Friday News - 6 October


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6 OCTOBER


Kawasaki “Change the Game” with new strong hybrid Ninja 7 HEV

Axel Bassani To Join KRT

Shows & Events Coming Up


Kawasaki “Change the Game” with new strong hybrid Ninja 7 HEV

Having only recently held the debut of its new A1 licence class EV motorcycles in Paris, Kawasaki is taking another giant step down the road towards its long term goal of carbon neutrality with the introduction of the world's first* mass produced Strong Hybrid*, the Ninja 7 Hybrid.

Seeking to “Change the Game”, the all new Ninja 7 Hybrid offers a unique window into a world of future motorcycles but in a contemporary time frame with the first models expected to be on showroom floors in January 2024. 

At the heart of the Ninja 7 Hybrid is the innovative combination of a brand new 451cc parallel twin, water-cooled four stroke engine – complete with manual or automatically selected gears – and a traction motor plus battery; a futuristic combination that offers a number of new riding experiences plus an engine power of 43.5 kw rising to an impressive hybrid net power of 51.1kw thanks to “e-boost”. 

In terms of dimensions, the Ninja 7 Hybrid is a mid-size package offering 650cc to 700cc class overall performance with the instant acceleration to rival that of a 1,000cc-class supersport model from a standing start (with Kawasaki's e-boost function already seen on their EV machines), fuel economy on par with the 250cc-class and button-shift sport riding. In addition, riders can switch between three riding modes (SPORT-HYBRID, ECO-HYBRID, EV**) that each offer a distinct riding character as they accommodate a wide range of riding situations. 

Other innovations include idling stop whereby the internal combustion engine stops at a halt to save fuel and reduce emissions plus Automatic Launch Position Finder (ALPF) which – when selected – automatically selects first gear at standstill plus a forward and reverse “walk mode” to aid low speed manoeuvring and parking. 

Utilising a specially designed version of Kawasaki's familiar trellis type chassis, the “packaging” of the gasoline engine and 9kw max traction motor reveals a compact twinned power unit with the 48V lithium ion battery near the centre point of the chassis to idealise weight distribution. And in terms of styling, the Ninja 7 Hybrid is resplendent in a unique HEV treatment combining a matt lime green under cowl with silver and black bodywork destined – like its engineering innovations – to set this bike apart from the common herd. 

Ergonomically, the relaxed and sporty riding position eases the rider towards the high-grade cockpit and carefully considered layout of the switchgear; both designed to be intuitive and to inspire confidence. For the meters, full-colour TFT instrumentation includes smartphone connectivity via a custom version of the RIDEOLOGY THE APP MOTORCYCLE contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience.  

As the first of its kind, the Ninja 7 Hybrid sets the bar for HEV motorcycling. Offering the best elements of ICE and EV models, and able to navigate both the urban jungle and countryside backroads, this revolutionary new model is greater than the sum of its parts.  With its exciting character and numerous innovative features for riders to explore, the Ninja 7 Hybrid truly ushers in a new era in riding experiences. 

The Ninja 7 Hybrid will be available in the UK from April 2024, with prices to be confirmed nearer the time. 

* Mass production models (excluding scooters) from a major power sports manufacturer as of October 6, 2023, per Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. research. Strong hybrid systems combine an internal combustion engine (ICE) with an electric motor for powerful riding, and because of their large battery capacity they are able to run on electricity alone. 

** The Ninja 7 Hybrid's EV Mode may be helpful for certain situations where quiet riding is appropriate, such as in residential areas or in parking garages. Speed and range are limited.


Axel Bassani To Join KRT

Axel Bassani has been confirmed as a Kawasaki Racing Team rider for the 2024 season and beyond. He will join established KRT rider Alex Lowes to complete the team's line up for next season on the official Ninja ZX-10RR.

Bassani (24) is one of the most exciting talents to rise from inside the WorldSBK paddock in recent years. He has amassed six podium finishes since he made the jump to WorldSBK racing in 2021, finishing ninth overall that year and scoring his first podium at KRT's home round of Barcelona - Catalunya, on his MotoCorsa Ducati.

The ambitious and increasingly skilled Bassani would score three podiums the next season as he finished seventh overall. He was the top competitor in the Independent Riders' standings in 2022, beating his closest opposition by over 100 points.

At time of writing he is fifth in the overall WorldSBK standings in 2023, and easily the best Independent Rider with two rounds to go.

His relative youth and obvious talent has made him an attractive proposition for many teams and with Jonathan Rea leaving the KRT set-up for 2024, Bassani was seen as the best prospect to be teamed up with Alex Lowes for a full campaign next year.

Bassani has scored six WorldSBK podiums already and is looking forward to having his first ride on the official KRT Ninja ZX-10RR machine once his contract with his current team expires. 

Axel Bassani, stated: “I'm really happy for the important opportunity that Kawasaki is offering me. I will give the best of myself on and off the track to achieve the best possible results, hoping to give all the Kawasaki fans great emotions and satisfaction! I want to thank my family for the sacrifices made and Lorenzo Mauri for the path we have taken together which has allowed me to stand out in recent years. See you soon on the track.”

Guim Roda, Team Manager of KRT, stated: “Our 2024 strategy was set months ago, but Rea's move made us rethink the organisational logic at KRT. We spoke internally with KMC and the decision was to take a younger rider with the potential to win races and who knew how to take advantage of all the KRT experience. His image is fresh, sincere, fun and has a lot of potential to represent Kawasaki's image in the world. Alex Lowes will now need to apply all of his experience, while Axel will have a bit of time to learn. We are very happy with the structure we have proposed for 2024 and we are very motivated to enjoy racing and take advantage of the best aspects of the Ninja ZX-10RR. I hope the fans enjoy next season with this latest project we are working on.”

Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Motors Europe, Race Planning Manager, stated: “While we continue to compete for wins and podiums in the remaining races of the 2023 season with Jonathan and Alex, already the Kawasaki Racing Team is long-term planning for next season. It is almost impossible to express the impact that Jonathan has had within the Kawasaki racing family and as he leaves us at the end of the season there is a golden opportunity for a rider new to our racing project to make an impression. We are delighted to have signed Axel and our feeling is that his impressive track record so far is only a small indication of his future potential. We look forward to realizing that potential and seeing him blossom on the KRT Ninja ZX-10RR.”

Shigemi Tanaka, General Manager of Marketing and Sales Division, Kawasaki Motors Ltd., Japan, concluded: “Our WorldSBK racing project has achieved multiple manufacturer and rider World Championships in recent years; first with Tom Sykes and then thanks to Jonathan Rea. The news that Jonathan will move elsewhere in 2024 signifies the end of one incredible chapter and the beginning of another in Kawasaki's illustrious racing history. The global Kawasaki family welcomes the news that Axel Bassani joins the KRT racing project for the coming season and we are confident that, in partnership with Alex Lowes, we will once again field two exciting and success hungry riders on our iconic Ninja machinery in the 2024 WorldSBK Championship.”


Shows & Events Coming Soon

Check the Club Kawasaki calendar for the latest shows & events...


7th October

Greenham Kawasaki Suspension Day 

All makes and models are welcome to our last 'Suspension Setup Day' of 2023 here at Greenham Kawasaki! We've teamed up with MH Suspension, THE motorcycle suspension specialists, who'll be joining us here at Greenham Kawasaki on Saturday 7th October for a 'Suspension Setup Day', where he'll set up your motorcycle for you and your riding style all for a Greenham Kawasaki special price of just £30 (per bike). 

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8th October

Ride Out to North Wales

Here's another one of our Monthly ride outs into North wales. It's the usual meeting point of Tudor rose pub, Parkgate road A540 also referred to as Chester high Road,CH669PD.  Please arrive by 9.15 ready for a briefing and depart at 9.30. There will be plenty of refreshment stops and we'll probably cover about 180-200 miles and return to Wirral approximately 16.45.  If you have any questions please ask via this message or direct to me 07957341692 Derek on behalf of Marriotts M/C.  

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15th October

Bolton Motorcycles Magical Mystery Tour

Probably our last ride of the year will be on some of my favourite local roads so we won't be straying too far from home but far enough to enjoy some great scenery and brilliant roads. There is no fixed route because a lot will depend on weather and numbers and we won't be using any motorways so 125s are welcome but some of the roads will be pretty challenging so you must be a competent rider and able to safely keep up. Meet at the shop at 9.00 for a 9.15 start 

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28th October

Coffee & Cake morning @ On Yer Bike


Come and join me at On Yer Bike, Aylesbury for a Kawasaki Club coffee morning. There will be free coffee and cakes until the cakes run out ??

Hopefully see you guys there ??

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Join us at Motorcycle Live for an exclusive preview event - Club members only!

Join Club Kawasaki at this year's Motorcycle Live preview event  - Saturday 18th November - to gain exclusive early access to view the new Kawasaki models before anyone else in the UK. You'll be welcomed onto the Kawasaki stand at 9:00am to enjoy a hot breakfast roll & tea/coffee before receiving an overview of the new machines from Kawasaki UK team. Before you go off to enjoy the rest of your day at the show, we'll take a group photo which will be emailed to you following the event.

What's included?

-          Saturday 18th November
-          9:00 - 10:00
-          Hot breakfast roll & hot drink on arrival
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