Whats Next From Kawasaki?

Discussion in 'Kawasaki Big Bikes Thailand' started by nikster, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. nikster

    nikster Ol'Timer

    What's next for big bikes from Kawa?

    We know The ER-6n is here, next are

    - ER-6f
    - ZX-10R

    Anyone know if the Versys is coming? That would be an interesting alternative to the ER-6n for me.
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  3. KenYam

    KenYam Ol'Timer

    Hey man I have been thinking the same lately " what's next ? "
    I was told by CM dealer next is ZX-10R.
    My own opinion is the Versey won't happen it will affect ER-6N sales. Now they have some good deals flood the market with KLX 250's and after approx 1 year they will start selling the fuel injected KLR 650 for approx 215,000 baht - thats what I am hoping anyhow.

    Cheers - COME ON KAWA
  4. rich1968

    rich1968 Ol'Timer

    I have been told the ZX 10R is here in March ...but a price tag of around 650,000 baht.
  5. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    If the Japanese Yen maintains it's current strength you'll be looking at a price closer to 700,000 THB imho...
  6. KZ

    KZ Ol'Timer

    What's next? - Good Question!
    Maybe Kawasaki should come up with different models with the same engines, like Triumph does. Last time I looked at Triumphs I saw several different models but they all had the same 900cc parallel twin engine. Or the triple which can be found in all states of tune in all kinds of bikes. Maybe that's what Kawasaki should do - they already have some good engines with EFI that are legal here in Thailand. So what would be your suggestion?
    Mine would be a enduro / supermoto combo like the KLX / D- Tracker but with the twin from the Ninja 250. Unrealistic since that might take sales away from the singles. But an enduro with a 250 twin would be something, like the old KLE 250 they built for quite some time: http://www.bikepics.com/kawasaki/kle250/
    So maybe a naked bike with a Ninja twin, relaxed seating position, where you could actually take a passenger with you? Or a cruiser which would be the only 250cc cruiser for sale in TH - forget the Phantom, forget grey import 400 Steeds, get a legal baby chopper with lots of chrome for 170.000 THB!
    What about the 650 twin engine? Everybody is looking for a used Africa Twin - how about a new KLX650 Twin in "Africa Twin look" for 230.000 THB? Not the Versys, though, but something with a small fairing you could really travel with. Or a 650 supermoto? A D-Tracker on steroids with a 650 twin, now that would be something I'd spend my money on...
  7. Azoulay

    Azoulay Ol'Timer

    Hi KZ,

    I really would like Kawasaki would lesson to you and renew the ER-6 N performance...
  8. KenYam

    KenYam Ol'Timer

    Hey KZ we can all hope same as you but a KLR650 or a KLR650 twin would both be attractive to me and I am sure many others, for approx 230K - a dream in Thailand

    Ken F
  9. oneton

    oneton Ol'Timer

    There was a ZX-10R in the Pattaya showroom on Sukhumvit on 14th Feb. 650000 baht sounds about right from what I recall. I was at the opening party on 14th Feb. complete with 3 piece Vannesa May style violin band and the mayor of Pattaya! I spoke to the Japanese head of Kawasaki and pointed out the the low power output of the KLX 250 / D Tracker. He assured me something is being done, but Kawasaki have to be very careful about the emission control laws. The Pattaya showroom is being set up with a accessories shop next door. Maybe we will find the ECU / exhaust in here in the near future!!

  10. KZ

    KZ Ol'Timer

    "Emission control laws" - having lived in California these three words really get me wound up! Most people drive a V8 with 4000cc or more and those emission clowns have nothing better to do than to strangle a 250cc motorcycle. If the D-Tracker would run perfectly, as it should, maybe more diesel truck drivers stinking up the air and clogging traffic would ride a 250cc bike instead! I mean, is restricting a tiny bike's revs really a smart way to preserve clean air? Considering the small fraction of 250cc bikes. Looks more like a bunch of shirts coming up with unrealistic laws as a result of too many talks and meetings...
  11. Azoulay

    Azoulay Ol'Timer

    Hi Friends,

    Any news on this topic ? No announcement of a bigger KL style bike(s) ? Seems kawasaki has a big success with their ER-6N but about bigger off-road bikes ?
  12. paulus

    paulus Member

    I was at kawasaki Rayong factory last week.
    In their value engineering department they had a +/- 650cc dual-sport style bike. They would not talk about when or even whether it would be released in Thailand... but it is there.

    Interestingly enough.. white model ER6's are not being sold in Thailand as they will be provided to the police only in that colour.
  13. Azoulay

    Azoulay Ol'Timer

    Hi Paulus,

    And big thanks for this valuable information, bravo for your first post ! How did you access to the Kawasaki factory ???

    Sure it will feed the buzz among us...
  14. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Wow Paulus,
    I suppose No Chance of Photos? If it is True i will Buy one :D Lets See if anything New on Display at the Bangkok International Motorshow 26th March to 6th April 2009. Or Indeed if there is any News on New Bikes??? Fingers Crossed :wink:
  15. KZ

    KZ Ol'Timer

    Hmm, I wonder what a "value engineering department" is...
    The KL650 is assembled in TH as far as I know, so it shouldn't be a big surprise to see one here. It's a long shot to being sold here, but if, it should be a bit cheaper than the Er6n, which would be very interesting!
  16. paulus

    paulus Member

    I can't say anything specific.... we have confidentiality agreements. My company designs, develops and sells very specific parts to brand motorcycle customers.

    We were lucky enough to be shown the VE department as they had a ER6N in there and I had just bought one.

    As another post says... the issue will be whether it is viable to release.

    There is definately a trailie in there, but whether it gets a release will be down to demand. We should all do everything possible to give Kawasaki feedback that we want a big (but good) enduro/dual sport machine.
  17. KZ

    KZ Ol'Timer

    "We should all do everything possible to give Kawasaki feedback that we want a big (but good) enduro/dual sport machine."
    What would be the best way to do that?
  18. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    I tell the Kawasaki sales staff every chance I get that they should offer more models here in Thailand. I tell 'em I'll be the first to put down a deposit on the ER6f when it becomes available. They keep asking me if I'm interested in the Ninja ZX10R. I tell 'em honestly that it's a bit out of my price range and not well quited to the type of riding I do. But I know they have a lot of rich Thais who REALLY want the ZX10R so hopefully it will happen sooner or later.

    Kawasaki Thailand actively sought customer input on whether or not to offer ABS on the upcoming ER6f and it seems they are listening.
    As for the KLR650, I do believe it will be on display at the Bangkok Motor Show. While it's not a bike I'm interested in, I will let the kind folks at Kawasaki Rama 9 know that there are a lot of people interested.
    Seems it would be an awesome bike for northern Thailand and neighboring countries.
    Happy Trails!
  19. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Tell Kawasaki what you want


    [email email=tidavan@kawasaki.co.th]tidavan@kawasaki.co.th[/email]

    Direct Retail Sales Dept.
    Kawasaki Motors Enterprise (Thailand) Co.,Ltd
  20. siinthai

    siinthai Ol'Timer

    I emailed him....start sending emails guys...it can only help.
  21. Fishenough

    Fishenough Ol'Timer

    Email sent, thank you David.

    Fingers crossed for a KLR650; by the end of this year for a price of 180,000 baht would be the cats meow.

    Make that an introductory price of 160,000 ok.
  22. monsterman

    monsterman Ol'Timer

    I wish they would release the W750 in thailand and UK at present its only in Nippon its the updated W560 retro.
  23. KZ

    KZ Ol'Timer

    "Fingers crossed for a KLR650; by the end of this year for a price of 180,000 baht would be the cats meow."
    That would be the mutt's nuts!! I'd get me one, install some 17" rims and tires, tear off all the plastic and have me one cool supermoto!
  24. Fishenough

    Fishenough Ol'Timer

    Wouldn't want to cause the tuk tuk or se-lor drivers to choke on the fumes of my KLR650 (yes that's a bit of sour grapes)> :roll:
  25. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    You beat me to it by a minute.
    Now we know - NO KLR650 - got it direct from the horses mouth. So no more gossip & speculation - "I heard that / the rumour is."

    Glad you guys are getting responses from Kawasaki.

    Thank you Kawasaki & Khun Tidavan. You guys are onto a winner with your locally poduced bikes. Please keep them coming - we want more & some bigger dual purpose machines. Please.
  26. Azoulay

    Azoulay Ol'Timer

    Hi Friends,

    For those who won't have the chance to vist the Motor Show starting in 2 days, would some Friends visit and report back with nice pictures as Tony and others use to display ?

    A report on the exhibition with comments would be welcome, on top it seems that even if Kawasaki does not intend to commercialise a bigger dual prurpose bike, they will display new models ???

    Anyway we should encourage them as they have been the First and hope not the last to propose decent bikes at decent prices ....Bravo Kawa !

    On an other hand, I would have two additional questions:

    -Does the Bike Makers are use to offer special prices when ordering a bike on such exhibition ?

    -What is the use when we order a bike for cash payement in term of deposit order down payement ? 20, 30, 50 %, total amount ? What is the habits ?

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