2019 Kawasaki W800
This model has a rich history and gave Kawasaki its first step in the realm of big-displacement bikes back in the 70s. The model has since been revived, but until now, only the Europeans had had the pleasure of seeing it in the showrooms. After a two-year break, the W800 is making a comeback, and this time, America won’t be left behind.
The revival model draws from its roots with design inspiration taken from the original W1. The best part? Pricing has been set under the $10,000 bar!
2019 Kawasaki Z400
Every Ninja has its Z! The introduction of the Ninja 400 last year which sparks discussions about a following Z version of the model. It’s finally official and considering how well the Ninja 400 has been received, we can only assume the Z400 will make the family proud.
The Z400 adopts a standard style with a minimal fairing and more relaxed riding position. Mechanically, it will use the same mill as the Ninja, but the bike receives a few tweaks to make it more comfortable to ride on.
2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000
The Versys is one of those Jack-of-all-trade, versatile adventure bikes that does as well on the road as it does off of it. For 2019, the flagship model is getting a few upgrades, including a flight of electronic features such as electronic throttle management, Electronically Controlled Suspension, and quick shifting technology.
Also new are the cornering lights to illuminate curves better. All the current and new settings can be controlled via a new cluster. Technology comes at a price, however, as the top of the line model gets a $5,000 hike over the current one.
2019 Kawasaki KX450 - $9,299
The KX450 is a brand-new addition to the black-and-green lineup for 2019. No building on the other KX’s platform: the 450 needed to be treated like the flagship model it is. So Kawasaki got to work and fitted its new model with a new lightweight 449cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine. A flight of other lightweight components, including a new aluminum frame and swingarm, have contributed to keeping the weight of the bike low, clocking in at an easy-to-handle 232 lb.
The model also becomes the very first Kawasaki motocross to get an electric engine starter as well as a hydraulic clutch.
2019 Kawasaki H2 - $29,000
The H2 has been giving Kawasaki unprecedented exposure. Between acting as Maverick’s favored ride in the Top Gun reboot and setting a number of land speed records, the bike has been keeping busy. For 2019, the H2, H2 Carbon, and the monstrous H2R are getting a few upgrades, including more power. If you’re a racer in the street but an environmentalist in the sheet, Kawasaki brags about having maintained low emissions despite the power increase.
In fact, output of the H2 and H2 Carbon will now be boosted by over 30 horsepower to now reach 231 hp. The update is made possible by tweaks made to the air filter, intake chamber, spark plugs, and ECU. The three models at the top of the H2 line also get new Brembo Stylema four-piston brake calipers.
Pricing for the Kawasaki H2 Carbon begins at $32,500 while the H2R starts at $55,000.
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R - $15,099
An undeniable classic in the realm of sportsbikes, the Ninja is Kawasaki’s best-known lineup nowadays (and also its biggest family of products!). For 2019, Kawi has worked on two of its ZX models, starting with the SBK champion one-liter ZX-10R. The model gets a power boost to now join it’s European’s counterpart in the 200-hp-high club.
The power increase is in part due to the new Superbike-inspired valve train also meant to be more resistant at high rpm. The model also receives Kawasaki’s bi-directional Quick Shift transmission that reduces the loss of power between shifts.
The Ninja ZX-10RR, priced at $24,899, receives lightweight titanium connecting rods as well as new performance-oriented front and rear suspension settings.
2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R - $9,999
The last, but not the least of the models Kawasaki launched at the 2018 AIMExpo is the popular Ninja ZX-6R. It is also the most heavily revised model unveiled so far, boasting a fresh new, more aggressive design mounted on an equally new aluminum frame.
The model keeps its now-classic 636cc, inline four engine, with the added benefit of now meeting the Euro4 emissions standards without sacrificing performance. The ZX-6R also gets Kawi’s Quick Shift, teamed with an assist and slipper clutch the alleviates the lever.