Back in 1984, Kawasaki introduced its first Ninja, the GPZ900R. Powered by a 908cc DOHC 16-valve Inline-Four mounted to a steel diamond frame, the Kawasaki GPZ900R kicked off a tradition of high performance sportbikes that continues on with the Ninja models of today.
The ZX-14R is no longer offered in many other markets, but it remains part of Kawasaki's North American lineup. As of this writing, the 40th Anniversary Edition livery is the only color option confirmed for the 2024 Ninja ZX-14R.
From the biggest Ninja to the smallest, the Ninja ZX-4RR also receives the anniversary treatment, though the livery gets a slight adjustment with a thinner white stripe and larger blue area at the bottom to match the 1990 ZXR400R.
The 1990 ZXR400R was also on display at Japan Mobility Show 2023. According to Kawasaki, it was the first 400cc class production bike in Japan to be equipped with an inverted fork.
The Ninja isn't the only brand celebrating an anniversary. 2024 will mark the 100th anniversary of Meguro, a Japanese brand that later merged with Kawasaki. In recent years, Kawasaki has produced a line of retro-styled Meguro models. At the Mobility Show, it introduced the Meguro S1, a 250cc-class Single.
While the W230 and Meguro models are unlikely to be brought to the U.S., we will likely see Kawasaki bring over the new KLX230 dual-sport, which debuted at Japan Mobility Show 2023. More details will likely come at EICMA, but Kawasaki tells us the new KLX230 offers improved off-road performance and comfort compared to the 2023 model, along with switchable ABS and smartphone connectivity.