Kawasaki ZX3-RR Concept by ICON

08/22/2014 @ 6:00 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS


Icon might not be the first brand you think of when you talk about road racing apparel, but the Oregonian company is certainly trying to evolve from its Stunt Life roots, into other aspects of two-wheeled culture.

Pushing into the more lifestyle, adventure, and sport segments of the industry, we have already seen Icon’s penchant for concept bikes, which I can atest haven’t really resonated with our sport-bike focused readers. I think today will be a little different though.

Teaming up with Kawasaki, Icon has built what it calls the Kawasaki ZX3-RR concept. Based off the Kawasaki Ninja 300, the Kawasaki ZX3-RR sees new bodywork and a slew of performance parts added to make a spec-series cup bike for young riders. It looks the business.

The idea is for the ZX3-RR to resonate with the cell-phone generation — it even features a Samsung tablet for a dashboard — in an effort to cultivate new American road racers (Icon sent us this exclusive after reading our story about Dorna and Wayne Rainey teaming up to find the next American GP champion).

We have to say, the effect is spot-on. Flashy but practical, sporty but affordable, Icon has really latched onto something here with the Kawasaki ZX3-RR concept. We particularly like the shotgun GP-style Arrow exhaust, and the overall lines of the fairings, which scream GP racer.

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is already a hit with new riders, and we’ve seen more than a few recently at the track — 250cc-class four-stroke bikes are in a true resurgence.

The ZX3-RR concept might be geared towards getting younger riders on the track, but I think some grown adults wouldn’t mind swinging a leg over this bike as well (or am I just speaking for myself here??). Maybe if there is enough interest, something will come of it. In the meantime, a video and super-high resolution photos are below.








Source: Icon

  • Coreyvwc

    My girlfriend’s little 300 is hilariously fun to ride in it’s completely stock form. I would absolutely love to flog one about on the track with good suspension brakes and tires. Grinning just thinking about it…

  • Craig

    Was really hoping this was something about the rumored 4-cylinder 300 Kawi, but still cool.

  • David

    I wish kawasaki made two versions of this bike. The Nina 300 and the ZX3R. Both priced to meet different requirement and parts but I sure wouldn’t mind spending the coin to get good suspension, tapered head bearings, sporty position, adjustable rear sets.

  • AHA

    Good way to market race suits etc to a younger sport rider audience who aren’t already too set with their allegiances (=prejudices)

  • Emilio

    When and where? Want one… Scratch that… NEED on now!! Lol awesome can’t wait!

  • jimmy smith JR

    Hmmmmm. Don’t get me wrong, I like it. But 4 exhaust cans on a bike a kid is going to learn to race on, and crash all the time doesn’t seem affordable to me. The bike could have a single can and still probably make the same power.

  • I love it and I want it.
    It reminded me of a bitter memory though: that the RC390 is still not available.

  • 999

    So…… what race class did they read the rules to develop this bike? because it seems more like an ad for Kawi rather than something I’d actually see in any of the 250/300 classes I’ve competed in

  • Mike

    ” But 4 exhaust cans on a bike a kid is going to learn to race on, and crash all the time doesn’t seem affordable to me. ”

    I see two cans (not four) in the tail section, well away from the sides.

  • Mike

    Oops, and two on the left side. Still, very sexy.

  • I see two cans (not four) in the tail section, well away from the sides.

    There are also two cans exiting at the right side of the swing arm.

  • Oops, and two on the left side.

    You sure it wasn’t the other left? ;-)

  • L2C

    This concept has my full approval!

  • Mike

    “You sure it wasn’t the other left? ;-)”

    I clearly got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning… Still, I’d definitely ride/race that.

  • I think it looks absolutely awesome.

  • tony

    ok so unlike the latest ducati 1199rr spss, this is actually spot on. younger riders and us old uns should be pushing toward sumpin like this. and yes, four pipes is kinda silly, but other than that its puuurrrfffect. and you dont need hp to be fast actually. laura orozco is faster than pretty much all of us on a modified yamaha dirtbike. believe it. ask antonio gisbert! and shes a girl!

    please kwak, build this bike. and make it around 7 grand…

  • MikeD

    Meh . . . I would rather have an RC390.

    This looks like a 5 year old went at it. If anyone would want to market a decent looking 250 cheap-movile they would want to look at the lines of anything currently from Moto 3 and slap some lights and license plate brackets.

    NO . . . I realize it would have to be watered down to stupid proportions but i’m talking only about appearances, looks, lines, NOT PERFORMANCE . . . How hard can it be to have a 250 look like a 1000 beauty wise ?

  • Pietro

    I love it. That’s the basic design these small displacement bikes need to be manufactured.

    The Tablet is pretty awesome too. Would love to put up my NC35 against this thing

  • Renn

    I love it! I also like the dash!!

    Nice work guys.

  • Central Motorcycle Racing Assoc (CMRA) has a 300 Supersport race that is new for this year but a total blast. I would love to see Kawasaki develop a race chassis 300 as it is the only thing my championship machine is missing. Great concept!