Kawasaki’s motorcycles are loved by enthusiasts both local and international thanks to their impressive performance and attainable price tags. The Japanese manufacturer has surely rolled out some of the world’s most iconic motorcycles, and suffice it to say that 2021 has been a momentous year for Kawasaki.
On October 1, 2021, Kawasaki Heavy Industries announced that it was officially spinning off its motorcycle business into what we now know as Kawasaki Motors Limited. To further distinguish the motorcycle company from the industrial giant, Kawasaki Motors Limited is now using a new logo in the form of the River logo found on the H2 range of supercharged machines. As it would turn out, the establishment of Kawasaki Motors Limited is just the first step in what ultimately spells the reinvention of the Japanese icon.
At this point in time, it isn’t really surprising that the world has decided to shift to electric. Kawasaki is not one to let technological trends pass itself by, so Team Green is, well, going green, by committing to a fully hybrid and electric model lineup by the year 2035. Now 2035 is definitely a ways away, so looking closer into the future, Kawasaki has stated that it will be launching at least ten new hybrid and/or electric machines by the year 2025–which, in case you missed it, is little more than three years away.
This development is particularly interesting when looked at from the performance side of things. We could very well see a future generation Kawasaki Ninja making use of a sophisticated hybrid powertrain designed to enhance power and torque output. The middleweight street bike segment will benefit from this, too, as less dependence on fuel means lower running costs and an overall more efficient and sustainable mobility solution. Certainly, we can’t wait to see what Kawasaki has in store for us in the near future.