Kawasaki Ninja Z800 launched
Kawasaki Motors India has rolled out seventh motorcycle to its lineup in India its Ninja Z800 superbike
To be brought in as a CBU, the Z800 is expected to notch sales of 200 units with 100 units to be sold from the Delhi outlet and the remaining from Pune. It is priced at Rs 8.05 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and Rs 7.90 lakh (ex-showroom Pune). The models will be serviced at the Probiking service centres at Pune and Delhi.
The Delhi outlet has till now received orders for about 14 Ninja Z800s.
The company’s CBU models are imported from Japan and Thailand. Thus far, four models are imported as CBUs, including the Ninja ZX-14R, ZX-10R and Z1000 and Ninja 1000, which was launched last September.
The Z800 makes 113PS at 10,200rpm and peak torque is 93Nm at 8,000rpm, which makes the motorcycle powerful enough to be a visceral ride on our streets.
Visually, the Z800 is aggressive but is clearly the older face of naked aggression for Kawasaki — the new Z1000 wears the meaner, sleeker new one. Minimal, sharp bodywork and stunning all-digital meters and all round out what should be a fast, comfortable motorcycle to ride on India streets. Kawasaki also says that the larger motor makes for a better highway machine, with a tall sixth gear allowing the use of lower revs at cruising speeds for economy, range as well as comfort.
India Kawasaki will also be offering accessories like a meter cover, front axle guard and tank pad for the Ninja Z800. These will be extended to other existing models as well.
Kawasaki Versys 1000 and ER-6n coming to India soon
Kawasaki Motors (IKM) has only recently launched four new models – the Ninja ZX-10R and the Ninja ZX-14R, followed by the Z1000 and Ninja 1000, and will soon follow these up with the Z800 witin a month. But the new model onslaught does not stop there, as Kawasaki is also looking to showcase the Versys 1000 from its adventure series, followed by the ER-6n, which is a naked version of the Ninja 650 on sale today in the Indian market.
Being an adventure series motorcycle, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 has been designed for hassle-free performance irrespective of road condition. It is a litre-class motorcycle with same engine as the Z1000 but it is detuned so that it makes more torque. Peak power is 118PS compared to 140-odd for the Z1000 but peak torque is 102Nm at 7,700 rpm. driving the rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox.
The Versys 1000 gets an aluminium twin-tube frame with 43mm inverted forks up front, adjustable suspension, adjustable screen and in most markets, Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres – designed for more than just gripping good tarmac.
The ER-6n is mechanically the same as the Ninja 650 but wears a naked look which means homologation should be a simple process since the engine, frame et al are already certified. This also means that the price is likely to be below the Ninja 650 which currently sells for roughly Rs 5.6 lakh on-road Mumbai.The ER-6n uses a four-stroke, parallel-twin, 649cc, liquid-cooled, eight-valve engine, generating 72bhp at 8,500rpm with 6.5kgm of torque coming in at 7,000rpm, all of which is transferred via a drive chain and a six-speed gearbox.
The ER-6n is set upon a perimeter high-tensile steel frame, with 41mm telescopic forks in the front, and an offset single-shock rear suspension with adjustable preload. The Versys 1000 is speculated to be showcased at Kawasaki showrooms in Pune between January 2014 and June 2014. The ER-6n, meanwhile, will arrive around July 2014.
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