Kawasaki has revealed the prices of its first tranche of 2019 models and it’s a mixed bag of rises and falls.
Let’s start with the good news; the new 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R is cheaper than we expected and undercuts its main rival, Yamaha’s YZF-R6, by a substantial margin. The new ZX-6R starts at £9,499 – a full £2000 less than the Yamaha’s list price. The ZX-6R seems a bargain, and even more so when you consider that the previous generation cost £9,999 if you specified it with ABS, which is standard on the 2019 model.
The ‘KRT’ version of the ZX-6R, with race-replica paint instead of the base model’s plain black, is £200 more expensive at £9,699.
Moving on to the top of Kawasaki’s range, the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2 Carbon have both had £1000 price rises, to £25,499 and £27,999 respectively. But that’s not a bad deal, considering that the 2019 H2 has been given a 31bhp power boost from 197bhp to 228bhp, plus higher-spec Brembo Stylema brake calipers.
Moving along to the new Ninja 125 and Z125, Kawasaki’s prices are coming in a little higher than expected. The faired Ninja 125 starts at £4,399, rising to £4,499 if you opt for the KRT paint scheme. That’s still probably less than you’ll pay for a 2019 Yamaha YZF-R125 – although the Yamaha’s price has yet to be announced – but it’s more than a Honda CBR125R (£3,999) or a Suzuki GSX-R125 (£4,099). Strangely, it’s also more than Kawasaki’s Ninja 250SL, which share most of the same components as the Ninja 125 and lists at £3,849, or £3,949 with KRT paint.
It’s the same story with the naked Z125. The base model costs £4,099, while the white-and-black paint option ups that price to £4,199. Again, the near-identical – but larger-engined – Z250SL – is cheaper at £3649.