Kawasaki Celebrates 25 Ninja Years

1985 Gpz600R1989 ZXR7501994 Ninja ZX-9R1996 Ninja ZX-7R1998 Ninja ZX-9R2000 Ninja ZX-12R2003 Ninja ZX-6R2004 Ninja ZX-10R2005 Ninja ZX-6R2006 Ninja ZX-10R2007 Ninja ZX-6R2008 Ninja 250R2008 Ninja ZX-10R2009 Ninja ZX-6R
Kawasaki’s first Ninja production motorcycle, the Ninja GPz900R, hit the market in 1984 marking a new era in motorcycling. Therefore, the brand is celebrating this year its 25th birthday, promising its fans a lot of surprises and events to mark the anniversary year. Initially branded as "Ninja" in the American market only, the bike’s nickname soon spread across the globe. Developed in secret over six years, it was the world's first 16-valve liquid-cooled four-cylinder motorcycle engine, also renowned for being the predecessor of today’s fast, big-capacity sport bikes. Winning the 1984 Production TT at its very first attempt in the hands of Geoff Johnson, the Ninja GPz900R dominated over its bigger capacity liter class competitors. In the 25 years of the Ninja’s existence, many other successful models were created, like the 1985 GPz600R, the 1994 Ninja ZX-9R, the 1995 Ninja ZX-6R and the 1996 Ninja ZX-7RR.
Let’s admit it. Ninja still continues to turn heads. Let’s take for example the 2000 Ninja ZX-12R model, the class-winning 2003 Ninja ZX-6R series with 636cc engine capacity and the 2004 Ninja ZX-10R. In 2008, the Ninja series was reborn. Making the Ninja brand attainable to its younger fans, Kawasaki launched the Ninja 250R.

This year the Ninja has delivered success again, claiming victory (Ninja ZX-10R) and a close second position (Ninja ZX-6R) in the internationally acclaimed Supertest, a prestigious competition of bikes from all the main manufacturers by highly skilled professional racers and journalists from across Europe.

With such a strong worldwide following for the Ninja brand, celebrations and events are planned throughout the Summer, so all you have to do is to keep in touch with your Kawasaki dealer.
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram

Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories