Following its release in Monterey, California at a press introduction and test riding session in December of the previous year, sales of the GPz900R, the first “Ninja” (US naming), commence.
Ninja named “Bike of the Year”
Ninja named “Bike of the Year” The GPz900R rocks the world when it is released. The new model is equipped with Kawasaki’s first liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder engine and a light, compact chassis. With its phenomenal top speed and quarter-mile times the GPz900R rewrites the motorcycle record books. When sales start in 1984, it is named “Bike of the Year” by magazines all over the world. Its side-drive cam, diamond frame, unique full fairing and other features that distinguish it from competing models earn it great popularity. Receiving various refinements over the years, the long-selling model retains its popularity in present day.
Sales of the domestic GPz750R commence. From this point on, many Kawasaki motorcycles feature liquid-cooled DOHC engines with 4-valve heads.
Sales of the KR250, a replica model of Kawasaki’s FIM World Championship-winning racer, commence.