In recognition of the introduction of the Kawasaki Ninja four decades ago, Kawasaki is releasing the 2024 Ninja 40th Anniversary Edition motorcycles. A special Ninja ZX-7-inspired colorway will be available on the Ninja ZX-4RR ABS, Ninja ZX-6R ABS, Ninja ZX-10R ABS, and Ninja ZX-14R ABS. All bikes will be available in winter 2023.
Kawasaki said that in the 40 years since the bike’s inception, “the Ninja moniker has become one of the most recognizable motorcycle names in the industry. Since first arriving on the scene in 1984, and officially rebranding the famous GPz900R, the Kawasaki Ninja brand of motorcycles continue to illustrate the pursuit of high performance in every displacement class.”
Embracing Kawasaki’s pursuit of innovation on the racetrack, the Ninja ZX-7 became the brand’s flagship in the FIM Endurance World Championship, finding its way to the top step of the podium in 1991, 1992, and 1993. In the U.S., Kawasaki continued its championship run in AMA Superbike, adding four additional titles in 1990, 1992, 1996, and 1997 to make nine overall championships in the series. In 1993, Kawasaki rider Scott Russell captured the WorldSBK Championship aboard his Ninja ZX-7R.
A specially reproduced three-color livery will be found on each 40th Anniversary Edition model, with a large “Kawasaki” logo on the fairings. All logos featured on the motorcycle are reproduced from original drawings, and the various other elements were specially designed to bring back memories of the Ninja ZX-7 series’ list of wins.
A special 40th Anniversary emblem designed to resemble a championship sticker can be found on the top of the fuel tank, and the displacement numbers featured on the tail cowl are based on the fonts used in the ’80s and ’90s. Completing the iconic throwback look are specially painted lime green wheels on all models; a silver-painted frame and swingarm on the Ninja ZX-10R, Ninja ZX-6R, and Ninja ZX-4RR; and gold-painted front fork outer tubes on the Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-6R.
The 2024 Ninja ZX-14R supersport will return to dealership floors just for this special 40th anniversary celebration. The bike features a liquid-cooled 1,441cc inline-Four with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder, a 6-speed gearbox, and a slip/assist clutch. It is equipped with two power modes and a three-mode Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC) system that can easily be turned on or off with switches.
The Ninja ZX-14R also features stainless steel-braided clutch and brake lines; Brembo 4-piston monobloc calipers paired with dual 310mm floating front discs; a 43mm inverted fork with adjustable preload, 18-way compression, and 15-way rebound damping adjustment and offering 4.6 inches of travel; and a fully adjustable bottom-link Uni-Trak and gas-charged shock with 4.9 inches of travel.
The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 40th Anniversary Edition will start at $17,249.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R supersport has carried Kawasaki to seven FIM Superbike World Championships (WorldSBK) since 2013. The Ninja ZX-10R has a 998cc inline-Four with 4 valves per cylinder and paired with Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF), Bosch IMU, Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Öhlins electronic steering damper, and power modes.
An aluminum twin-spar frame, Showa Balance Free Front Fork (BFF), and horizontal back-link rear suspension with a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) shock have been developed with technology straight from Kawasaki’s WorldSBK factory racers and contribute to the Ninja ZX-10R’s cornering performance and light handling. Color TFT instrumentation with smartphone connectivity via Rideology the App and electronic cruise control further add to the convenience.
The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS 40th Anniversary Edition will start at $19,149.
For the 2024 lineup, Kawasaki welcomed the return of the class-leading Ninja ZX-6R ABS supersport motorcycle, which features a 636cc inline-Four with DOHC engine, a 6-speed gearbox, and a slip/assist clutch. Revised cam profiles offer better low-rpm performance and help meet stricter emission standards. Another update to help meet emission standards is a revised layout for the header pipes.
The brakes remain dual 310mm front discs with dual radial-mounted 4-piston monoblock calipers up front with a single 220mm disc in the rear. New for model year 2024 are the round disc brakes replacing the petal discs. The suspension also remains unchanged, including the 41mm Showa SFF-BP fork and Uni-Trak shock that are adjustable for preload, compression, and rebound damping.
Other features include the Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), selectable power modes combined with Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), a multifunction LCD screen, and a pressed-aluminum perimeter frame.
We tested the 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R at Ridge Motorsports Park near Olympia, Washington, and called it “an incredibly well-balanced machine for unwinding twisty roads and racetracks. It has enough power to excite but not overwhelm.”
The Ninja ZX-4R boasts a new liquid-cooled 399cc inline-Four with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder. It has a lightweight, compact trellis frame, a quickshifter, 4-piston radial-mount monoblock front calipers squeezing 290mm semi-floating discs, a 37mm inverted Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) fork with adjustable preload and 4.7 inches of travel, and a fully adjustable horizontal back-link Showa BFRC (Balance Free Rear Cushion) Lite shock with 4.9 inches of travel.
We tested the 2023 Ninja ZX-4RR at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California, and our reviewer said: “It’s worth reiterating how much of a gigglefest it is to hammer a modestly powered but lightweight sportbike around a racetrack, even for riders with decades of experience on high-powered literbikes. And for those who might be taking to the track for the first time, a sporting motorcycle like the ZX-4RR is an ideal tool to learn how to do it properly.“
Kawasaki has announced more new and updated models for 2024, including two all-new electric motorcycles – the Ninja e-1 ABS and Z e-1 ABS. The retro Z650RS ABS has been updated, and the Ninja ZX-4R ABS and Ninja ZX-4RR ABS join Kawasaki’s small-displacement sportbike lineup.
The all-new 2024 Kawasaki Ninja e-1 ABS and Z e-1 ABS are all about convenience and urban commuting. They’re powered by a 5.0kW electric motor, which generates a claimed 29.7 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 55 mph. They come with two lithium-ion battery packs with a range of 41 miles and a 0-100% charge time of 3.7 hours. The removable batteries can be charged either on or off the bike.
Thanks to electric power, these bikes are quiet to run, have none of the vibrations and emissions of gas-powered motorcycles, and have no clutch or gears.
The Ninja e-1 ABS and Z e-1 ABS ride on a trellis frame and have a 41mm fork, a Uni-Trak shock with adjustable spring preload, and single 290mm discs with dual-piston calipers front and rear. The seat height on both is 30.9 inches. The Ninja e-1 weighs in at 308.7 lb, and the Z e-1 weighs 297.7 lb. In terms of styling and ergonomics, the Ninja e-1 adopts sporty Ninja styling, while the Ninja Z e-1 resembles the Z family.
In addition to Road and Eco ride modes, these two new electric motorcycles also come with an e-boost function to tap into extra power as well as a Walk mode with reverse that will help riders maneuver the bike at a walking pace. They also feature TFT instrumentation with smartphone connectivity and a 4.9-liter storage box in the space normally used for a fuel tank.
Both bikes come in a Metallic Bright Silver / Metallic Matte Lime Green / Ebony colorway. The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja e-1 ABS has an MSRP of $7,599, while the 2024 Kawasaki Z e-1 ABS is priced at $7,299. Both are available for purchase starting October 3, 2023.
2024 Kawasaki Z650RS ABS
The retro-styled Kawasaki Z650RS ABS returns with a 649cc parallel-Twin, a slip/assist clutch, a trellis frame, a telescopic front fork, a horizontal back-link rear shock, standard ABS, LCD dual-dial instrumentation, and an LED headlight.
For 2024, the model has been updated with the addition of Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), a system that looks at several parameters to adjust TC and allows riders to choose between two modes. Mode 1 is the least intrusive and helps acceleration out of corners for maximum drive from the rear wheel. Mode 2 provides earlier traction control intervention and is helpful while riding on wet roads. Riders can also choose to turn KTRC off altogether.
The 2024 Kawasaki Z650RS ABS is available in Ebony / Metallic Matte Carbon Grey for $9,599.
2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R ABS and Ninja ZX-4RR ABS
The 2023 Ninja ZX-4RR KRT Edition was announced in February and features a unique 399cc inline-Four that can rev out to 16,000 rpm. We got to test the ZX-4RR at Thunderhill Raceway and had a blast revving the little screamer and throwing it around the track. For 2024, Kawasaki is adding the Ninja ZX-4R ABS and Ninja ZX-4RR ABS to the lineup.
Like the ZX-4RR, both models feature a trellis frame and dual 290mm front brake discs. Technology includes a 4.3-inch TFT display with smartphone connectivity. The ZX-4R has a 37mm Showa SFF-BP fork and Showa shock adjustable for spring preload, and ZX-4RR version adds dual-direction Kawasaki Quick Shifter, a higher-grade Showa fork with adjustable spring preload, and a Showa BFRC Lite shock.
The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R ABS comes in Metallic Spark Black for $9,399. The up-spec 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR ABS is available in the same color for $9,899, and the 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR KRT Edition ABS comes in Lime Green / Ebony for $10,099.
The 600cc sportbike category was the most hotly contested class in motorcycling during the 1990s and into the mid-2000s, with completely redesigned models every four years and significant updates every two.
But markets have veered toward adventure bikes and street roadsters, causing the middleweight sportbike class to languish in recent years. Honda and Suzuki haven’t performed any mechanical upgrades to their CBR600RR and GSX-R600 in several years, and Yamaha sells its YZF-R6 only as a racebike. High-revving 4-cylinder engines have been largely supplanted by humble twin‐cylinder powerplants that are compact and cheaper to build – but a lot less exciting.
The 2024 Kawasaki ZX-6R revives the appeal offered by middleweight sportbikes with slick new styling and other desirable updates. It breathes new life into the class and reminds us that middleweights are perhaps the most balanced sportbikes on the market.
The 6R gets a fresh face for the 2024 model year, with a beguiling new nose graced with LED lighting elements. Instrumentation is provided by a new 4.3‐inch TFT panel which provides access to integrated ride modes and smartphone connectivity.
The 636cc engine receives updates to meet the latest emissions regulations, including revised camshaft profiles with mildly reduced lift and duration, a new intake funnel design intended to increase lower‐rpm power, and a fresh exhaust system. Most other mechanical components on the 6R are unchanged.
The midsize Ninja retains the former model’s Kawasaki TRaction Control, a quickshifter, and ride modes, but the systems don’t receive the enhancement of an IMU that would inform traction control and braking – there’s no lean‐sensitive TC or cornering ABS.
Ergonomics remain unchanged, described by Kawi as “naturally aggressive.” The clutch lever is adjustable over a five-position range, while the front brake lever has six.
Ridge Romp on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
Sportbikes are generally used for canyon strafing and other mundane street duties, but testing their ultimate capabilities deserves time on a racetrack. Kawasaki invited us to sample the 6R at the wonderfully hilly Ridge Motorsports Park near Olympia, Washington. The 2.47-mile circuit is quite technical with several blind hillcrests, offering a terrific playground for a middleweight sportbike.
Heading out onto an entirely unfamiliar track creates anxiety, but the ZX-6R reminded me why middleweights are the Goldilocks of sportbikes. The aluminum‐framed chassis inspires confidence to accurately set and then reset lean angles as your pace increases. Steering response is lively but without any hints of instability, and the fully adjustable suspension was up to the task of controlling the chassis even at deep lean angles.
Engines in new bikes almost always have more power than previous versions, but that’s not the case here. The 6R’s top‐end lunge has been somewhat muted by the emissions‐related mods, which is a bit disappointing. Regardless, plenty of power remains on tap to scream its way around a racetrack, and the improved midrange grunt should translate into a better powerband for street use.
A slip/assist clutch mated to a cooperative gearbox eases gearshifts, but the quickshifter doesn’t swap gears with the expediency of some other systems and lacks an auto-blipping downshift function. Braking is similarly satisfactory, with a radial-pump master cylinder actuating monoblock 4-piston calipers on 310mm rotors up front that have lost their petal-shaped edges. The ABS system is updated to the latest Bosch 9.3MP unit, but it exacts a $1,000 premium over the base model and wasn’t tested at the track.
The electronic systems include traction control and a choice of two power modes. Three-level traction control relies on wheel-speed sensors to adapt to available grip at varying speeds and throttle positions, and it can be switched off if you wish to ride unfettered.
While the ZX-6R doesn’t offer a great leap forward in performance, it is an incredibly well-balanced machine for unwinding twisty roads and racetracks. It has enough power to excite but not overwhelm, and it’s more attractive than ever.
Priced at $11,299 (or $12,299 with ABS), the ZX‐6R makes a renewed case for the viability of the middleweight sportbike class. A fresh set of attractive clothes makes the deal even sweeter.
The all-new 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator is an entry-level cruiser with a sporty character. It slots above smaller beginner bikes to be a motorcycle that both new and intermediate riders can enjoy. It’s powered by a liquid-cooled 451cc parallel-Twin derived from the Ninja 400 engine but with a longer stroke for added torque.
The Eliminator features a 28.9-inch seat height, a weight of only 386 lb (base model), and mid-mount footpegs, all important considerations for new riders looking for an easy-to-ride bike on which to practice the basics. It also has a slim fuel tank, all LED lighting, and a round LCD display with Bluetooth connectivity through Rideology the app.
Additional tech on the Eliminator includes a slip/assist clutch for lighter clutch feel, a positive neutral finder, and ABS on the ABS and SE versions.
The Eliminator comes in three version: base, ABS, and SE. The SE version includes a two-patterned seat, fork boots, a USB-C charging port, a headlight cowl, and the Candy Steel Furnace Orange/Ebony colorway. The base and ABS versions come in Pearl Robotic White and Pearl Storm Gray.
When a new rider asks for advice on a good first bike, they quickly find out that opinions vary wildly. Some will suggest a bike in the 250-300cc range, but that might not be ideal for riders who frequently travel at highway speeds. Others will suggest larger-displacement bikes that the new rider won’t outgrow, but those might be too intimidating and squash what little confidence the new rider had to begin with.
The 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator seeks to be the Goldilocks in this story, slotting above the smaller-displacement beginner bikes to be the bowl of porridge that is just right: It’s an approachable machine that will grow with a new rider while providing enough punch to entertain an intermediate rider.
The Eliminator also seeks to attract new riders with a sport-cruiser style. The new 451cc parallel-Twin derived from the Ninja 400 likes to rev high and provides pizzazz, and the new chassis and ergonomics fall somewhere between a cruiser and a standard, making for a controllable yet comfortable riding experience. Add to that a light curb weight of only 386 lb for the base model, and you get a motorcycle that’s both easy and exciting to ride.
While the 2024 Eliminator is an all-new model for Kawasaki, the name is a familiar one. It first appeared in 1985 with the ZL900 Eliminator, a cruiser stuffed with the ZX900 Ninja’s liquid-cooled inline-Four. The Eliminator name carried on to other models up into the mid-2000s. Now, the Eliminator has returned and brings some of the sport-influenced lineage with it.
The Eliminator makes some nods to its namesakes in the styling department. The round headlight harkens back to earlier days, although now all lighting is LED. The tailsection is also reminiscent of older models, as are the headlight cowl and fork boots available on the SE version of the Eliminator.
These styling hints are incorporated into a contemporary look, so nobody will think you’re riding around on your dad or mom’s old bike recently unburied from the back of the garage. With a mostly blacked-out frame and other components, a slim fuel tank, and a tidy taillight and turnsignals, this is a modern-looking machine.
Kawasaki did a good job of making the Eliminator feel like a “real” cruiser – although the same can’t be said for its sound. The parallel-Twin uses a 180-degree crankshaft instead of the more popular and rumbly 270, so it doesn’t have a deep exhaust note befitting a cruiser. Some are more interested in how a bike performs, but there’s something to be said – particularly for cruisers – for sound and style. Deep down, we love a bike with character, and whereas Kawasaki has paid attention to the character of the Eliminator’s style, the company has missed the mark on giving us those nice rumbling exhaust notes we expect from a cruiser.
The good thing is that once you start riding, you remember that exhaust notes are superficial, and the real spirit of a motorcycle lies in its performance. What the engine lacks in sound, it makes up for in the riding experience. The liquid-cooled 451cc parallel-Twin with DOHC is derived from the Ninja 400’s 399cc platform, and its extra displacement comes from lengthening the stroke by 6.8mm, from 51.8mm to 58.6. That longer stroke adds torque befitting a cruiser, and that extra grunt is obvious while riding. This is a bike that is happy to lope through town and sit comfortably in a cruiser rev range with nice low-end pull. That is, until you decide to twist that throttle for a little more pep.
Upon that twist, you’ll discover that this engine has so many revs to give. Redline shows at 11,000 rpm on the tachometer, and the power keeps building until that limit. Where you’d expect a cruiser like this to need shifting much earlier, this engine is eager to rev. Although Kawasaki doesn’t slot the Eliminator into the “sport-cruiser” category, the engine’s attitude certainly does. It pulls down low for a satisfying power surge, and then it continues building power all the way to its rev limit.
Engine performance is only a small part of the equation for a fun and comfortable beginner to intermediate bike. We need ergonomics to match. The riding position of the Eliminator is sportier than most cruisers. The mid-mount footpegs give a sense of control that is often lacking on more forward-mounted cruiser pegs. The 28.9-inch seat height is also a little taller than many cruisers. At five-foot-one, I am not able to flat-foot on the Eliminator, but I feel stable enough that I would be comfortable on this bike as a new rider. Accessory seats that raise or lower the height by 1 inch are available. The stock seat is nice and plush with a slightly scooped-out design.
The Eliminator’s brakes are uninspiring but get the job done. Up front is a single 310mm disc with a twin-piston caliper, and in the back is a single 220mm disc with a single-piston caliper. The ABS version of the Eliminator adds $300 onto the base price and 2 lb to the wet weight. The 41mm telescopic fork has 4.7 inches of travel, and the twin shocks have 3.1 inches of travel, and there is no adjustability. The suspension felt well balanced and absorbed all but the most egregious road bumps.
The round instrumentation screen also harkens back to Eliminators of yore. The LCD screen has a tachometer up top, speedometer, gear indicator, clock, fuel level, and the option to switch between odometer, two tripmeters, fuel range, and current and average fuel consumption.
The Eliminator pairs with Kawasaki’s Rideology app. Once connected, the display will show message and call information. More interesting are the options available on the app itself, which includes vehicle information and general display settings (such as preferred units and clock format).
Most interesting is Rideology’s ability to log your rides. I used the app to track our test ride in and around Oceanside, California, and it showed a map of the route and information such as date and time, location, mileage, total trip time, and average speed. I found this feature quite fun, and I enjoyed the ability to look back at my route after the ride had ended. The app stops tracking the ride if the bike is keyed off, but as long as the rider remembers to resume the route on the app after gas or lunch stops, that isn’t an issue.
Other useful technologies on the Eliminator are the slip/assist clutch and the positive neutral finder. The slip/assist clutch results in a very light clutch pull and easy shifting, which was helpful for reducing fatigue during our several photo stops throughout the test ride day. The positive neutral finder is a feature that is quite helpful for newer riders. When stopped or traveling below 6 mph, a lift of a toe from first gear will automatically access the neutral position and prevent upshifting to 2nd gear.
The Eliminator’s closest competitor is the Honda Rebel 500, which has a starting price of $6,449 for model year 2023. Both bikes have a sporty cruiser style, and a glance at the spec charts shows similar numbers. The Honda Rebel has 20cc more displacement than the Eliminator, but they make roughly the same torque (about 32 lb-ft). Kawasaki has not released horsepower figures for the Eliminator, but we expect those numbers to be similar as well. The Eliminator is lighter than the Rebel by 26 lb for the ABS versions, and the Eliminator has a longer wheelbase by about an inch. There are other small differences, but they stack up closely.
The Eliminator comes in three versions. The base model has an MSRP of $6,649. For an extra $300, you can upgrade to the ABS version. Both the base model and ABS version are available in Pearl Robotic White and Pearl Storm Gray. Tack on another $300, and for $7,249, you’ll get the SE version, which includes ABS, a headlight cowl, a USB-C outlet, fork boots, and a two-pattern seat. It’s also the only version available in the eye-catching Candy Steel Furnace Orange/Ebony colorway.
As someone who loves to see new riders finding their place in the world of motorcycling, I’m glad Kawasaki has recognized a hole in its lineup and made the effort to fill it, providing a cruiser option that’s more approachable and significantly lighter than the 650cc Vulcan S. With its light weight, low seat height, comfortable riding position, and a Ninja-derived engine, the Eliminator is a motorcycle that is as welcoming as it is fun.
Joining the lineup is the return of the Ninja ZX-10R, Z900 ABS, and Z900 SE ABS models.
2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
The Ninja ZX-10R returns for model year 2024 with power, performance, and technology proven to excel in its category. As evidence of the model’s prowess on the track, the Ninja ZX-10R has carried the brand to seven FIM Superbike World Championships since 2013.
Powered by a 998cc inline-Four DOHC with 4 valves per cylinder, the ZX-10R produces a claimed 203 hp at 13,200 rpm and 82.5 lb-ft at 11,400 rpm. The air-cooled oil cooler was introduced in 2021 and boosts engine performance.
The chassis consists of an aluminum twin-spar frame, a fully adjustable 43mm inverted Showa Balance Free Front fork, and a fully adjustable Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion shock. Brembo radial-mounted 4-piston calipers and 330mmm discs provide stopping power up front, and rear braking comes from an aluminum 1-piston caliper with a 220mm disc.
The Ninja ZX-10R also comes equipped with a full slate of rider aids, including Kawasaki Cornering Management Function, Bosch IMU, Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control, a launch control mode, engine brake control, a quickshifter, Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper, power modes, and electronic cruise control. The TFT color instrumentation allows for smartphone connectivity though the Rideology app.
The 2024 Ninja ZX-10R is available in Metallic Flat Spark Black / Ebony, and the KRT Edition comes in Lime Green with Kawasaki Racing Team graphics. The version without ABS is available for $17,799, and the ABS version is available for $18,799.
2024 Kawasaki Z900 ABS
The Z900 ABS naked sportbike also returns to the model lineup and features a liquid-cooled 948cc inline-Four DOHC with 4 valves per cylinder, which produces a claimed 114 hp at 9,710 rpm and 67.3 lb-ft of torque at 7,990 rpm.
The Z900 ABS features a steel trellis frame with a 41mm KYB inverted fork with and a horizontal back-link KYB shock, both with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability. Front brakes consist of 4-piston calipers biting on dual 300mm petal-style discs in the front and a 1-piston caliper with a 250mm petal-style disc in the rear. The Z900 ABS rides on Dunlop Sportmax RoadSport 2 tires.
Technology on the Z900 ABS includes Kawasaki TRaction Control, power modes, Smartphone connectivity through the Rideology app, a TFT color display, and LED lighting.
The 2024 Kawasaki Z900 ABS comes in Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Matte Dark Gray for $9,799. The Candy Persimmon Red / Ebony colorway brings the price to $10,099.
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2024 Kawasaki Z900 SE ABS
The Z900 SE ABS shares features with the Z900 but includes additional up-spec components for improved handling and performance, as well as more aggressive styling.
Some details that separate the Z900 SE ABS from the Z900 ABS are an upgraded Brembo front brake package, a large-diameter inverted fork with added compression damping adjustability, and an Öhlins S46 rear shock with a remote preload adjuster.
The 2024 Kawasaki Z900 SE ABS comes in the Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Candy Lime Green colorway for $11,299.
It’s a rare situation when a motorcycle debuts in a class of its own, but that’s what we have here in the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR. Sure, the Ninja 400 has been a popular member of Team Green for several years and is an excellent streetbike, but its parallel-Twin engine is far more pedestrian than the shrieking 4-cylinder motor in this little screamer that revs to 16,000 rpm.
Also important is how upscale this thing looks. It appears far more exotic than most other smaller-displacement sportbikes, resplendent in its Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) color and graphics.
Adding to its upmarket presentation is TFT instrumentation, full LED lighting, an up/down quickshifter, traction control, and dual-disc front brakes with radial-mount monoblock calipers and standard ABS.
The ZX-4RR has the potential to reinvigorate the sportbike market, providing a gateway to high-level performance in a package that is both tamable and attainable. Its power naturally pales in comparison to a fire-breathing ZX-10R or even a ZX-6R, but the 124 mph shown on its speedometer at the end of Thunderhill Raceway’s front straight demonstrates its potential for speed.
The 400cc sportbike market raged in the 1990s, with high-end race replicas from every Japanese OEM available in their domestic markets. American importers were skeptical that these pricey little bikes would find much appeal to riders on our shores, but Yamaha took a chance and offered its FZR400, which earned a reputation as one of the best-handling bikes of its era.
Production of the FZR400 began in 1987, and the bike was regularly updated until its demise in 1994. The Yamaha’s inline 4-cylinder used a 56.0 × 40.5mm bore and stroke said to produce 59 hp at 12,000 rpm, with an over-rev capability up to its 14K redline. Racy steering geometry ensured agility, aided by an aluminum frame that kept wet weight down to about 410 lb.
Sadly, I missed out on my chance to ride any of the 400s from that golden era, so I was stoked for the opportunity to test a contemporary version of this forgotten class.
A New Era
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR was primarily developed for Asian markets that have licensing and insurance regulations to encourage the use of smaller-displacement motorcycles. Just as Yamaha took a chance in the U.S. market with the lovable FZR400, Kawasaki is doing the same with this latest Ninja.
A common attitude about small-displacement sportbikes in bigger-is-better America has been that we’re not much interested in them, but the U.S. market is evolving. Kawasaki tells us that uptake on the 4RR has been strong at the dealer level thanks to the bike’s unique selling proposition.
Part of the Kawi’s distinctiveness is its ability to rev up to a stratospheric 16,000-rpm redline, which is higher than any engine offered in the USA aside from the Ducati Panigale V4R’s 16,500-rpm rev ceiling. The 4RR uses a more oversquare bore and stroke (57.0 x 39.1mm) than the FZR400 to safely achieve those lofty revs, along with forged camshafts and triple-rate valve springs.
Kawi’s USA arm doesn’t provide horsepower figures, but its Euro importer touts 76 crankshaft hp at 14,500 rpm. Torque peaks all the way up at 13,000 rpm with 28.8 lb-ft.
Unfortunately, EPA noise regulations mean that the 4RRs coming to North America are restricted, most likely by way of the electronic throttle valves at high revs. Our 4RRs produce peak power around 11,500 rpm according to a dyno chart supplied by Graves Motorsports, just shy of 60 hp at the rear wheel. Upconverting that number to a rated-at-crankshaft figure translates to about 65 hp, at least 10 ponies down from its Euro spec.
The 4RR proved to be thrilling to ride, but I’d feel a little gypped to own one and not have access to the bike’s full potential. Bikes like these are frequently fitted with aftermarket exhaust systems that drastically increase the sound from the tailpipe, so the EPA’s intentions will likely have limited real-world impact.
If I owned one, the first thing I’d do is visit Graves Motorsports for an ECU reflash, even though that would be illegal in the eyes of the EPA. For trackday/racing use only, a reflash and a cat-back slip-on muffler from Graves results in a claimed 76 rear-wheel hp, a massive 37% increase. Yee-haw!
Kawasaki could’ve cheaped out and hosted the 4RR’s launch with a street ride but thankfully made a bolder move and rented Thunderhill Raceway for us to divine the bike’s maximum performance potential. And we’re glad it did – flogging the newest Ninja on the entertaining and hilly racetrack in Northern California elicited countless grins and zero moments of panic.
The 4RR feels light and manageable upon first straddle of its 31.5-inch seat. It scales in at 415 lb with its 4-gallon tank full, which equates to about 390 lb of vehicle weight, despite a steel (rather than aluminum) frame. Ergonomics are sportier than the Ninja 400 but less punishing than Kawi’s ZX-6R or ZX-10R. The seat has a surprising amount of fore/aft room to accommodate riders of various sizes and changing body positions on the track.
The effort required to use the bike’s slip/assist clutch feels impossibly light, and both hand levers are adjustable over five positions to suit hands of any size. The 4.3-inch TFT features a Circuit Mode for lap timing and to display track-related information in an easier-to-view layout. Kawasaki’s Rideology app can connect the bike to smartphones.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR includes two power modes – with a Low setting for less-experienced riders– and three ride modes (Sport, Road, and Rain) with preset Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC) and power modes. Also available is a Rider mode in which the systems can be set independently, including three levels of traction control with the ability to be switched off.
For my first session, I used Sport mode and kept the traction control at its least-intrusive setting. The 4RR doesn’t have an IMU to inform TC or braking, relying instead on wheel-speed differentials, so there’s no lean-sensitive TC or cornering ABS.
It had been years since I had ridden Thunderhill, and the rider-friendly nature of the Ninja was an ideal accomplice to relearn the track. Pointing the bike at apexes required only modest effort. Gear changes were clicked off effortlessly thanks to clutchless upshifts and downshifts offered by the quickshifter, an easily visible gear-position indicator, and a tachometer that shows revs above 10,000 rpm at the top of the display.
After only a few laps, I was dragging knees in corners and cutting seconds off my early lap times, smiling in my helmet as the Ninja complied with my inputs. The little 4-cylinder engine screams with a wonderful wail as it sings to its redline, but it’s smarter to shift around 12,000 rpm when the power levels off due to the cursed EPA restrictions. Intake snorkels with differential lengths (40mm and 60mm) do their best to offer a broader spread of power, but you’ll want to rev the snot out of the little Ninja for the optimum experience.
During the next session, I found myself behind a rider I didn’t recognize from the motojournalist ranks. He was cutting some nice lines, and it was fun to catch him in some places and lose time in others during our little cat-and-mouse game.
At the end of our 30-minutes session, I walked over in the pits to say hello to this stranger and express the entertainment I got from dicing with him.
“Oh, hi, I’m Dax,” he replied.
Wait a minute…Dax? There can’t be many Daxs in the world, so I finally made the connection that I was ripping around with Dax Shepard: actor, podcaster, and husband of movie star Kristen Bell! It was delightful to see a celebrity with the ability to rip around a racetrack.
“Being broke in Michigan, what I would’ve loved was a Corvette ZR-1. I got my Katana 600 for $1,800 used, and it was faster than a ZR-1,” Shepard told us about his love for speed, which began with a humble Honda Spree.
“I’ve always been blown away by how inexpensive it is to have performance with a motorcycle,” said the co-host of Top Gear America. “I had a couple of different track bikes, and other than tires, I’d never done one thing to them. So the notion that you could have a vehicle that you could go to 20-plus trackdays and not be replacing rotors and pads and suspension components, it’s bang for the buck – the most fun anyone could have.”
Please, Sir, Can I Have Another?
Unlike a literbike, which can be exhausting to thrash around a racetrack, I remained raring to go even after full 30-minute sessions. What’s refreshing is time – time to ease your grip on the bars, time to breathe, time to analyze.
Although I didn’t feel traction control intruding much during previous sessions, I did notice ABS kicking in at a couple of braking zones. I ended up disabling traction control and ABS so I could ride unencumbered by the electronic nannies. Power application became more direct with a stronger pull out of corners, so TC surely had been kicking in during earlier stints.
I was initially worried about the grip from the stock Dunlop Sportmax GPR300 tires, which seemed to be a substandard choice for a trackday. Surprisingly, they stuck quite well, all the way up to and past footpeg-scuffing levels.
The suspension performed quite well for my weight, although heavier riders were making adjustments to the inverted Showa fork and fully adjustable Showa BFRC Lite shock that’s similar to the one used on the ZX-10R. The 37mm fork uses SFF-BP internals, in which the large-diameter damping piston provides more surface area to interact with oil, which allows the fork to move more smoothly during the initial part of its stroke. Adjustable spring preload on a fork is a first for this class, but it’s the only setting that can be altered.
The radially mounted 4-piston monoblock calipers and 290mm discs are plenty for bleeding speed from the 399cc engine and offer a decent amount of feedback. Switching off ABS offered a big improvement in confidence on the racetrack. The quickshifter was a huge benefit as well, with auto-blipping downshifts and the slipper clutch allowing hurried gear changes.
Who Wants One?
Being in a class of one, the 4-cylinder ZX-4RR stands apart from other small-displacement offerings. Its $9,699 MSRP enables the bike to have high-end features, but some will point out that a much more powerful ZX-6R costs only $2,600 more when equipped with ABS.
Or you could get the twin-cylinder Ninja 400 for as little as $5,699 with ABS, but then you’d miss out on TFT instruments, dual-disc front brakes, traction control, and adjustable suspension, plus you’d give up a bunch of power and the siren song of a high-revving four-cylinder motor.
It’s worth reiterating how much of a gigglefest it is to hammer a modestly powered but lightweight sportbike around a racetrack, even for riders with decades of experience on high-powered literbikes. And for those who might be taking to the track for the first time, a sporting motorcycle like the ZX-4RR is an ideal tool to learn how to do it properly. Mr. Graves, please send a reflashed ECU ASAP.
This 2024 motorcycle buyers guide highlights new or significantly updated street-legal models available in the U.S. As with previous buyers guides, we will include 2025 teasers too as soon as manufacturers let us know about them. We will continually update this guide as new models are available, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often.
Organized in alphabetical order by manufacturer, our guide includes photos, pricing, key update info, and links to first looks or – when available – Rider‘s first rides, road tests, and video reviews of the motorcycles.
2024 BMW M 1000 XR
At the beginning of June, BMW released limited details on the on the newest model in its “M” lineup: the 2024 BMW M 1000 XR. Powered by the 999cc inline-Four engine from the S 1000 RR with BMW ShiftCam technology for varying the timing and valve lift, the M 1000 XR makes a claimed 200 hp and a top speed of around 174 mph. It shares the M brakes of the M 1000 RR and M 1000 R, as well as the M winglets, which create downforce for greater stability and reduced front wheel lift. Further information on the M 1000 XR is expected in the second half of 2023.
The 2024 BMW R 12 nineT is the successor to the R nineT and shares many similarities with the R nineT platform but features updates and a more classic design. The bike has the same air/oil-cooled 2-cylinder 1,170cc boxer engine as the previous R nineT but with a more classic appearance than its predecessor, particularly with the tank shape, seat, and side covers. BMW claims the classic look and modular design also lends more freedom for individualization. The bike will also have a redesigned exhaust system, intake system, and front fender. More details about the BMW R 12 nineT, including price and specifications, are expected in the second half of 2023.
The 2024 BMW R 18 Roctane is the fifth member of the R 18 family. It features the same 1,802cc “Big Boxer” opposed Twin as its siblings as well as the same braking and suspension systems, with 4-piston calipers biting dual 300mm discs up front and a single 300mm disc in the rear and a 49mm telescopic fork and central rear shock with travel-dependent damping, adjustable spring preload, and 4.7/3.5 inches of travel front/rear. The Roctane sets itself apart from the other R 18s with a blacked-out engine and drivetrain, a Dark Chrome exhaust, a black midrise handlebar, the instrument cluster incorporated into the top of the metal headlight nacelle, and a larger 21-inch front wheel, as well as other varying dimensions.
The 2024 BMW R 18 Roctane will come in Black Storm Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic Matte, and Manhattan Metallic Matte starting at $18,695.
At the annual Club BRP event in August 2022, Can-Am unveiled two all-new, all-electric motorcycles – the Origin dual-sport and the Pulse roadster (below). Detailed specs won’t be provided until mid-2023 (at Can-Am’s 50th anniversary celebration), but both will be powered by BRP’s all-new, proprietary Rotax E-Power technology, said to provide “highway-worthy speeds with plenty of horsepower and torque.”
The Can-Am Origin has rally-style bodywork, fork guards, and spoked wheels, in diameters that appear to be 21 inches in front and 18 inches out back, common sizes for off-road tires. The final drive is enclosed, and Can-Am reps would not reveal whether power is sent to the rear wheel via chain (used on nearly all dual-sports) or belt (used on many production electric bikes).
The Can-Am Pulse has the muscular stance of a streetfighter, with racy-looking cast wheels shod with sportbike rubber and a sculpted “tank” that keeps the bike’s profile in line with conventional gas-powered motorcycles. The Origin dual-sport (above) and Pulse roadster share key design elements: distinctive LED headlights, large TFT displays, edgy white and gray bodywork, a bright yellow panel covering their battery packs, inverted forks, single-sided swingarms, single-disc brakes front and rear, and solo seats. Rear cowls may cover pillion seats; passenger footpegs are not visible on either machine, but production versions will likely have passenger accommodations.
The 2024 Honda ADV160 touts a new, larger-displacement liquid-cooled 157cc single-cylinder engine designed to improve performance and reduce emissions. It has Showa suspension front and back, a front disc brake with ABS, and a rear drum brake. Also incorporated are updates that Honda says are aimed at boosting comfort and convenience. The 2024 Honda ADV160 will be available in July and will come in Red Metallic or Pearl Smoky Gray starting at $4,499.
The 2024 Honda Shadow Phantom still features the liquid-cooled 745cc 52-degree V-Twin, 5-speed transmission, and shaft final drive but sees several updates to styling, both in form and function. A rear disc brake replaces the previous drum brake, front travel has increased from 4.6 inches to 5.1 inches, the seat height dropped slightly, and Honda shaved 6 pounds off the curb weight for a total of 543 lb. There is also a new ABS version of the bike.
The 2024 Honda Shadow Aero shares the same engine, drive train, braking, and rear suspension and travel, with front travel stretched out another four-tenths of an inch, which is also the bump in seat height, as well as a slightly smaller tank and an overall curb weight of 560 lb.
The 2024 Honda Shadow Phantom comes in Deep Pearl Gray Metallic or Orange Metallic starting at $8,399 for the non-ABS version (not available in California) or the $8,699 for the ABS version.
On the 2024 Honda Shadow Aero, Black has replaced the Ultra Blue Metallic colorway, starting at $7,949 for the non-ABS version (not available in California) or $8,249 for the ABS version.
Harkening back to the ZL900 Eliminator introduced in 1985, the 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator returns to its sportbike-powered roots, with a liquid-cooled 451cc parallel-Twin engine adapted from the Ninja 400. A 6.8mm longer stroke helps create strong low-end torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and a slip/assist clutch. The bike has a 41mm telescopic front fork and dual rear shocks, providing 4.7/3.5 inches of travel front/rear, and stopping power comes from a 2-piston caliper clamping on a 310mm semi-floating petal front brake disc and 220mm petal disc in the rear.
Several aspects of the Eliminator’s styling pay homage to its namesake, including the taillight, a tail cowl with its own added design twist, and a round headlight, now with a modern LED lamp with dual high/low beam chambers and position lamps.
Kawasaki is also offering the 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator SE, which adds several features to the standard model, including ABS, a headlight cowl reminiscent of those found on the original Eliminator SE models, a USB-C outlet, and a seat featuring dual-pattern seat leather and stitching along the top edge.
The Eliminator comes in Pearl Robotic White or Pearl Storm Gray for $6,649, and the Eliminator SE ABS comes in Candy Steel Furnace Orange/Ebony for $7,249.
Both the 2024 KawasakiKLX300 dual-sport and the 2024 Kawasaki KLX300SM supermoto are powered by a 292cc DOHC liquid-cooled four-valve fuel-injected Single borrowed from the KLX300R off-road bike.
The KLX300 is the more off-road capable of the two models and features a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel with Dunlop dual-purpose tires. The bike has 10 inches of travel up front and 9.1 inches in the rear. From a style perspective, the KLX300 gets a newly designed front cowl and front fender, a new LED headlight, and an LED taillight tucked into the rear fender. Kawasaki also gave the KLX300 a two-toned seat cover for 2024.
The road-oriented KLX300SM differs from its stablemate in 17-inch front and rear wheels, a 300mm front brake disc, and a shorter seat height of 33.9 inches, among other features. Updates to the Kawasaki KLX300SM are similar to those of the KLX300, included updated fenders, the compact LED headlight, and a new taillight. The KLX300SM also receives the two-toned seat.
The 2024 Kawasaki KLX300 will be available in Lime Green and Battle Gray for $6,199, and the Cypher Camo Gray colorway will cost $6,399. The 2024 Kawasaki KLX300SM will be available in Battle Gray and Phantom Blue for $6,599.
The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R supersport has a 636cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder with DOHC with revised cam profiles for better low-rpm performance and cleaner emissions and a reshaped intake funnel for a claimed increase in low-to-mid rpm performance.
Kawasaki also upgraded the dual 310mm front discs and single 220mm rear disc, replacing the previous petal-style rotors with round discs. Also new are the Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tires. The ABS unit has been updated for better control, and new ride modes have been added, including Sport, Road, and Rain, along with a customizable Rider mode in which each system can be set independently.
The bike also has a new 4.3-inch full-color TFT display with smartphone connectivity, as well as new styling inspired by the Ninja ZX-10R. The Ninja ZX-6R is available in three color schemes – Metallic Flat Spark Black/Ebony, Pearl Robotic White/Metallic Graphite Gray, and the KRT Edition in Lime Green/Ebony – for $11,299 ($12,299 with ABS).
The 2024 SuzukiHayabusa returns with the liquid-cooled 1,340cc transverse inline-Four with DOHC and four valves per cylinder mated to a 6-speed gearbox, ride-by-wire, the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System with electronic rider aids, including cruise control and the three-mode bidirectional quickshifter system, and three preset and three customizable ride modes, among a host of other features. It has KYB suspension and Brembo Stylema and Nissin brake components, and ABS is standard.
Specific to the 25th Anniversary Model are 25th-anniversary emblems and logos and raised Suzuki logos, as well as other styling and design choices specific to this model. The 25th Anniversary Model Hayabusa comes in the Glass Blaze Orange & Glass Sparkle Black color combination reminiscent of one of the most popular Gen II model’s color palettes, also set off with special V-shaped red graphic. The 25th Anniversary Hayabusa will be arriving at dealerships late summer. Pricing has not yet been announced.
The all-new 2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X will feature Triumph’s new single-cylinder, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine making a claimed 39.5 hp at 8,000 rpm and 27.7 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm and mated to a 6-speed gearbox, a slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive. The Scrambler 400 X also has throttle-by-wire, switchable traction control, and switchable Bosch dual-channel ABS.
The Scrambler 400 X features a 55.8-inch wheelbase, 5.9 inches of travel suspension front and rear, a 19-inch front wheel, and a wide handlebar to provide greater stability and control when riding on loose surfaces, as well as scrambler-style protection for both the bike and the rider.
The Scrambler 400 X is available in three two-tone color schemes, each featuring Triumph’s distinctive Scrambler tank stripe and triangle badge: Matte Khaki Green and Fusion White, Carnival Red and Phantom Black, and Phantom Black and Silver Ice options. Pricing has not yet been announced.
Similar to its Scrambler 400 X stablemate (above), the 2024 Triumph Speed 400 features the new single-cylinder, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine making a claimed 39.5 hp at 8,000 rpm and 27.7 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm and mated to a 6-speed gearbox, a slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive. The Speed 400 also has throttle-by-wire, switchable traction control, and Bosch dual-channel ABS (which can be switched off on the Scrambler 400 X).
The Speed 400 has an accessible seat height of 31 inches, a 43mm inverted fork offering 5.5 inches of travel, a monoshock rear suspension unit giving 5.1 inches of travel, and lightweight 17-inch wheels. Stopping power comes from a 4-piston radial front brake caliper with a 300mm front disc and braided lines and a floating caliper and 230mm disc in the rear.
The 2024 Triumph Speed 400 will be offered with three two-tone paint schemes – Carnival Red, Caspian Blue, and Phantom Black – each featuring a prominent Triumph tank graphic. Pricing has not yet been announced.
The 2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 range includes the Street Triple 765 R, Street Triple 765 RS, and limited-run Moto2 Edition, which Triumph says is “the closest you can get to a Moto2 race bike for the road.”
All three models will still feature a liquid-cooled 765cc inline-Triple, which was bumped up from 675cc with the 2017 Street Triple lineup, but Triumph says engine upgrades derived directly from the Moto2 race engine program have resulted in a significant step up in performance in the range. The engine on the Street Triple R now makes a claimed 118 hp and 59 lb-ft of torque at 9,500 rpm. The Street Triple RS and Moto2 take it up another notch, making 128 hp. Other updates include new technology, high specification components, an updated chassis, and more.
The Street Triple 765 R will start at $9,995 and be available in two colorways: Silver Ice with Storm Grey and Yellow graphics or Crystal White with Storm Grey and Lithium Flame graphics. The Street Triple 765 RS will start at $12,595 and have three schemes: Silver Ice with Baja Orange and Storm Grey graphics, Carnival Red with Carbon Black and Aluminum Silver graphics, or Cosmic Yellow with Carbon Black and Aluminum Silver graphics. Finally, the Moto2 Edition will start at $15,395 and comes in two race-derived liveries: Triumph Racing Yellow with an Aluminum Silver rear sub-frame or Crystal White with Triumph Racing Yellow rear subframe. The official Moto2 branding will appear on the tank, wheel, tail unit, and silencer.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R supersport gets a major update for model year 2024 in terms of efficiency, usability, and looks. Some of the changes in the model are a result of new emission regulations, but changes also include more useful technology and updated styling.
The Ninja ZX-6R’s engine is still a 636cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder with DOHC and a 67.0 x 45.1mm bore/stroke. However, Kawasaki has revised the cam profiles for better low-rpm performance and to help meet stricter emission standards. Another update to help meet emission standards is a revised layout for the header pipes. The new layout is intended to improve feedback from the O2 sensor and allow for optimized catalyzer volume and load. The revised shape of the intake funnel is also claimed to increase low-to-mid rpm performance.
Continuing from previous Ninja ZX-6R models is a cassette-style 6-speed transmission that allows for quick set-up time for track days, along with a slip/assist clutch.
Chassis, Suspension, Brakes, and Wheels
The pressed-aluminum perimeter frame and two-piece aluminum sub-frame remain the same. The suspension also remains unchanged, including the 41mm Showa SFF-BP fork and Uni-Trak shock that are adjustable for preload, compression, and rebound damping. Seat height is 32.7 inches, and wet weight is 426 lb for the non-ABS versions and 430 lb for ABS.
Kawasaki made an upgrade to the brakes and tires on the Ninja ZX-6R. The brakes remain dual 310mm front discs with dual radial-mounted 4-piston monoblock calipers up front with a single 220mm disc in the rear. New for model year 2024 are the round disc brakes replacing the petal discs, which Kawasaki says contributes to the image of the Ninja family of motorcycles. Also new are the Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tires.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Technology
The Ninja ZX-6R has already enjoyed the benefit of some rider aids like a quickshifer, traction control, ABS (also available without ABS), and power modes (full and low).
For 2024, the ABS unit has been updated for better control. Riders get even more options with new integrated riding modes, which combine traction control and power mode settings. Riding modes consist of three settings (Sport, Road, and Rain), along with a manual “rider” mode in which each system can be set independently.
The Ninja ZX-6R also sees a new 4.3-inch full-color TFT display and new smartphone connectivity. Now, riders can connect their phone to the bike using Rideology the App. Through the app, riders can see vehicle information, a riding log with GPS route information, phone notifications, and general settings.
The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R receives new styling inspired by the Ninja ZX-10R, including new front and side cowls, new compact LED headlights, and a new windscreen. The area around the air intake is now painted for a sleeker design, and the new windshield is shorter than before and has holes to relieve pressure build-up to reduce buffeting.
The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is available without ABS in Metallic Flat Spark Black / Ebony and Pearl Robotic White / Metallic Graphite Gray for $11,299. For $1,000 more, the ABS version is available in the same colorways. The non-ABS KRT Edition for $11,299 and the ABS KRT Edition for $12,299 are both available in Lime Green / Ebony.
The Kawasaki KLX300 dual-sport and the KLX300SM supermoto were introduced in 2021 to replace the KLX250. Both models are powered by a 292cc DOHC liquid-cooled four-valve fuel-injected single borrowed from the KLX300R off-road bike. The 2024 Kawasaki KLX300 and KLX300SM get updated styling and bodywork, plus some new lighting.
When we reviewed the 2021 versions of both models, we found them to be capable and user-friendly machines that would make great companions for beginner riders. We appreciated the low- to mid-range torque of the new engine, as well as the fuel injection and riding position.
2024 Kawasaki KLX300
The 2024 Kawasaki dual-sport is the more off-road capable of the two models and features a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel with Dunlop dual-purpose tires. It has a 43mm inverted fork with compression damping adjustability and 10 inches of travel. A Uni-Trak suspension with preload adjustability provides 9.1 inches of travel. Brakes consist of a 2-piston caliper and a 250mm disc up front and a 1-piston caliper with a 240mm disc in the rear.
Updates to the Kawasaki KLX300 for model year 2024 include a newly designed front cowl and a new LED headlight. The front fender design has also been updated for a sportier look. A new LED taillight is tucked into the rear fender for a cleaner appearance and better protection. Kawasaki also gave the KLX300 a two-toned seat cover for 2024.
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2024 Kawasaki KLX300SM
The KLX300SM is the road-oriented version, featuring 17-inch front and rear wheels, a larger 300mm front brake disc (compared to 240mm on the KLX300), and a shorter seat height of 33.9 inches (compared to 35.2 inches on the KLX300). Other ways in which the KLX300SM differs from the dual-sport are an inch less front and rear travel, street-oriented IRC Road Winner tires, and a shorter wheelbase.
Updates to the Kawasaki KLX300SM are similar to those of the KLX300, included updated fenders, the compact LED headlight, and a new taillight. The KLX300SM also receives the two-toned seat.
Story continues below 2024 KLX300SM photo gallery.
The 2024 Kawasaki KLX300 will be available in Lime Green and Battle Gray for $6,199, and the Cypher Camo Gray colorway will cost $6,399. The 2024 Kawasaki KLX300SM will be available in Battle Gray and Phantom Blue for $6,599. Visit Kawasaki’s website for more information.