Kawasaki to Reveal 16 Models on June 6

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

2024 Ninja ZX-6R, Eliminator 450 and more expected

Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. is teasing the launch of 16 new models on June 6, including a number of motorcycles and side-by-sides. For those of you who have been following us here on Motorcycle.com, you'll already have a good idea about what to expect.

A video running on Kawasaki.com shows carefully crafted silhouettes of four motorcycles and one UTV, while Kawasaki USA's social media pages have been offering more clues about the new models.

Several clues appear to be for new models we have previously reported were in the works, including an updated Ninja ZX-6R, and an Eliminator 450. Meanwhile, our sister site, ATV.com, found evidence suggesting a new line of 999cc Mule UTVs are also on the way.

We've got enough to clues to have a good idea of what to expect on June 6.

2024 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R

On Twitter, Kawasaki posted a brief video showing two motorcycles and the caption "Your supersport obsession begins," and the above silhouette is on Kawasaki's home page.

From recently updated EPA data, we know Kawasaki certified two new model codes: ZX636JR and ZX636KR, which obviously represent a next generation ZX-6R. From the two model codes, we are assuming Kawasaki is following the pattern it established with the ZX-10R and ZX-4R, in introducing a ZX-6R and an up-spec ZX-6RR.

Looking at the silhouette, we note some obvious similarities to the 2023 model, though it does look like the fairing under the Ninja's jutting chin slopes down at a steeper angle than the current ZX-6R.

While Kawasaki has continued to offer the ZX-6R in the U.S., the model has been discontinued in Europe and other markets where it does not meet local emissions levels. The new model is expected to comply with regulations, and indeed, Kawasaki Spain's Instagram account has already posted a teaser with the caption "Adivina quién vuelve..." or "Guess who's coming back..."

The updated model may also result in the 636cc ZX-6R getting homologated to compete in the new World Supersport regulations.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator 450

One of the silhouettes shows some retro styling and a cruiser-like rake angle that looks a lot like the new Eliminator 400 that Kawasaki announced for Japan earlier this year. As we previously reported, the California Air Resources Board recently certified a model with a 451cc engine with the model codes EL450AR, EL450BR, EL450CR, and EL450DR, which we believe represents a line of Eliminator models with a larger engine for North American markets.

We expect the Eliminator 450 to look similar to its Japanese counterpart, and the silhouette confirms this. Details like the headlight mounting bracket, the shape of the fork tubes and the pillion seat appear almost identical to the 400 model, pictured below.

Additionally, Kawasaki posted another teaser on Twitter showing a single circular LCD screen and the caption "Just Ride." The screen looks identical to the Eliminator 400's dial, and other details like the handlebar mounts all but confirm the new Eliminator is one of the models to be announced June 6.

2024 Kawasaki KLX300

The CARB data also confirms two new KLX model codes: LX300FR and LX300GR. Considering the current KLX300 uses the model code LX300D and the supermoto version goes by LX300E, it stands to reason we will see two updated models on June 6. The teaser silhouette looks incredibly similar to the current KLX300, though there look to be some changes to the shape of the headlight and front fender.

2024 Kawasaki KX450

The fourth silhouette is noticeably missing mirrors and is nearly flat from the fuel cap to the tail, which tells us the June 6 launch includes an off-road model. Kawasaki factory racer Romain Febvre has been riding a pre-production KX450 in the MXGP World Championship, so there's a high chance the full production model 2024 KX450 will be part of the June 6 announcement.

What else will Kawasaki announce?

That's all the clues that Kawasaki has offered so far, but we know we're still well short of the promised 16 models. We suspect one of the models will be the 2024 Ninja ZX-10RR. The updated ZX-10RR with variable intake funnels is already available in Europe and homologated for the World Superbike championship, so it's a likely candidate to be announced June 6.

We also know that the California Air Resources Board has certified a model codenamed ER650RR. We expect this will be for the Z650RS, giving the retro model the same electronic upgrades already available for the Versys, Z, and Ninja 650 models.

Other possible candidates include the final production versions of the electric Z and Ninja, but absent any hard evidence, we expect Kawasaki will save its first electric models for EICMA.

Kawasaki will probably release a few more teasers in the weeks ahead, leading up to the June 6 reveal date. We will have all the latest information as it becomes available.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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