Motorcycle Live VIDEO: Kawasaki's 2015 models

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

Kawasaki exclusively showed Bike Social around their top 2015 models at the Motorcycle Live show this week with the obvious highlights being the supercharged Ninja's in the shape of the street legal H2 and it's menacing twin, the track-focused H2R.

Introducing Bike Social to the Ninja's, the twin-cylinder Z300 and the new Versys 650 and 1000 bikes was Kawasaki Motors UK's Communications & PR Manager, Martin Lambert.

Lambert explains that Kawasaki's new Ninja H2 and H2R are a statement about what the Japanese marque can do. Making full use of different areas of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries group, such as gas turbine production and aerospace the new Ninjas show where Kawasaki can go that others may not be able to.

In terms of differences between the H2R and the H2 street version, Lambert says there aren't all that many. The H2 sits at around 200bhp and is fully homologated for road use but when you buy a H2 you are still buying into the supercharged, H2 technology.

Only a handful of the £41,000 H2R machines will come to the UK and almost all of these sold on the day the bike was made available. Lambert claims the £22,000 H2 has been selling well too, with more of these coming to British shores around March/April next year.

With naked bikes becoming more and more popular, Kawasaki were keen to have entry level bikes in this range. The twin Z300 and single cylinder Z250SL break cover this year for exactly that reason. Lambert says Kawasaki want people's first motorcycle to be one of their bikes and the introduction of these new models enable that. The Z300 is based on the Ninja 300 and has the same twin cylinder water cooled motor, which Lambert refers to as 'learner proof'. The headline feature is that its styled much like Kawasaki's bigger naked bikes, the Z1000 and Z800. A2 Licence friendly, the Z300 is available to all sorts of people, those new to motorcycling and those coming back. With ABS, the Z300 will cost £4,349.

Lambert says the Versys 1000 has been developed in line with what customers have asked for, including a style change, a centre stand, a clean mount luggage system meaning the bikes looks good with or without luggage, a one key system, people can take more luggage. The Versys has also features revised suspension.

If you're heading to the NEC for Motorcycle Live this week then remember to read our guide and take a look at the Top 10 things to see. You could always swing by the Bennetts stand in Hall 2 and claim your free coffee for being a Bike Social reader.

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