The 2023 Kawasaki Motorcycle Lineup + Our Take on Each Model
Japanese motorcycle enthusiasts can rejoice! 2023 brings about a number of new models to its Supermoto family of bikes such as the KLX230, S, and SM models. Updated models also include the Ninja 650, Z650, and the KX450SR.
So whether you’re in the market for a new sportbike, naked, or dual-sport/offroad, Kawasaki’s got something that will scratch the itch.
Check out the rest of the 2023 lineup!
2023 Kawasaki Ninja H2 R
The pinnacle of the entire Kawasaki portfolio is the Ninja H2-R. With astounding acceleration and a mind-blowing peak speed, the world’s only limited production supercharged hypersport model is the unrestrained summit of Kawasaki engineering and is solely appropriate for racing.
A 998cc inline four-cylinder engine, a proprietary supercharger, a lightweight trellis frame, small superbike dimensions, carbon fiber aerodynamic components, fully adjustable high-performance racing suspension, and a robust single-sided swingarm are all features of the Ninja H2R. It also has Brembo Stylema monobloc brakes, Öhlins rear shock, extremely durable self-healing paint, and Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), which puts it at the top of its class in terms of technological advancement and electronics. This motorbike is only used on closed courses.
The Ninja H2 and Ninja H2 Carbon are genuine hypersport machines that are street legal. a 998cc inline four-cylinder engine, a custom supercharger, a lightweight trellis frame, small superbike dimensions, an aerodynamic body, and a robust single-sided swingarm. High-end Brembo Stylema brake calipers, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC-9 modes), and Kawasaki’s extremely tough self-healing paint are standard on both versions. A TFT (thin-film transistor) color instruments display with four adjustable display modes, as well as Bluetooth Smartphone Connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP*, may be found in the cockpit. Bridgestone RS11 tires are what put all this strength and innovation on the road. The Ninja H2 Carbon is a unique, limited-edition motorcycle with stunning, robust, and lightweight carbon fiber front bodywork as well as unique markings.
The Ninja H2 SX has become established as Kawasaki’s highest-specification sports tourer, and for 2023 team green adds even more to the massive tech package on this brilliant machine.
Features like the Advanced Rider Assist System (ARAS) provide real-world benefits including Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD). Kawasaki Semi-Active Electronically Damped Suspension with Skyhook provides exceptional suspension control. Integrated into the new 6.5″ TFT color instrumentation is Kawasaki’s SPIN infotainment system.
The new addition, that is the most exciting is the Auto High Beam. A light sensor will inform the computer in the bike when the high beam is required. It will then trigger the high beam automatically. On-board cameras will be used to detect street lights and oncoming headlights of other vehicles to determine when to turn on the high beams.
It even included the new Kawasaki Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System (KIPASS) remote key fob. This bike has it all.
A powerful 636cc engine, cutting-edge electronics, and a lightweight frame are all features of the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZXTM-6R supersport motorcycle. You can dominate the track and run the streets with the 636cc engine’s street and track-optimized performance, which provides an exhilarating experience in a variety of riding circumstances.
The Ninja ZX-6R has a class-leading SHOWA suspension, SHOWA SFF-BP fork, Assist & Slipper Clutch, comfortable ergonomics with adjustable clutch lever, multi-function LCD screen, and a pressed-alcohol fuel tank. It also has a 636cc in-line four-cylinder DOHC engine, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), sophisticated instrumentation, and styling with twin LED headlights and taillights.
The Ninja ZX-6R is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Metallic Diablo Black or Metallic Matte Twilight Blue / Metallic Diablo Black.
The Ninja ZX-6R KRT Edition is available in Lime Green / Ebony.
The Ninja ZX-10R’s 998cc inline four-cylinder 16-valve engine balances power and control, and it is equipped with the newest and most sophisticated electronics, including the Bosch IMU, Sport-Kawasaki TRaction Control (S-KTRC), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Brake System (KIBS), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper and Power Modes.
With unparalleled success on the racetrack, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R supersport has continued to raise the bar in the world’s most competitive road racing, helping Kawasaki win seven FIM Superbike World Championships (WorldSBK) since 2013.
The Ninja ZX-10R model is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Metallic Diablo Black. The Ninja ZX-10R KRT Edition is available in Lime Green / Ebony.
Many of the excellent engine, suspension, and chassis features featured on the 2023 Ninja ZX-10R are also present in the Ninja ZX-10RR. Through Kawasaki’s WorldSBK racing endeavors, a single-seat superbike that won the World Championship was created. The Ninja ZX-10RR engine’s focus is on pure performance, and it features a number of performance improvements, including specifically engineered camshafts, intake and exhaust valve springs that can be adjusted to the camshafts, lightweight pistons with matching piston pins and a DLC coating, light titanium connecting rods made by Pankl, and the removal of intake funnels in the airbox. Together, these engine modifications enable a quicker engine response and a higher rev limit. Marchesini forged wheels are equipped with Pirelli DiabloTM Supercorsa and were created expressly to satisfy the demands of the strong engine.
The “King of the Quarter Mile” title will remain in the hands of the 2023 Ninja ZXTM-14R supersport. a 1,441cc DOHC inline-four engine with lots of power, as well as a distinctive monocoque aluminum frame for balance, performance, and agile handling. The rider can take on the track and backroads with sophisticated ease thanks to the high-end onboard technology and uncompromising elegance. It has three modes of Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC) and two power modes that are readily activated or deactivated using switches. A high-quality dash meter, stainless steel braided clutch and brake lines, Brembo 4-piston monobloc calipers paired with sizable floating front discs, and a Slipper clutch with back-torque limitation are further characteristics of the Ninja ZX-14R. The 2023 model comes with standard ABS.
The 2023 model is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Flat Ebony.
The 2023 Ninja 400 offers the largest displacement in its class at 399cc. Setting a new bar for everyday sport riding, the bike’s approachable power, excellent ergonomics, and class-leading performance provide a smooth, controlled ride that is perfect for beginner riders while also enticing seasoned riders. For riders hoping to break into the sport riding scene, the Ninja 400 is the best option thanks to its low seat height, aggressive design, and LED lighting. Compact 399cc twin-cylinder engine, Assist & Slipper Clutch, lightweight trellis frame, Uni-Trak rear suspension, 310mm semi-floating petal front disc brake, twin LED headlamps, and premium multifunction dash instrumentation.
The Ninja 400 is available in Metallic Carbon Gray / Metallic Matte Carbon Gray, Pearl Blizzard White / Metallic Carbon Gray, and Metallic Magnetic Dark Gray / Metallic Matte Twilight Blue.
The Ninja 400 ABS KRT Edition is painted in Lime Green / Ebony.
The 649cc parallel-twin engine of the Ninja 650 is a tried-and-true design, making it ideal for a morning commute or an afternoon spent riding along some narrow, winding back roads. Because of its lightweight chassis, it features sporty and functional handling that is quick and responsive. The Ninja 650 has a sporty appearance thanks to its crisp style, which is guaranteed to attract both novice and experienced riders. Its 4.3″ all-digital TFT color instrumentation gives full color for excellent visibility and has a quality feel. Twin LED headlights have a position lamp, low and high beams, and both. Numerous features can be accessed, recorded, and examined using RIDEOLOGY THE APP*, which uses the smartphone’s connectivity to enhance the biking experience.
The Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), a cutting-edge traction control system, will be added to the Ninja 650 for 2023. Under specific circumstances, KTRC offers peace of mind and improved sport riding performance, allowing riders to confidently navigate low-traction surfaces.
The Ninja 650 is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Ebony or Pearl Robotic White / Metallic Matte Flat Raw Graystone / Ebony.
The Ninja 650 ABS KRT Edition is available in Lime Green / Ebony.
The 2023 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX is back with its refined sport-touring abilities. It combines the strength of a supersport motorbike with the feel of a comfortable upright sport motorcycle and the sporty styling for which the Ninja brand of motorcycles is renowned. Its connection with the Kawasaki RIDEOLOGY THE APP* and the addition of rider aids like Electronic Cruise Control and Integrated Riding Modes, which combine KTRC and Power Modes, make it a need for any serious touring rider. The Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Braking System (KIBS), Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), 4.3″ all-digital TFT color instruments, and electronic cruise control are all included in the Ninja 1000SX.
The Ninja 1000SX comes in Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Graphite Gray.
The Kawasaki Z125 PRO mini naked motorbike is an agile streetfighter that makes a statement everywhere it travels. It is little in size but big on fun. It’s your invitation to the rebellious side of fun, complete with a 125cc engine, a low seat height, an upright riding position, and responsive street tires. The 2023 Z125 PRO also boasts a smooth power delivery system, a lightweight chassis, an offset laydown single-shock, a digital LCD screen with an analog tachometer and a gear position indication, 12-inch cast wheels, and aggressive Kawasaki Z appearance.
Available in 3 color choices for 2023, Firecracker Red, Pearl Matte Sage Green, or Metallic Ocean Blue.
The Kawasaki Z400 is a fiercely authentic naked sportbike with a compact chassis and strong appearance that makes it stand out in a crowd. The Z400 provides a visceral riding experience that is certain to draw attention. It is comfortable, balanced, and powerful. The 2023 Z400 boasts an upright riding position, a low seat height, a parallel-twin 399cc engine, Assist & Slipper Clutch, aggressive streetfighter design, lightweight frame, and ABS as standard.
For 2023, the Z400 ABS is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Metallic Spark Black and Pearl Robotic White / Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray.
The Z650 is regarded as one of the most well-balanced motorcycles in the Kawasaki portfolio because it successfully combines excellent engine and chassis performance with simple handling. The Z650 is powered by a 649cc parallel-twin engine that blends flawlessly with its sporty lightweight chassis. The motorcycle’s cockpit has a high-tech, luxurious appearance thanks to its 4.3″ all-digital TFT color instrumentation, which offers full-color display features and excellent vision. In 2023, the Z650 will have Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), an innovative traction control system from Kawasaki that enhances sport riding performance while also giving riders peace of mind in certain situations so they can confidently navigate low-traction surfaces.
For 2023 the Z650 is available in Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black and Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Ebony.
Kawasaki’s vision of the ideal supernaked is embodied in the Z900 ABS naked sportbike, which has a plethora of cutting-edge technologies. With a 948cc engine and a chassis that is incredibly light, every ride is met with outstanding power, responsiveness, and excitement. The Z900 ABS comes equipped with a 948cc liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine, trellis frame, styling inspired by SugomiTM, Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Power Mode, and Integrated Riding Modes selection, smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, TFT Color Instrumentation, LED headlamp, position lamp, and license plate lamp, and Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 Tires.
The Z900 SE comes with a number of extra features, including an improved Brembo front brake system, a large-diameter inverted fork with more compression damping adjustability, and Ohlins S46 rear shock with remote preload adjustment.
The Z900 ABS is available in Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Graphite Gray / Metallic Flat Spark Black or Metallic Phantom Silver / Metallic Carbon Gray.
The Z900 SE is available in Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Candy Lime Green.
The Kawasaki Z650RS is a genuine middleweight retro sport that combines classic styling from the Z900RS with a lightweight, responsive package that riders will adore using on a daily basis. The parallel-twin 649cc engine, lightweight trellis frame, telescopic front fork, horizontal back-link rear suspension, dual-dial instrumentation with multi-function LCD screen, round LED headlight, spoke-style cast wheels, disc brakes with standard ABS, assist, and slipper clutch, as well as the bike’s easygoing personality, are all features of the Z650RS.
A slimmer fuel tank and shorter, more compact tail help it stand out from its bulkier Z900RS sister.
The 2023 Z650RS comes in Metallic Moondust Gray / Ebony.
With little bodywork and no fairing for a pure retrostyle look, the Kawasaki Z900RS retro-sport motorbike revives the classic style of the original Z1 900 motorcycle. A 948cc engine and contemporary technology round out the Z900RS series, creating a vintage yet contemporary ride. The 2023 Z900RS is equipped with a 948cc liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine, Assist & Slipper Clutch, horizontal back-link rear suspension, classic teardrop fuel tank, tuned stainless steel exhaust system, round LED headlight, and bullet-shaped analog dials. It also has authentic retro styling.
The Z900RS CAFE features café-racer design with a drop handlebar, front cowl, and seat.
The Z900RS comes in a Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Imperial Red and the Z900RS CAFE in Metallic Diablo Black.
The 2023 Z H2 has a 998cc liquid-cooled, in-line, four-cylinder balanced supercharged engine, smooth dog-ring transmission, a lightweight trellis frame specifically designed for it, IMU electronics package, high-performance Showa suspension components, Brembo Monobloc brake calipers, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF), electronic cruise control, integrated riding
Once again outfitted with Brembo Stylema Monobloc brake calipers, a Brembo front brake master cylinder, and steel-braided lines, the 2023 Z H2 SE will provide drivers with powerful braking performance and improved control. Additionally, it includes the Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) with Skyhook EERA Technology, which instantly adjusts to changing road and riding conditions.
For 2023 the Z H2 comes in Metallic Phantom Silver / Metallic Carbon Gray and Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Ebony / Mirror Coated Black (SE).
The class-leading original appearance, sound, and feel of the Kawasaki W800 retro classic motorbike. The contemporary W800 motorcycle is painstakingly designed to pay respect to the historic W1, all while intelligently blending contemporary technology and features. The 2023 W800 possesses a 773cc air-cooled vertical twin engine, an Assist & Slipper Clutch, a conventional exhaust system, genuine W1-inspired styling, disc brakes with ABS, chrome-plated steel fenders, large round turn signals, a standard handlebar, large 19″ front and 18″ back wheels, a relaxed riding position, silver aluminum rims, a tuck & roll seat, and a Kawasaki Advanced Dynamic Analysis Designed Frame.
For 2023 the W800 is available in Metallic Slate Blue/Metallic Diablo Black.
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is a lightweight motorbike with a 296cc small and responsive engine that is equipped to handle any size adventure. The Versys-X 300 is your passport to adventure, whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure. The options are infinite with a lightweight chassis and long-travel suspension. The 296cc twin-cylinder, DOHC, DFI engine, lightweight chassis, low seat height, tall front cowling, handy rear carrier, and ABS options are all included with the 2023 Versys-X 300.
The 2023 Versys-X 300 is available in Pearl Matte Sage Green / Metallic Matte Carbon Gray.
With its long-travel suspension, established dependability, back-road capabilities, and exceptional fuel efficiency, the Versys 650 LT is prepared to take on any road, any time, for your next adventure. For riders searching for dependable performance and adaptable enjoyment, it remains the best option as the ultimate trip manual. A fuel-injected 649cc parallel twin engine, an upright riding position, Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), a TFT color LCD screen, smartphone connectivity through RIDEOLOGY THE APP, LED taillight and headlights, a sizable 5.5-gallon fuel tank, and a 4-way adjustable windshield are all included in the Versys 650 LT. The Versys 650 LT is outfitted with hand guards to shield the rider’s hands from the elements and a 28-liter KQRTM hard saddlebag set with fast release features.
The 2023 Versys 650 comes in Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black.
The 2023 1000 SE LT+, the largest Versys model, differs little from the model from the previous year. The upright riding position, integrated riding modes, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), all-LED lighting, including cornering lights, multi-function TFT color LCD screen, smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, electronic cruise control, and heated grips are included in the 2023 Versys 1000 SE LT+. The Skyhook EERA (Electrically Equipped Ride Adjustment) technology from Showa has been added to the Versys 1000 SE LT+’s KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension) for 2023.
The color for 2023 is Metallic Graphite Gray / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black.
Versys 1000 SE LT+ MSRP: $18,999 USD / $21,199 CAD
The Kawasaki Vulcan S and Vulcan S CAFE sport cruiser motorcycles are unlike any other cruisers in that they are designed to fit a wide range of riders thanks to their unique ERGO-FIT sizing system, which has 18 different configurations. This cruiser raises the bar for comfort, adaptability, power, and performance while maintaining its retro aesthetic. The 649cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin engine, sportbike-derived chassis and suspension, agile handling, and the possibility to find your fit with ERGO-FIT technology are all features of the 2023 Vulcan S and Vulcan S CAFE. Additionally, a dark-tinted windshield deflector, sport stripes, distinctive tank badging, and three-tone paint are included on the 2023 Vulcan S CAFE.
The 2023 Vulcan S is available in Metallic Flat Spark Black and Pearl Matte Sage Green / Metallic Flat Spark Black (ABS Model).
The 2023 Vulcan S Cafe is available in Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony.
Kawasaki Vulcan S MSRP: $7,349 USD / $8,699 CAD
Kawasaki Vulcan S Cafe MSRP: $8,099 USD / $TBA CAD
The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 cruiser lineup exudes all the panache and attitude of a custom-made creation.
The Vulcan 900 is a skillful manifestation of individualism, from the intricate paint job to the strong exhaust. Enjoy how the Vulcan 900 combines a hand-built design with a high level of fit and finish. Only Kawasaki could have concocted such a seductive mix. The three 2023 Vulcan 900 versions are all equipped with a 903cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, V-twin engine with a short seat height. Rider floorboards with a heel/toe shifter, instrumentation situated on the tank, and a 180mm rear tire are all elements of the Vulcan 900 Classic motorcycle.
The Vulcan 900 Classic LT has a height-adjustable windscreen, a comfy seat with a standard passenger backrest, a studded seat, and leather saddlebags and backrest.
Wide drag bars and forward-mounted footpegs, a low center of gravity for ease handling, teardrop tank customization, striped wheels and slash pipes are all highlights of the Vulcan 900 Custom.
Vulcan 900 Classic is available in Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Magnesium Gray.
Vulcan 900 Classic LT is available in Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony.
Vulcan 900 Custom is available in Pearl Matte Sage Green / Flat Ebony.
The Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS cruiser may have the appearance of a special V-twin bagger, but it is in a league of its own when it comes to power and elegance. A screaming 1,700cc engine with cutting-edge Kawasaki technology provides a comfortable, secure ride. The bodywork style, chrome accents, and blacked-out engine combine to produce a distinctive and daring appearance. The 2023 Vulcan 1700 Vaquero comes equipped with a 1,700cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 52-degree V-twin engine, Electronic Cruise Control, ABS from Kawasaki, a sleek frame-mounted fairing, an AM/FM/WB audio system with SiriusXM radio compatibility, and sealed saddlebags.
For 2023, the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero ABS is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray.
The Vulcan 1700 Voyager touring cruiser, the king of Kawasaki cruisers, boasts jaw-dropping elegance and performance. The 1,700cc digitally fuel-injected V-twin engine, Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS, and electronic cruise control make up the Vulcan 1700 Voyager, the pinnacle of power and luxury on wide highways. The 2023 Vulcan Voyager features a 1,700cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 52-degree V-twin engine, a stylish fairing attached to the frame, intercom headset compatible audio, and integrated baggage.
For 2023 the Vulcan Voyager ABS is available in Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony.
The dual-purpose KLX230 is brand-new for 2023. The KLX230 has a 4-stroke 233cc air-cooled engine with electric start and a compact steel perimeter frame. It is made to be lightweight and nimble for both trail and street riding. The bike’s mobility is improved by its short 54.3-inch wheelbase and high 10.4-inch ground clearance. Along with front and rear disc brakes, a 21-inch front wheel, and an 18-inch rear wheel, the KLX230 has a front fork suspension with 8.7 inches of travel and a rear suspension with 8.8 inches of wheel travel.
The KLX 230 S is the choice for riders looking for a lower seat height, it also has optional ABS braking.
The KLX300 can be used as a weekend recreational bike in addition to a daily commuter. The potent 292cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, four-stroke engine has an easy-to-use powerband, an electric starter, and cam profiles that were taken from the KLX300R off-road variant. It has a six-speed manual transmission, front and rear wheels measuring 21″ and 18″, and a dual-sport tuned long-travel suspension for the best possible ground clearance.
The KLX300 is available in Lime Green and Fragment Camo Gray.
The KLR650 was designed to fuel the rider’s desire to go away and explore. This dual-purpose legend is propelled by a fuel-injected 652cc single-cylinder engine and is supported by a recently modified high-tensile double-cradle frame. Its LED headlight, all-digital multi-function instrumentation, optional ABS system, 7.9″ front travel and 7.3″ rear travel, and readiness for any journey both on and off the road are all ensured by these features.
The KLR650 S, a brand-new model for 2023, has lowered front and rear suspension with specific settings that increase the rider’s reach to the ground while maintaining the KLR650’s great handling and comfort features. A new low seat, improved shifter-to-footpeg distance, and shorter side stand go along with the lower suspension settings.
The KLR650 TRAVELER model includes all the same fantastic features as the standard KLR650 in addition to a top case that is pre-installed, a DC power outlet, and a USB port. It has ABS as standard.
The KLR650 ADVENTURE model, which is based on the basic KLR650 chassis and created for adventurers looking for more convenience and carrying capacity, includes a number of Kawasaki Genuine Accessory components. It has side casings, a set of LED auxiliary lights, engine guards, a tank pad, a DC power outlet, and a USB port pre-installed at the factory. Both an ABS and a non-ABS variant are offered.
In true supermoto fashion, the 2023 KLX300SM brings the action to the streets. The KLX300SM, which was created in tandem with the KLX300 dual-sport, has an identical engine and chassis. The KLX300SM receives a variety of components inspired by supermotos, so styling and usability are where the models diverge. This includes street tires on 17″ front and rear wheels, a supermoto-tuned suspension, and aggressive aesthetics. These variations make the KLX300SM the ideal lightweight supermoto.
The 2023 KLX300SM supermoto model comes in Neon Green and Ebony.
The new KLX230SM supermoto, built for a more comfortable ride on pavement, expands the KLX230 family. The KLX230SM comes with 17-inch front and rear wheels that are wider than the wheels on the KLX230 and has the same 233cc air-cooled engine and electronic start as the KLX230 and KLX230 S. The 37mm inverted forks give the bike a sportier appearance and increase front-end rigidity. ABS Braking is optional.