2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 Preview

Kawasaki replaces its Ninja 400 with the Ninja 500 for 2024.

Kawasaki has released its new 2024 Ninja 500 for the European market at EICMA, in two trims.Kawasaki

Kawasaki introduced two new motorcycles inside its entry-level twin streetbike class at EICMA this week, with both the Z500 naked bike and Ninja 500 sportbike stepping out in their global debut. They share the same steel-trellis frame and suspension of the 400cc predecessors but get a fairly major boost in displacement, now packing the same 451cc parallel twin we saw in the Eliminator cruiser earlier this year. Let’s jump into the details of the 2024 Ninja 500.

The 2024 Ninja 500 gains a bigger 451cc engine along with revised bodywork and headlights. In standard trim, it’s available in Metallic Matte Dark Gray/Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Moondust Gray.Kawasaki

Kawasaki may be calling the Ninja 500 all-new, but it carries plenty of similarities to its 400cc forebear, with the big news focused on more displacement and power from the 52cc larger engine. That engine is derived from the old 399cc twin used in the Z400 and Ninja 400, with additional capacity achieved via a 58.6mm stroke (up from 51.8mm) while retaining the previous 399cc engine’s 70mm bore. That’s likely to have a bigger impact on torque and low-down pull than on peak power, and indeed, Kawasaki claims 44.7 hp at 9,000 rpm and 34.1 lb.-ft. of torque from the new mill, which is virtually unchanged from the older bike. Bear in mind though that these are figures for European models, and bikes coming to the US may differ in performance claims.

The SE model gets a full-color TFT display offering smartphone connectivity.Kawasaki

Beyond that, other major changes on the new Ninja come to the bodywork. The new full-fairing bodywork is sharper, with a more aggressive face where two new restyled headlights with spoilers below take center stage. Below that you’ll see side panels with larger openings to manage heat, and even a slim seat that is distinctly changed from the older bike. The lower fairing section is revised as well.

For Europe, Kawasaki will offer two trim levels, the standard model and the SE. The standard bikes get a full LCD instrument panel, while the SE models have a color TFT display offering smartphone connectivity as well as a USB-C power port. No word on pricing, availability, or when the bikes will come to us in North America.

The SE trim will also be available in this Lime Green KRT-inspired livery.Kawasaki

2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500 Technical Specifications and Price

Price: N/A
Engine: 451cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 8 valves
Bore x Stroke: 70.0 x 58.6mm
Compression Ratio: 11.3:1
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Claimed Horsepower: 44.7 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Claimed Torque: 34.1 lb.-ft. @ 6,000 rpm
Fuel System: EFI w/ 32mm throttle bodies
Clutch: Wet, multiplate slipper/assist
Frame Steel trellis
Front Suspension 41mm telescopic fork; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Uni-Trak, spring preload adjustable; 5.1-in. travel
Front Brake 2-piston caliper, semi-floating 310mm disc
Rear Brake 2-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Wheels: Cast; 17 in.
Tires (Front, Rear): 110/70-17; 150/60-17
Rake/Trail NA/3.6 in.
Wheelbase 54.1 in.
Seat Height 30.9 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight 379 lb.
Contact: kawasaki.eu