Kawasaki to Exhibit New Motorcycles at the Tokyo Motor Show
Oct. 26, 2015
Tokyo, October 26, 2015 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it will exhibit nine 2016 motorcycle models at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015, to be held at Tokyo Big Sight for 11 days starting Thursday, October 29. Of the models, three will be making their Japanese premiere: the Ninja ZX-10R ABS, the Ninja ZX-14R ABS, and the Z125 Pro. Kawasaki brands the exhibit Rideology, from "ride ideology," to reflect its longtime commitment to an ideal ride. Also to be exhibited are concept sketches of the Concept SC 01 Spirit Charger, which represents Kawasaki's dream motorcycle for the future, and items from collaboration projects with a lifestyle magazine and fashion brands.
One of the models to be exhibited is the new Ninja ZX-10R ABS, an evolution of the high-performance supersport model first introduced five years ago. Kawasaki won the annual title in the 2015 World Superbike Championship.* The 2016 Ninja ZX-10R benefits from extensive technological feedback and know-how from our race team in its engine, chassis, and electronic control, ensuring even higher race-winning potential.
Another of the models is the new Ninja ZX-14R ABS (High Grade), the largest-displacement model in the Ninja Series. It combines a powerful and easy-to-manage 1,441 cm3 inline-four engine with a slim monocoque frame for pleasant and sporty riding. Befitting a flagship model, the new high-grade model is equipped with top-of-the-line components.
Then there is the new Z125 PRO, the smallest-displacement supernaked model in the Z Series. It has a newly designed engine, a fully equipped chassis, and 12-inch wheels to offer the joy of a nimble ride. The aggressive and stylish design of its bodywork gives the Z125 PRO a strong Z family resemblance.
All of the models exhibited express Kawasaki Rideology in their own ways.
- The world's top road race that uses machines based on commercial motorcycles.
New Models for 2016
Ninja ZX-10R ABS (KRT Edition)
Dominant performance by Kawasaki riders on the Ninja ZX-10R (production racer) in the 2015 Superbike World Championship culminated in both the riders' and manufacturers' titles. The 2016 Ninja ZX-10R benefits from extensive technological feedback and know-how from our race team, ensuring even higher race-winning potential. The 998 cm3 inline-four engine's crankshaft has a lighter moment of inertia, which contributes to stronger acceleration out of corners and sharper handling. Revised frame geometry contributes to increased cornering performance. And the high-spec new Balance Free Front Fork features the same construction as the fork used on Kawasaki's race machines. Finally, Kawasaki's next-level electronic management technology offers more precise control thanks to increased chassis orientation awareness.
Ninja ZX-14R ABS (High Grade)
The Ninja ZX-14R is the largest-displacement model in the Ninja sport bike series. Its 1,441 cm3 inline-four engine combines intense acceleration and superb high-speed performance with smooth, easy-to-manage power delivery. Belying its large displacement, its unique monocoque frame helps realize a compact chassis, while enabling sporty handling. The Asian-market model on display features a raised handlebar position for an even more relaxed riding position. Befitting a flagship model, the new high-grade model is equipped with top-of-the-line components, like a Brembo front brake system that includes M50 monobloc calipers, and a high-performance TTX39 rear shock from Öhlins.
The nimblest supernaked is the smallest-displacement model in Kawasaki's Z series. Powered by a newly designed 124 cm3 single-cylinder engine, its quick-revving character and sporty performance are ideal for urban street riding. Its chassis components include a high-tensile steel backbone frame, inverted front fork, petal disc brakes front and rear — all the necessary equipment to enjoy sporty riding. Twelve-inch cast wheels contribute to nimble handling, and a manual clutch offers riders greater control. From its fierce headlamp and sharp engine shrouds to its LED taillight, the aggressive and stylish design of its bodywork gives the Z125 PRO a strong Z family resemblance.
Vehicles Exhibited (twelve vehicles representing nine models)
|Ninja ZX-10R ABS (KRT Edition)|
|Ninja ZX-14R ABS (High Grade)|
Ninja 250SL ABS (KRT Edition)
|Ninja ZX-10R (on which Jonathan Rea has become champion)|
Jackets from a collaboration project with the lifestyle magazine Leon and fashion brand junhashimoto.
Leather items from a collaboration project with Somès Saddle.