The Kawasaki Ninja series is known for some of the world’s best sport bikes in the market to date.
From the entry-level Ninja 250 all the way to jaw-dropping supercharged Ninja H2R, there’s always a Ninja for anyone and everyone.
The Ninja series is heading for a serious upgrade for 2018 with the introduction of a few new models including the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX.
There are many types of riders looking for the best motorcycle to fit their every growing hunger for performance and speed. With all of the available manufacturers and models in the market, one of the most versatile bikes that’ll cater to any sports bike enthusiast is the Kawasaki Ninja series.
The Kawasaki Ninja series comprises from the entry-level Ninja 250 all the way up to the track demon and supercharged H2R. In total, there are 12 different Ninjas currently on offer by Kawasaki Motors Malaysia (KMSB) and just by looking at the range; you know that Team Green really wants to make the Ninja sports bike available for anyone and everyone.
Kawasaki Ninja 250 (RM17,349 to RM26,989)
The 250cc market in Malaysia is without a doubt one of the most popular motorcycle segments in the country. This is due to the fact that it is the biggest capacity motorcycle that anyone with a legit motorcycle license can ride legally without having to apply for the full B license.
The baby Ninja is powered by a 249cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine produces a respectable 32hp at 11,000rpm and 21Nm of maximum torque 10,000rpm. Combined with the iconic Ninja styling, 172kg curb weight, assist & slipper clutch plus many more, the Ninja 250 series is the perfect entry-level sports bike to start off your riding adventures.
The entry-level Ninja sports bike comes in three different models; Ninja 250, Ninja 250 SL and the Ninja 300 ABS. The Ninja 250 SL focuses on the very basics of a Ninja whereas the 300 is for those looking for that extra power without breaking the bank. Since the 300 already surpasses the 250cc mark, you are required to obtain the full B license in order to ride it legally.
Kawasaki also introduced a brand new 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 250 and 400 which will make their way around the world beginning of next year. Once they’re here on our shores, the new Ninjas will indeed make quite an impression to the entry-level sports bike segment.
Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS (RM37,189)
Moving towards the middleweight, the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS introduced earlier this year represents the perfect 650cc sports bike to upgrade for those looking for something a bit more without being overwhelmed with too much power or price.
For its affordable price, the package offers a reputable all-rounder which combines great design, ample performance and honestly, one of the most comfortable sport bikes in the market to date. Equipped with 649cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine, it’s more than enough to send some excitement to your riding experience during your daily trips to work or even some weekend runs on the mountain roads.
Coupled with an Assist and Slipper clutch, working the clutch and gear shifter have been made easier than ever. You are only required to use a minimal amount of energy to shift gears even when going through the worst of traffic jams in the middle of Kuala Lumpur.
With a bike that can easily hit 200km/h without breaking a sweat, it can also be a good track day machine. The basic package won’t be enough, though. Invest in some premium suspension and track-worthy tyres plus some modifications to the riding ergonomics and you’re set for a good time around the circuit.
To know more on the 2017 Ninja 650 ABS, CLICK HERE.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (RM73,500)
Here’s where the Ninja series gets a bit more interesting. This is indeed one of the most impressive track bikes thanks to a certain Kenan Sofuoglu who won the WorldSSP championship a total of three times with the Ninja ZX-6R.
Set to be one of the most impressive middleweight performance sport bikes of all time, its 636cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline-four engine punches out an impressive 135hp at a screaming 13,500rpm and 71Nm of maximum torque with the help of ram air.
Everything about the Ninja ZX-6R has been fine-tuned for maximum performance but sheer power alone is not enough to be the fastest around the circuit. A fully-adjustable all-round suspension package allows for a number of different setups to fit with the needs of each individual rider.
Other impressive features include all-round Nissin brake system, selectable power modes, Assist and Slipper clutch and Kawasaki Traction Control just to name a few. Weighing at 194kg, this makes the Ninja ZX-6R almost a lightweight with a tremendous amount of power and torque.
Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS (RM87,880)
Some say that a powerful motorcycle should have a touring version that can conquer huge distances without any issues to the machine or rider. KMSB saw that there’s a significant growth in the nation’s sport touring community and decided to bring in the Ninja 1000 ABS.
This particular motorcycle takes the best performance of the Ninja series and fine-tuned the entire package to make it more suitable for long tourers. With a 1,043cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine that produces 111hp and 102Nm of torque, travelling across countries will never be a mundane task. Coupled with its 19-litre fuel tank, you’ll be making fewer stops at the fuel stations too.
Blending the essence and performance of the Ninja, this particular machine does not sacrifice any comfort whatsoever making it one of the most powerful touring bikes currently on offer by KMSB. If you’re looking for versatility, look no further.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (From RM104,589)
Ask anyone of the face of this Earth on what is the best 1,000cc sports bike of all time and you’ll probably get a very heated debate rather than a straight answer. If you ask a certain Jonathan Rea from the Kawasaki Racing Team in the World Superbike racing series, his answer would definitely be the Ninja ZX-10R. You can probably trust Mr Rea considering that he has won the WorldSBK world championship three years running now with his factory Ninja ZX-10RR.
It’ll take anyone a few books to explain why this particular package is so good for racing. That same package used by Jonathan Rea, Tom Sykes and many others around the globe has help developed one of the best street sports bike that anyone, provided that you have an excess of RM100,000.
From its top-shelf fully-adjustable Showa suspension, Brembo brake system, selectable power modes, launch control, quickshifter and many other drool-worthy goodies, the Ninja ZX-10R is simply one of the best sports bikes out there. With a basic package that’s already pushing towards 200hp and over 113Nm of maximum torque, it’s a bike that has won so many races on multiple series from the World Superbikes to the fearsome Isle of Man TT.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS (RM127,689)
In the world of hypersport motorcycles, there are not that many choices around. With top performance combined with crazy numbers and figures, the Ninja ZX-14R ABS was introduced as a premium choice for those looking for the ultimate sport-based touring machines that can easily gobble up huge distances in the shortest amount of time.
Once labelled as the world’s fastest accelerating production motorcycle, Kawasaki stated that the ZX-14R will “ensure riders are equally at home carving up twisty roads in the hills, heading across the border to meet friends for lunch or deftly weaving through city traffic, as they are hurtling down the drag strip.”
This “King of All Sport Bikes” is the balanced combination of dominant sport performance, styling, comfort and Kawasaki’s entire selection of electronic riding aids and technology which pushes out a whopping 207hp and 158Nm of torque. You can basically take this baby out for lunch in Thailand and make it back to Kuala Lumpur for dinner provided that you have the energy, of course.
Kawasaki Ninja H2 (From RM153,900)
The top of the line in the Ninja series to most of us is the ZX-10R but KMSB has something special they keep at the back of the store for some very special individuals looking for the crème of the crème. We’re of course referring to the world’s first supercharged production superbike, the Kawasaki H2.
Considered by many as the ultimate two-wheeler, the H2 comes with a 998cc, forced induction, inline-four engine that pushes out an excess of over 200hp and 130Nm of torque and the numbers keep on rising when you move towards the track-only H2R.
Priced at RM153,900 (basic price with GST), it’s quite an expensive piece of kit but it’s actually a small price to pay for a bike that’s equipped with the best of what Kawasaki has to offer. Some riders would say that you have the perfect bike if you stop and look back to appreciate your machine. With the H2, you and many others will sit and stare at the beast, even more so with the H2R.
On a side note, the 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX was just launched during EICMA 2017 in Milan and it promises a bright and outstanding future for the world of hypersport motorcycle segment. To know more on the 2018 H2 SX, CLICK HERE.
To conclude, there’s a wide range of motorcycles in the Ninja series. Anyone looking for the perfect sports bike will indeed find the perfect one right here. Whatever your choice may be, you’ll always end up as a winner with any of the Ninjas at the end of the day.
Check out the entire Ninja series at the Kawasaki Motors Malaysia official website to know more.