Kawasaki has finally unveiled five new bikes for 2021, the first phase of their two-part release for the New Year. In this release, the manufacturer announced the following models:

  • Kawasaki KLX300
  • Kawasaki KLX300SM
  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR
  • Kawasaki Z H2 SE

KLX300

This model should get adventure riders excited. A fuel-injected, 292 cc liquid-cooled four stroke engine drives the electric-start bike, while “dual-sport turned long-travel suspension” keeps the bike relevant on and off road. The frame was made to be lightweight without sacrificing maneuverability or handling, another aspect that gives the bike some edge off of the pavement.

The bike is available through Kawasaki dealers now with a price tag of $5,599-$5,799 depending on the colorway.

KLX 300 in Action

KLX300SM

The supermoto KLX shares a lot of the same features of the KLX300 – same engine, similar chassis – but a few key differences make the bike a street-only champion. A big difference is that the bike has 17-inch front and rear wheels with different gear ratios. The semi-floating disc brake up front and single-piston caliper disc in the rear contribute to the bike’s street performance as well. Ergonomic features like narrower handlebars and time-tested seat design help keep the rider comfortable, upright, and aggressive on the bike.

The bike is available through Kawasaki dealers now with a price tag of $5,999 for all available colorways.

KLX300SM in Action

Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-10RR

The Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-10RR are similar bikes with new and improved features. The 2021 supersport bikes promise updated engines, light-handling chassis, refreshed suspension settings, and the next-generation Ninja styling with integrated winglets. All of these features work together to improve on the performance and handling of the 2021’s predecessor.

Both bikes include a 998cc in-line four-cylinder 16-valve engine and use Showa suspension with the latest technology. New electronics and software allow for the efficient setting of traction control and cruise control with the simple touch a button.

The big difference between the 10R and the 10RR comes from different tires and wheels and different electronic functionality. The 10RR’s electronics offers more customization and adjustability than the 10R’s.

The Ninja ZX-10R is available through Kawasaki dealers now with a price tag of $16,399-$17,699 depending on if you purchase a model with ABS. The Ninja ZX-10RR is available at a price of $28,999.

Ninja 10RR Profile

Z H2 SE

The Kawasaki Z H2 SE is a supercharged, special edition bike that is ready to rip. It keeps the powerful 998cc engine and naked chassis of the Z line motorcycles, but adds new electronic brake control with Skyhook Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (EERA) technology and new Brembo Stylema Monobloc Brake Calipers and a Brembo Front Brake Master Cylinder. These updates work together to offer maximum stopping power and aggressive performance, allowing the bike to adapt to the road in the moment. The EERA system keeps the bike rock-solid while braking, and the Brembo brakes offer strong braking performance with enhanced control. Like the 300SM, both the front and rear wheels are 17″.

The bike is available through Kawasaki dealers now with a price tag of $19,700 for all available colorways.

H2 SE Bike

What’s Next?

These bikes are exciting, but they’re only the first half of Kawasaki’s 2021 bikes to be released. We’ll have to wait until January 26, 2021 to learn what the second five bikes are, though these new models will keep us more than busy until then.

For more information on each of the new bikes announced, read their respective press releases below. For more information on pricing and availability, contact your local Kawasaki dealer.

Official Kawasaki Press Releases

Kawasaki KLX300

The all-new 2021 Kawasaki KLX®300 motorcycle is designed to provide unlimited on- and off-road fun for riders of all skill levels. Staying true to its roots, the all-new KLX300 lightweight dual-sport motorcycle comes ready with all the tools necessary to deliver an exciting riding experience, taking on paved streets, back roads, wooded trails and beyond.

The new engine on the KLX300 features an easy to use powerband that provides unmatched rider comfort and delivers an exhilarating pull at higher revs. Fitted with a 21-inch front wheel, off-road tires and upgraded suspension, the KLX300 is equally at home navigating city traffic or traversing  wooded trails.

2021 KLX300 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Powerful fuel-injected 292 cc liquid cooled four stroke engine
  • Convenient electric start
  • Dual-sport tuned long-travel suspension
  • On-road dual-sport versatility
KLX 300 Bike

ENGINE

The new KLX300 dual-sport is powered by an enduro-inspired 292 cc liquid-cooled DOHC engine with a rewarding spread of power across the rev range. The engine features cam profiles sourced from the  KLX®300R off-road model, an electrofusion cylinder and ultra-hard coating in the aluminum cylinder. The result is a crisp throttle response that complements the motorcycle’s rider-friendly low to mid-range and offers improved engine reliability. A lightweight piston, piston pin and connecting rod also contribute to power-producing revs. 

The engine has low reciprocating weight thanks to the use of a cam lobe for each valve, with shim-under tappet arrangement, which also contributes to better efficiency during high RPM. With a bore and stroke of 78.0 x 61.2 mm, the engine boasts 292 cc. Rider comfort on longer trips is also increased in part to the engine’s low mounting point, which effectively lowers its center of gravity. A flat piston and pent-roof combustion chamber deliver a 11.1:1 compression ratio.

KLX 300 Engine

The fuel injection system contributes to reliable starting in a wide range of conditions and electric start makes firing up the KLX300 a breeze. Optimized ignition timing and a gear-driven engine balancer also contribute to a smooth engine with an easy to use power delivery, providing maximum rider comfort during long trips.

Several updates to the radiator deliver superior cooling efficiency, including the use of dual radiators and slimmer radiator sizing. An innovative radiator fan cover directs hot air down and away from the rider, significantly increasing comfort when stuck in heavy traffic or operating in warm riding conditions.

Gear ratios on the new KLX300 facilitate shifting for optimal performance off-road and on. The KLX300 features a honeycomb catalyzer and a secondary air system for clean emissions, along with a spark arrester.

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

The KLX300 features a box-and-tubular-section high-tensile steel perimeter frame that creates a slim, lightweight package, which offers maneuverability and excellent handling on- or off-road. A 26.7-degree caster angle and short wheelbase provide quick handling characteristics, while the high rigidity frame ensures a composed ride. The lightweight, highly rigid aluminum D-section swingarm also contributes to low unsprung weight.

The 43 mm inverted cartridge-style fork handles the suspension up front and comes with compression damping adjustability. A Uni-Trak® suspension can be found on the rear, which offers excellent road holding ability and bump absorption. A gas-charged shock with preload and rebound damping adjustments allows riders to tailor suspension settings to better suit different riding conditions.

BRAKES & WHEELS

Front and rear petal disc brakes on the KLX300 offer impressive stopping performance with a twin-piston caliper gripping a 250 mm disc up front and a single-piston caliper gripping the 240 mm disc in the rear.

KLX 300 Wheel

The KLX300 comes fitted with a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel, for plenty of off-road possibilities. Excellent wheel rigidity contributes to light, smooth handling and offers outstanding durability.

ERGONOMICS

The KLX300 dual-sport motorcycle receives a comfortable handlebar position that puts the rider in a relaxed and upright position to deliver an easy to control ride. Footpegs are also positioned closer to the bike’s centerline for an optimal riding position.

Complementing the new KLX300 adventure capabilities is a fine-tuned seat design for added comfort on longer rides and a 35.2-inch seat height for increased stability when stopped.

KLX 300 Seat

INSTRUMENTS & STYLING

The KLX300 features modern off-road styling that is guaranteed to turn heads in the city and off the beaten path. The new sharp front cowl and headlight design give the motorcycle an aggressive touch. Its rugged design includes a mounted off-road style rear fender and sharp taillight that contributes to the motorcycle’s bold theme. Additionally, the KLX300 has a more orthodox, round-shaped mirror.

An all-digital instrument panel offers the rider valuable information at a glance. The instrument panel features a digital speedometer, bar-type tachometer, clock, dual trip meters, and a range of warning/indicator lamps.

ACCESSORIES

A handful of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories (KGA) allow riders to personalize the rugged look of the KLX300 and offer added convenience. Rear carriers are designed to conveniently secure gear on the back of the motorcycle when it’s time to escape for a quick day trip or overnight adventure.

The accessory hand guards add an aggressive look while also blocking the wind from the rider’s hands. Handlebar pads are also available for an even stronger off-road look.

COLORS

The 2021 KLX300 dual-sport is available in the Lime Green and the Fragment Camo Gray colorways.

MSRP

$5,599 for Lime Green and $5,799 for Fragment Camo Gray

Kawasaki KLX300SM

The all-new 2021 KLX®300SM takes the fun to the streets in full supermoto style. Staying true to its roots, the all-new KLX300SM street-focused lightweight supermoto motorcycle comes ready with all the tools necessary to deliver an exciting riding experience. Smooth power delivery and crisp throttle response helps riders maneuver through stop-and-go city traffic, navigate country back roads or experience the exhilaration of supermoto racing at their local track.

KLX300SM Full Bike

The 2021 KLX300SM was developed alongside the KLX®300 dual-sport and features similar DNA, including many shared engine and chassis components. Where the models differ is overall styling and intended use. While the KLX300 dual-sport is equal parts on-road and dirt, the KLX300SM receives a host of supermoto inspired componentry. This includes 17-inch front and rear wheels paired with street tires, supermoto tuned suspension, and aggressive styling. These differences establish the KLX300SM as the ultimate lightweight supermoto.

For riders looking for a sporty model that keeps to the streets, the all-new KLX300SM lightweight supermoto is quick to steal the scene with equal parts performance and attitude. This supermoto’s ability to hold a tight line around a corner will have riders smiling in their helmets, whether riding laps around the track or carving through city traffic.

2021 KLX300SM HIGHLIGHTS

  • 17-inch front and rear wheels
  • Powerful fuel-injected 292cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine
  • Electric start
  • Supermoto tuned long-travel suspension

ENGINE

The new KLX300SM is powered by a supermoto-inspired 292 cc liquid-cooled DOHC engine with a rewarding spread of power across the rev range. The engine features cam profiles sourced from the  KLX®300R off-road model, an electrofusion cylinder and ultra-hard coating in the aluminum cylinder. The result is a crisp throttle response that complements the motorcycle’s rider-friendly low to mid-range and offers improved engine reliability. A lightweight piston, piston pin and connecting rod also contribute to power-producing revs. 

KLX300SM Engine

The engine has low reciprocating weight thanks to the use of a cam lobe for each valve, with shim-under tappet arrangement, which also contributes to better efficiency during high RPM. With a bore and stroke of 78.0 x 61.2 mm, the engine boasts 292 cc. Rider comfort on longer trips is also increased in part to the engine’s low mounting point, which effectively lowers its center of gravity. A flat piston and pent-roof combustion chamber deliver a 11.1:1 compression ratio.

The fuel injection system contributes to reliable starting in a wide range of conditions and electric start makes firing up the KLX300SM a breeze. Optimized ignition timing and a gear-driven engine balancer also contribute to a smooth engine with an easy to use power delivery, providing maximum rider comfort during long trips.

Several updates to the radiator deliver superior cooling efficiency, including the use of dual radiators and slimmer radiator sizing. An innovative radiator fan cover directs hot air down and away from the rider, significantly increasing comfort when stuck in heavy traffic or riding in warm conditions.

Gear ratios on the new KLX300SM facilitate shifting for optimal performance on and off the race track. The KLX300SM features a honeycomb catalyzer and a secondary air system for cleaner emissions, along with a spark arrester.

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

The KLX300SM features a box-and-tubular-section high-tensile steel perimeter frame that creates a slim, lightweight package, offering maneuverability and excellent control at the track or on the street. A 26.7-degree caster angle and short wheelbase provide quick handling characteristics, while the high rigidity frame ensures a composed ride. The lightweight, highly rigid aluminum D-section swingarm also contributes to low unsprung weight.

The 43 mm inverted cartridge-style fork handles the suspension up front and comes with compression damping adjustability. A Uni-Trak® suspension can be found on the rear, which offers excellent road holding ability and bump absorption. A gas-charged shock with preload and rebound damping adjustments allows riders to tailor suspension settings to better suit different riding conditions.

BRAKES & WHEELS

Front and rear petal disc brakes on the KLX300SM offer impressive stopping performance with a twin-piston caliper gripping a 300 mm semi-floating disc up front and a single-piston caliper gripping the 240 mm disc in the rear.

KLX300SM Wheel

The KLX300SM comes fitted with 17-inch front and rear wheels, for plenty of fast-paced riding possibilities. Excellent wheel rigidity contributes to light, smooth handling and offers outstanding durability.

ERGONOMICS

For 2021, the KLX300SM motorcycle receives a narrow handlebar style with comfortable positioning that adds aggressive styling and puts the rider in a relaxed and upright position to deliver an easy to control ride. Footpegs are also positioned closer to the bike’s centerline for an optimal riding position.

Complementing the new KLX300SM adventure capabilities is a fine-tuned seat design for added comfort on longer rides and a 33.8-inch seat height for increased stability when stopped.

INSTRUMENTS & STYLING

The KLX300SM features modern styling that is guaranteed to turn heads in the city and at the track. The new sharp front cowl and headlight design give the bike an aggressive touch. Its rugged design includes a mounted supermoto style rear fender and sharp taillight that contributes to the motorcycle’s bold theme. Additionally, the KLX300SM mirrors have sharp lines contributing to a more modern and aggressive look.

KLX300SM Headlights

An all-digital instrument panel offers the rider valuable information at a glance. The instrument panel features a digital speedometer, bar-type tachometer, clock, dual trip meters, and a range of warning/indicator lamps.

ACCESSORIES

A handful of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories (KGA) will allow riders to personalize the rugged look of the KLX300SM and offer added convenience. Rear carriers are designed to conveniently secure gear on the back of the motorcycle when it’s time to escape for a quick day trip or overnight adventure.

The accessory hand guards add an aggressive look while also blocking the wind from the rider’s hands. Handlebar pads are also available for an even more aggressive look.

COLORS

The 2021 KLX300SM supermoto model comes in the Lime Green/Ebony and the Oriental Blue/Ebony colorways.

MSRP

$5,999

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-10RR

Kawasaki’s Ninja® line of liter class superbike motorcycles has been amassing record after record in the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), including carrying Kawasaki to seven championship winning performances since 2013, The Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) continues to set the bar high in the pinnacle of road racing around the globe and their unmatched success on the racetrack has allowed Kawasaki to continue delivering the racetrack precision of its sportbikes to the street.

Ninja 10R Profile

The new 2021 Ninja ZX-10R, Ninja ZX-10R KRT Edition and Ninja ZX-10RR are built for those who rise to the challenge: all new aerodynamic body with integrated winglets, small and light LED headlights, TFT color instrumentation, and Smartphone Connectivity plus high-tech updates derived right from the KRT. Kawasaki engineers have made several changes to the engine and chassis for 2021.

2021 NINJA® ZX-10R HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW Updated Engine and Air-cooled Oil Cooler
  • NEW Light Handling Chassis
  • NEW Suspension Settings
  • NEW Next Generation Aerodynamic Ninja Styling featuring Intergrated Winglets
  • NEW Aerodynamic Riding Position
  • NEW Advanced Electronics
  • High-Performance Brembo® Brake System

ENGINE

  • NEW Air-Cooled Oil Cooler
  • NEW Electronic Throttle Valves
  • NEW Exhaust System
  • NEW Transmission Gear Ratios

The engine of the 2021 Ninja ZX-10R  receives several updates for 2021 to offer cleaner emissions and maintain the performance of its predecessor. The 998cc in-line four-cylinder 16-valve engine balances stunning power with manageability. Positioning peak torque high up in the RPM range makes it easier for riders to get back on the throttle with confidence, while a strong low-mid range further contributes to acceleration when coming out of corners.

Utilizing feedback derived directly from Kawasaki’s factory WorldSBK team, state-of-the-art machining technology is used in the design of the intake ports, which is done in two stages to create a straighter path for intake air as it enters the combustion chamber. This design promotes smoother flow and greater volume of fuel-air mixture, both greatly contributing to performance. The finger-follower valve train designed by Kawasaki’s World Superbike engineers brings top-level racing technology to the Ninja ZX-10R platform. The valve train design enables tuning for a higher rev limit and more aggressive cam profile, aiding in high RPM performance. A Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating is used on the finger-followers and helps protect against wear.

Titanium intake and exhaust valves ensure high heat resistance and low reciprocating weight. The cylinder head provides plenty of camshaft clearance and large coolant passages in the cylinder contribute to cooling performance for optimum performance. Lightweight chromoly camshafts received a soft nitriding treatment and the cam portions receive a lapping treatment to ensure the durability needed to handle the stiff valve springs and high power cams and speed of the Ninja ZX-10R sportbike. The pistons are made from a superb high heat resistance material and a dry film lubricant on the piston skirts reduces friction at low RPM and helps with the piston bedding-in process.

Ninja 10RR Back

Kawasaki’s fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of both fuel and the air delivered to the engine. Ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position results in a smooth, natural engine response and an optimized engine output. The accelerator position sensor was relocated for 2021, eliminating the throttle cable for less maintenance and freeing up the cockpit. To ensure a natural feel, friction is used to simulate the feel of a throttle cable.

On the bottom end, the crankshaft features low inertia, benefitting the bike’s overall performance with acceleration, deceleration, and cornering. An offset cylinder matches the crankshaft and results in reduced lateral piston force at the point of maximum cobustion pressure as well as enables the use of lighter pistons. The close-ratio transmission gearing on the Ninja ZX-10R has been revised and optimized for the days at the racetrack. The final gearing has been revised and shorter ratios for first, second, and third gears offer strong low-mid acceleration for quicker corner exits and better off-the-line acceleration.

Similar to that found on Kawasaki’s WorldSBK race machine, and new for 2021, is an air-cooled oil cooler that is seen on high-performance models. Instead of re-routing coolant from the radiator to the oil cooler and back to the engine, the new oil cooler is air-cooled and runs independently. This design allows oil to be routed from the left lower crankcase to the oil cooler, where it’s cooled, then returned on the right side. The increased cooling boosts engine performance increases throughout the entire RPM range.

In order to meet emission standards, the exhaust system benefits from several changes that include a revised collector pipe arrangement, which helps maintain the engines power output. For improved performance and cleaner emissions, engineers also moved one of the catalysers further forward and decreased pre-chamber volume while increasing the silencers overall length.

ELECTRONICS

  • NEW Integrated Riding Modes
  • NEW Electronic Cruise Control
  • NEW TFT Instrumentation with Smartphone Connectivity

The Ninja ZX-10R continues to pave the way for the liter bike class with its championship proven technology that once again returns for 2021. The list of technology features includes Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF), Bosch IMU, Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Ohlins Electronic Steering Damper and Power Modes. New for 2021 are Integrated Riding Modes, Electronic Cruise Control, TFT Color Instrumentation, and Smartphone Connectivity.

The Integrated Riding Modes now allow for riders to choose from three pre-determined modes (Sport, Road, Rain) or four manual modes (Rider 1-4) and feature the ability for changes to be made while riding through the use of a button located on the left handlebar. A new Electronic Cruise Control is also accessed conveniently from the left side of the handlebar, allowing for desired speed to be selected and it can easily be disengaged by operating the brake lever, clutch lever,  brake pedal, closing the throttle completely or when shifting gears. 

More Ninja Electronics

A new 4.3” all-digital TFT color instrumentation adds to the Ninja ZX-10R’s high-grade appearance with a full color display. Another new feature is smartphone connectivity which allows riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly via a Bluetooth® chip built into the instrument panel. Utilizing the smartphone application RIDEOLOGY THE APP, a number of instrument functions can be accessed to enhance the riding experience.

INTEGRATED RIDING MODES

  • NEW Pre-Determined and Manual Settings
  • NEW Ability to Change Riding Mode while Riding

All-inclusive modes that link S-KTRC and Power Mode allow riders to efficiently set traction control and power delivery to suit a given riding situation. Riders can now choose from three pre-determined modes (Sport, Road, Rain) or four manual modes (Rider 1-4). In the manual Rider modes, each of the systems can be set independently. For 2021, the riding mode can now be changed while riding, using the button located on the left side of the handlebar.  

ELECTRONIC CRUISE CONTROL

  • NEW Convenient Operation
  • NEW Set Speed Adjustment
  • NEW Electronic Cruise Control Disengagement

Kawasaki’s cruise control system allows a desired speed to be maintained with the simple press of a button. Once activated, it eliminates the need to constantly have to apply the throttle, reducing fatigue on the right hand when riding and extending a high level of comfort. The electronic cruise control is conveniently operated from the left handle and can be engaged by the push of a button. The set speed can be adjusted using the “+” and “-“ buttons. The system can be disengaged several ways, including operating the brake lever, clutch lever, brake pedal or closing the throttle completely.

Ninja 10 Controls

TFT COLOR INSTRUMENTATION

  • NEW High-Grade Color Display
  • NEW Display Functions
  • NEW Multi-Function Windows
  • NEW Shift Lamp

An all-new compact 4.3” all-digital TFT color instrumentation adds to the cockpit’s high-tech, high-grade appearance. The intrumentation now offers several new features that were unavailable on the previous model. The full color display features thin-film transistor (TFT) technolgy, which delivers a high level of visibility to the rider. The screen’s background color is selectable in either black or white and the screen brightness automatically adjusts to suit the available light.

Display functions have been updated to include digital speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, gear position indicator, throttle application, odometer, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, volume of fuel consumed, low fuel indicator, average speed, total time, coolant temperature, intake air temprature, clock, battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder, call and mail indicators (when connected to Bluetooth), and economical riding indicator.

In addition to scrollable multi-function windows, two display modes offer riders a choice of how they want their information presented. Type 1 is easy-to-read, offering a calm layout and substantial amount of information at a glance, while Type 2 was designed with circuit riding in mind and includes important information such as tachometer, current and best lap times, gear position, and is presented graphically. An external race-style shift lamp provides the rider with a highly visible signal to shift up when riding on the circuit.

RIDEOLOGY THE APP

A first for Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle is the addition of Bluetooth® Smartphone Connectivity. A chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using RIDEOLOGY THE APP*, a number of instrument functions can be accessed, logged, and reviewed contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience. The following information can be viewed:

1. Vehicle Info

  • Check latest status update

2. Riding Log

  • Can be logged in detail, and played back for review
  • Route, Distance & Time traveled can be logged for review
  • Riding conditions can be recorded in detail

3. Tuning

  • Vehicle settings changes can be made on your smartphone
  • New settings can easily be applied to your bike before riding
  • Shift settings can be customized before riding
  • Ride Mode & riding support system settings can be preselected before riding

The app can also be used when away from the motorcycle. When riding (with the app ON), the bike and smartphone are always connected and riding log data is being recorded by the app. After your ride, the latest riding information is stored by the app and may be viewed on the smartphone. Any changes made via the app while the engine is off, or while out of range, will be implemented as soon as the ignition is turned on and the smartphone is in range with the app ON.

* RIDEOLOGY THE APP is not intended for use during vehicle operation. Only use RIDEOLOGY THE APP when the vehicle is not being operated and it is safe to do so.

KAWASAKI QUICK SHIFTER (KQS)

Adding to its impressive list of high-performance features, the Ninja ZX-10R comes equipped with dual direction KQS. The KQS allows ultra quick upshifts and downshifts without the need to use the clutch, resulting in a more enjoyable experience and quicker lap times. Designed for more effective sport riding, KQS can also be used on the street when the engine is above 2500 rpm.

BOSCH INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNIT (IMU)

The use of Bosch’s IMU allows an additional layer of precision to be added to the already high-level electronics package. IMU enables inertia to be monitored, including acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes, plus roll rate and pitch rate are measured. Those measurements are then combined with a sixth axis, yaw, that is calculated by the ECU using the Kawasaki proprietary software to give an ever clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation. 

KAWASAKI CORNERING MANAGEMENT FUNCTION (KCMF)

Using the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modeling software and feedback from a compact IMU that gives an even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation, KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner – from entry, through the apex, to corner exit – and when working in conjunction with KIBS modulate brake force and engine power to facilitate a smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, and to assist riders in holding their intended line through the corner. The systems that KCMF oversees on the Ninja ZX-10R includes S-KTRC, KLCM, KIBS, and Kawasaki Engine Brake Control.

SPORT-KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL (S-KTRC)

  • NEW Modes 4 and 5

The S-KTRC featured on the Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle has five modes for riders to choose from that enable optimal performance for a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind under certain conditions to negotiate a variety of surfaces with confidence. Kawasaki’s advanced modeling software, complemented by input from the IMU, delivers this one of a kind precise control. The system can also be turned off if the rider elects to do so.

Ninja Wheel

KAWASAKI LAUNCH CONTROL MODE (KLCM)

Designed to assist riders by optimizing acceleration from a stop, KLCM electronically manages engine output to maximize acceleration when starting from a stop. With the clutch lever pulled in and the system activated, engine speed is limited to a determined speed while the rider holds the throttle open. Once the rider releases the clutch lever to engage the clutch, engine speed is allowed to increase, but power is regulated to minimize wheel spin and help keep the front wheel on the ground. The system disengages automatically once a predetermined speed has been reached, or when the rider shifts into third gear. Riders can choose from three modes, each offering a progressively greater level of intrusion.

KAWASAKI INTELLIGENT ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (KIBS)

Kawasaki’s supersport-grade brake management system uses high-precision control to regulate brake pressure during sport riding. High-precision brake pressure control enables the system to avoid reduced brake performance due to excessive pressure drops, allowing lever feel to be maintained when KIBS is active, and helps ensure ABS pulses feel smooth The system also reduces rear wheel lift under heavy braking and accounts for engine torque when downshifting.

KAWASAKI ENGINE BRAKE CONTROL

The Kawasaki Engine Brake Control system uses technology derived by KRT to give its riders maximum braking control regardless of gear selection and allows riders to select the amount of engine braking they prefer. When the system is activated, the engine braking effect is reduced, providing less interference when riding on the track.

POWER MODES

Power Modes offer riders an easily selectable choice of engine power delivery to suit riding conditions or preference. In addition to Full Power mode, one (Low) and one (Middle) alternate mode(s) in which maximum power is limited and throttle response is milder are provided.

OHLINS ELECTRONIC STEERING DAMPER

The Ohlins electronic steering damper allows damping characteristics to be changed electronically according to vehicle speed and the degree of acceleration or deceleration. At low speeds, the settings ensure the damping does not interfere with the bike’s intrinsic lightweight handling. At high speeds, damping increases to provide enhanced navigation of road surface conditions.

CHASSIS

  • NEW Lower Swingarm Pivot 
  • NEW Longer Wheelbase
  • NEW Front-Rear Balance

Complementing the already highly acclaimed stance of the Ninja ZX-10R chassis are updates to the chassis geometry, which moves the front-rear balance further forward and contributes to increased cornering performance and light handling. The aluminum twin-spar frame traces a direct line from the head pipe to the aluminum swingarm pivot, delivering linear behavior and greater control.

Ninja Seat

New for this year, the swingarm pivot position has been lowered 1 mm to produce better rear suspension action when exiting corners. A longer wheelbase achieved by a greater fork offset and an 8 mm longer swingarm offers even greater overall composure– already a strength on the Ninja ZX-10R. A shorter trail is achieved thanks to the revised fork offset and facilitates in easier change of direction, especially when off the throttle before the apex of a corner.

SUSPENSION

  • NEW Lower Triple Clamp
  • NEW Front Fork and Shock Settings

Handling the front suspension duties is an advanced Showa Balance Free Front Fork (BFF) that has been developed with technology straight from Kawasaki’s WorldSBK factory racers. The 43 mm Showa fork provides numerous benefits, including ride comfort, braking stability, front-end feel, and independently adjustable compression and rebound damping. The 2021 model features a new wider fork clamping area on the lower triple clamp and revised rigidity balance for the fork outer tubes improve handling and turning performance. New circuit-focused fork settings include a lower spring rate, complemented by firmer compression damping and softer rebound damping to make it easier to weight the front wheel and contribute to lighter handling.

Horizontal back-link rear suspension and a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) rear shock hold up the rear-end. The Showa BFRC high spec shock increases ride comfort, improves traction, offers independently adjustable compression and rebound damping, and reduces weight. Similar to the front fork, more circuit-focused settings include a stiffer spring rate, complemented by soft compression damping, and softer rebound damping. The revised settings make it easier to induce pitching motion even when on the throttle while maintaining a steady rear height.

BRAKES & WHEELS

  • NEW Rear Brake Pads
  • NEW Repositioned Rear Brake Reservoir

A pair of 330 mm Brembo semi-floating front discs with dual radial-mount four-piston calipers provide superb braking power and are tasked to handle the stopped duties of the powerful engine. At the rear, a 220 mm disc and single-piston caliper complement the strong front brake and feature revised rear brake pads that offer increased controllability and stronger braking force. The rear brake reservoir has also been repositioned further to the inside in order to give the rider greater freedom of movement as they change position on the bike. Three-spoke design cast wheels are light weight and provide the optimum rigidity to contribute to edge grip when riding on the track.

ERGONOMICS

  • NEW Taller Windshield
  • NEW Revised Handlebar Position
  • NEW Seat Position
  • NEW Taller Footpegs

In order to enhance rider comfort and complement the 2021 Ninja ZX-10R’s aerodynamic package are several updates, beginning with a new, taller windshield that is set at a steeper angle. The wind protection offered by the cowl and windshield translate to reduced stress from wind blast, enabling riders to change positions at ease when setting up for corner entry on the track. A revised handlebar position is now farther forward and straighter. A benefit of having more space between the handlebars and the seat is the ability to change positions for both track and street riding.

An increase of height has been made to the rear of the rider’s seat, encouraging riders to elevate their hips when in a full race crouch position. This position helps minimize drag when tucked behind the windshield. Footpegs are now positioned 5mm higher in order to meet the circuit-focused riding position that engineers sought after. The higher position makes it easier to weight the pegs when going through a corner.

BODYWORK & STYLING

  • NEW Next-Generation Ninja Styling
  • NEW Integrated Winglets
  • NEW Aerodynamic Riding Position
  • NEW LED Headlight, Taillight, and Turn Signals
  • NEW RAM Air Intake Design

The Ninja ZX-10R’s new styling package was designed with aerodynamic performance at the top of mind. The sleek, racy looks offer significantly improved drag resistance, an increase in downforce, and better wind protection for the rider. A new aerodynamic upper cowl contributes to the bike’s racing look and together with the taller windshield, helps to reduce drag. The new LED headlights are positioned on the underside of the upper cowl and are not visible from the rider’s point of view. The LED lamp is flush fit and contributes to the cowl’s aerodynamic performance.

The RAM air intake – a Ninja supersport trademark – has a new, more compact shape and the cowl’s design directs air towards the intake for efficiency. The cowl features built in winglets that generate significant downforce to help keep the front wheel on the ground when exiting corners and under strong acceleration. Openings are used in the side of the cowl to dissipate engine heat, directing hot engine air away from the rider’s knees. The lower cowl design helps direct air to the oil cooler, increasing its efficiency and adding to the aerodynamic characteristics.

New cowl-mounted mirrors feature integrated LED-type single bulb turn signals and are mounted via couplers. New LED rear turn signals complete the all-LED lighting package on the Ninja ZX-10R. Slots in the new tail cowl design contribute to the aerodynamic styling.

KAWASAKI RIVER MARK

  • NEW 3D River Mark Emblem on the Upper Cowl
  • NEW River Mark on the Upper Triple Clamp

In recognition of Kawasaki’s special achievement in the World Superbike Championship, special permission was granted to use the river mark on the Ninja ZX-10R. This marks the first time that the river mark has been used on a non-supercharged mass-production motorcycle. The 3D river mark emblem is proudly displayed on the upper cowl and upper triple clamp.

ACCESSORIES & RACE KIT PARTS

  • NEW Grip Heaters 

A number of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories (KGA) can be found available for riders to personalize their Ninja ZX-10R motorcycles. For 2021, new grip heaters have been added to the accessories list, enhancing street riding comfort on cold days. Marchesini forged aluminum wheels, which come as standard equipment on the Ninja ZX-10RR motorcycle, are offered for and fit on the Ninja ZX-10R. Necessary parts such as front brake discs and speed sensor ring are available via accessory kits.

Additional accessories for the Ninja ZX-10R include seat cowl, knee pads, frame sliders, axle sliders, and scratch resistant film for the TFT meter.

For riders focused on closed circuit riding, a number of race kits parts are available and help assist in building the Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-10RR to full superbike spec. The smallest details can be addressed with factory parts to help lower lap times on the racetrack. From a race kit ECU to multiple thickness plain bearings and trust washers for engine blue printing to factory catch tanks and chassis geometry adjusters, KGA is there to support racers.

Ninja Exhaust

KAWASAKI NINJA® ZX™ – 10RR HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW Elimination of Intake Funnels
  • NEW Camshafts
  • NEW Intake and Exhaust Valve Springs
  • NEW Pankl High-Performance Parts
  • NEW Pirelli Diablo™ Supercorsa SP Tires
  • Marchesini Forged Wheels

For 2021, in addition to the many engine, suspension, and chassis changes shared with the Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle, the basis for the World Championship winning superbike is the Single-seat Ninja ZX-10RR model which features several special updates that were developed through Kawasaki’s racing efforts in WorldSBK. The wide powerband further strengthens the easy-to-use character found on the Ninja ZX-10RR and a quicker engine response was also achieved with the engine updates.

The engine updates add a tremendous racing potential including the elimination of intake funnels in the airbox, newly designed camshafts specific for the Ninja ZX-10RR, and intake and exhaust valve springs that all match the higher performance. The use of lightweight titanium connecting rods manufactured by Pankl, a company specializing in developing and manufacturing engine and drivetrain components for high-performance race cars and the aerospace industry, is one of the key performance features found on the Ninja ZX-10RR. New, lighter weight pistons lower the reciprocating weight, aiding in the high rev limit and contributing to smooth-climbing revs. Now using one less piston ring than the standard model pistons, this enables a shorter piston height and prevents mechanical loss due to friction. Updated piston pins match the pistons and feature a DLC coating that protects against wear.

The 2021 Ninja ZX-10RR features new Pirelli Diablo™ Supercorsa SP tires that are fitted to forged Marchesini wheels that were designed to specifically meet the needs of the powerful engine. It’s available in a bold paint scheme in Lime Green.

COLORS

The 2021 Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle is available with or without ABS in both color options of Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray and the KRT Edition in Lime Green/Ebony/Pearl Blizzard White. The Ninja ZX-10RR model is available in Lime Green.

MSRP

$16,399 (ZX-10R), $16, 699 (KRT Edition), $17,399 (ZX-10R ABS), $17,699 (KRT Edition ABS), $28,999 (ZX-10RR)

Kawasaki Z H2 SE

Kawasaki’s flagship model of the Z line of naked motorcycles just got better as the 2021 Z H2 SE adds a smoother ride and more stopping power to the already innovative Z H2 package. 

While retaining the ultimate combination of outright power and controllability, the new 2021 Kawasaki Z H2 SE comes equipped with Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS). The new electronic suspension also features Showa’s Skyhook technology, delivering a smoother ride, which contributes to increased comfort and enjoyment.  Complementing the high-tech suspension are premium Brembo® front brake components, which add to even greater stopping power and control.

The Z H2 SE was developed to deliver supercharged power, a chassis that provides superb maneuverability, daily comfort, and a host of advanced features designed for maximum functionality. The Kawasaki Z H2 SE is a truly unique motorcycle and offers a glimpse of the future.
 

H2 SE in Action

Highlights of the 2021 Z H2 SE

  • NEW Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension with Skyhook EERA Technology
  • NEW Brembo® Stylema Monobloc Brake Calipers and Brembo Front Brake Master Cylinder
  • Powerful 998cc Balanced Supercharged Engine
  • Dog-Ring Transmission
  • Specially Designed, Lightweight Trellis Frame
  • High-Performance Showa Suspension Components
  • Aggressive Sugomi™ Styling and Minimalist Bodywork
  • LED Lighting
  • All-Digital TFT Color Instrumentation
  • Smartphone Connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP
  • State-of-the-Art Electronics

Suspension

The 2021 Z H2 SE features KECS, Kawasaki’s semi-active electronic suspension system, which adapts to road and riding conditions in real-time, providing the ideal amount of damping by combining high-level mechanical components with the latest electronic control technology; KECS balances suppleness for daily commuting with firm damping to facilitate more sporty riding.

Showa’s Skyhook EERA (Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment) technology offers an even more composed ride. Damping is adjusted electronically to suit vehicle speed and suspension stroke speed. Deceleration is also taken into account, allowing the pitching that occurs under braking to be managed. Showa’s Skyhook software was carefully fine-tuned by Kawasaki engineers to ensure the Z H2 SE’s sporty riding character remained, delivering a smoother ride as it continually adapts to the road surface in real-time. The Skyhook concept imagines a hook supporting the motorcycle’s sprung weight and modulates the suspension’s damping force to allow the wheels to track the dips and bumps encountered while maintaining the motorcycle’s vertical position with minimal disturbance. In Rain Mode, the Skyhook software reduces pitching, steering remains light, and the machine feels more planted by also taking into account vertical acceleration and pitch rate (each confirmed every 10 ms) when determining the damping force required.

H2 SE Suspension

The mechanical components are controlled via a solenoid valve with direct (single-stage) actuation. This results in a rapid reaction time of one millisecond, which is much quicker than systems that rely on step-motors or those that use pilot valves (two-stage actuation), which slow the system’s responsiveness. The quick reaction time gives the KECS system a more natural feeling and is ideal for sport riding applications, where real-time reaction to bumps and gaps in the road surface enable superior riding comfort.

The built-in stroke sensors on both the fork and rear shock provide real-time stroke speed and position information. The sensor coils provide input to the KECS ECU every millisecond and are complemented by information provided by the IMU (vehicle acceleration/deceleration), the FI ECU (front/rear wheel speed), and the ABS ECU (front brake caliper pressure) every 10 milliseconds. The KECS ECU then directs current to the solenoids to adjust damping as required by the situation.

The Z H2 SE uses a sporty 43 mm Showa SFF-CA (cartridge) fork and a high-spec BFRC lite rear shock and base damping character set according to the integrated Riding Mode (Sport, Road, Rain, Rider (manual)) selected. KECS then adjusts to the road surface environment in real-time to provide the ideal damping, taking into account vehicle speed, stroke speed and deceleration.

KECS is also monitored by Kawasaki’s advanced IMU-enhanced electronics package joining KTRC, KLCM, and KIBS, KECS as inputs for KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function) which incorporates multiple engine and chassis systems to facilitate smooth cornering.

Brakes & Wheels

Also new on the Z H2 SE is a premium spec Brembo front brake package which includes Stylema monobloc calipers and a Brembo front master cylinder and steel-braided lines, offering stronger braking performance and enhanced control. The Stylema calipers are lighter, with smaller external dimensions and have less volume around the pistons and brake pads, enabling a more direct response. The Stylema calipers also cool rapidly, thanks to increased airflow around the brake pads, pistons and an opening that allows air to exit from the central bridge.

The lightweight 17” wheels are equipped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires, front and rear. The front tire is a 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W; the rear tire is a 190/55ZR17 M/C 75W.

Engine

The Z H2 SE motorcycle’s balanced supercharged engine is the product of Kawasaki Group technology, designed in-house not only by the Motorcycle and Engine Company, but also with collaboration from the Aerospace Systems Company, Energy System and Plant Engineering Company, and Corporate Technology Division. Kawasaki created a supercharged engine with high output, yet manageable power delivery. The water-cooled DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder 998cc supercharged engine of the Z H2 SE is tuned to showcase high-performance throughout the rpm range. Its broad powerband creates optimal low-mid range torque for light handling and all-out supercharged performance on the top end. Smooth acceleration in the low to mid rpm range was achieved by shortening the second reduction ratio and optimizing the valve timing. In the chamberless exhaust system, an increase in the manifold assembly’s tube length further improves the output in the low to mid-rpm range output. Where torque is more apparent, in the low to mid-rpm range, the supercharged engine emphasizes easy-to-handle throttle response and smooth acceleration, while in the high-rpm range as the speed increases, the power from the supercharged engine is brought to the forefront. The Z H2 SE also features a ram air intake. The air duct provides a clean path for air flowing linearly from the ram air intake to the supercharged engine, contributing to higher performance.

The street specific Z H2 SE supercharger design and tuning were developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI), showcasing the in-house knowledge of forced induction engine performance. The supercharger’s high efficiency and minimal heat gain meant an intercooler was unnecessary, allowing savings in both weight and space. The supercharger is located centrally in the best position to distribute the compressed air to all four cylinders evenly.

The supercharger is driven by a planetary gear train, which runs off the crankshaft. The gear train increases the impeller speed up to 9.2x the crank speed (1.15x step gear with an 8x planetary gear).

Transmission

The Z H2 SE uses a dog-ring transmission that has been developed through feedback from the Kawasaki Racing Team and utilizes optimal gear ratios for street performance. Rather than shifting the gears into place, the gears in this configuration stay in place, with the lightweight dog-rings moving to engage the gears. This design allows the shifting effort to be lighter and shorter for quicker acceleration. 

Assist & Slipper Clutch

Complementing the transmission is an Assist & Slipper clutch, race-inspired technology that offers both a back-torque limiting function as well as a light feel at the lever.

H2 SE Handlebar

The Assist function is noticed by the lighter pull at the clutch lever, helping to reduce rider fatigue, especially in stop and go traffic situations.

The Slipper function is noticed when excessive engine braking occurs as a result of quick or accidental downshifts. The slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart, which relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tire from hopping and skidding.

Chassis

A specially designed, lightweight trellis frame delivers both light handling and excellent composure. The chassis offers excellent maneuverability while harnessing the massive supercharged power of the Z H2 SE engine. The compact naked model frame has a high-level of balance between flexibility and toughness so that you can ride on a variety of roads.

The high-tensile steel frame utilizes wheelbase and caster angle dimensions that showcase the light, sporty handling unique to the Z H2 SE. By achieving the desired riding position and center of gravity, the frame and suspension of the Z H2 SE performs well across a range of speeds.

A double-supported swingarm style was chosen for the Z H2 SE, similar to those found on Kawasaki supersport models. It offers the high rigidity and lightweight construction necessary for high performance. The swingarm mounting plate is located on the back of the engine, enabling it to play the role of a cross member in the frame, contributing to rigidity and weight reduction.

Ergonomics

A relaxed riding position has been created by a combination of an upright handlebar shape and a seat with an optimized base plate and cushion thickness. This design provides a high degree of freedom for riding posture and low vibration, allowing for a pleasant and comfortable ride. Adding to the Z H2 SE motorcycle’s comfort and strength is a fat-type handlebar and handle switches.

H2 SE Tank

Electronics & Rider Aids

The strength of Kawasaki’s cutting-edge electronics has always been the highly sophisticated programming that uses minimal hardware to give the ECU an accurate real-time picture of what the chassis is doing and what the rider wants, to best support the rider’s inputs with a natural feel. Using the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modeling software, including input from a compact Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF) monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner to assist riders in holding their intended line through the corner. The Z H2 SE utilizes the input from multiple sensors to optimize ride quality via the Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM) and the Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Braking System (KIBS).

Electronic Cruise Control

The Z H2 SE is equipped with electronic cruise control, which improves overall comfort for those long days on the road. The cruise control system enables riders to set and maintain their desired speed with the simple press of a button. Once activated, the rider does not have to constantly apply the throttle to maintain speed. The cruise control helps to reduce rider fatigue when traveling on open roads, allowing the rider to relax and enjoy cruising, contributing to a high level of riding comfort. 

H2 SE Controls

KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)

The Z H2 SE features a highly reliable contactless-type quick shifter that allows for ultra-quick, full power upshifts and seamless acceleration. The system detects that the shift lever has been actuated and sends a signal to the ECU to cut ignition so that the next gear can be engaged for clutchless shifting.

Power Mode Selection

Riders can set power delivery to suit conditions and/or preference, choosing from Full, Middle and Low. Middle Power is 75% of Full Power, while Low Power is 50% of Full Power. 

Styling

The styling of the Z series flagship Z H2 SE has been shaped according to the Sugomi design concept and the minimalist bodywork that Kawasaki’s Z series lineup of motorcycles is known for. Sugomi describes the unique aura that radiates from beings possessing compelling presence and unrivaled power. Featuring a low crouching stance and the asymmetry of the air intake duct installed on the left side of the vehicle body, the Z H2 SE intensely and aggressively emphasizes the identity of Sugomi design. Only the air intake duct and the under cowl are asymmetrical; all other design work represents accurate symmetry, giving the Z H2 SE a well-balanced and highly harmonious design.

The supercharger housing is visible from the outside thanks to the naked model concept that does not have a cowl covering the motorcycle’s body. Providing a glimpse of the supercharger between the frame makes for a more impressive appearance.

H2 SE Profile

The Z H2 SE is equipped with an LED headlight and taillight. The bulbs’ low power consumption and high durability improve maintainability while providing high-light intensity and high illumination with a clean headlight beam spread.  The frame-mounted headlamps also influence the styling around the front and create an innovative look that is different from previous naked models.

TFT Color Instrumentation

The 4.3” all-digital TFT color instrumentation gives the cockpit of the Z H2 SE motorcycle a high-tech, high-grade appearance. The full-color display features TFT (thin-film transistor) technology and delivers a high level of visibility. Display functions include: digital speedometer, gear position indicator, shift indicator, odometer, dual trip meter, fuel gauge, remaining range, current/average fuel consumption, outside temperature, coolant temperature, clock, Economical Riding Indicator, IMU indicator, KIBS indicator, boost pressure and boost temperature.

RIDEOLOGY THE APP

Kawasaki continues to offer its Z lineup the addition of Bluetooth® Smartphone Connectivity. A chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using RIDEOLOGY THE APP*, several instrument functions can be accessed, logged, and reviewed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience. The following information can be viewed:

1. Vehicle Info

  • Check latest status update

2. Riding Log

  • Can be logged in detail and played back for review
  • Route, Distance & Time travelled can be logged for review
  • Riding conditions can be recorded in detail

3. Telephone Notifications

  • Provides a notification on the dash when a call or mail is received by smartphone

4. Tuning

  • General instrument display setting changes can be made on your smartphone
  • Kawasaki Riding Management modes can be set

The app can also be used when away from the motorcycle. When riding (with the app ON), the bike and smartphone are always connected and riding log data is being recorded by the app. After the ride is complete, the latest riding information is stored by the app and may be viewed on the smartphone. Any changes made via the app while the engine is off, or while out of range, will be implemented as soon as the ignition is turned on and the smartphone is in range with the app ON.
 

* RIDEOLOGY THE APP is not intended for use during vehicle operation. Only use RIDEOLOGY THE APP when the vehicle is not being operated and it is safe to do so.

Colors

The 2021 Kawasaki Z H2 SE motorcycle is available in Golden Blazed Green/ Metallic Diablo Black.

MSRP

$19,700