Kawasaki’s Ninja Turns 30

May 11, 2014 View Comments by

Kawasaki’s Ninja Turns 30It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since Kawasaki’s quintessential sportbike came on the scene, but here we are. The first motorcycle to bear the Ninja name was the revolutionary GPZ900 (or simply Ninja 900), which featured the world’s first 16-valve, liquid-cooled inline four cylinder motorcycle engine. The Ninja also claimed the title of world’s fastest production motorcycle and was famously ridden by Tom Cruise in the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun.

Today the Ninja line is alive and well and Kawasaki is releasing special 30th anniversary editions of both the Ninja ZX-6R and Ninja ZX-10R for 2015. Mechanically the anniversary bikes are identical to the standard models, the difference being a Lime Green/Pearl Stardust White color scheme, pinstripes on the wheels, and 30th anniversary badges on the fairings. The 30th Anniversary Ninja ZX-6R retails for $12,999 while its liter-bike brother, the ZX-10R Anniversary Edition, goes for $15,599, both are $300 more than their respective base models.


What Ninja models have you owned over the past 30 years?

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