Out of the ten models, there will be an EV two-wheeler, a hybrid motorcycle combining petrol and electric power, as well as a hydrogen-powered bike that is based on the Ninja H2.
The big plan was shared by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) following the announcement of the creation of Kawasaki Motors Ltd, a new company within the Kawasaki group which will solely focus on manufacturing motorcycles and stand-alone engines.
In line with the new business plan, the company also rolled out a new corporate identity which reflects both the heritage aspect of this global enterprise and to symbolise optimism of the future.
As part of the new corporate identity, all new Kawasaki bikes will sport the new ‘River Mark’ logo which is a stylised representation of the Japanese character meaning ‘River’.
The logo first appeared in the 1870’s on the flags of ships owned by the Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard, the forerunner to Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
Formed by Shōzō Kawasaki in 1878, the company first concentrated on ship-building, fulfilling the desire for Japan to export goods, and for the island nation to take its place on the international trading arena.
In the modern era, the River Mark once more came to prominence when it appeared on the cowlings of the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R in 2015.
Six years down the line, Kawasaki has declared that the ‘River Mark’ logo will be the main identifying symbol for future products.
Besides the new corporate identity and new bikes, Kawasaki Motors Ltd will also be developing complementary technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, integration of radar technology, and customer-centric interfaces such as the Kawasaki’s Rideology App which connects the customer’s smartphone to their vehicle via Bluetooth.
The company said that it is working on the basis that connectivity and interaction with product will grow exponentially in the coming years with Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. being among the key players in this specialist field.
That being said, Kawasaki Motors should be introducing an average of 16 new two-wheel models per year by 2025.
The SE model is the leader of the family featuring an enviable specification that includes a wide range of electronic rider aids and technical features as well as offering electronically damped front and rear suspension as standard.
Featuring Showa’s advanced Skyhook suspension technology, the attitude of the SE is focused on the machine staying in the same relative position as the road surface undulates with the suspension action absorbing the movement via constant adjustment thanks to its super-fast reaction speed.
As range partner, the SE is complemented by an S model that continues into 2022 offering the same rider aids as the SE yet relying on a more traditional non-electronically damped suspension set up.
The list of rider aids that both machines feature is extensive including electronic cruise control, an IMU enhanced control package, traction control, power mode selection, integrated riding modes, an up/down quick shifter and an integrated ABS braking system.
From a chassis point of view, the S and SE also have full LED lighting including cornering lights, TFT meter panels with Bluetooth connectivity to the riders’ smartphone via the Kawasaki Rideology App and the convenience of a large windscreen and protective hand guards.
Available with colour coded clean mount panniers plus a top case as accessory items, both the S and SE models will be available in a variety of Editions in 2022 ranging from Tourer to Grand Tourer.
Finally, completing the trio of Versys 1000 models available for the new season is a standard or “entry-level” version giving riders on a more limited budget an opportunity to discover why so many thousands of owners have such an affinity with the Versys concept.
Offering the same base specification as both S and SE models in terms of the engine and chassis, the base Versys will come without cornering lights, TFT meter panel, integrated riding modes, and the electronically damped suspension.
The standard machine does however offer the accessory option to add an up/down quick shifter, large windscreen, heated grips and hand guards plus the accessory pannier and top case luggage options common to the other machines in the 2022 Versys 1000 range.
Kawasaki recently unveiled the all-new 2022 Kawasaki Z650RS, further augmenting its already hugely popular retro sport line.
Targeted at younger riders and those in the early stages of their riding career, the Z650RS is predicted to also appeal to those who fondly recall the launch of the iconic “son of Z1” Z650-B1 in 1977.
Designed and engineered to offer a delicate balance between old design and new technology, the new machine is powered by an updated version of Kawasaki’s 649 cc water-cooled, parallel twin engine used in both the current Z650 and Ninja 650 models like the Versys.
Tuned for low and mid rev response, plus characteristic invigorating high rev performance, the engine is rated at 68 PS.
In terms of the chassis, the frame is a tubular trellis type construction providing both lightness and agile response to aid reassuring handling capabilities.
Its narrow aspect also allows riders to easily reach the ground at a standstill and manoeuvre the bike on the move with equal ease. The seat height for European models will be 820mm with a low seat accessory option at 800mm.
As for the suspension, the front duties are undertaken by 41mm conventional forks, with Kawasaki’s horizontal link rear suspension acting on a shock that is adjustable for pre-load.
Stopping power comes courtesy of dual twin piston front calipers acting on retro-style 300mm round disc rotors instead of Kawasaki’s customary petal style rotors.
Meanwhile at the rear, a single piston brake acts on a 200mm rotor all assisted by Bosch advanced ABS.
Evoking myriad memories of the Z650-B1, the paint and pinstripes are a faithful reproduction of the green version of the earlier machine.
And then we have the iconic “duck tail” cowling behind the seat and faithfully crafted side panels which also pay homage to the 1977 machine.
Even the seat and its stitching pattern reveal a familiar fastidious attention to detail attention by Kawasaki stylists.
A round, LED headlamp lights the way while the dual analogue style “artillery shell” shaped meters include a digital centre panel for rider information.
According to Kawasaki, the adoption of gold multi-spoke type wheels is truly the “icing on the cake” while further embellishment is possible via a range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories.
Edaran Modenas Sdn. Bhd. (EMOS), the distributing arm of Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn. Bhd (Modenas) has been appointed as the new official Kawasaki distributor in Malaysia effective 1 October 2021.
The appointment covers wholesaling of all range of Kawasaki products including vehicles, spare parts and accessories, as well as providing customer service information involving technical service and recall activity information if required.
According to EMOS, the whole process of changing distributorship will take up to six months, and will be put in place with assistance by KMSB Motors Sdn. Bhd.
During this period of transition, Kawasaki motorbike owners may still revert to the dealers where they purchased their vehicles or any Kawasaki dealer or stockist for spare parts & technical services enquiries.
Prior to EMOS’ appointment as the new distributor, the Kawasaki brand was represented by KMSB Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd for the past 33 years.
According to KMSB, the decision to cease distributorship of Kawasaki motorcycles in Malaysia was made as a result of several key developments in Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) such as KHI’s investment policy in Malaysia, as well as their decision to increase equity of participation in Modenas.
Moving forward, KMSB announced that they will be diversifying their business and represent five different brands: 1) Suzuki 2) Two European Brands (to be announced) 3) An EV Brand (to be announced) 4) A home grown ASEAN Brand (to be announced)
KMSB’s new business plan was officially put into motion a couple of months ago when the company launched not one or two, but six new Suzuki models in Malaysia, supported by a network of over 70 experienced sales and service dealerships nationwide.
The six models that marked the return of Suzuki motorcycles in Malaysia are the GSX-R1000 (RM99,289) and GSX-R1000R (RM110,289) superbikes, the Katana (RM77,989), the GSX-S750 (RM40,989), the V-Strom 650XT (RM37,989) and the SV 650 (RM37,289).
Taking over from Suzuki Assemblers Malaysia, Suzuki Malaysia (KMSB) is now the sole and exclusive importer, distributor and assembler for Suzuki motorcycles, ATV, spare parts and accessories in Malaysia.
They are based at the same location as Kawasaki Malaysia at the Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park in Shah Alam, Selangor.