Kawasaki has unveiled its brand-new modern classic, the W230, at the ongoing Japan Mobility Show in Tokyo's Big Sight International Exhibition Centre. The W230 draws inspiration for its retro-styling from Kawasaki's W series models. Hence, the roadster adopts a classic design language with elements such as a single round headlamp, a cabuton-style exhaust system plastered in chrome, a teardrop-shaped fuel tank, spoked wheels, etc. It even gets a long, retro-patterned seat and round mirrors reminiscent of the W800 Street and motorcycles sold in the W1 era. However, the talking point is its low seat height and lightweight chassis that the W230 brings. Other bits include an analogue twin-pod instrument cluster, dual gauges, and steel fenders.
Powering the Kawasaki W230 is an air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder engine that is mounted on a steel double-cradle frame. While detailed specifications are under wraps, we do know that this engine displaces 230cc. It remains to be seen when and where a smaller-displacement bike like this will be released. As far as our market is concerned, the manufacturer might bring it here.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 40th Anniversary Edition: Design, Engine and More
Also showcased at the motor show in Tokyo is the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R 40th Anniversary Edition. Celebrating the motorcycle's 40th year, the Japanese manufacturer unveiled an all-new avatar of the Ninja ZX-10R. As a result, the new limited edition model comes in the brand's signature colours comprising lime green, pearl crystal white, and blue, paying homage to its renowned ZX series. Save for this, the bike remains unaltered.
In terms of powertrain, the bike gets a 998cc inline four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which churns out 114.9Nm of peak torque and 200.2bhp. Power is sent to wheels via a six-speed gearbox, supported by a quickshifter. As for rider aids, the model offers LED illumination, ABS, engine brake control, cornering management function, cruise control, power modes, launch control, etc.
The suspension setup of the bike consists of 43mm inverted balance-free forks with rebound & compression damping as well as spring preload adjustability at the front and a gas-charged monoshock at the rear. Stopping power comes from twin 330mm discs at the front and a single 220mm disc at the rear, with ABS. The bike rolls on 17-inch wheels shod with 120/70 front and 190/55 rear tyres.
Speaking of the Anniversary Edition, the Kawasaki Meguro S1 will mark its 100th anniversary in 2024. A successor to the Kawasaki 250 Meguro SG, the Kawasaki Meguro S1 is powered by a 250cc, air-cooled engine. Complete specifications are yet to be revealed.