The Ninja 7 Hybrid is a unique motorcycle from Kawasaki that combines a hybrid powertrain with sporty performance. This hybrid platform adds some complexities to the riding experience, but with time, it becomes second nature.
One of the standout features of the Ninja 7 Hybrid is its various riding modes. It offers three modes: EV, Eco-hybrid, and Sport-hybrid. In EV mode, the bike is powered solely by the electric motor and shifts are done automatically. This mode is ideal for low-speed, short-distance riding. In Eco-hybrid mode, the electric motor is used when starting, and the engine comes online at around 2,000 rpm. The engine turns off when stopped to conserve fuel. Sport-hybrid mode is designed for more spirited riding, with the engine operating at maximum power and the option for manual transmission only.
The Ninja 7 Hybrid also features an e-boost function, available in Sport-hybrid mode. This function uses battery power to increase performance for up to five seconds, providing a burst of speed when needed. However, it can only be activated under certain conditions, such as traveling above a certain speed and opening the throttle past a certain degree. With e-boost activated, the Ninja 7 Hybrid claims to initially out-accelerate a ZX-10R from a standing start.
In terms of fuel economy, the Ninja 7 Hybrid performs decently, averaging around 57 mpg based on testing. The handling of the bike is not as nimble as smaller Ninja models, but it still performs well on winding roads.
The Ninja 7 Hybrid also offers a walking mode for slower maneuvers, with forward and reverse functions. All of these settings and features can be adjusted and confirmed through the 4.3-inch TFT display on the bike, which is also compatible with Kawasaki's Rideology app for additional information and control.
Overall, the Ninja 7 Hybrid offers a unique riding experience with its hybrid powertrain. It takes time to get used to the added intricacies of the hybrid platform, but it eventually becomes second nature. The seamless transition between the electric motor and the internal combustion engine is impressive, and the electronics work flawlessly. The handling is not as nimble as smaller Ninja models, but it still performs well on winding roads. The e-boost feature provides a burst of speed when needed, but it requires extra attention to activate. The fuel economy is decent, averaging around 57 mpg based on testing. Overall, the Ninja 7 Hybrid is a sporty and enjoyable motorcycle to ride.