As we head towards the tail end of the year, motorcycle manufacturers are already hurtling towards 2021 when it comes to their new motorcycle releases. During this season, everyone would have been prepping up for the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Yet since its cancelation was announced earlier this year, motorcycle brands had to think fast on their feet to keep up with the competition. These brands had to squeeze all their creative juices out in order to dominate the news cycle for the day especially when it comes to introducing new motorcycles.
Kawasaki is no exception, as they have just released a teaser video of its six upcoming models set to be released for 2021. With that, they’ve set the official date of pulling the wraps on these new models for November 23.
The new video gives a bunch of little clues about the upcoming bikes without giving away too many details. From the looks of it, we know that among the showcased bikes, they can tackle open roads, head off the beaten track, and tear up the race circuit. From the very short clip, we can allude on our own what these possible new motorcycle models might be.
Among other things, people are expecting an update on the Kawasaki ZX-10R and ZX-10RR from its sports bike range. As far as the Kawasaki Racing Team in the WorldSBK (Superbike World Championship) is concerned, the Jonathan Rea-armed team needs to keep up with the recent updates released by Honda and Yamaha in order to keep his title streak. This points to rumors that a more honed ZX-10RR should be in the works.
In addition, the brand’s Kawasaki Ninja H2 hypersport bike is also about to run afoul with the current emissions standards set forth. Yet, with the Bimota H2 already unveiled earlier last month, a direct replacement of the model altogether is very unlikely for the supercharged sports bike. Following Kawasaki’s biggest reveal of the Z H2 last year, the supercharged hypersport line will undoubtedly move forward with an updated Euro5 compliant engine.
As to the other models still under wraps, other speculations point to a more touring focused variant that could come in the form of a Z Vulcan. Yet, what most people are anticipating is what Kawasaki has in store for off-road enthusiasts. It would be fair to expect an updated KLX 250 for enduro riders. Although, the question still remains if Kawasaki would heed the call for a middleweight adventure bike to pit against the Yamaha Tenere 700, a bike that has been making a lot of headlines for the past couple of months. It could come in the form of a new KLR 650 or KLX 700.
As for the Kawasaki Versys, it is now getting a little long in the tooth in its current state and it could use a subtle facelift, or even a complete overhaul to compete with the upcoming Honda CBX.
Recently, rumors also started to surface of a 650 cc version of its Z900 RS modern classic. However, it would be wishful thinking to assume that it turns out to be one of the bikes under wraps. In any case, Kawasaki at least gave us a date as to when all these bikes will finally be revealed and until November 23, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed.