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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT Video


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


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


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


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


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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Long-Term Rides: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT


6,555 Miles // MSRP: $12,799 Since our last Long-Term Rides report on the Versys 1000 LT in the July issue, we’ve logged another 5,000 miles and we selected it as Rider’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. The more we ride the big Versys, the more attached we get. Power, handling, comfort, balance, luggage capacity, two-up-ability and price are just right, ...

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Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT


Part adventure bike, part sport tourer, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT is the best of both worlds. It’s tall enough for generous legroom and upright seating, comfortable enough for solo or two-up long hauling and powerful enough to satisfy our appetite for performance. The Versys 1000 LT was named Rider Magazine’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. Watch this video on ...

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2015 Motorcycle of the Year Presentation


Rider’s Editor-in-Chief Mark Tuttle (2nd from left) recently paid a visit to Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA in Irvine, California, to present Team Green with our 2015 Motorcycle of the Year award for the Versys 1000 LT. Accepting the award are (from left) Media Relations Supervisor Brad Puetz; Manager, Public Relations + Brand Experience Kevin Allen; and Vice President of Marketing ...

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2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS – First Look Review


Kawasaki has announced its first street model for 2016, the all-new Z800 ABS, a naked sportbike that will compete with BMW’s F 800 R, Ducati’s Monster 821, Suzuki’s GSX-S750 and Yamaha’s FZ-07 and FZ-09, all of which were introduced or updated within the last couple of years. It joins the wild-style Z1000 ABS that was updated for 2014. Read our ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT Review


With its venerable KLR650 handling dual-sport duties, Kawasaki first entered the “street adventure” category with the Versys 650, which debuted for 2008 and was based on the Ninja 650. A liter-sized version based on the Ninja 1000 was introduced for 2012, but only in Europe and Asia. The 650 and 1000 got thoroughly revamped for 2015, and now both are ...

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