Kawasaki unveiled four new bikes at EICMA, but unfortunately a replacement for the venerable KLR was not among them. There was hope that an “adventurized” Versys would become its substitute for the now discontinued bike. It appears that Kawasaki has decided to leave the middleweight ADV bike segment for now.

So while there was no replacement for the KLR, Kawasaki did release 4 new models at EICMA. They are:

The Z400 ABS hosts a 399 cc parallel twin engine cradled in a trellis frame. Up front, non-adjustable, 41 mm forks provide directional control while the the rear shock is adjustable for preload with the tools provided in the onboard tool kit. Braking is handled by a 310 mm petal disc while in the back a 220 mm dual piston caliper petal disc. Through a host of design weight saving design elements, Kawasaki claims a 368 pound curb* weight.

The Versys 1000 SE LT+ features a new liquid cooled DOHC 1043 cc engine. Suspension is electronically controlled by Kawasaki’s KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension), which adapts to road and riding conditions. The bike also incorporates Kawasaki’s KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter), which allows both clutchless upshifts and downshifts. Rounding out the technology is a smartphone connectivity capability using Kawasaki’s “Rideology” app.

The W800 Cafe resurrects the heritage of the 1966 W1. An air cooled vertical twin engine with pea shooter exhausts on both sides sets the tone of the bike. Sporting fuel injection and a slipper clutch, not all of the bike is retro. A small cafe-racer cowl and M-shaped clubman handlebar complete the retro look.

The Ninja ZX-6R ABS KRT Edition features a 636 cc fuel injected engine provides 128 HP and 52 lb-ft of torque at 13,500 RPM. Suspension consists of 41 mm Showa SFF-BP forks at the front and a monoshock unit at the rear. Braking is handled by dual 310 mm petal discs up front in combination of a 210 mm rear disc with dual channel ABS. The KRT Edition sports a new front fairing with new LED headlight, a revised tailpiece, a new windscreen, instrument console, and exhaust. The bike now sits lower and narrower, which enables shorter riders to more easily reach the ground.

Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll have to wait until next year to find out what Kawasaki has in mind as a replacement for the KLR.


* – Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity), and tool kit (if supplied). When equipped, California evaporative emissions equipment adds approximately 2.2 lb.

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