Kawasaki has announced more new and updated models for 2024, including two all-new electric motorcycles – the Ninja e-1 ABS and Z e-1 ABS. The retro Z650RS ABS has been updated, and the Ninja ZX-4R ABS and Ninja ZX-4RR ABS join Kawasaki’s small-displacement sportbike lineup.
This announcement follows previous unveilings of several new and updated models for 2024, including the new Eliminator cruiser, the updated KLX300 dual-sport and KLX300SM supermoto, and the updated Ninja ZX-6R.
2024 Kawasaki Ninja e-1 ABS and Z e-1 ABS
The all-new 2024 Kawasaki Ninja e-1 ABS and Z e-1 ABS are all about convenience and urban commuting. They’re powered by a 5.0kW electric motor, which generates a claimed 29.7 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 55 mph. They come with two lithium-ion battery packs with a range of 41 miles and a 0-100% charge time of 3.7 hours. The removable batteries can be charged either on or off the bike.
Thanks to electric power, these bikes are quiet to run, have none of the vibrations and emissions of gas-powered motorcycles, and have no clutch or gears.
The Ninja e-1 ABS and Z e-1 ABS ride on a trellis frame and have a 41mm fork, a Uni-Trak shock with adjustable spring preload, and single 290mm discs with dual-piston calipers front and rear. The seat height on both is 30.9 inches. The Ninja e-1 weighs in at 308.7 lb, and the Z e-1 weighs 297.7 lb. In terms of styling and ergonomics, the Ninja e-1 adopts sporty Ninja styling, while the Ninja Z e-1 resembles the Z family.
In addition to Road and Eco ride modes, these two new electric motorcycles also come with an e-boost function to tap into extra power as well as a Walk mode with reverse that will help riders maneuver the bike at a walking pace. They also feature TFT instrumentation with smartphone connectivity and a 4.9-liter storage box in the space normally used for a fuel tank.
Both bikes come in a Metallic Bright Silver / Metallic Matte Lime Green / Ebony colorway. The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja e-1 ABS has an MSRP of $7,599, while the 2024 Kawasaki Z e-1 ABS is priced at $7,299. Both are available for purchase starting October 3, 2023.
2024 Kawasaki Z650RS ABS
The retro-styled Kawasaki Z650RS ABS returns with a 649cc parallel-Twin, a slip/assist clutch, a trellis frame, a telescopic front fork, a horizontal back-link rear shock, standard ABS, LCD dual-dial instrumentation, and an LED headlight.
For 2024, the model has been updated with the addition of Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), a system that looks at several parameters to adjust TC and allows riders to choose between two modes. Mode 1 is the least intrusive and helps acceleration out of corners for maximum drive from the rear wheel. Mode 2 provides earlier traction control intervention and is helpful while riding on wet roads. Riders can also choose to turn KTRC off altogether.
The 2024 Kawasaki Z650RS ABS is available in Ebony / Metallic Matte Carbon Grey for $9,599.
2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R ABS and Ninja ZX-4RR ABS
The 2023 Ninja ZX-4RR KRT Edition was announced in February and features a unique 399cc inline-Four that can rev out to 16,000 rpm. We got to test the ZX-4RR at Thunderhill Raceway and had a blast revving the little screamer and throwing it around the track. For 2024, Kawasaki is adding the Ninja ZX-4R ABS and Ninja ZX-4RR ABS to the lineup.
Like the ZX-4RR, both models feature a trellis frame and dual 290mm front brake discs. Technology includes a 4.3-inch TFT display with smartphone connectivity. The ZX-4R has a 37mm Showa SFF-BP fork and Showa shock adjustable for spring preload, and ZX-4RR version adds dual-direction Kawasaki Quick Shifter, a higher-grade Showa fork with adjustable spring preload, and a Showa BFRC Lite shock.
The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R ABS comes in Metallic Spark Black for $9,399. The up-spec 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR ABS is available in the same color for $9,899, and the 2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR KRT Edition ABS comes in Lime Green / Ebony for $10,099.
For more information, visit the Kawasaki website.
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