2023 Kawasaki KX450SR Motocross Motorcycle
After finding abundant success in its debut in 2022, the new KX450SR makes its highly anticipated return for 2023. Previously only reserved for early Kawasaki factory racing machines, the “SR,” or Special Racer naming convention, represents the pinnacle of Kawasaki race bikes. The KX450SR is purpose-built leveraging significant high-value parts that have been proven by the Monster Energy Kawasaki race team competing in Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross Championships.
Starting with the KX450 concept, the new KX450SR model has been designed to suit riders seeking race wins and features elite-level racing components, special tuning and design elements inspired by the Monster Energy Kawasaki race team to further elevate its performance and factory racer looks.
For 2023, this high-performance, limited edition Special Racer is now equipped with SHOWA front and rear suspension components.
The 449cc lightweight engine package utilizes input derived directly from the Monster Energy Kawasaki race team. Just like the KX450, the KX450SR engine features an electric start activated by the push of a button and powered by a compact lithium-ion battery. A lightweight finger-follower valve actuation design comes by way of Kawasaki’s top-level road racing technology and World Superbike engineers, enabling larger-diameter valves and more aggressive cam profiles. The KX450SR features polished intake ports that provide smoother airflow, contributing to increased engine performance. A close-ratio, five-speed transmission is paired with a high-capacity coned disc-spring hydraulic clutch that helps facilitate control and provide a consistent feeling even under heavy use.
Just like the Monser Energy Kawasaki factory race team, a lightweight Pro Circuit Ti-6 Pro titanium race exhaust has been fitted and contributes to increased engine performance. Engine engine control unit (ECU) fuel injection settings are exclusive to the KX450SR and match the more powerful engine characteristics, providing controllability and factory-spec high-performance riding for a wide-range of motocross riders.
A slim aluminum perimeter frame provides precise cornering through excellent front-end feel and agility when riding at high speeds. The frame’s lightweight construction is composed of forged, extruded and cast parts, while the engine is used as a stressed member and adds to the frame’s rigidity balance. Engineers carefully selected the dimension of the swingarm pivot, output sprocket and rear axle locations to focus on the center of gravity and balanced handling.
- NEW: SHOWA front and rear suspension components
The KX450SR receives new SHOWA front and rear suspension components with titanium oxide (TiO) on the inner fork tubes that improves wear resistance and reduces friction. Large-diameter inner fork tubes are the same size found on Kawasaki’s factory racing team and allow for the use of large 39-millimeter compression damping pistons and a 25-millimeter cartridge cylinder, providing smooth action and firm damping. The inner surface of the outer fork tubes feature SHOWA’s Dimplush texture, which has a wave-like finish to help retain an oil film for smoother action. The Dimplush texture also has a Kashima coating to create a low-friction surface that helps prevent wear, so the sliding surfaces remain smooth for a long time. Suspension settings have been optimized on the KX450SR in order to achieve higher performance, smoother suspension action and provide a plush feeling. The SHOWA rear shock offers dual compression adjustability so that high speed and low speed damping can be tuned separately. Utilizing feedbck from Kawasaki’s factory race teams, the 22-millimeter front axle enhances front-end traction. The New Uni-Trak rear suspension linkage ratios have been selected to suit the chassis.
Holding up the SHOWA front forks is a set of XTrig ROCS (revolutionary opposing clamp system) tech triple clamps that help to improve fork flex action for more optimal fork function. The upper triple clamp is outfitted with XTrig’s progressive handlebar dampening system (PHDS) handlebar mounts that are lightweight and improve responsiveness of the fork, and is supported by elastomers, which are designed to absorb vibration from the engine and chassis. This system also helps to dampen the forces acting on the handlebars in both horizontal and vertical directions, translating into increased steering precision for the rider. With this system, the handlebar can be adjusted in 12 different positions for total rider customization.
Brakes and Wheels
Adorning the KX450SR is a pair of D.I.D. DirtStar wheels, improving the strength and durability under the most challenging conditions on the racetrack. The black coating on the rims emulates the looks of a factory race machine. Further adding to the attention-grabbing appearance on the KX450SR is the championship-proven combination of a D.I.D. 520ERT3 gold chain fitted to a black Renthal Ultralight aluminum rear sprocket.
Handling the stopping duties is an oversized 270-millimeter, petal-shaped front brake rotor from the renowned manufacturer, Braking. The rear is equipped with a 250-millimeter, petal-shaped Braking rotor coinciding with the large front disc.
Kawasaki continues its unmatched commitment towards providing riders with class-leading ERGO-FIT adjustable components to fit a variety of riders and riding styles. The footpegs feature dual-position mounting points, with a lower position that reduces the standard setting by an additional 5 millimeters, reducing the knee angle when taller riders are seated.
In addition to the already sharp, aggressive styling found on the KX450, the KX450SR showcases special colors and graphics that resemble those found on the Monster Energy Kawasaki race team. Also adding to its true race machine looks is a Hinson Billetproof clutch cover featuring the Kawasaki Racing Team logo that improves heat dissipation as well as a Pro Circuit Ti-6 Pro titanium exhaust that features a special green decal.
- Color: Lime Green
- MSRP: $12,699
- Availability: Late Fall 2022
2023 Kawasaki Ninja Sport and Supersport Motorcycle Lineup
Kawasaki’s sport and supersport motorcycle lineup is back stronger than ever for 2023 with several Ninja models set to hit dealerships in the fall. The Ninja 650 has been updated and now features Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), adding to its already proven package. Additional models set to return include the Ninja ZX-10R, Ninja ZX-10RR, Ninja ZX-6R KRT Edition and Ninja ZX-14R.
- NEW: Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC)
Kawasaki is no stranger to the pursuit of performance, excitement and all-out fun, and nothing embodies this philosophy more than the new 2023 Ninja 650 motorcycle. It’s one of the most well-balanced motorcycles Kawasaki has produced, blending fun and easy handling with optimal engine and chassis performance, and the legendary sleek Kawasaki Ninja styling.
For 2023, the Ninja 650 receives Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), Kawasaki’s advanced traction control system that provides both enhanced sport riding performance and the peace of mind under certain conditions to negotiate low-traction surfaces with confidence. The system looks at a number of parameters to get an accurate, real-time picture and allows riders to select between two modes to suit their riding situations and preferences. Mode 1 is the least intrusive, helping to manage traction during cornering and designed with sport riding in mind. This mode facilitates acceleration out of corners by maximizing forward drive from the rear wheel. In Mode 2, intervention occurs earlier, meaning when excessive wheel spin is detected, the engine output is reduced to allow grip to be regained. This helps riders navigate wet pavement or bad stretches of road. Additionally, riders may elect to turn the system off.
The Ninja 650 features the tried and true 649cc parallel-twin engine that is perfect for a daily commute or an afternoon out on some tight, winding, back roads. Its lightweight chassis delivers smooth and agile handling that is both sporty and versatile. The sharp styling found on the Ninja 650 gives it a sporty appearance that is sure to catch the attention of new and seasoned riders alike. Its 4.3-inch all-digital TFT color instrumentation provides a premium feel and offers full color for great visibility. Twin LED headlights feature low and high beam as well as a position lamp. Utilizing its smartphone connectivity through RIDEOLOGY THE APP, a number of functions can be accessed, logged and reviewed contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience.
For 2023, the Ninja 650 is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Ebony or Pearl Robotic White/Metallic Matte Flat Raw Graystone/Ebony with an MSRP of $7,999. The Ninja 650 KRT Edition modeled after the Kawasaki Racing Team is available in Lime Green/Ebony with an MSRP of $8,199 and is also available with anti-lock brakes (ABS) with an MSRP of $8,599.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R supersport continues to set the bar high in the pinnacle of road racing around the globe with unmatched success on the racetrack, including carrying Kawasaki to seven FIM Superbike World Championships (WorldSBK) since 2013. The Ninja ZX-10R has a 998cc in-line four-cylinder 16-valve engine that balances power with manageability and its paired with the latest and most advanced electronics, such as Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF), Bosch inertial measurement unit (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 World Superbike factory racers and contribute to the Ninja ZX-10R’s cornering performance and light handling. The high-grade TFT (thin film transistor) color instrumentation with smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP and electronic cruise control further add to the high-grade appearance and convenience. The next-generation bodywork and styling with integrated winglets were designed with aerodynamic performance in mind and offer improved drag resistance and an increase in downforce, while its recently introduced air-cooled oil cooler increases cooling and boosts engine performance.
For 2023, the Ninja ZX-10R model is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Metallic Diablo Black with an MSRP of $17,399. The Ninja ZX-10R KRT Edition is available in Lime Green/Ebony with an MSRP of $17,399, and the KRT Edition is also available with ABS for an MSRP of $18,399.
The 2023 Ninja ZX-10RR shares many of the same great engine, suspension and chassis features found on the Ninja ZX-10R. This World Championship-winning, single-seat superbike has been developed through Kawasaki’s racing efforts in WorldSBK. With pure performance in mind, the Ninja ZX-10RR engine boasts numerous performance upgrades, such as specially designed camshafts, intake and exhaust valve springs that accommodate the camshafts, lightweight pistons with matching piston pins and a DLC coating, lightweight titanium connecting rods manufactured by Pankl, and the elimination of intake funnels in the airbox. These engine upgrades work together to achieve a quicker engine response with a higher rev limit. Marchesini forged wheels were designed to specifically meet the needs of the powerful engine and are fitted with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires.
The Ninja ZX-10RR is built to win, and for 2023, it’s available in a Lime Green color scheme with an MSRP of $29,699.
Ninja ZX-6R KRT Edition
The 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R supersport motorcycle boasts a potent 636cc engine, advanced electronics and a lightweight chassis. The 636cc engine has been optimized for the street and the track, offering an exhilarating experience in a wide range of riding situations, allowing you to rule the track and run the streets. The Ninja ZX-6R features a 636cc in-line four-cylinder dual-overhead camshaft (DOHC) engine, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), sophisticated instrumentation, styling with twin LED headlights and taillight, Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), selectable power modes combined with Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), class-leading SHOWA suspension, SHOWA SFF-BP fork, Assist & Slipper Clutch, comfortable ergonomics with adjustable clutch lever, multi-function LCD screen and a pressed-aluminum perimeter frame.
For 2023, the Ninja ZX-6R KRT Edition is available in a Lime Green/Ebony color scheme with an MSRP of $10,999, while the Ninja ZX-6R KRT Edition ABS model is also available in the Lime Green/Ebony color and has an MSRP of $11,999.
Ninja ZX-14R ABS
The 2023 Ninja ZX-14R supersport will continue its reign as “King of the Quarter Mile.” Featuring a powerful 1,441cc DOHC inline-four engine that can deliver plenty of power and a unique monocoque aluminum frame for balance, performance and responsive handling. Premium onboard electronics and uncompromising refinement allow the rider to take on the track and the backroads with sophisticated ease. 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 a back-torque limiting slipper clutch, stainless steel braided clutch and brake lines, Brembo four-piston monobloc calipers paired with large floating front discs and a high-grade dash meter. The 2023 model is equipped with ABS as standard and is available in a Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Flat Ebony color scheme with an MSRP of $16,599.
2023 Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R Hypersport Motorcycles
The Kawasaki 2023 line of hypersport motorcycles returns stronger than ever with its high-performance and supercharged Ninja H2R, Ninja H2 and Ninja H2 Carbon models.
The development of the Ninja H2R goes beyond the boundaries of any other Kawasaki motorcycle. “Built Beyond Belief,” the world’s only limited-production, supercharged hypersport model represents the unbridled pinnacle of Kawasaki engineering, with astonishing acceleration and mind-bending top speed suitable only for the track. The Ninja H2R features a 998cc inline four-cylinder engine, proprietary supercharger, lightweight trellis frame, compact superbike dimensions, carbon fiber aerodynamic devices, fully adjustable high-performance racing suspension and a rigid single-sided swingarm. This closed-course only motorcycle also features Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM); Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers; Öhlins rear shock; and highly durable, self-healing paint; it sits at the head of the class in advanced electronics and technological development. The 2023 Ninja H2R is available in Mirror Coated Matte Spark Black with an MSRP of $57,500.
Ninja H2 and H2 Carbon
The Ninja H2 and Ninja H2 Carbon motorcycles amount to pure, street-legal, hypersport performance, featuring a 998cc inline four-cylinder engine, proprietary supercharger, lightweight trellis frame, compact superbike dimensions, aerodynamic bodywork and a rigid single-sided swingarm. Both models feature high-spec Brembo Stylema brake calipers; Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS); Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC-9 modes); and Kawasaki’s highly durable, self-healing paint. In the cockpit, a thin-film transistor (TFT) color instrumentation display with four selectable display modes can be found, as well as Bluetooth smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP. Bringing all this power and technology to the pavement are Bridgestone RS11 tires. The Ninja H2 Carbon was developed as a special, limited-edition model that features beautiful, strong and lightweight carbon fiber front bodywork and a special insignia. The 2023 Ninja H2 is available in Mirror Coated Spark Black with an MSRP of $31,500, while the 2023 Ninja H2 Carbon is offered in Mirror Coated Matte Spark Black/Candy Flat Blazed Green with its clear-coated raw carbon fiber fairing on display and an MSRP of $35,000.
The unmatched attention to detail, precision and performance of the 2023 Ninja H2 line of supercharged motorcycles are available in each of the three models in limited quantities. The order period for the 2023 Ninja H2R, Ninja H2 and Ninja H2 Carbon is open starting Oct. 4, 2022.
2023 Kawasaki Street Motorcycles
Over the course of the past several years, the powersports industry has witnessed a significant increase in popularity with novice and experienced riders alike, turning to motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides and personal watercraft. To continue to meet this growing demand, Kawasaki has announced that select adventure touring, sport and cruiser model year 2023 motorcycles will arrive in Kawasaki dealerships during the fall months giving riders the chance to “let the good times roll.”
Versys 650 LT
The Versys 650 LT is ready to take on any road any time for your next adventure with its long-travel suspension, proven reliability, back-road capabilities and superb fuel efficiency. It continues to be a top choice as the ultimate travel guide for riding enthusiasts who are looking for reliable performance and versatile fun. The Versys 650 LT features a fuel-injected 649cc, parallel twin engine, upright riding position, Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), TFT color LCD screen, smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, LED taillight and headlights, large 5.5-gallon fuel tank and a four-way adjustable windshield. The Versys 650 LT comes equipped with hand guards that help protect the rider’s hands against weather and wind, and a 28-liter KQR hard saddlebag set with quick-release capabilities that can be removed and installed without the use of tools and offers enough space to fit a full-face helmet. The hard saddlebag set also utilizes Kawasaki’s One Key System to keep things as simple as possible with the use of the ignition key. The 2023 Versys 650 LT is available in Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black with an MSRP of $10,099.
Versys 1000 SE LT+
An open-road adventure awaits when you ride the Versys 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle. With a 1,043cc engine, nimble chassis and comfort at its core, versatility and functionality is central in every facet. Confidently take on any road at any time with a motorcycle that’s as reliable as it is fun. The 2023 Versys 1000 SE LT+ features a 1043cc in-line four-cylinder engine, upright riding position, Integrated Riding Modes, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), all-LED lighting including cornering lights, multi-function TFT color LCD screen, smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, electronic cruise control and heated grips. The Versys 1000 SE LT+ features KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension) including Showa’s Skyhook Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (EERA) technology. Showa’s Skyhook software was carefully fine-tuned by Kawasaki engineers to ensure the sporty riding character of the Versys 1000 SE LT+ was preserved, delivering a smoother ride as it continually adapts to the road surface in real time and reduces pitching under braking, especially when riding two-up. Steering remains light when riding on the highway, and the bike feels more planted when riding in wet conditions, contributing to increased rider confidence. The Versys 1000 SE LT+ is returning for 2023 in Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black with an MSRP of $18,899.
The 1960s spirit runs deep in the Kawasaki W800 retro classic motorcycle with class-leading authentic styling, sound and feel. A true throwback to the iconic W1, the modern W800 motorcycle is meticulously crafted to pay homage to the past, all while thoughtfully incorporating modern technology and features. The 2023 W800 features a 773cc air-cooled vertical twin engine; assist and slipper clutch; traditional exhaust system; authentic W1-inspired styling; disc brakes with ABS; chrome-plated steel fenders; large, round turn signals; a standard handlebar; large, 19-inch front wheel and 18-inch back wheel; a relaxed riding position; silver alumite rims; tuck and roll seat; and a Kawasaki Advanced Dynamic Analysis Designed Frame. For 2023, the W800 is available in Metallic Slate Blue/Metallic Diablo Black with an MSRP of $9,999.
Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS
It may look like a custom V-twin bagger, but the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS cruiser is in a class of its own, where power and luxury peak. A roaring 1,700cc engine featuring advanced Kawasaki technology offers a smooth, reassuring ride. The blacked-out engine, distinct bodywork styling and select chrome accents create a unique and bold appearance. The 2023 Vulcan 1700 Vaquero features a 1,700cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 52-degree V-twin engine, electronic cruise control, Kawasaki Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS, stylish frame-mounted fairing, AM/FM/WB audio system with SiriusXM radio compatibility and sealed saddlebags. For 2023, the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero is equipped with ABS as standard and is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray with an MSRP of $18,599.
2023 Kawasaki Z Family Motorcycle Lineup
For 2023, Kawasaki welcomes the return of its iconic Z Family line of naked motorcycles, which includes several supernaked, retro sport and mini naked models. Z models set to hit dealerships this fall include an updated Z650 and Z650 ABS with Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC) as well as the Z650RS, Z900 ABS, Z900 SE and Z125 PRO.
Z650 | Z650 ABS
- NEW: Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC)
Kawasaki has built a legacy of creating motorcycles that have unrivaled performance, excitement and Sugomi styling, all of which are embodied in the new 2023 Z650 compact middleweight motorcycle. Known as one of the most well-balanced motorcycles in the Kawasaki lineup, the Z650 blends easy handling with optimal engine and chassis performance that is a winning package, whether it’s a daily commute or an afternoon spent on backroads.
For 2023, the Z650 receives Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), Kawasaki’s advanced traction control system that provides both enhanced sport riding performance and the peace of mind under certain conditions to negotiate low-traction surfaces with confidence. The system looks at a number of parameters to get an accurate, real-time picture and allows riders to select between two modes to suit their riding situations and preferences. Mode 1 is the least intrusive, helping to manage traction during cornering and designed with sport riding in mind. This mode facilitates acceleration out of corners by maximizing forward drive from the rear wheel. In Mode 2, intervention occurs earlier, meaning when excessive wheel spin is detected the engine output is reduced to allow grip to be regained. This helps riders navigate wet pavement or bad stretches of road. Additionally, riders may elect to turn the system off.
A 649cc parallel-twin engine that matches perfectly to its sporty lightweight chassis powers the Z650. Its 4.3-inch all-digital TFT color instrumentation gives the cockpit of the motorcycle a high-tech, high-grade appearance, offering full-color display features and great visibility. The Z650’s sharp Sugomi styling is bold in appearance and includes LED headlights. A thick and wide urethane passenger seat provides the comfort necessary when riding with a passenger. Thanks to smartphone connectivity through RIDEOLOGY THE APP, a number of functions can be accessed, logged and reviewed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience.
For 2023, the Z650 is available in Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black with an MSRP of $7,749. The Z650 ABS model is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Ebony with an MSRP of $8,249.
The Kawasaki Z650RS was an all-new model for 2022 and became the latest member to join Kawasaki’s 650cc lineup. It’s a true middleweight retro sport that combines timeless looks inherited from the Z900RS with a compact, responsive package that riders will love to enjoy daily. The Z650RS has a fun and easy character and features a parallel-twin 649cc engine, lightweight trellis frame, telescopic front fork and horizontal back-link rear suspension, dual-dial instrumentation with multi-function LCD screen, round LED headlight, spoke-style cast wheels, disc brakes with standard ABS, assist and slipper clutch, and a relaxed retro-style riding position. Distinguishing itself from its bigger Z900RS sibling is a slimmer fuel tank and a shorter, more compact tail. For 2023, the Z650RS is available in Metallic Moondust Gray/Ebony with an MSRP of $9,099.
The Z900 ABS naked sportbike features a host of advanced features and epitomizes Kawasaki’s belief of what the ideal supernaked should be. At 948cc with an ultra-lightweight chassis, every ride is met with exceptional power, responsiveness and excitement. The Z900 ABS features a 948cc liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine, trellis frame, Sugomi-inspired Z styling, Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Power Mode and Integrated Riding Modes selection, smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, TFT color instrumentation, LED headlamp, position lamp and license plate lamp, and Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires. For 2023, the Z900 ABS is available in Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Flat Spark Black or Metallic Phantom Silver/Metallic Carbon Gray, with an MSRP of $9,399.
Last year, Kawasaki introduced the all-new Z900 SE supernaked to its Z line of motorcycles. Channeling many of the same great features found on its Z900 brethren, the Z900 SE has several additional features, such as an upgraded Brembo front brake package, a large-diameter inverted fork with added compression damping adjustability and an Öhlins S46 rear shock with remote preload adjuster. Together, these premium upgrades deliver improved handling, performance and excitement in addition to the iconic eye-catching styling that makes this supernaked motorcycle stand out from the crowd. For 2023, the Z900 SE is available in Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Candy Lime Green with an MSRP of $10,899.
Small on size but big on fun, the Kawasaki Z125 PRO mini naked motorcycle is a nimble streetfighter that makes a statement wherever it goes. Featuring a 125cc engine, low seat height, upright riding position and responsive street tires, it’s your invitation to the rebellious side of fun. The 2023 Z125 PRO also features a four-speed manual transmission, smooth power delivery, lightweight chassis, offset laydown single-shock, digital LCD screen with analog tachometer and gear position indicator, 12-inch cast wheels and aggressive Kawasaki Z styling. For 2023, the Z125 PRO is available in Firecracker Red, Pearl Matte Sage Green or Metallic Ocean Blue with an MSRP of $3,399.