It’s July, 2022—and what meaning? While some 2023 fashions have began trickling out, that is usually the time of yr the information begins in earnest. For anybody who’s been watching it for greater than a season or two, you’ve in all probability seen that new mannequin bulletins have a tendency to return in waves.
First, there are the paint-and-tape specials to pave the best way. Next come the brand new fashions which have greater than only a new yr and coat of paint utilized. Typically, they roll out a bit like live performance billings: smaller acts (minor adjustments, on this case) go first, main as much as regardless of the yr’s Big News could also be from a given OEM.
So, what’s Kawasaki cooking up? A cautious studying of California Air Resources Board paperwork lends credence to the concept that an up to date Ninja 650 and Z650 are on their approach for 2023. The wonderful people at Motorcycle.com dug deep, and found that the 2023 Ninja 650, Z650, and Versys 650 will now all share an engine. Although the trio shared a displacement earlier than, the Versys 650 lately had an engine replace by itself—and now, it seems as if the Ninja and Z are all about to sing in tune.
What different adjustments can we count on? It appears probably that the Ninja 650 and Z650 will get the identical traction management already discovered on the Versys 650. It’s not clear how a lot else (in addition to the apparent paint and graphics) will considerably change, although. This looks as if a comparatively minor bundle of adjustments, somewhat than a wholly new engine.
Although the previous few years compelled OEMs to shortly adapt to alternative ways of unveiling new fashions to the world, reveals like EICMA, Intermot, and the Tokyo Mobility Show are actually very a lot again on the desk. It’s not clear at this level precisely when and the place Kawasaki plans to unveil these updates, solely that they’re within the hopper and on their approach someday this fall.
As extra particulars emerge, each of those and all different upcoming 2023 Kawasaki fashions, you’ll be able to ensure that we’ll preserve you updated.