Kawasaki has officially launched the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R, the Kawasaki Ninja ZXR 250, the Kawasaki VN2000 and the Kawasaki ZZR1400 at an exclusive press launch on the eve of the 2007 Paris Motorcycle Show at an event a short walk from the main exhibition.
The Kawasaki ZXR 250 Ninja was the first motorcycle to be introduced, after a short video and speech by Hiroshi Takata, the General Manager of Kawasaki's Research and Development divisiion. Much reference was made to the racing success of the brand, and this was highlighted throughout with the sporty commuter 250 and especially with the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R.
The 250cc Kawasaki drew a lot of attention as an entirely new model, followed by the revised and updated 2008 Kawasaki VN2000, and the 2008 Kawasaki ZZR1400. The ZZR1400 stands out due to a new Metallic Diablo Black paintscheme which sparkles blue in the light.
But the biggest reveal of the evening was the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R which was first lowered from the roof of the building, and then ridden on stage by Kawasaki World Superbike star Regis Laconi. The motorcycle, as explained by All-Japan rider Akira Yanagawa, is much smaller, and allows for a bigger contact area between the rider and motorcycle when cornering. It's also got more usable power.
We'll be uploading the most relevant information and pictures from the 2007 Paris Motorcycle Show and the launches as they happen
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