Kawasaki has taken the wraps off six new models at the Milan motorcycle show with most of them appearing for the first time.
The new Kawasaki Z H2 was revealed a few weeks earlier at the Tokyo show.
Also shown in Tokyo was the updated Kawasaki W800 which can trace its history back to 1966 and completes a three model W800 line-up for 2020 which also includes the W800 Street and W800 CAFÉ.
The Kawasaki Z1000SX has been a big-seller in the UK throughout the previous three generations of the bike and this latest, fourth-generation has some important updates aiming at keeping it competitive.
The Kawasaki Z1000SX is a sports tourer which has been given a styling update, a new single-sided exhaust silencer, improved rider comfort, cruise control, a quickshifter, new riding modes, full LED lighting and a 10.9in Thin Film Transistor (TFT) full-colour dashboard.
This dashboard has a Bluetooth communication setting that allows the rider to connect to it using the Kawasaki Rideology smartphone app with multiple adjustments to functions available through the phone.
Newly-designed rider and pillion seats offer more comfort by being both thicker foam and wider in shape which, combined with a new design of windscreen that’s also adjustable through four settings. A larger accessory screen is also available.
The touring capability of the Z1000SX is still very clearly an important element of the bike with the same pannier mounting system in place. There’s also a USB port under the seat.
Three new colours are available for 2020 with metallic graphite grey / metallic diablo black alongside emerald blazed green / metallic carbon grey / metallic graphite grey and pearl blizzard white / metallic carbon grey / metallic spark black.
The Z900 is another important bike for Kawasaki so this mid-life refresh is aimed at keeping it up-to-date and ahead of class rivals.
The main changes to the Kawasaki Z900 for 2020 include the fitment of updated technology and rider aids including integrated riding modes, a new TFT dashboard, Bluetooth connectivity, full-LED lighting and cleaner engine emissions.
The Z900 will be available in two versions for 2020; one with full power of 125hp and a second A2 licence compliant version with 95hp.
The fitment of the Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) system is a first for the Z900 and within this rider safety system is the option to choose from four different riding modes and two different power modes.
Both versions of the Z900 (full power and A2) will be available in the same new colour options in 2020. Colour choices are: metallic graphite grey / metallic spark black plus candy lime green / metallic spark black and pearl blizzard white / metallic spark black with the fourth option of metallic spark black / metallic flat spark black.
The Z650 sits in the middle of the Kawasaki Z range that now stretches from 125cc through to the bigger 1000cc machines.
It’s an important motorcycle for the Japanese firm and has consistently sold well across Europe as naked bikes sales have surged in the past decade.
The Z650 has been designed with those riders restricted to an A2 licence in mind as it makes for a fun bike despite the relatively low power output from the parallel-twin engine.
The biggest news for 2020 is the fitment of the same 10.9in TFT screen as that on the Z900 as well as full LED lighting. The TFT screen has the same connected capabilities as that on the bigger Z900 model.