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The 39 Best Bikes for Smaller Riders (and Budgets)

KTM 390 Duke

You don’t need pavement-buckling torque and shoulder-wrenching power to have fun on two wheels. Among the growing number of female riders (go, girls!), younger folks wanting a fun and economical way to commute to work or school, older riders looking for something smaller and easier to manage, and regular Joes just wanting something fun to ride, demand for smaller machines has prompted ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – First Ride Review

The 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is lightweight, easy to ride and most of all fun. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

It’s a naked baby Z, it’s a real motorcycle and it costs $2,999. Is it for you? The bottom line is, there are things that the Z125 Pro does do, and things that it doesn’t do. In discussing what it does do first, the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is multifaceted, utilitarian and, best of all, emotionally fulfilling. It’s simply a ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro

If, when you first looked at the bike above, you asked yourself, Did Honda update the Grom?, it’s understandable. With diminutive 12-wheels shod with chunky tires, a boxy silhouette and an air-cooled 125cc single tucked behind the front wheel, this bike is very Grom-esque, but it’s not a Honda. It’s a new-for-2017 Kawasaki called the Z125 Pro. Kawasaki says the ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT Video

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The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT serves as stark reminder that a well-executed light and compact bike can indeed be a joy all the time, everywhere. To watch our video of this motorcycle on our YouTube page, click here. Read more about this motorcycle in our Road Test here.

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2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS – First Ride Review

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photography by Kevin Wing The Great Recession of 2008 cast a long shadow over the American economy. The “new normal” is now almost 8 years old and we continue to “do more with less.” Through hard work and ingenuity, productivity has continued to climb and unemployment has fallen, but real wages remain flat. These days, every dollar needs to go ...

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Kawasaki Adds New Versions of Existing Models for 2016

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At the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), held in Orlando, Florida, on October 15-18, 2015, Kawasaki showed the U.S. press and public its all-new 2016 Ninja ZX-10R, a nearly World Superbike-spec sportbike that it says is the “most track-focused sportbike ever.” See photos and read more about the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Kawasaki also unveiled new additions to its 2016 ...

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2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R – First Look Review

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Having won Superbike World Championship titles in 2013 (with Tom Sykes) and 2015 (with Jonathan Rea), Kawasaki has announced that its all-new 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R will be the “most track-focused sportbike ever” and feature the latest in racing technology, including a more powerful engine, new SBK-derived suspension and a comprehensive, user-friendly electronics package. The Ninja ZX-10R’s liquid-cooled 998cc in-line ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT | Road Test Review

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Too much Sicilian sun? Kinda sounded like it in Senior Editor Greg Drevenstedt’s sunshine-laden first take on Kawasaki’s heavily revised Versys 650 LT (Rider, April 2015). Following a brief press ride in Italy, Greg wrote: “The Versys is putty in your hands, a flexible, user-friendly machine that will do whatever you ask of it.” Really? Whatever you ask? Also: “The ...

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