-proven Kawasaki KX250 and will once again work with Bike It as their title sponsor, their 30th year of working with the team!

Mark and Sam Yates from Revo Developments have helped orchestrate the signing of Billy, and everyone at Kawasaki is sure he will have a fantastic year and a bright future in the sport. His signing completes a fantastic lineup for Team Green, who enjoy a growing presence in the British motocross class, with the previously announced Dirt Store Kawasaki trio of Searle, Pocock and Rizzi all tipped for success, while the Phoenix Tools Evenstrokes Kawasaki duo of Husband and Cole are also working hard over the winter ready to come out swinging when the season gets underway.

Steve Dixon, Team owner of Dixon Racing Team:

“We are pleased to welcome Bobby and Billy to the team for next season alongside Jack. We have a long history of taking on young talented riders and bringing them through to eventually become GP winners as part of Team Green. So we are hoping that our 2024 line up can emulate our historic success with riders such as Paul Malin, Carl Nunn, Billy Mackenzie and Max Anstie! And with the 2024 Motocross of Nations back in the UK, we strongly believe that either of these young British riders can be a contender for the MX2 spot! Next year is my 35th year of running a GP team and my 10th year with Kawasaki and I remain just as passionate about the sport and achieving results, I can’t wait to get on track!”

 Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:

We are very pleased to see Billy back on a green machine for 2024. He was phenomenal this year, and we’re confident he will continue to progress quickly in MX2 under the Dixon Racing Team awning. The return of Bobby to Team Green also brought a smile to our faces, and we believe that with the right bike underneath him and the right team around him, he will be capable of very strong results. We have a fantastic lineup of riders and teams across the whole of Team Green for 2024, and I’m personally very excited to see how it pans out on track both in the UK and in the MXGP series!”

Kawasaki UK announces Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen support partners

With 2024 edging closer, Kawasaki UK is excited to announce the support partners for the all-new Tracker Kawasaki British Superteen Championship. This includes Silkolene, Reactive Parts, Samco, GB Racing, K-Tech suspension, and Spark IT exhausts, ensuring each Ninja ZX-4RR is ready for the track while keeping costs as competitive as possible.

Fresh from announcing Tracker as the title sponsor to the exciting new series, Kawasaki is strengthening the prospect for young riders with a host of leading partners joining the Championship. Team Green partner Silkolene will be providing a free, comprehensive product bundle to every rider as they collect their new Ninja ZX-4RR, ensuring they will be fully prepared for when the season gets underway in May. Silkolene will also be providing spot prizes throughout the season.
 
Alongside providing a number of parts for each machine, Reactive Parts will also be running a “Holeshot Award” for each Sunday Feature Race of the season, with the first rider passing through sector one on lap one receiving a full set of ZX-4RR CRC bodywork! Further race support comes from Samco and GB Racing, who are offering free products for the initial bike build, keeping racing costs to a minimum. To ensure each ZX-4RR is truly track-ready, K-Tech suspension and Spark IT exhausts are providing product support to every entrant into the series.
 
Kawasaki UK would like to say a huge thanks to Team Green Technical Partners, MSS Performance, who have been instrumental in bringing these deals together and for building what looks set to be a full grid of Superteen machines in 2024.
 
Since the launch in July, spaces on the grid have been filling up fast, but there are still some slots available, so riders and teams interested in joining this exciting new class should contact MSS Performance at orders@mssperformance.com and register yourself with BSB at superteen@msvracing.co.uk.
 
 Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:
“This new class wouldn’t be possible without the support from all of our partners, some new for 2024 and some that have been with us for a number of years. On behalf of Kawasaki UK, I would like to thank everyone for getting involved, and I’m confident that it will be a hugely successful class within the British Superbike Championship paddock next season. There is now a big job ahead for MSS Performance to get all of these bikes ready for testing, but with ZX-4RRs already arriving in Colchester, it won’t be long until we start seeing laps being spun on track!”

Kawasaki UK unveil three special colourways for the 2024 Ninja ZX-10RR

Voted for by fans, the three stunning machines were revealed live on the Kawasaki stand at Motorcycle Live today and are available to order from dealers now.

With 2024 marking the 40th anniversary of the Ninja brand, Kawasaki UK worked with Kar Lee Design to create a range of liveries for the ZX-10RR inspired by retro colourways from the last four decades. Kawasaki’s social media followers voted for their favourite, with UK specialist SprayBay then turning the three most popular ones into reality before their appearance on the Kawasaki UK Motorcycle Live stand. 

There are just 40 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RRs available, each with anniversary plates set into the top yokes bearing the special moniker of 1 of only 40 and the anniversary logo.  Customers will be able to choose their favourite from the three designs. 

In addition to the unique colourways, each bike will be a Performance Edition, featuring an Akrapovic muffler, pillion seat cover, smoked windshield and tank pad. Customers will also receive a paddock stand, a special bike cover, and a Ninja 40th anniversary keyring. 

The anniversary ZX-10RR will cost £26,599 and is available to order from dealers now.  

Craig Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kawasaki Motors UK

“The retro theme has become very popular over the past couple of years, and we thought it would be great to further celebrate 40 years of Ninja with these special liveries commemorating the designs of historic Ninjas from the 90s. We are sure they are going to be very popular, so it’s key that you speak to your local Kawasaki dealer as soon as possible!”

Kawasaki adds original Ninja colourways to 2024 model line

Having already unveiled several 40th anniversary Ninja models for the 2024 range in the racetrack influenced ZXR livery of blue, white and green, Kawasaki has now gone full throttle with the announcement of two further celebration models – but with a twist. 

Reimagining the famous 1985 Ninja 900 colours for a today’s riding generation, the new season line will now include 40th Anniversary Editions of the Ninja 1000SX and Ninja 650, resplendent in black, silver and red livery redolent of early USA market Ninja models retailed in Europe under the GPz brand name.

The unmistakable two-tone Firecracker Red and Ebony colours are inspired by the 1985 Kawasaki GPZ900R with the colour of the silver line separating the red and ebony panels carefully selected to match the brightness of the original.

Additionally, on top of the fuel tank, a 40th anniversary emblem sit proudly. Designed in a style similar to a championship sticker and reminiscent of the 1980s racing scene, the outline of the “Ninja” logo was reproduced using the original designs while the “Liquid-Cooled” logo used elsewhere symbolises the transition from air-cooled to liquid-cooled engines in the late 80s.Attention to detail abounds with the eye-catching addition of silver-coloured wheel rim tape representing the texture of the machined wheels of the 1980s.

Predicted to be a highly popular and collectable iteration of the Ninja family, all 40th Edition models will be available in showrooms alongside a vibrant range of standard colourways for the 2024 season.

Making the future a feature of today, Kawasaki hopes that a new generation of riders will enjoy and celebrate four decades of Ninja in the nest way possible; on the open road at the controls of an iconic sports machine. 

Kawasaki adds spice to the 500cc class in 2024

Since the legendary Mach III of 1969, the model name “Kawasaki 500” has energised and excited riders globally. For 2024, Kawasaki is set to unleash both a Ninja 500 and Z500 to join the battle for sales in the hard-fought mid-capacity sector.

The aggressively styled Z500 is powered by a new twin-cylinder, water-cooled engine equipped with an Assist and Slipper clutch. The responsive power unit is housed in a lightweight trellis type chassis delivering reassuring handling and easy reach to the ground for A2 licence holders. More experienced riders will be keen to take advantage of the lithe cornering and instant urge during sporting weekend rides.

Equipped with a LCD meter, the 2024 Z500 will also be available as a Special Edition model with its own unique livery plus the addition of an under-cowl, a colour TFT meter providing the ability to access information via the latest version of the Kawasaki Rideology App on the rider’s Smartphone and USB-C outlet.

According to the market where it is sold, the SE version might also include smoke style instrument panel cover, radiator screen, crash sliders, pillion seat cover, tank pad plus knee grip pads. In terms of genuine accessories, the Z500 owner enjoys a plethora of choice including large windshield (in clear or smoke), an ERGO-FIT high seat (+30 mm), tank bag and wheel rim tape.

Enjoying the same core trellis type chassis and invigorating twin-cylinder, water-cooled engine as the Z, the 2024 Kawasaki range also features a new Ninja 500. Presented in the new more aggressive Ninja family look with angular upper cowl and a comprehensive performance styling package, the Ninja 500 meets European A2 licence regulations widening its appeal across experienced riders with a desire for a narrow chassis and easy reach to the ground plus reassuring low speed manoeuvrability matched to genuine sporting performance.

Boasting the possibility to increase the seat height by 30mm via the fitment of an ERGO-FIT high seat, the range of other genuine accessories is comprehensive allowing riders to create a truly personalised mount. And for those that want to start their Ninja 500 ownership experience with an increased specification straight out of the box, the Ninja 500 Special Edition is a bike made for them. Equipped with its own unique colour graphic treatment, the SE includes KIPASS keyless ignition as standard plus a TFT meter and USB-C outlet. Like the Z500 SE, it may also feature a variety of other parts in its specification according to market including, radiator screen or pillion seat cover among other items. In the 500 class, 2024 is the right time to make a statement!   

Colours for the 2024 Z500 models are:

Z500

Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray

Z500 SE
Candy Persimmon Red/Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray
Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray 

Colours for the 2024 Ninja 500 models are:

Ninja 500

Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Raw Graystone 

Ninja 500 SE
Lime Green/Ebony
Metallic Matte Dark Gray/Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Moondust Gray

Kawasaki doubles its Hybrid offer with new Z model

Hot on the heels of the Barcelona media launch of its globally unique Ninja 7 Hybrid, Kawasaki has now doubled its presence in this exclusive market with the announcement of the Z 7 Hybrid.

Harnessing the same innovative, unique* and groundbreaking technology as its fully faired sibling, the 2024 Z7 Hybrid is a naked style bike – or should that be bikes? as it is effectively three machines in one thanks to electric power allied to hybrid and internal combustion technologies.

With two power sources, a 43.5kw max power 451cc water-cooled four-stroke twin cylinder internal combustion engine and a 9kw maximum rated electric traction motor, the latest (and most technically advanced) – Z is ready for what the city, the suburbs and countryside can challenge it with … plus come back for more!

Calling out its strong hybrid** credentials, the Z7 Hybrid can operate in three ways. As a full EV with automatic transmission, the machine is suitable for zero emission zones and can operate for up to 12kms on electric only before the internal combustion engine seamlessly provides battery charge – remember this is a true Hybrid so the machine recharges itself.

In Eco-Hybrid mode, the electric motor works in harmony with the internal combustion engine providing a “best of both worlds” solution offering the choice of either six speed automatic transmission or manual gear selection via “up and down” paddles on the left handlebar – which, naturally, features no clutch lever. A “walk mode” is also a feature for ease of manoeuvring and parking plus selectable auto engine stop at standstill reflecting current automotive thinking. 

Finally, sports mode unleashes the full performance potential of both the electric and gasoline motors with the addition of an “E-Boost” function (via a paddle switch on the right handlebar) that effectively harnesses all the potential power available in a short five second burst for litre class acceleration from a standing start or truly impressive thrust while riding. Matched to a potential for fuel economy in the 250cc class category, the Z7 Hybrid truly represents the best of both worlds and looks set to change the game.

Relying on the same trellis type chassis layout and running gear as the Ninja 7 Hybrid, the ‘Sugomi’ styled Z7 Hybrid opens up a new world in the naked class sector while doubling the Strong Hybrid offer from Kawasaki in the market from one to two machines. Expected to be on sale during the Spring of 2024, the Z 7 Hybrid moves Kawasaki firmly to centre stage in the constantly evolving universe of powered-two-wheeler technology.

Colours Z 7 Hybrid:
Metallic Bright Silver/Metallic Matte Lime Green/Ebony

Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Ebony/Metallic Graphite Gray

*1 Mass production models (excluding scooters) from a major power sports manufacturer as of October 6, 2023, per Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. research. **2 Strong hybrid systems combine an internal combustion engine (ICE) with an electric motor for powerful riding, and because of their large battery capacity they are able to run on electricity alone.