Kawasaki USA to announce six 2022 vehicles on October 5
Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA has announced on its official website that it will unveil six new 2022 vehicles on October 5, along with three more motorcycles to be unveiled on November 23 (which would drop during EICMA).
All nine vehicles (eight motorcycles and a jet ski) are pictured, each under a blanket, with a countdown that counts the minutes until the October 5 reveal. It’s also worth noting that the announcement is only for Kawasaki USA, which means some models may have already been revealed for other markets. The November 23 revelations are more likely to be world premieres.
While it’s tempting to speculate when analyzing the shapes of the covers, it’s important to note that they appear to be fully digital, photoshopped on profile photos of motorcycles. The crease pattern on the first row bikes is far too similar to be a coincidence, with just a bit of tweaking to make them a bit different (the two in the middle of the first row in particular are almost identical but for a bit of the airbrush around where the mirrors protrude).
The parts of the bikes we see, however, are more indicative of what to expect. Of the eight motorcycles, you can only see part of the front wheel of five of them, and part of one exhaust system and the rear wheel of another. The two motorcycles next to the Jet Ski have metal spoked wheels, the closer one fitted with studded tires.
These little glimpses, along with a look at what Kawasaki has and hasn’t revealed yet for 2022, along with information from other sources, allow us to make some educated guesses as to what they will be.
We expect one of the models to be confirmed on October 5th to be the Z650RS. Kawasaki was teasing the retro version of the Z650 through its social media networks in international markets, with a reveal slated for September 27. Kawasaki’s US accounts, however, did not take part in the teaser campaign. As we previously reported, Kawasaki submitted emissions certification data to the California Air Resources Board, as well as the United States National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration for a motorcycle with the model code ER650M, which we think it is for the Z650RS.
This would explain why the American branch of Kawasaki is not participating in the international teaser campaign: Kawasaki USA wanted to record the reveal of the Z650RS as part of the reveal of its larger model on October 5 instead of the date of September 27 indicated. in the teaser videos. The spokes of the wheels of the motorcycle in the rear of the first row resemble the wheels of the Z900RSso we believe this is a placeholder for the Z650RS.
Speaking of the Z900RS, the third bike from the rear in the first row also has similar wheels, but in a golden tint. We suspect that this is the Z900RS SE which was revealed last month for Europe, with a special “Yellow Ball” paint scheme and gold colored wheels.
Between the two suspected RS models is a motorcycle with a front wheel that resembles the front wheel of the Z900. Kawasaki has already announced the 2022 Z900 for the US, so we believe this is the SE version announced earlier this week in Europe. The Z900 SE features similar upgrades to those offered on the Z900RS SE, including Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes. The Z900 SE also has green stripes on the rims; it’s hard to say for sure with the lighting and resolution in the teaser image, but the stripes on the front wheel appear to have a slight greenish tinge.
The two spoke models are a bit more difficult to understand. Looking at the 2021 models that Kawasaki has yet to confirm for 2022, the one with the street rubber looks like the W800. The one with the off-road tires is a bit of a mystery, as all of Kawasaki’s 2021 motocross bikes have already been announced except for the KX 100 which has been replaced by a KX 112. The only 2021 all-terrain or dual-sport sport that has yet to be confirmed is the KLX 230, so that could be a possibility.
As for the three models at the rear, we suspect that these will be three large-scale models that will be presented at EICMA. The closest bike is the only one we can spy on details from, but what we see looks like the Ninja 1000SX.
One of the others, we think, will be an update H2 SX. Kawasaki struck a deal in 2019 with Bosch to be the first Japanese automaker to offer radar cruise control. It’s been almost two years and we have yet to see a Kawasaki equipped with radar, but we believe it will be shown at EICMA. The model most likely to get this technology is Kawasaki’s grand touring sport, the H2 SX.
As for the latest model, we expect it to be a Ninja ZX model. None of Kawasaki’s ZX models have yet been announced for 2022, and the EICMA is a logical place for such a reveal. The ZX-10R and ZX-10RR already received a major update last year, leaving the ZX-6R in need of an update. With the World Supersport class set to receive a revamp to add new models, the ZX-6R’s 636cc displacement may be allowed to compete under the new rules. If so, an updated model would make a lot of sense.
Of course, it’s possible that we missed the mark on at least a few of them, so we’ll have to wait until October 5 and November 23 to see what Kawasaki has in store. Let us know if you have any other assumptions about what’s hiding under the tarps.
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