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2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT – First Ride Review

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

Photography by James Wright and Ula Serra I Prat Using the same engine in multiple motorcycle models makes good economic sense. The 649cc parallel twin that debuted in the Kawasaki Ninja 650 found its way into the Versys 650 (read our review of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT) and the new Vulcan S cruiser. Likewise, the 1,043cc in-line four ...

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New for 2015: Big Bangs for the Buck

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The 2015 crop of new bikes is a big one, with lots of all-new or significantly updated models. We’ve covered the new stuff from EBR, Harley, Honda, Indian and Victory in previous issues. Here’s a brief overview of what’s coming down the pike from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki and Zero. Unless otherwise noted, pricing is TBD. BMW The R ...

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Middleweight Touring Cruisers: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Star V Star 950 Tourer, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Triumph America LT

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Baggers, with their broad fairings and hard saddlebags, are popular these days, but classically styled cruisers with windshields and leather saddlebags have been mainstays of the touring world for decades. For this comparison test, we assembled a quartet of middleweight metric cruisers available from the factory as touring-ready models. All four are 2014 models (none will change for 2015 except ...

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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

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V-TWIN VALUE Remember 1984? That’s the year Apple launched its Macintosh computer during the Super Bowl and Kawasaki introduced the Vulcan 750 cruiser (as a 1985 model), giving birth to a model line that’s still going strong today, three decades later. Vulcans are available in three sizes, powered by a 1,700cc V-twin (Voyager and Vaquero; the Nomad has been discontinued), ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT – First Ride Review

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT

Photography by James Wright and Ula Serra I Prat As Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan advised, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Male or female, it’s always good to keep your ego in check. Many of us don’t need 100-plus horsepower or whiz-bang electronics. We’d happily trade bragging rights for comfort, nimble handling, fuel efficiency and low weight. Since we’re ...

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2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – Road Test Review

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Photography by Kevin Wing Borrowed from the French, concours (pronounced kawn-koor; the “s” is silent) refers to an assemblage of things or a contest, such as a concours d’elegance, where motorcycles that have been painstakingly preserved or restored are judged on their appearance and historical fidelity. Since 1986, Concours has also been the name of Kawasaki’s “supersport” tourer. The original ...

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 – First Look Review

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One of the most exciting announcements during the 2014 Intermot show, held last month in Cologne, Germany, was the introduction of the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, a 300-horsepower, supercharged, racetrack-and-experts-only sportbike. Intermot First Look: 2015 Motorcycles from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Zero Kawasaki waited another month, until the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, to unveil the street-legal version, the ...

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2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – First Look Review

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For its eighth model year Kawasaki has nicely revised and updated the 2015 Concours 14 ABS sport-tourer, which offers a high-powered but flexible 1,352cc engine derived from an earlier version of the Ninja ZX-14R sportbike in a machine with far more comfort and versatility. The 2015 model benefits from enhancements including a revised first gear ratio, lighter steering at low ...

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2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S / ABS – First Look Review

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Kawasaki is betting that a large number of cruiser enthusiasts are willing to do without the traditional looks of a V-twin-based machine in exchange for low cost, modern styling, adjustable ergonomics, a sporty parallel twin-cylinder engine and light weight. The new 2015 Vulcan S and Vulcan S ABS have all of those qualities, as well as a long list of ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS/LT and Versys 1000 LT – First Look Review

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When the Kawasaki Versys 650 debuted for 2008, it had styling as unusual as its name (a mash-up of “versatility” and “system”). Powered by the 649cc parallel twin from the Ninja 650, the Versys was tall and lithe with an upright seating position, a gazelle-like middleweight adventure tourer with no off-road aspirations. Mostly free of plastic bodywork, except for a ...

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