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2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review
The 2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE naked sportbike receives upgraded brakes and suspension.

Kawasaki has spiced up the Z900 mix with a new SE model, which adds upgraded brakes and suspension.

The Z900 SE’s styling draws from Kawasaki’s “Sugomi” design concept, which makes the bike look in motion even when standing still. It has aggressive angular detailing, an exposed subframe, and a sharply contoured belly pan. For those who prefer more classic styling, check out the 2022 Kawasaki Z900RS SE.

At the heart of the Z900 SE is the liquid-cooled 948cc inline-Four, which made 113 horsepower at 9,800 rpm and 66 lb-ft of torque at 8,100 rpm at the rear wheel in our 2020 test. As we reported at the time, this lightweight and compact engine spools up quickly and delivers solid and smooth performance when pushed but is versatile enough to be ridden in traffic with ease. Standard electronics include power modes, traction control, and integrated riding modes (Sport, Road, Rain, and Rider [manual]).

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review
Aggressive contemporary styling gives the the Z900 SE an imposing character.

The Z900 SE’s upgraded suspension includes a fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork and a fully adjustable Öhlins S46 rear shock with a remote preload adjuster. The new setup promises improved customization and handling.

The SE version also benefits from a new radial monoblock Brembo M4.32 4-piston front calipers squeezing 300mm petal discs and Nissin radial-pump master cylinder. At the rear, there is a 250mm petal disc with 2-piston caliper. ABS and steel-braided brake lines are standard.

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review
At the front: a new fully adjustable, 41mm inverted fork and Brembo 4-piston M4.32 calipers
2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review
At the rear: an Öhlins S46 rear shock and a 250mm petal disc and a 2-piston caliper.

The Z900 SE’s cast aluminum, five-spoke wheels are fitted with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires. Although the turnsignals are still the old bulb type, all the other lights on the Z900 SE are LEDs. A large 4.3-inch color TFT dash with a selectable background color (black or white) and screen brightness automatically switches between three rider-set levels to suit available light. Bluetooth connectivity is compatible with smartphone devices and Kawasaki’s Rideology App.

A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available and options for the Z900 SE include crankcase protectors, a meter cover, and an Akrapovic slip-on exhaust. The 2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE is available in Metallic Spark Black/Candy Lime Green with an MSRP of $10,699.

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE Specs

Base Price: $10,699
Website: kawasaki.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Four, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 948cc
Bore x Stroke: 73.4 x 56.0 mm
Horsepower: 113 @ 8,500 rpm (2020 Z900, rear-wheel dyno)
Torque: 66 lb-ft @ 6,700 rpm (2020 Z900, rear-wheel dyno)
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Wheelbase: 57.3 in.
Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/4.3 in.
Seat Height: 31.5 in.
Wet Weight: 470 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gals.

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE | First Look Review

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Yamaha Unveils 2022 Sportbikes and 60th GP Anniversary Livery

Yamaha Unveils 2022 Sportbike Models and 60th GP Anniversary Livery
From left, the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R1, YZF-R7, and YZF-R3 sporting the World GP 60th Anniversary Edition livery.

In 1961, Yamaha entered its first World Grand Prix series, finishing in the points in only their second GP race with its 2-stroke RD48 at the Isle of Man TT. Yamaha is commemorating the 60th anniversary of this definitive year and its rich racing history with three new Special Edition models – the 2022 YZF-R3, YZF-R7, and YZF-R1 are all available in a World GP 60th Anniversary Edition livery. Based on the iconic Yamaha white-and-red chain block, with a yellow number plate, these striking machines pay tribute to Yamaha’s passion for racing and dedication to winning at the highest levels of motorcycle racing.

Yamaha Unveils 2022 Sportbike Models and 60th GP Anniversary Livery
2022 Yamaha YZF-R1 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition

“Racing has always been in Yamaha’s DNA, as well as a cornerstone of motorcycle development,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “Nowhere is this fact more evident than with our R-series bikes, which have benefited from years of Grand Prix racing. Technology and designs have trickled down to our production Superbike and Supersport machines, making them dominant forces in MotoAmerica racing for so many years.”

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Along with the World GP 60th Anniversary color scheme, each of the commemorative bikes also features gold wheels, gold forks, Yamaha factory team Gold Tuning Fork emblems, black levers, and special commemorative badging on the airbox cover.

Yamaha Unveils 2022 Sportbike Models and 60th GP Anniversary Livery
2022 Yamaha YZF-R1 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition

“We’re thrilled to give Yamaha enthusiasts the opportunity to own this piece of Yamaha racing history,” Brooks added. “These distinctive World GP 60th Anniversary editions are amazing to see in person with the instantly recognizable classic white and red Yamaha Racing livery and a range of other special detailing.”

The 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition (MSRP $9,299) and the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R1 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition (MSRP $18,099) will be available in November 2021. The 2022 YZF-R3 World GP 60th Anniversary Edition (MSRP $5,499) will be available in February 2022.

2022 Yamaha R-series Sportbikes

Sixty years of racing have given Yamaha the expertise to develop and refine its lineup of sportbike models. From the entry-level YZF-R3 to the exclusive, GP-inspired YZF-R1M, the Yamaha R-series models provide options for riders of all skill and budget levels.

Yamaha Unveils 2022 Sportbike Models and 60th GP Anniversary Livery
From left, the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R1M, YZF-R1, YZF-R7, and YZF-R3 in Team Yamaha Blue color scheme.

Returning to the Yamaha sportbike lineup is the standard edition Yamaha YZF-R3, which has aggressive R-series styling and a lightweight, high-revving 321cc parallel-Twin, and the standard edition Yamaha YZF-R1, which boasts advanced MotoGP-derived electronics and the powerful crossplane 998cc CP4 engine. For 2022, both the YZF-R3 and YZF-R1 now feature an updated Team Yamaha Blue color option with graphic detailing and accents aligned with the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7, including matte blue and cyan blue accents throughout. For riders looking for a darker option, the YZF-R3 also comes in Midnight Black, and the YZF-R1 is available in Performance Black.

Also returning to the Yamaha lineup for 2022, the premium spec YZF-R1M, now featuring a new color design further accentuating the full carbon fiber front fairing and aluminum fuel tank, with a slightly bluer side fairing.

Yamaha Unveils 2022 Sportbike Models and 60th GP Anniversary Livery
2022 Yamaha YZF-R1M

The 2022 YZF-R3 will be available this December in Team Yamaha Blue or Midnight Black with an MSRP of $5,299. The 2022 YZF-R1 will be available this November in Team Yamaha Blue or Performance Black with an MSRP of $17,599, and the 2022 YZF-R1M will be available in January 2022, with an MSRP of $26,299.

2022 Yamaha YZF-R6 GYTR

Yamaha Unveils 2022 Sportbike Models and 60th GP Anniversary Livery
The 2022 Yamaha YZF-R6 GYTR is a race-ready competition bike and provides a select group of racing enthusiasts and track-day riders the chance to own the ultimate, race-spec Yamaha Supersport.

Yamaha has a long history of supporting both amateur and professional Supersport racing and to continue in this endeavor, a track-only 2022 YZF-R6 GYTR will be available for purchase in extremely limited numbers. The Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing YZF-R6 features full race bodywork in primer white, GYTR YZF-R6 Race Seat, GYTR ECU and wiring harness with interface cable, full Akrapovič exhaust, a 520 chain, and sprocket kit, racing rear sets, AIS plug set, billet front brake lever guard, shark fin rear sprocket guard, GYTR ABS emulator, GYTR racing fuel cap, GYTR on/off switch, and GYTR brake line set, among other specialty parts.

The new 2022 Yamaha YZF-R6 GYTR will be available in dealers from April 2022 and has an MSRP of $18,399. Contact your local Yamaha dealer if you would like to place deposit on this limited production motorcycle.

For more information, visit yamahamotorsports.com

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Everything You Need To Ride a Sport Bike

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So, you want to ride a sport bike. Unlike cruisers, sport bikes are made for rapid acceleration. They’re fun and exciting to drive, but they can also be challenging to ride at first. To make sure you stay safe, comfortable and in control, here’s a list of everything you need to get started, from sport bike wheel accessories to protective gear.

Wheel Spacers

When it comes to sport bike accessories, wheel spacers are often overlooked. However, they can make changing your wheels a quicker and easier process. Look for push-in interlocking wheel spacers that won’t move around.

Multi Tool Kit

Hauling your entire motorcycle kit is impractical when you’re riding a sport bike. After all, you don’t have a lot of space to store things and you don’t want to add too much weight to your ride. Pocket-sized multi tool kits can help you stay prepared without bulking you up or weighing you down. Look for tool kits that include basic open-ended wrenches, socket driver, spoke wrenches and screwdrivers.


When riding a sport bike, it’s imperative to wear a quality helmet. Choose a full-face option that offers maximum protection. You may also want to select a helmet with Bluetooth integration technology. Good sport bike helmets are designed to be aerodynamic, comfortable and secure. This is an area where splurging a little is worth it to ensure your safety and your confidence on your bike.

Leather Suit

Sport bike riders don’t wear leather suits just to look cool. When you’re traveling at high speeds, loose clothing can cause significant drag. A close-fitting suit can help you remain aerodynamic. It also blocks the wind and keeps you comfortable and dry in all types of weather. Leather suits also offer superior skid protection if you happen to lose control of your bike.

Heated Gloves

If you do any fast riding in cold weather, your hands will feel the chill first. Heated gloves can keep your hands warm and dry so you can maintain optimum control of your bike in cold weather.


A good pair of durable boots is a must-have for any sport bike rider. Look for a pair with straps or buckles instead of laces. You don’t want to risk having your laces come undone and get caught on your bike during your ride. If you plan to do any cold-weather riding, you should purchase a pair of boots with insulation so your toes don’t freeze.

Rim Strips

Although they don’t do much to enhance the safety or performance of your bike, rim strips can make your bike flashier. They are sport bike wheel accessories that have a huge impact on how you look. For the most notable effect, choose rim strips that are brightly colored and complement your bike’s paint job. Rim strips are easy to install and can be removed if you grow tired of them or want to switch colors.

Nothing compares to the speed and freedom a sport bike can offer. With the proper accessories and protective gear, you’ll be ready to confidently ride your sport bike in no time.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com