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Touring & Street & Sport Touring


All together an brand new copy of the English BSA and some big tourers like the 1200 XII and GTR1000. The last two bikes has been around for a rather long time in motorbike history. The W650 is an air-cooled twin, the 1200 XII and GTR1000 are inline fours. The GTR's engine is based on the long gone GPZ1000RX sport bike.

    W650   VOYAGER 1200 XII   GTR 1000  
  W650 action              

The ZZR family spend from the small and nimble ZZR250 to the ZZR1100 Super bike. In some markets can you even get an ZZR400. Mainly an ZZR600 with a smaller engine. Except the 250 who are a twin all others are water-cooled inline fours. The 1100 was for many years (7) the fastest bike on the planet. Today a fast Sport Tourer. For all they are nearly as fast as a sport bike and has a lot more comfort.

  ZZR250   ZZR250              
  ZZR600 / ZX6   ZZR1100 / ZX11  

A ZZR1100 or in the US ZX11 in different views.


The new ZR-7

Kawasaki rolls out the new 2000 ZR-7. This "naked" machine puts its rider in a semi-upright riding position and is devoid of bodywork around the engine, yet there is just a hint of the famous Kawasaki sport bike influence in the styling of the shapely fuel tank and sleek tailpiece.

The ZR-7 gets its power from an air-cooled inline four cylinder engine tuned to deliver mid-range power, just like its bigger cousin in the Kawasaki line-up, the ZRX1100. The ZR-7 engine has evolved from a design that has proven its reputation for reliability and performance, and adds ultra-modern features like the Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC) with a throttle position sensor on the carburettors. Connected to the digital capacitor discharge ignition (CDI) system, K-TRIC varies timing according to throttle position and engine rpm so that the ignition compensates for differing engine loads for crisp throttle response and optimum fuel efficiency.

An all-new double-cradle frame is designed to provide exceptional handling over a wide range of riding situations. Integrated tabs on the rear sub-frame provide a mounting system for accessory saddlebags. The rigid, box-section swingarm actuates the Kawasaki UNI-TRAK® rear suspension system, which progressively increases the damping and spring rates on the single rear shock as the suspension is compressed for a smoother, more controlled ride.

The ZR-7's cockpit puts its rider in a semi-upright riding position. Narrow handlebars with a low rise not only allow the rider feel more a part of the machine, but also contribute to the ZR-7's comfortable riding position. Adding to the hot rod appearance are the sleek tailpiece and fuel tank, which is the largest in its class, a four-into-one stainless-steel exhaust system and lightweight cast alloy wheels.

The ZRX power bikes comes in several different designs. From the small 400 to the big and fast 1100. The ZRX1100 has a engine based on the ZZR1100 detuned for more midrange. The ZRX400 are smaller copies of the bigger machine.

Click on the links below to look at some great ZRX1100 sites.

    ZRX1100R   ZRX400R    
    ZRX400R   ZRX400II    
  NEW: ZR7   ER-5    
  ER-5 ENGINE   GPX250    

The GPZ500 and ER-5 share the same engine, a four stroke twin. The GPX250 art the GPZ500's smaller brother. (left)


The Estrella and Estrella RS are especially designed for the Japanese home marked. (left)

  Estrella RS        

W650, ZRX400, ZRX1100, ZZR250, ZZR600, ZZR1100, ER-5, GPZ500, GPX250R, ZR-7, Estrella RS, Voyager 1200 XII, GTR1000



Off Road

    KLE 500   KLR 250   KLR 650  

If you like roads of different quality, then this is the Kawasaki's for you. The KLE 500 have a engine based on the GPZ500, rather unusual for this type of motorbike. KLR250 and KLR 650 have both a air-cooled four-stroke engine and are probably more suited for bad roads than the KLE. The KMX125R  have a water cooled two-stroke engine. None of them can be compared with enduro bikes.

  KLE 500 close-up.   KLR 650    
      At left the KMX125R

KMX125R, KLR250, KLE500, KLR650




Super Sport


Small wit only 250ccm, but not slow. This is an high teck sports bike. It's powered by an inline four and a lot of horse power for it's size. Lighter and more nimble than the other bikes in the ZXR family.

  ZX2-R / ZXR250

The ZXR400 have been almost unchanged for several years, still it's one of the most powerful 400ccm sport bikes with 65 hp from it's inline four.


The ZX7 is a replica of Kawasaki's bike in Super bike-championship. It have been around for a while, almost unchanged. A little heavier and some horse power less than it's rivals.


ZX2R/ZXR250, ZXR400, ZX-7R



Highly updated for the year 2000 - ZX6R a presentation


In the competitive 600cc Super Sport class, continual improvements are necessary to stay ahead of the pack. After taking the lead with the introduction of an all-new Kawasaki Ninja® ZX-6R sport bike in 1998 and remaining strong among competitors in 1999, the new 2000 ZX-6R is poised to have the competition chasing it into the new millennium.

Building on the success of its predecessors, the 2000 ZX-6R is even more tightly focused to keep Kawasaki ahead of the pack. A new engine, revised suspension, frame modifications, lower weight and a mean acronymic fairing - characterized by dual headlights - help ensure that the ZX-6R will again lead the way in the highly-competitive 600cc category.

The compact 599cc power plant now has an all-aluminum cylinder block with electroplated bores that decreases weight, resists wear and offers improved heat dissipation. A redesigned pent roof combustion chamber bumps up the compression from 11.8:1 to 12.8:1 and requires the use of 90-octane (U.S. standard) gasoline.

Valve strength is increased in the stem area. The intake manifold is shortened for increased top-end power and holds a quartet of 36mm downdraft carburetors equipped with the Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC) throttle position sensor. Linked to the ignition system, K-TRIC adjusts ignition timing for all throttle settings to deliver smooth power and superb throttle response throughout the rev range. A new 16-bit microprocessor more accurately adjusts timing from more sensors at the crankshaft. Ignition is delivered by new stick-type coils that are lighter and more compact than conventional ignition coils.

The engine breathes through a redesigned Twin Ram Air intake system. Larger ducts at the front of the fairing create higher pressure to feed cool, dense air to the air box for more power as speeds rise.

A four-into-two-into-one exhaust system exits under the curved aluminum radiator and expels the burnt gasses through a lightweight stainless steel muffler with aluminum cover. A pre-catalyzer in the exhaust system helps reduce emissions while allowing maximum tuning capability.

The cylinder head cover, oil sump pan and clutch cover are now made of magnesium instead of aluminum to further reduce overall engine weight. A new lighter crankshaft has larger diameter crankshaft webs to retain the same great flywheel effect. At the end of the crankshaft is a new generator that still uses rare-earth magnets for reduced weight and engine width, but now puts out even more power for the new twin headlights.

The entire engine acts as stressed member of the short-wheelbase, all-aluminum perimeter frame, eliminating the need for front frame down tubes in order to save more weight. The frame main frame rails are constructed of pressed sheet aluminum that are welded to a cast aluminum steering head and swing arm pivot section.

A new extruded aluminum swingarm now features a hexagonal shape with internal ribbing for reduced weight and a racier appearance. Kawasaki's UNI-TRAK® rear suspension system has revised linkage ratios for a more linear curve that is slightly stiffer as the progressive damping and spring rates are applied to the fully adjustable single shock as the suspension is compressed.

Damping settings were also revised in the adjustable 46mm cartridge front fork to match the new rear suspension settings. New, multi-dimensional six-piston brake calipers with revised pads grip the dual 300mm front discs for more aggressive and progressive stopping power. A new rear brake caliper holder is redesigned to reduce weight.

The ZX-6R slips through the air easier with its redesigned, wind tunnel-tested fairing. New lightweight, bright multi-reflector headlights are set above the larger ram air opening, adding put a whole new look to the ZX-6R's face. The cockpit also includes a new electronic speedometer that is thinner and lighter and includes a water temperature gauge, odometer, trip meter and clock, all digitally displayed in liquid crystal.


The ZX6 for 2000.

  European model (big picture)   European model    
  US model   European model    
  European model   Engine    




Highly updated for the year 2000 - ZX9R a presentation


Two years ago the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX-9R revolutionaries the big-bore sport bike class with its lightweight, compact chassis and incredible performance. Entering the new millennium, Kawasaki is again poised to up the ante in the class with a new ZX-9R for 2000.

A thoroughly revised 899cc engine pumps out more power and provides stronger acceleration. The light big-bore engine sheds a few more pounds, while weight was also removed from the frame. The whole package is finished off with a new aerodynamic fairing derived from the wind tunnel tested ZX-12R.

The new all-aluminium cylinder block is two pounds lighter than its predecessor. Each over square cylinder bore now has an electroplated lining that resists wear and improves heat dispersion. The cylinder head was reshaped to provide a higher compression ratio, while cam timing and the cam profile were changed for more torque across the rev range.

Lengthening the intake tract and exhaust header help smooth the power delivery. New Keihin 40mm downdraft carburettors deliver improved throttle response and are equipped with the Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC) system. Linked to the ignition system, K-TRIC adjusts ignition timing for all throttle settings. A new 16-bit microprocessor more accurately adjusts timing from more sensors not only at the carburettors but also the crankshaft.

The carburettors breathe through an all-new Ram Air system that has a larger intake duct for improved intake efficiency. A right-side cam drive allows an extremely tight angle for the direct-actuation valves to further enhance intake efficiency.

On the exhaust side, not only are the header pipes lengthened but they have a larger diameter too. The four-into-two-into-one system features a lightweight, all-titanium muffler with the Kawasaki Clean Air System catalyser.  The catalyser allows the engineers to tune the engine for maximum performance knowing a catalyser will reduce emissions downstream.

The short-wheelbase aluminium frame has 10mm wider spars and a 12mm longer steering head pipe for increased rigidity and remarkable handling. A new aluminium sub-frame is now detachable for easy access to the rear suspension.

The new extruded aluminium swing arm now features a hexagonal structure with ribbing for reduced weight and exceptional rigidity. The hollow swing arm pivot shaft is larger in diameter for better rigidity and reduced weight. Kawasaki's Bottom Link UNI-TRAK® system has revised linkage ratios that provide a more linear progression of damping and spring rates on the fully-adjustable single shock as the suspension is compressed. A ride height adjuster has been added to allow riders to fine-tune the chassis to suit specific conditions.

Up front the 46mm inverted fork is also recalibrated to match the stiffer chassis. Fork offset has been reduced for improved handling.

New front disc brakes have larger diameter 310mm semi-floating discs clamped by opposed six-piston callipers. The rear brake holder has been redesigned to save weight. A new rear wheel now has a six-inch wide rim that allows a wider rear tire for better traction, while both front and rear axles have increased diameter and are hollow for increased rigidity and light weight.

Finishing off the package is a redesigned fairing incorporating wind tunnel-tested aerodynamics that enables the ZX-9R to slip through the air. Dual multi-reflector headlights enhance the sport bike's new predatory styling. Below the windscreen is a new, more compact electronic speedometer/odometer with LCD display driven by sensors located on the countershaft sprocket nut.

  European model   European model    
  European model   European model    
  European model   US  model    
  US  model   US  model                




New bike for the year 2000: ZX12R a presentation.

The new ZX12R, Kawasaki's fastest and strongest bike ever. Claimed to be the fastest in the world, don't like to say it but the Suzuki GSXR1300 was slightly faster. At all the "Kwaker" looks a lot better and has a stronger engine.
  Details form steering head.              
  In two different red colour schemes.   Red   An unusual colour, prototype?   Silver  

There's a new flagship in the legendary Kawasaki NINJA® motorcycle series, one widely expected to set new levels of performance for open-class production motorcycles. The machine is the all-new Kawasaki NINJA ZX-12R, the most radical embodiment of race-proven technology that Kawasaki has ever built.

The ZX-12R follows a long line of sport bikes that set standards others were forced to follow. From the legendary H1 to the Z1 and through various open-class NINJA models - such as the ZX-11 that carried the standard for nearly a decade - the ZX-12R stands ready to redefine performance in a production motorcycle.

Built to deliver the lightest weight and highest power-to-weight ratio of any machine in its class, the ZX-12R combines a compact engine in an all-new aluminium monocoque chassis, wrapped in slippery aerodynamic bodywork. The result is exceptional stability and nimble handling in a performance machine that provides all-day riding comfort.  

Using the same bore/stroke ratio that's at the heart of the class-standard setting NINJA ZX-9R and ZX-6R, the new ZX-12R engine produces more horsepower from its 1,199cc displacement than any other machine it its class. Cast pistons ride in all-aluminium cylinders with electroplated bores. The pistons are heat treated to prevent heat distortion and have thin rings for quicker revs.

Four valves per cylinder are directly actuated by dual overhead cams. A right-side cam drive allows narrow valve angles for a highly efficient combustion chamber shape. VX thin wire valve springs are lightweight yet strong and also help the engine rev quickly.

An added benefit of the right-side cam drive is increased torsion rigidity for the forged crankshaft, which has a special nitride treatment for extra strength and durability. A crank-mounted generator with rare-earth magnets significantly reduces weight and friction. There is also a gear-driven engine balance shaft to smooth vibration.  

The high-compression engine gets its fuel mixture through a Nippondenso electronic fuel injection system. Within the 46mm throttle bodies the injector tips have four holes aimed to spray fuel directly at the intake valves. Electronic sensors continuously feed the system a variety of engine and atmospheric data to independently control fuel injection and ignition for each cylinder. The result is exceptional throttle response and high output at all engine speeds.

The system breathes through an all-new frame-integrated Ram Air system for high intake efficiency, especially at higher speeds. A large scoop projects a few millimeters in front of the fairing to take advantage of the higher air pressure just ahead of the leading edge of the fairing, further increasing intake efficiency. The monocoque frame backbone creates an efficient air box and a cartridge-type air filter easily slides into the frame.

Compact stick-style ignition coils help generate the electrical current to fire the twin-electrode, long-lasting platinum spark plugs. Burned gasses are expelled through a four-into-two-into-one exhaust system featuring stainless steel head pipes and a lightweight, all-titanium muffler. A catalyze near the muffler helps eliminate unburned hydrocarbons for cleaner emissions.  

Kawasaki was among the first to apply a massive, twin-spar aluminum perimeter frame to an open-class production sport bike, and once again it breaks new ground by introducing the aluminum monocoque frame on the ZX-12R. While the twin-spar perimeter frame provides exceptional rigidity, it also adds width to the motorcycle as it wraps around the engine. The ZX-12R's frame eliminates the spars and puts the backbone over the top of the engine. This design significantly reduces overall width for better aerodynamics and a more radically streamlined look while retaining the stiffness and rigidity of a twin-spar frame. 

The ZX-12R's aluminum frame consists of a cast steering head welded to pressed plates welded to a cast midsection that incorporates the battery case as a stressed member. A bolt-on aluminum sub-frame supports the seat and tail section.

Lightweight aluminum is also used throughout the UNI-TRAK® rear suspension. An extruded aluminum swingarm uses a linkage system to progressively increase the damping and spring rate as the suspension is compressed. The single shock features a piggyback reservoir, threaded spring preload and 20-way compression and rebound damping adjustment. Rear ride height can also be adjusted using shims.  

Front suspension is supplied by a 43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping. The upper fork crown is cast aluminum to reduce weight while the lower clamp is forged aluminum for strength.

New 17-inch wheels with hexagonal tri-spokes grace both ends of the ZX-12R. The six-inch wide rear rim is fitted with an ultra-wide 200/50 tire for excellent traction. Braking is accomplished with opposed six-piston calipers gripping the large 320mm diameter dual disc front brakes while a lightweight 230mm single disc is mounted at the rear. A lightweight opposed piston caliper is held to the swing arm. 

In order to make it as aerodynamic as possible, the ZX-12R spent more time in a wind tunnel during its development phase than any motorcycle in Kawasaki's history. Due to the monocoque chassis design, the ZX-12R is already narrower than any other machine in its class. The front cowl wraps in tighter ahead of the radiator to reduce frontal area and enhance airflow through the engine compartment. Small winglets on either side of the fairing may be mistaken for creating down force when they actually separate airflow around the motorcycle, preventing turbulent air coming off the front wheel from disturbing the laminar airflow along the upper portion of the fairing. Separating the laminar flow and turbulence greatly enhances the fairing's coefficient of drag. To reduce drag there are also small wind deflectors cast into the bottom of the forks that deflect the turbulent air coming off the fork and brakes out and around the lower part of the fairing, where resistance is low, instead of allowing this air to flow inward toward the engine, where resistance is high. Additionally, the ZX-12R has a passenger seat cover that easily attaches to provide a sleek and aerodynamic custom appearance for solo riders.


Front details.





  Inside the ZX12R  
    Inside the ZX12R  


    Instrument panel.  

Rear brake details.

    Details from under the tank.      

High speed touring.

  Silver   Some BIG pictures of the ZX12R  


This page will be re done, a lot of missing models here.

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