First Impressions: Ninja 7 Hybrid

Alan Dowds has been in Spain, the place he’s been operating the rule over Kawasaki’s new Ninja 7 Hybrid. Right here’s what he has to say!


I’m simply again from the Kawasaki Ninja 7 Hybrid launch in Barcelona, and it’s honest to say that I’m fairly impressed. It’s a particularly fascinating bike with quite a lot of new expertise and really usable real-world efficiency. It has a 59bhp 451cc petrol parallel twin engine with a 9.5bhp electrical motor built-in into the transmission, after the computer-controlled clutch. So the ECU can join and disconnect the petrol and electrical sides of the drive every time it fancies, letting it work as a pure EV bike, with 60kph high pace and limited-but-usable vary for city use. Within the ‘Eco mode, you get an automated gearbox (plus handbook override) with electrical help when pulling away, and the engine stops once you come to a halt – it’s very like a hybrid automotive setup.

Lastly, there’s a sport mode which is handbook gearchange solely, with the petrol motor on on a regular basis, and the EV facet serving to out. You even have an ‘E-boost’ button in sport mode, which actually does work like slightly electrical nitrous button. It drops the total 9.5bhp and hefty torque from the electrical motor into the drive and actually peps up the acceleration. The gas consumption is claimed to be lower than that of a Ninja 250, and with a 14-litre tank, the vary can be effectively over 200 miles.


Away from the powertrain, the brand new Ninja is very like a Ninja 400 or 650: a barely gentle highway sports activities bike with pretty customary chassis equipment. It’s greater than as much as the efficiency, although, and also you don’t discover the 227kg moist weight an excessive amount of both. 

Extra on the brand new bike from Dowds within the subsequent concern of Bike Sport & Leisure Journal!

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