Man! It never fails, doesn’t it? For the last two years in a row a dealer from Down Under has let loose the goods on the next year Kawasaki models. In 2015, not only did Brisbane Kawasaki know what was coming out literally months before the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, but they had already uncrated the new units and had them on display. The next year, after a stern talking to, Brisbane Kawasaki let leak a few tasty spy shots of the 2016 Ultra 310X. It wasn’t as revelatory as the previous year, but it sure as heck let everyone know what to expect. For this year though, Brisbane has been mum about what’s coming out. But that hasn’t stopped Farnley’s Jetskis of Auckland!
The New Zealand dealer released on its official Facebook page four low-resolution images that are sure to excite some, disappoint a few and leave others with more questions than answers. What is shown is the 2017 STX-15F again, unchanged for nearly 16 years save for the switch from the 1200cc engine to the 1.5-liter, this year in metallic gray/black/Kawasaki green combo; the seemingly unchanged naturally-aspirated Ultra LX in an electric blue/black combo; an Arctic White-and-black Ultra 310X; and the 310LX in metallic Kawasaki green and black.
Missing from this roster is the race-inspired 310R and scallop seat-equipped 310X Special Edition (SE). Now, before we jump to conclusions, know that the 310R and 310X SE might not be selected to sale in New Zealand, so don’t freak out just yet. Of course, missing from this selection of images is the proposed “Spark-fighter” runabout that we’ve been told is also happening from our most reliable sources. That being said, this revelation might be a little disheartening for Kawasaki enthusiasts who still hold out hope for a 4-stroke standup or a 310-powered STX – or at least a redesigned STX, for that matter.