Kawasaki updates the Ninja 400, Ninja 650, and ZX-14R
These bikes will be entering the US market in the coming months.
In the local market, few motorcycles have the same level of legend status as the Kawasaki Ninja. With sportbike aficionados and beginner motorcyclists alike made to look twice at the presence of this iconic sportbike, it’s no surprise that the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is a favorite among beginner big bike riders here and abroad.
The Ninja 650, too, is a stellar performer, both in terms of sales, and the bike as a whole. Loved for its sporty styling, comfortable ergonomics, and bulletproof reliability, the Ninja 650 continues to be a favorite in the local big bike market. As you climb the Green ladder in terms of displacement, you’ll find the monstrous ZX-14R at the top of the food chain. This bike has gone down in the history books as the motorcycle which took the throne of fastest production motorcycle from the Suzuki Hayabusa.
For the 2022 model year, Team Green has taken it upon itself to release updated versions of all three of these bikes. While the updates are rather subtle, the newest iterations of these bikes bring some cool new features to the table. Let’s take a look at them in just a bit more detail.
For starters, the smallest of the Ninjas, the Ninja 400, retains its aggressive styling which is very similar to that of the ZX-6R. The bike continues to be powered by a 399cc parallel-twin motor which pumps out a decent 44 horsepower. For the 2022 model year, it gets three new color schemes in the form of Metallic Carbon Gray, Metallic Flat Spark Black and Metallic Matte Twilight Blue, and Metallic Graphite Gray. The KRT edition, meanwhile, gets Lime Green, and Ebony and Pearl Blizzard White color options.
Moving on, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 also retains its aggressive, sporty styling, and powerful 649cc parallel-twin motor. The bike gets a slew of new color options for 2022, as well. Would-be buyers of the new Ninja 650 can choose from Metallic Matte Graphene steel/Metallic Diablo Black, and Pearl Robotic White/Metallic Carbon Gray. Lastly, Kawasaki has integrated its Rideology Bluetooth smartphone connectivity feature to the new Ninja 650.
Lastly, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R continues to sport groundbreaking performance and neck-breaking styling. Equipped with sophisticated rider aids such as multiple power modes and a programmable traction control system, the ZX-14R packs a massive 1,441cc punch which delivers an astonishing 208 horsepower—definitely not for the faint of heart.
While there has yet to be any word from Kawasaki Philippines with regards to the release of these new premium models in the local market, the current crop of Ninjas continues to be an extremely enticing lineup of sportbikes in the local market.
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