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Liam Marsden  says:

Kawasaki unveil supercharged engine

Kawasaki has unveiled a supercharged engine at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show in Japan. No details about the engine have been released, although Kawasaki insiders have suggested the capacity could be close to 1000cc which would suggest a next-gen version of the ZZR1400, but MCN cannot confirm this. A press release from Kawasaki states: "Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. also has a long...

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Nov 13

Posts: 2

chasm22 says:

More power is never a bad thing!

 I can definitely go for this technology entering the bike market via bike manufacturers. I know they've been in custom bikes for a long time, but not from the factory.

I have a Toyota Tacoma that's been running a factory supercharger for years. Nothing but smiles. 75,000 miles on the supercharger, 150,000 on the engine=no problem.

Superchargers makes gobs of low end power and, just as importantly nowadays, they are relatively emissions friendly.  No turbo lag either, especially important on the corners. Just loads of power. Heat will be a concern, but modern engine management has made important inroads into this along with modern metallurgy. 




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Feb 10

Posts: 410


Super charged chaos from EU...

Yes, i can just about hear the politician do-gooders steaming and throthing over this.

I wonder what the insurance people think? Add another group making it 18 perhaps?

I hope Kawasaki do make a new model with this engine churning out a sound 200 dobbins at

the rear wheel.......

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Apr 12

Posts: 320

DazLoczy says:


Should have continued to work on Turbos right from the beautiful GPZ750 Turbo. I do hope they take the styling cues from this...



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Jan 04

Posts: 157

venturer says:

at last but why not ....

it looks a bit like a bolt on, but if it works then we can have smaller lighter bikes with grunt, why not have the superchager integrated into the engine casings (it would cost to much), sort of like a cassette rake gearbox but with cooling, it would work even better with a 90 L twin engine.


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Nov 11

Posts: 75

HkUk says:

 Imagine it's the 1400 ..... with a supercharger. ooooohhhhwwwwwweeeeeeeeee. 

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Jan 11

Posts: 302

yzrm1 says:


yamaha and kawa are by far the most original japs!!!!!!!!!!! go kawa and yam

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Aug 02

Posts: 3293

eatcs01 says:

Supercharged Kwak

The B-King concept bike was meant to be super charged (or was it turbo? I can't remember for sure). As for insurance, it's available for turbo bikes right now. A mate of mine builds turbo systems for bikes. His GSXR1100 Turbo costs approx £400 to insure, despite making approx 205bhp.

He's done a kit for an early R1, and does bolt on kits for GSXR1000s and GSX1300R Hayabusas.

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Oct 11

Posts: 199

SundayRoast says:


Lets hope it is the basis of the new R1 and leads the Japanese companies back into the race for superbike supremecy on the street.

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Sep 10

Posts: 196

If the new bike is aimed at Europe - especially Britain the first question  is "WHY" . They say the points accumulated on peoples licenses is at a all time high because of  mobile phone laws and  traffic cameras everywhere and it would not need a lot to persuade the government to stiffen the traffic laws even more . We already have to be middle-aged for a full bike license ,the test is now the same price of a cheap back-to back terraced house in Barnsley when I started riding , and the insurance for "newbies " is silly . I predict Biking as we know it will be extinct way before the oil runs out  . And unless the Japanese know something we don't know - sports bikes and  superfast  sports tourers are out of fashion ,if I do see  one or two while out and about in the Dales they are usually stuff under 750 c.c. .

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Sep 11

Posts: 48

sovrec says:

Previous History

Remember it was only Kawaski who got anywhere near making a decent turbo bike - I had one and it had its  problems but it was massive fun to ride - supercharging needs to make the transtion from 4 to 2 wheels properly and the Big K are making seriously good and well engineered bikes at  present (and I'm a Honda rider)  - this will be good to see and is most likely the future of combustion engines.... 

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