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2017 Kawasaki Z650 – First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS

In the 1970s, an influx of in-line four cylinder motorcycles from the Japanese “Big Four” quickly took over the market. These quick, reliable and comfortable speed machines became known as Universal Japanese Motorcycles, or UJMs, both for their similarities to one another and their universal appeal. Kawasaki’s contributions to UJM domination included the mighty Z1 and the KZ650—which was known ...

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109 New or Updated Motorcycles for 2017 and 2018

Triumph Street Scrambler

Talk about an embarrassment of riches! More than 100 street motorcycles are all-new or significantly updated for the 2017 or 2018 model years. This bumper crop includes bikes from 16 manufacturers in 8 different countries, and the variety in terms of displacement, style, technology and performance is staggering. Here they are, in alphabetical order. 2017 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 Major overhaul ...

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10 Pint-Sized Motorcycles for 2017

2017 BMW G 310 GS

During the “bigger is better” trend of the late ‘90s to mid-2000s, few street-legal motorcycles were less than 500cc, which meant that the lightness, affordability and playfulness that comes with small bikes were also in short supply. But in recent years—really, since the Great Recession of 2008—manufacturers have introduced a wide variety of small-displacement bikes. Here are 10 new or ...

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10 Coolest Motorcycles for 2017

2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

The 2017 model year will go down as one of the most exciting in motorcycle history. Sneak peeks of 2017 models started in late 2015 and continued steadily throughout 2016, with at least 100 all-new or significantly updated motorcycles announced by 13 different manufacturers—everything from state-of-the-art, high-tech sportbikes to retro-styled bobbers, café racers and scramblers, in all shapes, sizes and ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS | First Look Review

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Kawasaki briefly offered a naked Ninja 650 derivative called the ER-6n in the United States (2009-2010), and since then the smallest-displacement naked “Z” bike an American rider could find has been the Z800, which was introduced for 2016. With the rollout of an updated Ninja 650, Kawasaki has decided to give it another go, with a new Z650 coming to ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS | First Look Review

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Replacing the outgoing Z800 in Kawasaki’s naked “Z” bike lineup is the 2017 Z900. The new Z900 carries Kawasaki’s trademark Sugomi-inspired styling, and is built around a new 948cc inline four-cylinder engine and new steel twin-spar trellis frame, for an ideal blend of power, handling and comfort. Read our 2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS first ride review The new liquid-cooled, DOHC, ...

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2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 | First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Kawasaki revamped its Versys adventure-street lineup for 2015, extensively updating the Versys 650 and Versys 1000, and finally bringing the latter to the U.S. market. We’ve got a soft spot for these fun, versatile and affordable machines, and we selected the Versys 1000LT as Rider’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. Read our 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650LT road test review Read ...

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS | First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS

When it comes to liter-sized, fully-faired sportbikes, Kawasaki offers two choices. For those interested in cutting-edge, track-ready performance, there’s the Ninja ZX-10R, which won the World Superbike Championship in 2015 and 2016. For those interested in real-world, street-focused performance, there’s the Ninja 1000, which offers more comfort, better wind protection and a full line of sport-touring accessories. And it’s no ...

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS | First Look Review

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As we noted in our recent middleweight comparison, Kawasaki’s venerable Ninja 650 is ripe for an update, having received its last one in 2012. The time was right for a new Ninja, and Kawasaki has not disappointed. Like its predecessors, the 2017 Ninja 650 was designed for the rider who wants the look and performance of a sportbike, but who ...

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR ABS | First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

After winning the World Superbike Championship in 2015 and 2016, Kawasaki has sharpened its liter-class sword for 2017 with the new Ninja ZX-10RR. Based on the new-for-2016 Ninja ZX-10R—which Kawasaki called “the most track-focused sportbike ever”—the double-R is street legal but is purpose-built to deliver fast lap times on a racetrack. Read our 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R first look review ...

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