Every November, motorcycle manufacturers gather in one central location to unveil models for the upcoming year. Like everything in 2020, this year’s announcements favoured social distancing and the internet, not the person-to-person variety. Despite this year’s EICMA cancellation, brands found novel ways to hype new motorcycles, and against the odds, we’re just as excited for the 2021 model year.
Impending Euro 5 emissions standards also influenced future line ups, with existing models receiving a sprucing up in 2021.
Superbikes have seen drastic revamps in the past few years. From the S 1000 RR’s makeover in 2019 to the CBR1000RR-R SP overhaul in 2020, manufacturers continue to push the genre forward with WSBK and MotoGP-developed updates. One brand that’s lagged behind (no, not Suzuki) is Kawasaki. Despite dominating WSBK with Jonathan Rea aboard the ZX-10RR, the Ninja’s aesthetics have fallen behind over the years.
Kawasaki remedied the outdated styling with a new facelift in 2021. Originally revealed at the WSBK winter tests, the ZX-10RR’s reshaped front fairing optimizes aerodynamics and stability. Under the skin, team green also revised the superbike’s chassis, engine, and electronics to match its modern image. Can the Ninja take it to Ducati and BMW on the WSBK circuit? No doubt. The question is, can it take them on in the showroom in 2021?