Kawasaki is aiming for a smooth transition to EVs and doesn’t seem to be in a rush to make the switch
With its ICE-based motorcycles still going strong, Kawasaki has been rather slow in catching up with rivals in EV segment. The company has a long-term plan, wherein it aims to achieve a fully-electrified portfolio by 2035. It will include pure EVs as well as hybrid electric vehicles.
At INTERMOT 2022, Kawasaki has showcased a new EV prototype that appears to be of A1 specification (125 cc, 15 hp). It is the same model, as was showcased at Suzuka 8 Hours endurance racing event earlier this year in August. At the event, Kawasaki had also showcased a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). Kawasaki electric two-wheelers could be launched in select markets such as US and Europe in 2023.
Kawasaki new EV prototype
Design and styling of Kawasaki EV prototype unveiled at Intermot 2022 is borrowed from Kawasaki’s Z range motorcycles. The EV prototype has a sinewy profile with aggressive front fascia, sculpted fuel tank, sharp body panels, exposed frame and split-seat design. It will be getting an all-LED setup. Riding stance seems fairly committed with low-set flat handlebar and slightly rear set foot pegs.
In terms of hardware, the EV prototype has standard telescopic forks at front and swingarm rear suspension. Alloy wheels have a trendy design and are shod with track-focused performance tyres. The bike has disc brakes at both ends. Sound note of this bike is close to the typical hum of an electric motor, as was revealed at Suzuka 8 Hours racing event.
While the EV prototype has a captivating profile, key details such as range, battery capacity, charging time, etc. are not available at this point of time. Kawasaki has done well to keep things tightly under wraps. Only the VIN information was revealed earlier, which showed that the prototype will generate 15 PS of max power. That should be good enough for some thrilling rides in an urban environment.
It is not certain if Kawasaki EV prototype will have a fixed or removable battery pack. The batteries are placed in the bike’s underbelly, encased by the frame from all sides. The battery pack should be accessible via the faux fuel tank lid.
Focus on ICE models
While it has started working on its electric and hybrid portfolio, Kawasaki has always maintained that its primary focus will be on ICE-based two-wheelers in the near future. That seems like a logical thing to do, as the company has global operations with a comprehensive range of ICE-based two-wheelers.
The capital investments involved, production platforms, human resource skilling, supply chain networks, etc. cannot be altered at short notice. Kawasaki’s 2035 target to achieve full electrification seems just right for enabling a smooth transition. The company has to ensure that its pure EVs and HEVs continue to offer the same level of performance and reliability, as associated with its current breed of ICE two-wheelers.
He’s shocked, supporters aren’t by Samantha Dietel from ColumbiaMissourian.com
When Jared Monroe returned to his classroom after a meeting, he was met with thunderous applause and a $100,000 check. He had to stop and take it all in.
Monroe, an automotive instructor at Columbia Area Career Center, is one of five grand prize winners of the 2022 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. Representatives from the foundation joined Monroe’s colleagues, friends, family and students in surprising him with the award Tuesday morning in the automotive shop where he teaches.
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is awarding $1.25 million in prizes to 20 skilled trades teachers nationwide, according to the foundation’s news release. The career center’s skilled trades program will receive $70,000 while Monroe will receive $30,000.
Marcus Hicks, an area manager at Ford who works as a facilitator between the career center and the motor company, worked to hold back tears during the presentation.
“Everything you see in this shop, from the computers to the toolboxes, he’s done this for you guys,” Hicks told Monroe’s students.
Kawasaki is very excited to announce the launch of additional 2023 motorcycle models including the all-new KLX®230 SM, the new KLX®230 and KLX®230 S, the new KLR®650 S, and the updated Ninja®650 and Z650 motorcycles.
Complimenting the KLX230 for 2023 is the addition of the all-new KLX230SM, helping to further expand and solidify the KLX family of motorcycles. Riders will appreciate the powerful, light and maneuverable package that the KLX230SM provides, making it one of the best options for tackling any urban jungle.
NEW 17-inch wheels and street tires
NEW Large diameter disc brakes
NEW Inverted front fork
NEW Supermoto styling
# NEW 2023 KLX®230
The KLX230 was designed and built to be a lightweight and easily maneuverable motorcycle for a wide range of riders. Utilizing the simple air-cooled engine design along with the smooth handling perimeter frame helped keep the KLX230 compact, while the balance between the engine and frame results in optimal trail fun performance.
NEW Sporty, aggressive styling
NEW LED headlight
NEW Engine tuning
NEW 2023 KLX®230 S
The KLX230 S is perfect for those who are looking for a more approachable KLX. Bringing down the seat height from 34.8 inches (standard KLX230 model) to 32.7 inches, the KLX230 S enables more riders to take on off-road trails with confidence.
NEW Lower front and rear suspension
NEW Dual-purpose ABS Disable Feature
ESCAPE. EXPLORE. ENVY.
NEW 2023 KLR®650 S
The new KLR650 S is built off of the reputable and reliable KLR650 platform and carries over all of the same great features, including its fuel-injected 652cc single-cylinder engine, multi-functional digital instrumentation panel, high-tensile double-cradle frame, and LED headlight. For 2023, the KLR650 S receives lowered front and rear suspension with dedicated settings that help enhance the rider’s reach to the ground yet retain the excellent handling and comfort characteristics of the KLR650. Accompanying the lower suspension settings is a new low seat, updated shifter-to-footpeg distance, and shorter side stand.
NEW Lower front and rear suspension
NEW Suspension settings
NEW Low seat
NEW Shifter and footpeg positioning
UPDATED 2023 Ninja®650
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.
NEW Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC)
ENERGIZE UPDATED 2023 Z650
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.
NEW Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC)
BUILT TO WIN UPDATED 2023 KX™450SR
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.
NEW SHOWA front and rear suspension componentsIn addition, the following 2023 motorcycle models will also be available:
RevZilla Celebrates Grand Opening of its New Storefront in Newport Beach
The leading online powersports brand launches its latest brick-and-mortar experience with a three-day event
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Sept. 26, 2022 —
RevZilla, the largest digital platform for moto-enthusiasts worldwide, is celebrating the grand opening of its new location in Southern California. This is RevZilla’s first California retail location and the brand’s fourth store nationwide. The new storefront has received an overwhelming “welcome” from the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa riding communities and RevZilla is throwing a grand opening MotoBash event on September 30 – October 2 to thank the community.
“Southern California has always had a strong riding culture and we’re honored to serve the community that’s embraced us since our inception,” said Stevan Popovich, Chief Business Develop ent Officer, Comoto Family of Brands. “This new location gives RevZilla access to one of the largest retail markets in the U.S. and offers our customers yet another in-store experience where they can engage with the RevZilla brand firsthand, along with other local riders.”
RevZilla will be hosting a grand opening event at the new store (1812 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, Calif., 92627) from Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. PT each day.
Throughout the weekend, the public is invited to celebrate the opening with several fun—and free—activities at the store, including:
Meet RevZilla Media Hosts Ari Henning and Jen Dunstan
See the Yoshimura Racing R7 motorcycle that Ari Hemming raced in the MotoAmerica round at Laguna Seca this summer
Enjoy live music, food and refreshments
Participate in moto-giveaways* throughout the weekend. Winners will receive a variety of items from gloves to helmets and much more
RevZilla is the leading online destination for all things motorcycling with the largest selection of helmets, apparel and accessories, and the most in-depth content catalog of riding education and entertainment. The RevZilla in-store experience is an extension of the beloved online brand, bringing the Gear Expert level of motorcycle apparel to help riders find the best solution for their needs.
The Newport Beach location will regularly host community events and feature a full line-up of motorcycle gear including helmets, men’s and women’s apparel, race suits, parts and more. The retailer has been the go-to brand for riders across the globe for more than a decade and is excited to bring a new brick-and-mortar location to the ever-growing Southern California rider community.
Members of the media, community members and residents are invited to join the grand opening festivities. For more information on RevZilla and the new store, please visit https://www.revzilla.com/newport-beach.
*Interested parties must register onsite and be present to win
About Comoto Family of Brands : Comoto is America’s largest and fastest growing omni-channel platform in the powersports aftermarket-products industry, dedicated to advancing the experience of moto-enthusiasts across the globe. Comoto’s brands, RevZilla, Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles, and REVER deliver premium products, dedicated expertise, engaging media, and passionate customer support of the rider community through best-in-class eCommerce and retail
TYLER O’HARA CAPTURES 2022 MOTOAMERICA MISSION KING OF THE BAGGERS CHAMPIONSHIP FOR INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RACING AND S&S CYCLE
Riding the Mission® Foods S&S® Indian Challenger, O’Hara’s Consistency Through the Seven-Round MotoAmerica Series Carries Indian Motorcycle Over Rival Harley-Davidson to Reclaim Coveted Crown
Minneapolis, MN. (September 14, 2022) – This past weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Tyler O’Hara battled through rain-soaked conditions to finish second in the Main Event, earning the necessary points to capture the 2022 Mission King of the Baggers (KOTB) Championship for Indian Motorcycle Racing and S&S® Cycle. This is the second KOTB Championship in three years for O’Hara and the Indian Motorcycle Racing-S&S team in the increasingly popular MotoAmerican bagger-racing class.
O’Hara’s 2022 Championship run was a picture of consistency throughout the seven-round series. The Petaluma, Calif. native captured five podium finishes over seven rounds; including a victory at the Daytona Speedway season opener, along with two fourth-place finishes aboard his ever-reliable Mission® Foods S&S® Indian Challenger. This year’s Championship came at the expense of Harley-Davidson Screaming Eagle rider Travis Wyman, who entered the series’ final round with a three-point lead in the Championship point race, only to see his hopes literally slip away when he crashed midway through the second lap while frantically chasing O’Hara through the rain soaked circuit in New Jersey.
It was an afternoon rainstorm that spoiled the best-laid plans for points leader Wyman and served up a golden opportunity for O’Hara and teammate Jeremy McWilliams, who both thrive in wet conditions. Starting from the fourth and fifth positions respectively, O’Hara and McWilliams jumped out to a fast start, overtaking Wyman and Vance-Hines Harley Davidson rider James Rispoli and moving into second and third position respectively coming out of turn one. This allowed McWilliams to slow the pace for the field behind him, including Wyman, and create breathing room for O’Hara who consistently maintained pace behind race leader Kyle Wyman.
With an added level of urgency thanks to McWilliams’ stifling efforts, the younger Wyman made an aggressive outside pass on McWilliams and immediately began aggressively pushing to close the gap with O‘Hara, ultimately low-siding and sliding into the infield late into the second lap. Although he was able to get back on his bike and continue the race, Wyman fell to the back of the pack, while O’Hara stayed close behind the older Wyman brother, holding his second-place position to the finish and capturing his second KOTB Championship.
“Even though it’s one rider that earns the Championship, this was a situation where the support from Jeremy and our ability to work together made all the difference, and I could not be more grateful for his support and the tireless work of my entire Indian Motorcycle-S&S team,” said O’Hara. “Every member of this team sacrificed so much of themselves over this past year and to stand on that podium and celebrate this Championship with them is a testament to our commitment and nothing short of a dream come true. I’m so proud to reclaim the crown and the number-one plate for such an incredible and talented group of guys who put their hearts and souls into this season.”
McWilliams, a veteran road racer of Moto GP fame, joined the Indian Motorcycle-S&S factory team at the start of the 2022 season. Along with a virtually unmatched level of experience and skill that resulted in a Round Two victory at Daytona and fourth-place finish overall, McWilliams brought an invaluable wealth of knowledge to the team. His technical input and collaboration with Indian Motorcycle-S&S engineers and mechanics throughout the season allowed the team to continually evolve, refine and improve the Indian Challenger, optimizing set ups specific to track conditions at each and every round.
“Jeremy’s expertise and experience, combined with Tyler’s skill and competitive fire is something truly special,” said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Service and Technology for Indian Motorcycle. “When you back those two guys up with the expertise, commitment and heart of this entire Indian Motorcycle-S&S crew, you come away with a Championship. On behalf of everyone at Indian Motorcycle, I could not be prouder of our team and what we’ve accomplished this season.”
Ultimately, it’s the commitment of the entire team, including the engineers and mechanics behind the riders, that makes the difference between winning or losing a championship. This was no better evidenced then by the consistency of O’Hara and his Mission® Foods S&S® Indian Challenger throughout the entire season. Not only did O’Hara’s #29 bike finish every race during the season without fail, it never finished lower than fourth place.
“This Championship is the result of the sacrifices and commitment made by each and every member of our team – so many days on the road away from their families and sleepless nights working to ensure our bikes were dialed-in for Tyler and Jeremy,” said Jeff Bailey, S&S Cycle Crew Chief. “Every member of our crew played a critical role, making unique sacrifices and sharing in the highs and lows we experienced together throughout the season, and that’s truly what makes this Championship so gratifying. I could not be prouder of this group of incredible individuals.”
Sponsors for Indian Motorcycle Racing’s King of the Bagger efforts include Mission® Foods, S&S®, Medallia, Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited.
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® : Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.
ABOUT S&S® CYCLE : S&S® Cycle was born from a passion for racing and has spent over six decades building performance for the powersports market. Their unwavering focus on quality, reliability and top shelf power has made S&S® Cycle the absolute leader in high performance on the street and track.
ABOUT MISSION® FOODS : MISSION®, owned by GRUMA, S.A.B. de C.V., is the world’s leading brand for tortillas and wraps. MISSION® is also globally renowned for flatbreads, dips, salsas and Mexican food products. With presence in over 112 countries MISSION® products are suited to the lifestyles and the local tastes of each country. With innovation and customer needs in mind, MISSION® focuses on the highest quality, authentic flavors, and providing healthy options that families and friends can enjoy together. For more information, please visit www.missionfoods.com
Being part of the Hamsters for 30+ years and building custom bikes, I never thought of owning a Trike. One night 10 years ago, as we were admiring all the custom one-of-a-kind bikes at Sturgis, a buddy says to me, “You know what the next big thing is going to be……. Trikes”.
I’m like what? And he says, “Think about it. We are all getting older.” Well guess what… I bought a Trike.
Because of a major bike accident a few years ago, I’ve lost my ability to close or grip with my right hand. It’s become a major problem to hold up a heavy bagger. I decided I can’t risk this anymore with my wife on the back.