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Long-Term Rides: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Comparison: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT, 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS, 2015 Yamaha FJ-09

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Adventure-styled motorcycles have proliferated in recent years, with many new or extensively updated models introduced by European and Japanese manufacturers. Some are true all-terrain machines, with 19- or 21-inch front wheels to roll over obstacles, sturdy guards and bash plates to protect vital components, and dual-sport tires that cling to virtually any surface. Others embrace the popular look and creature ...

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2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S Video

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After spending more than 250 miles on a 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S while sampling different seats and trying all three peg positions, we’re here to report the Ergo-Fit concept really works. Watch our latest video of the motorcycle in action on our YouTube channel here.

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Dual-Sporting in Northern California on the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition

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Adventures are good. They don’t have to be big adventures, like crossing the Sahara Desert or Panama’s Darien Gap, but can be quite small and equally pleasurable. Like California’s Lost Coast. I am especially fond of Usal Road through the Sinkyone Wilderness, 25 miles of steep, twisty, bumpy, sandy, rocky and rain-rutted dirt road. First and second gear the whole ...

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2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S—Road Test Review

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When’s the last time you drove a car, van or truck with zero adjustability for the seat, steering wheel or foot controls? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Adjustable ergonomics are a must for such vehicles nowadays. So why are we saddled with motorcycles offering no adjustability? The answer to that question has been a long time coming. But now, one ...

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