• Sep 28th 2008 at 6:19PM
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Click above for more shots of the 2009 Kawasaki ZX-10R

Kawasaki has pulled the covers off its new motorcycle line for '09, and there's lots to discuss. A revised, lithe ZX-6R sheds about 20 pounds, much of it from the engine itself. It also gets updated Showa Big Piston forks and a new look based on its big brother, the ZX-10R. Speaking of which, Kawi's literbike sees only a few changes for '09, most notably a new green, white and black color scheme that looks excellent. Moving from the top of the performance ladder, the middleweight Ninja 650 gets a new fairing that brings it more in line with the rest of the Ninja line, plus a few engine mods to meet new emissions regulations. In a bit of really cool news, the U.S. finally gets the ER6-n, essentially a naked version of the popular Ninja 650 -- we likey.

On another sporty note, Team Green has unveiled the KLX250SF, a supermoto bike with a 250cc four-stroke engine, grippy 17-inch tires and long suspension travel. The 'moto is based on the KLX250S, a small-bore dual-sport bike that's finally 50-state emissions legal for '09. On a surprising note, the venerable Super Sherpa is back, along with its 250cc engine and old-school looks. Cruisers are still big sellers in the U.S., so the new 1700 Vulcans are likely to be a hit with a new V-Twin engine derived from Vulcan 2000's monster mill. The rest of the Vulcan line, along with the Versys, ZX-14 and Concours 14 see no real changes for '09 other than some new colors. And that about wraps it up. Look for the new Kawasakis in dealerships soon and check out our galleries of the new-for-'09 models below and after the jump.

[Source: Kawasaki]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm more of a Harley/Cruiser fan myself but that ER-6n is pretty slick looking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Everything costs more, its going to be passed on to you, I doubt Honda can do it without raising prices. I must be spoiled from driving Harley-Davidsons, 4100 sounds like a major steal :) Do enjoy my 09 V-Rod Muscle though. The ER6-n is pretty slick as well, obviously because I am not a fan of full body bikes personally.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're not spoiled. You've obviously never ridden a quality Honda motorcycle.

        What does that mighty vrod have 80hp ... whoopee.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Congrats on the one HD with a decent engine. Oh wait, no, but that's a Porsche engine. And it's 109hp.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, such great sarcasm. Actually, Im at about 120 hp right now, how much does a motorcycle need for the street? Obviously since most harley riders are 40+ odds are I have owned Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha. Difference is I don't knock other riders simply for their preferences.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nope, your wrong try Google.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I kind of like the ZX-6 more than the ZX-10. Its also nice seeing 1700 Vulcans comes w/ a 6-speed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've been a Kwaka fan for years, but it's clear now that they're behind Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha (and falling).

      The ER-6 is great, but parallel twins have never been a favourite (although I like the old parallel twin 2strokes). It's neutral characteristics makes for a good entry level commuter bike.

      400-650cc is where the motard market is at right now. Not sure that 250 is a smart idea.

      The green machine has to have some innovative ideas soon, or risk being thrown into automotive oblivion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      these are awesome!

      still won't get one though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      awesome might have to go for some test rides.

      • 7 Years Ago
      To mehul

      They updated the 250 looks last year. Get with the times!!!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Akgoalie: I guess you didn't read my post. I said I wanted the 500 updated "LIKE THEY DID TO THE 250R".
      • 7 Years Ago
      There seems to be no mention of the 500R. I was REALLY hoping to see an update to the 500 like they did for the 250R. 250cc's is not quite what i need but 500 fits perfectly. Hopefully it may still be in the cards.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Kawi's already updated their site to show the 2009 500 and it's the same as last year.

        I got an '08 250 in March and it's awesome. Don't let the "250" scare you away, it's plenty of bike, even for the freeway. Not the quickest out there, but it's a blast revving the hell out of it and flicking through turns.
        • 7 Years Ago
        2009 is the last year for the Ninja 500 (EX-500) and the Vulcan 500. The 500cc parallel twin won't meet 2010 motorcycle emissions in the U.S..
      • 7 Years Ago
      And @$4100, they still won't be able to make enough. They promised the dealers this past week that they would make another 20K units. They can't keep these on the showroom floor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh yeah almost forgot.
      what is this bikeblog? blah blah blah.

      the haters will be along soon.

      i for one love the bike coverage!

      • 7 Years Ago
      and those bastards up'd the price of the ninja 250.
      from $3500 to $4000-4100

      hope honda has something to offer next week.
        • 7 Years Ago
        where you been hiding for the last year?

        it was updated in 08 with a $500 price increase from $3000 to $3500,
        now with no changes they raised the price again to $4000.

        last year kawi stated that they didnt add fuel injection to the US model because it would of added $500 to the MSRP and that would cross the line that the american buyer was willing to pay for an entry level bike. now they jack the price up and still no FI.
        UK got FI last year.

        Dealers have been raising the MSRP by an average of $500 for the 08's now your gonna probably pay around $4500.

        • 7 Years Ago
        They need to update the Ninja 250. Its a good little motorcycle but it looks so outdated.

        I'm sure if they updated it, there is good market for it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm thinking the ZX-6R would make an excellent commuter bike!
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