At the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Kawasaki has unveiled its new Supercharger technology and the Rideology strategy that will underpin its future product development. Speaking to the press, Kenji Tomida, President of Kawasaki’s Motorcycle and Engineering Company, talked about Kawasaki’s global strength as well as it environmental responsibility. He also highlighted the division’s achievements in the past five decades.
He announced that the highly sought Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R motorcycles would still be produced in limited number for 2016, adding that these sleek monsters would come with a new color and paint finish as well as upgrades to their ECU settings.
He also disclosed that the Kawasaki Ninja H2 will be installed with an assist and slipper clutch.
Meanwhile, Tomida unveiled a concept sketch pertaining to Kawasaki’s Supercharger project. The sketch hints of a future forced induction model that underscores the latest KHI thinking.
It shows the Concept SC 01 – also dubbed as “Spirit Charger” – which refers to one of the design directions that Kawasaki is contemplating for the future of the forced induction motorcycle line.
In contrast to the hard-edged performance-focused approach of the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R, the Spirit Charger features softer and more luxurious materials as well as flowing lines.
These elements all add up to create a motorcycle that could be used for an enjoyable and comfortable long-distance trip. However, one of the most appealing elements of the Spirit Charger is the Balanced Supercharged Engine, which provides a great blend of power forced induction and improved fuel economy.
Kawasaki was able to achieve this combo by adding electronically controlled flaps at the supercharger entrance, which could control the volume of intake air and airflow direction and thereby increase fuel efficiency.
On the other hand, Tomida unveiled the Rideology strategy, in reference to Kawasaki’s long-established design philosophy. This strategy features three principles behind the design process that guides how the company creates its past, present and future models.
The first of the three principles states that Kawasaki motorcycles should have both power and grace. Secondly, Kawasaki’s motorcycles should be fun and rewarding to ride. Lastly, Kawasaki motorcycles should feature the skills and technology embedded within the entire Kawasaki Group to enrich the lives of people around the world.