2015 Kawasaki Ninja 30th Anniversary Editions

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja 30th Anniversary Editions

 

A new line of 2015 Kawasaki Ninja supersport bikes was released this week in 30th Anniversary livery and upgrades for both the ZX-6R and ZX-10R (also available on ABS models). The special editions commemorate the 30 year history of the Kawasaki Ninja brand that began in 1984 with the GPZ900R. This 1984 Ninja revolutionized the sportbike category debuting the first liquid-cooled, dual overhead cam, 16-valve, inline four cylinder engine ever offered in a motorcycle. This engine format enabled the GPZ900R to achieve 150 MPH before any other production motorcycle and is still the benchmark layout for most sportbikes today.

2015 Kawasaki ZX-6R 30th Anniversary
2015 Kawasaki ZX-6R 30th Anniversary

Neither the Ninja ZX-6R nor the ZX-10R received many mechanical revisions for the 2015 model year but each comes in an aggressive 30th Anniversary paint scheme that resemble the Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R Tom Sykes runs in the FIM World Superbike this year. The special edition models also sport some minor refinements such as green fork leg caps and rear spring which add to the Team Green theme. The standard (non-30th Anniversary) editions of both bikes are only offered in metallic matte carbon gray or flat ebony paint scheme for a $300 premium, so who wouldn’t go with the special edition if a bold look is preferred?

2015 Kawasaki ZX-10R 30th Anniversary
2015 Kawasaki 30th Anniversary Suspension

Pricing for the 2015 Ninja models are as follows: $11,699 for the ZX-6R and $14,299 for the ZX-10R (add $300 to all prices for the 30th Anniversary editions and/or $1,000 for the ABS models).

You can check out the entire line at Kawasaki.com

2015 Kawasaki ZX-6R 30th Anniversary
2015 Kawasaki ZX-6R 30th Anniversary Details
2015 Kawasaki ZX-10R 30th Anniversary
2015 Kawasaki ZX-10R 30th Anniversary
2015 Kawasaki ZX-10R 30th Anniversary
2015 Kawasaki ZX-10R 30th Anniversary Details
  • Jack Meoph

    Most awesome, fun, exhilerating, capable bike I’ve ever owned: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R, NINJA!!!!!! But then I injured my left shoulder. :(

    • Zack

      Love mine too, I was blown away by the Big Piston Forks the first time I rode it.

    • bammerburn

      NINJA!!!! is indeed the appropriate expression. Love my 2004 6R.

  • Generic42

    And yet I see rubber brake lines still, come on Kawai!

    • Daniel

      Yes that should be standard on sport bikes.My 2007 BMW F800s has steel braided brembos!

  • Campisi

    Bold new graphics!

    BOLD NEW GRAPHICS EVERYONE

    • Mark D

      Better make an entire post about it! The people need to know!

    • enzomedici

      That is the reason I’ve never bought a Ninja. The graphics and colors look like someone’s nightmare.
      Nice bike though.

    • Gerection Gerection

      lol, looks like a giant Japanese robot dropped a deuce..

  • zion

    Enjoyed my Ninja back in the day. But, now in the year 2014 with a 2015 model, they’ve got the audacity to charge $1k for ABS? At this point, with the refinements, ABS shouldn’t cost that much, let alone not be standard.

    • Jack Meoph

      I agree. ABS should now be standard on all bikes. There is no excuse for it not to be, and the $1K charge is obscene. But my 2009 didn’t have ABS and I only encountered one situation where it would have been nice to have. OTOH I did a pretty awesome stoppie, unintentionally of course. The brakes on my ZX-6R were great though.

      • Stuki

        While I wouldn’t buy a new bike without ABS, if all you plan to use it for is track days and/or hard canyon riding in nice weather, I can see not wanting it. It complicates everything brake related, which is a rather common thing to do on a track bike. And then there’s the fact that even the best systems sold, still fail to enable braking as hard as very good riders (motojournous, not just Marquez) can do on dry, predictable (track and the 1000th romp through the snake) pavement.

        I used to think the latter was only due to lack of development of abs systems, as car systems are unbeatable on any surface, even by The Ghost of Senna. But I’m starting to believe bikes are now limited not by lack of development, but rather by abs’ need to keep enough weight on the rear to remain stable even for riders less comfortable carrying a stoppie.

        To illustrate, Marquez can brake his bike in the dry, to the point where the weight on the rear wheel is a consistent plus minus fraction of an gram. With so little weight on the rear; the smallest wobble, and the rear will come around, leaving that aggressive a tune of the abs highly undesirable on a street bike meant for normal people.

        It’s the same with top Supermoto riders. One of them once told me somewhat flippantly that “newbies back it in with the rear brake, pros do it with the front.” IOW, they brake late and hard enough to unweight the rear, to the point where it does not have enough grip to keep rolling straight when the front is turned, hence come around in a sliding fashion.

        I may be wrong about this, and it is certainly possible to build tuneable abs systems, but in their current state of lawyer approved tune, they may in fact not be ideal for the most aggressive of riders in highly controlled environments.

        It would actually be nice if RA could get hold of an engineer up on the latest in MC ABS developments, to clarify it all, as what I’m saying above is just pieced together from pieces of conjecture and anecdotes.

        • Bugsmasher

          sport bikes should do what sports cars did then, and that is to make adjustable electronic performance settings and leave the most aggressive setting labeled as track mode. The user manual will caution you to use that setting on the track only. That way the Kawasaki lawyers are happy too.

  • Jack McLovin

    Whatever.

  • Daniel

    Come on man…no excuse for lack of a quick shifter on sport bikes these days.

    • Jonathan Berndt

      why do you need a quick shifter on the street? its a street bike. if you want to do track days or are racing, set it up yourself.

  • Lord Triumph

    Nice graphics but why oh why are they still using those dated 3 spoke wheels? It make the bike look 10 years old straight off the bat. And yes I agree, quickshifter standard these days.

  • Dan

    “Neither the Ninja ZX-6R nor the ZX-10R received many mechanical revisions for the 2015 model year”
    Did they receive any? Nothing mechanical is mentioned in the article.

    • Rob M

      They don’t know. They just red the press release and threw up some stock photos.

  • kawatwo

    It’s been a quiet year for Kawasaki so I’m expecting a lot from my favorite MC company for 2015 :) 30 years of the Ninja. Man, makes me feel old.