Kawasaki Previews The “Spirit Charger” And Showcases Its Tech At Tokyo

The Tokyo Motor Show isn’t just a place for car makers to show-off their latest tech and design, but for motorcycle manufacturers as well.

In fact, the Japanese auto salon just might be the best place to see new and enticing two-wheeler concepts, sprinkled with state-of-the-art expertise and technology. And besides, most of the Japanese car-manufacturers have a motorcycle division, and they’re bringing it along for the ride.

Sure, Kawasaki isn’t a car manufacturer, but it too has a motorcycle division, and the brand showcased its Supercharger technology and “Rideology strategy” – which will continue to guide future product development – at the 44th annual Tokyo Motor Show.

Displaying two stunning Ninja models – the H2 and H2R – Kawasaki announced that both models would remain in limited production in 2016 with various upgrades, including a new color and paint finish, an assist and slipper clutch for the H2, and upgrades to the ECU Settings.

Moreover, Kenji Tomida, President of Kawasaki’s Motorcycle and Engineering Company, shared a concept sketch suggesting a future forced-induction option regarding the in-house designed and manufactured “Supercharger project”.

Yes, a Kawasaki with a supercharger, boldly named the “Spirit Charger”, or Concept SC 01, if you want to get more technical. According to the Japanese motorcycle maker, the concept represents just one of the many design directions considered for the future of the supercharged line, featuring a more softer, luxurious approach (contrasting the Ninja line-up) suitable for all-day, long distance riding.

Basically, the bike needs to achieve Kawasaki’s three guiding principles (the “Rideology strategy”), as Mr Tomida concluded:

“Firstly the need for machines to possess power and grace, secondly Kawasaki motorcycles should continue to be fun and rewarding to ride and, thirdly, the ongoing reliance on the skills within the entire Kawasaki Group harnessing cutting edge technology to enrich the lives of people worldwide”.


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