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Kawasaki has released its first electric motorcycles to the US market. The 2024 Ninja e-1 ABS seen here.
Kawasaki has released its first electric motorcycles to the US market. The 2024 Ninja e-1 ABS seen here. (Kawasaki/)

Kawasaki wowed everyone when it debuted its first electric motorcycles at EICMA 2022 last November (read the Kawasaki’s Electric Motorcycle Concept At EICMA article), and now production versions of those sportbike and naked bike options—the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1—are here in the States. Sure, the Japanese Big Four have been surprisingly slow in their embrace of green tech compared with other legacy manufacturers, but the roll out of its EVs for the US market shows that Team Green means business. The two all-new battery-powered models share the same underpinnings, with a lightweight trellis-style frame and design language very similar to their ICE-equipped Ninja and Z cousins, along with the kind of basic suspension and user-friendly features you’d expect to see on bikes firmly aimed at commuters. The bigger news, of course, is their 5.0kW (nominal) electric motors and dual batteries.

The Ninja e-1’s chin spoilers at the bottom of the front cowl continue the strong Ninja family connection. Since there is no exhaust system, the bottom of the cowl is higher and slimmer.
The Ninja e-1’s chin spoilers at the bottom of the front cowl continue the strong Ninja family connection. Since there is no exhaust system, the bottom of the cowl is higher and slimmer. (Kawasaki/)

Officially, Kawasaki will be offering the Ninja e-1 ABS and Z e-1 ABS models for sale in the US, with both running the same powertrain anchored by a brushless 5.0kW (nominal) electric motor and powered by two removable lithium-ion batteries. Power is transferred from the motor through a primary reduction gear to the chain (secondary reduction) final drive.

According to Kawasaki, the motor is tuned to deliver strong low-end punch and a quick throttle response, with two power modes—Road and Eco—available. Top speed in Road mode is approximately 52 mph for the Ninja e-1 and approximately 49 mph for the Z e-1, while top speed in Eco mode is limited to approximately 37 mph for the Ninja e-1 and 35 mph for the Z e-1. If that doesn’t sound exactly eye-popping, you’ll be glad to hear Kawasaki also added an e-boost function which gives a bit more power for better acceleration and a higher top speed—but only for 15 seconds (Kawasaki says that’s to maximize range and battery temperature).

With e-boost on the Ninja e-1, top speed is 65 mph in Road mode and 45 mph in Eco. On the Z e-1, top speed is 65 mph in Road mode with e-boost enabled, and approximately 42 mph in Eco mode. Not great, but it’s still better than 52 mph; once the batteries show less than a 35 percent state of charge, the bike will switch to limited-power operation and the e-boost function will be unavailable. Both bikes also feature a Walk mode with reverse, making it less cumbersome to push your machine around in a parking lot.

Both Kawasaki EV’s feature a removable dual battery arrangement that allows for convenient charging either on or off the bike.
Both Kawasaki EV’s feature a removable dual battery arrangement that allows for convenient charging either on or off the bike. (Kawasaki/)

As for the dual battery setup, we like the flexibility of charging scenarios that it offers; you can charge them either installed on the bike, or remove to charge inside, either individually or on an optional charging dock. The batteries have a nominal voltage of 504 volts and weigh 25.3 pounds each, and if things go south, Kawasaki says you can even run the bike on one battery (in Eco mode) if needed. And you just might need to; the claimed range for either bike, in Eco mode, is a paltry 41 miles. Even for commuter models—which Kawasaki is clearly positioning these as—that is nothing to write home about, and in fact there’s very little mention of it in the press release. Helping matters somewhat is the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1′s regenerative system, which allows the energy of deceleration to be recycled back to the battery when the rider rolls off the throttle. Total time to fully charge both batteries takes approximately 7.4 hours from 0 percent (3.7 hours per

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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: 2024 Kawasaki Ninja e-1 ABS and Z e-1 ABS First Look Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/kawasaki-ninja-e-1-and-z-e-1-abs-first-look/
Published Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2023 10:00:02 +0000

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.

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Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2024-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-june-16-2024
Published Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 20:50:06 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rolls-royce-silver-ghost/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:23:29 +0000

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