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Kawasaki now offers a new option for mid-displacement sportbike riders in the Ninja 500, the latest in a platform evolution that began with the Ninja 250 and progressed through the 300 and 400. The 500 is available in several configurations, which are listed below along with MSRPs.

Kawasaki offers midsize sportbike riders a new option in 2024 with the Ninja 500.
Kawasaki offers midsize sportbike riders a new option in 2024 with the Ninja 500. (Kawasaki/)

Ninja 500: $5,299

Ninja 500 KRT Edition: $5,499

Ninja 500 ABS: $5,699–$5,899

Ninja 500 SE ABS: $6,399

Ninja 500 KRT Edition SE ABS: $6,399

Ninja 500 SE 40th Anniversary Edition ABS: $6,599

If you’re familiar and amenable with the Ninja 400, you’ll be pleased to know that the 500 is essentially the same machine packaged with a new 451cc parallel-twin engine. That 52cc bump comes by way of a 6.8mm-longer stroke and updated compression ratio. It has a new crankshaft, con-rods, pistons, and updated hard alumite piston treatment. Kawasaki is touting 51 hp at 10,000 rpm for the new mill and 31.7 lb.-ft. of torque at 7,500 rpm.

Kawasaki increased stroke and updated several components to create the new 451cc parallel-twin engine.
Kawasaki increased stroke and updated several components to create the new 451cc parallel-twin engine. (Kawasaki/)

Apart from the increase in engine capacity and the accompanying modifications required to dial the powerplant, the 500 is a near carbon copy of the 400 mechanically. It has the same 41mm fork with 4.7 inches travel and horizontal back-link shock. Braking specs are the same, as are seat height, fuel capacity, rake and trail, frame design, fueling, and the six-speed gearbox.

The new Ninja 500 gets an updated LCD dash and more comfortable seat.
The new Ninja 500 gets an updated LCD dash and more comfortable seat. (Kawasaki/)

In terms of creature comforts, the 500 does have some amenities that the 400 lacks. These include a new LCD instrument panel with Bluetooth connectivity. When connected and utilizing the Rideology app, riders can access riding logs, bike info, call notices, the maintenance log, and communication sharing settings. The seat is a slightly different shape as well, made to improve rider comfort in the relaxed, yet sporty ride position of the bike. It has updated LED headlights and taillights as well.

Available colors vary depending on trim you select, so check with your local Kawasaki dealer to see what’s available.

The 40th Anniversary trim looks sharp on the new Ninja 500.
The 40th Anniversary trim looks sharp on the new Ninja 500. (Kawasaki/)
The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500.
The 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500. (Kawasaki/)
Mechanically, the Ninja 500 is strikingly similar to its sibling, the Ninja 400.
Mechanically, the Ninja 500 is strikingly similar to its sibling, the Ninja 400. (Kawasaki/)
More power and torque while retaining its rider-friendly appeal.
More power and torque while retaining its rider-friendly appeal. (Kawasaki/)
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By: Byron Wilson
Title: Kawasaki’s Original Ninja 250 Grows to a Ninja 500 Sportbike
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/kawasaki-ninja-500-first-look-preview/
Published Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2024 11:00:03 +0000

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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey Annis
Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.


The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Published Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2024 06:59:52 +0000

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/three-wheeler-mazda
Published Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2024 14:35:07 +0000

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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Title: Ferrari Challenge UK commences
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/ferrari-challenge-uk-commences/
Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 07:37:01 +0000

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