Oct 19, 2018

Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015

Kawasaki shows 2016 models and new supercharger tech.

Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015
Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015 – the Kawasaki Soul Charger concept.

All the big players are showing their wares at the EICMA show in Milan this week and Kawasaki certainly hasn’t been outdone by its Japanese, European and American rivals.

One of the big talking points to come from Kawasaki was the unveiling of a sketch of a new supercharged bike – the SC-02 or ‘Soul Charger’.

The un-faired ‘naked’ concept illustration revealed a machine with visual clues pointing to a smaller capacity than the litre class Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R that it shares much of its technology with. The ‘Soul Charger’ matching or bettering the outputs of the Ninja models thanks to cutting-edge forced induction technology.

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Meantime, Kawasaki also showed revised versions of a number of its models for 2016:

Kawasaki J125 scooter

Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015
Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015 – Kawasaki J125 Scooter.

The smaller version of the J300, the new J125 scooter marks Kawasaki’s move into the hard fought 125cc scooter market. Sharing many features with the J300, Kawasaki expects strong interest in the J125 which features ABS braking, an automatic under-seat courtesy light and shutter style security ignition.

Kawasaki Special Z800 and Z1000 ‘Sugomi Editions’

Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015
Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015 – Kawasaki Z1000 Sugomi Edition.

The two new variants of the Z family were shown by Kawasaki at EICMA.

To be sold alongside the standard versions of the Z800 and Z1000 in 2016, the special edition ‘Sugomi’ machines feature distinctive dark red and black colour and graphic treatments, anodising of selected parts such as fork legs, special wheel rim tapes and Akrapovic exhaust silencers.

Winter Edition Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015
Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015 – Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R Winter Edition.

Resplendent in its svelte matt black and white testing livery – the new machine features the KRT ‘Snowflake’ logo plus Japanese kanji ‘fuyu’ character appropriately meaning winter.

Complete with a racing team partner road-legal Akrapovic silencer as standard, the ZX-10R Winter Edition looks set to answer requests for such a machine by many Kawasaki fans.

2016 Kawasaki ZZR1400 Performance Sport

Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015
Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015 – Kawasaki ZZR1400 Perfomance Sport.

Boasting twin Akrapovic silencers as standard, the machine also features an Öhlins TTX39 rear shock absorber, a higher wind-screen and a Brembo braking package comprising M50 monobloc calipers, 310mm disc rotors plus steel mesh hoses and a Brembo radial pump front master cylinder.

Refreshed Kawasaki ER range

Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015
Kawasaki looks to the future at EICMA 2015 – Kawasaki ER.

Kawasaki’s ever-popular ER-6n and ER-6f range of parallel twin cylinder engined machines receive a make-over for the coming season with new colour and graphic treatments for each model.

With new graphics including a duo-tone fuel tank treatment and pin-stripe plus contrasting rear shock absorber spring and wheel rim tape highlights, the ER-6n will be available in three colour options: Urban City White/Metallic Spark Black, Candy Lime Green/ Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Carbon Gray/ Metallic Flat Spark Black.

Kate Richards