The big news from Kawasaki last week was the return of the KLX250 dual sport, now available with fuel injection. Along with the KLX250, Kawasaki announced several returning 2018 models with new colors.

These returning models join Kawasaki’s previously-announced off-road range and supercharged Ninja H2 and H2R, and the new Z900RS which will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show Oct. 25.

What’s interesting are two models that were not mentioned, the high-performance Ninja ZX-10RR and the Ninja 300. The ZX-10RR is based off of Kawasaki’s World Superbike racing program, so it’s possible it may receive some updates for 2018 that will be announced later, likely at EICMA in November. As for the Ninja 300, well, let’s just say there’s a good reason Kawasaki didn’t announce a 2018 model.

Related: Oops! Milwaukee News Crew Outs 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400

Ahem. We’ll likely see the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 at EICMA as well.

Now, onto the bold new graphics!

The 2018 ZX-6R will be available in Metallic Matte Fusion Silver/Metallic Flat Spark Black with or without ABS, and the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) inspired Lime Green/Ebony/Metallic Graphite Gray.

Pricing starts at $11,699 for the base mode, $12,699 with ABS. The KRT version is priced at $11,999 and $12,999 with ABS.

The 2018 ZX-10R (with or without ABS) will be available in Metallic Matte Fusion Silver/Metallic Flat Spark Black, and the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) inspired Lime Green/Ebony/Metallic Graphite Gray.

The ZX-10R is priced at $15,099 for the non-ABS, $16,099 with ABS. The KRT version is priced at $15,399/$16,399.

The 2018 ZX-14R will be offered in a choice of Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Carbon Gray and Pearl Storm Gray/Ebony/Candytone Orange color schemes with a $15,499 price tag.

Redesigned just last year, the Ninja 650 returns for 2018 with a choice of Pear Storm Gray/Ebony and Candy Plasma Blue/Ebony. The Ninja 650 ABS will also be available in the special KRT edition Lime Green/Ebony colors.

Pricing starts at $7,399 for the base model, $7,799 with ABS. The KRT version comes only with ABS for $7,999.

The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 will be offered in Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Graphite Gray and Metallic Matte Fusion Silver Metallic Flat Spark Black. ABS comes standard. The Ninja 1000 is priced at $12,199.

While we await word of the retro-styled Z900RS, Kawasaki announced the Best Standard MOBO-winning Z900 will be offered in two color options: Pearl Mystic Gray/Metallic Flat Spark Black, Flat Ebony/Metallic Spark Black, and Candy Persimmon Red/Metallic Spark Black.

Non-ABS models are priced at $8,399, with ABS models raising the price to $8,799.

The 2018 Z650 comes standard with ABS and a choice of two colors: Metallic Matte Covert Green/Metallic Flat Spark Black and Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black with a green frame (pictured above).

MSRP is $7,399.

The littlest street-legal Kawasaki, the Z125 Pro receives two new colors: Metallic Flat Spark Black/Pearl Mystic Gray/Metallic Spark Black, and Candy Persimmon Red, priced at $3,199. Kawasaki will also offer a special edition version in Candy Plasma Blue/Metallic Spark Black and a KRT edition, both priced at $3,399.

The 2018 Versys-X 300 ABS will receive two new colors: Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Raw Graystone and Passion Red/Metallic Flat Raw Graystone. Pricing starts at $5,399 with ABS adding another $300.

The Versys 650 (and its LT touring varient) will be offered in Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Carbon Gray and Pearl Blizzard White/Metallic Spark Black. The base model is priced at $8,099 while the Versys 650 LT is priced at $8,999.

The Versys 1000 LT is returning in 2018 with a new color: Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Spark Black and a $12,999 price tag.

The much-beloved KLR650 continues to soldier on, now with a choice of Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray or Pearl Solar Yellow/Metallic Spark Black for 2018, as well as a special Camo edition.

The Camo edition is priced at $6,999 while the regular colors come in at $6,699.

The 2018 Kawasaki Concours14 ABS motorcycle is available in a Metallic Carbon Gray/Metallic Flat Spark Black paint scheme for $15,599.

The ergonomically-customizable Vulcan S will be offered with or without ABS in Pearl Blizzard White. A special edition version with ABS comes in the Pearl Lava Orange color above.

The SE version is priced at $7,699. The base Vulcan S is priced at $7,099 with ABS adding $400.

There’s also the 2018 Vulcan S Cafe which comes in Pearl Storm Gray for $8,099.

The Vulcan 900 Classic will be available in Metallic Matte Carbon Gray/Metallic Matte Graphite Gray, while the LT bagger version will come in Candy Cardinal Red/Metallic Graystone.

The bagger is priced at $8,999 while the cruiser comes in at $7,999.

The 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom will come in Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black for $8,499.

The 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero is priced at $16,799 and will come in Metallic Spark Black.

For 2018, the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager will come in Candy Cardinal Red/Metallic Graystone for $17,499.

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  • Jon Jones

    I’m Hot For Kawi….

  • spiff

    A lot of good bikes in their line up. Don’t like all of them, but overall I’m kind of impressed.

    • Stuki Moi


      Kawi really has had an all star lineup for the past some years.

      • Jon Jones

        Absolutely! My bikes of choice the last ten years or so. Sexy, good value, ripper bikes.

  • spiff

    Kawi should build an “Eliminator” with that z900. Maybe I’m wrong, but I dig 80s bikes. It wouldn’t cost them much of anything. One platform 3 models. You don’t need to make many to break even. (Kawasaki, if you aren’t already planning to do this and would like to, feel free. Just let me have one, and I would call it even.) 😉

    • kawatwo

      Right on. I am hoping for a 400 Eliminator too 🙂

      • spiff

        A 600 Concours would be cool. I wonder if there is a market for it.

  • Jim

    The more I look at that Z900, the more I like it. I thought we might see a few updates on the Concours this year, but apparently not. Cool color scheme, though. I can’t wait to see the 900RS!

    • Stuki Moi

      The only issue with the Z900, is that it has Street Triple disease: It has no legroom.

      • Jim

        I didn’t notice that when I sat on it. Then again, I have a 32 inch inseam. What I did notice is the ‘sit-in’ feeling. It was a bit like BMW’s R1200 bikes; very neutral. I’ve never owned a naked bike, but this particular one is tempting to me as a fun weekender type of bike.

  • Mark Wagila

    Waiting for the Kawi green Z900….

  • MotorbikeMike

    Love the Z900, really wondering what sort of cost premium the RS model will have.

  • Old MOron

    Wow, a Ninja 400? I guess Kawi likes to bump up displacements. How long ago was it that they created their 636?

    A Ninja 400 will be right in the middle of the CBR300R and the CBR500R. I wonder if Kawi will price it right in the middle, too, or if they’ll price it close to the CBR300R and try to steal sales.

  • Michael W

    Very happy to see the ZX-14R, probably one of the best bikes of all times!