The New Kawasaki Motorcycles

Following the stunning success of Kawasaki's brilliant Z1000 super-Naked, Kawasaki proudly presents the new Z750, a middleweight Naked sports bike aimed at a broad range of riders and riding applications. Although the Z750 retains much of the Z1000's aggressive attitude and in-your-face styling, this sporty machine has a new look and personality all its own. Offering an unbeatable combination of responsive power, lightweight handling and dynamic styling, this new machine gives customers a new kind of "Z" performance.

Class-leading engine performance comes from a 748 cc liquid-cooled In-Line Four equipped with electronic fuel injection, a first for its class. Based on the high-performance Z1000 engine, this power plant delivers high power over a broad powerband. Other noteworthy technology includes an all-stainless exhaust system with stylish oval muffler, LED instrumentation, and lightweight new wheels that share their design with the Ninja ZX-10R. Riders will love the Z750's responsive handling. In town, on the highway or in the twisties, the Z750's light-handling "stiffness-balanced" chassis and brilliant throttle response make this lightweight sports bike a joy to ride.

• Kawasaki ZX6RR - Better the second time around.

In keeping with its original concept of No. 1 performance on the circuit, for 2004, the concept of the Ninja ZX-6RR diverges from that of the street-use 6R, becoming even more race-oriented than before. A series of engine and chassis upgrades significantly enhance this lime green racer's winning potential.

• Kawasaki ZX10R - Get ready for the ride of your life!

Ultimate Supersport! Kawasaki storms into the litre-class with the uncompromising new Ninja ZX-10R, the machine everyone has been waiting for - everyone except the competition. Boasting a category-leading power-to-weight ratio, an awesomely powerful engine loaded with advanced technology and style evocative of the world of MotoGP, the new Ninja ZX-10R is the definitive expression of Kawasaki's supersport DNA

Unlike most other Kawasaki machines, the Ninja ZX-10R design started with chassis simulations. The engineers wanted an extremely lightweight and compact chassis that would offer superb handling and stability. The combination of a short wheelbase with a long swingarm is a configuration also seen on the Ninja ZX-RR. An all-aluminium frame with 600-class dimensions mated to a long and highly rigid gull swingarm gives the ZX-10R category-leading handling performance on track and twisty roads.

No less impressive, the powerful and incredibly compact new In-Line Four is a showcase of advanced supersport technology. A number of considerations were made to avoid compromising the desired chassis dimensions; use of a one-piece cylinder/crankcase, a compact rear-mounted generator and "stacked" transmission kept the high-spec power unit lightweight and compact. Other engine features include a new fuel injection system, a close-ratio transmission with a back-torque limiter clutch, and magnesium engine covers - all of which contribute to the bike's design aim of being the No. 1 machine on the track.

Those sitting on the ZX-10R for the first time will be amazed that despite its compact size and race-purpose ergonomics, it is by no means cramped. Thanks to an idealised seat/pegs/handlebar relationship and a concave tank top, which allows the rider to mould himself to the bike, the 10R puts the rider in a position to take full advantage of the engine's awesome power and the superb chassis response.

• Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 - New Naked performance.

In the cruiser category bigger is definitely better, and the super-macho new Vulcan 2000 is the largest displacement V-Twin in the world. This high-powered flagship machine is unlike anything in the cruiser category and completely redefines Kawasaki's brand DNA in this important market. Complementing the engine's massive size and impressive power output is an attractive style that mixes modern and traditional design elements in a streamlined, highly integrated package. Centrepiece of the Vulcan 2000's remarkable styling is the streamlined headlight nacelle enclosing a "gatling" projector-beam headlamp.

Engine displacement is an incredible 2,053 cc, making the Vulcan 2000 the largest displacement production V-Twin in history. Not only does this muscular power plant produce massive amounts of torque and horsepower, it is also one of the best-looking VTwin engines in the world, with the huge gracefully tapered cylinders attractively accentuated by the long pushrod tubes and curvaceous engine covers.

The "stretched" low-and-long chassis is just as impressive. As the top model in Kawasaki's cruiser line-up, every detail expresses the high quality, superb comfort and feeling of trustworthiness customers expect from a flagship machine.

• Kawasaki Spy Shots

2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

These are photos of the Kawasaki ZX-10R in its first test outside Japan, at the Spanish Calafat track, approximately 90 miles south of Barcelona. As seen in the photos (and as expected, given the spec sheet of the ZX-6R introduced as a 2003 model), the ZX-10R will have upside-down forks, radial-mounted brake calipers and ram-air with a centrally located air duct. Also expected is an entirely new engine (in the traditional in-line, four-cylinder configuration) and a very low dry weight for the class. From the photos, it is obvious that the new bike will take styling ques from Kawasaki's MotoGP machine.


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