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Kawasaki ER-6n Concept

2004

Kawasaki re-enters the high end Supersport fray with the formidable ZX-10R designed as a cutting edge high performance machine for skilled riders. The ZX-10R makes an ideal Superbike race machine in its debut season in the hands of a variety of private teams and the KMUK supported Hawk Kawasaki team.

Another radical design from Tanaka and the K-Tec team, the Z750 represents a breath of fresh air for the naked middleweight sector which is gaining importance in the UK sales charts.

Proving that they can do “big” when required, Kawasaki stuns with its 2000cc VN Cruiser with unique “Gatling” style headlamp.

Acknowledging the trend for four stroke motocross machines, the factory reveals its new KX250F four stroke customer machine.


2005

Partner to the already successful Z750, the half cowled Z750S is announced.

After a twenty year break Kawasaki wins again at the Isle of Man TT with rider Ryan Farquhar securing a win in the Production 600 TT on the 599cc Kawasaki ZX-6RR, the machine later returns to Japan to be displayed at Kawasaki’s own museum.

Olivier Jacque scores a magnificent second place the at Shanghai Moto GP event.

2006

Kawasaki stuns the world of motorcycling with a cutting edge contemporary urban design, the ER-6n. A 650cc parallel twin, the ER-6n successfully appeals to new motorcyclists, those who already have a licence and want a fun machine and the still neglected female market.

A half cowled version of the “naked” ER-6n, the ER-6f announced to appeal to more sporting riders – both machines are Euro-3 compliant and have an ABS option.

Reinforcing their credentials as “the performance manufacturer”, Kawasaki announce the ZZR1400. A powerful and stylish Supersport tourer, speculation is rife at the Paris motorcycle show launch regarding power and acceleration figures… factory insiders stay tight lipped on the subject.

Entry level cruisers are important to all manufacturers. Kawasaki unveils its VN900.

Off-road riders and Team Green dealers are impressed by the range leading KX450F four stroke and its alloy framed stablemate, the updated KX250F.

2007

Kawasaki ER-6n Concept

The famous GTR name is used after a gap of over a decade for a stunning new 1400cc Sports Touring machine with such innovations as Variable Valve Timing, a slipper clutch and monocoque style chassis. Setting new standards for touring handling and performance, the machine is an instant hit. In a departure from traditional thinking, Kawasaki announce the Versys, a 650cc machine based on the ER-6 engine and chassis but with a “go-anywhere” look and feel.

The name is said to represent “Versatile System” and the style soon catches the imagination of UK riders. In motocross, the MX1 class KX450F is launched. The Essex based MSS Kawasaki Team are appointed as Kawasaki UK’s Superbike squad.

2008

Kawasaki in the UK return to the quarter litre class with the Ninja 250R. A category that had effectively been “forgotten”, the pent up demand from customers both new to motorcycling and returning to two wheels is overwhelming. With costs spiralling in the world of racing, Kawasaki takes the difficult decision to withdraw from MotoGP.

2009

With the GTR a sports touring hit, Kawasaki addresses the V-Twin touring market with the impressive 1700cc Voyager, the first “full dress” machine to emerge from the Japanese manufacturer. In another first, the Voyager, with its on board entertainment system, is also the world’s first motorcycle to be iPod compatible via an accessory lead. Adding to its success with the Ninja 250R, Kawasaki UK also starts sales of the KLX250, and enduro styled entry level machine with off-road looks and strong on road ability.

2010

A raft of new machines is announced the 2010 season. The avant garde styling of the latest Z1000 wins widespread praise, so too does its engine and chassis performance at its Spanish launch. It is quickly dubbed the best Japanese street fighter machine so far.

Likewise, the re-launched 1400GTR is praised for a raft of updates including traction control, linked braking and even more creature comforts such as heated grips and a “memory” equipped electronic windscreen. For entry level bikers, the new KLX125 off-roader and D-TRACKER SuperMoto style machine are both welcomed as genuine prospects as “first rungs” on the Kawasaki ownership ladder.

Kawasaki ER-6n Concept
Kawasaki ER-6n Concept
Kawasaki ER-6n Concept

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