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Intermot First Look: 2015 Motorcycles from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Zero

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Held in Cologne, Germany, the International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair, known as Intermot, is the first big international motorcycle show of the fall season, giving many manufacturers a chance to unveil new models for the upcoming model year. The 2015 crop of new bikes was a big one, with all-new or significantly updated models from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, ...

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Comparison Test: Honda CBR300R ABS vs. Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS SE

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It was only a matter of time. In the face of Honda’s 2011 CBR250R challenge to its long-lived Ninja 250, Kawasaki embarked on a top-to-bottom improvement program that resulted in a bigger, badder little Ninja. Touching almost half of the engine parts, Kawasaki added 50 more cubes by way of a 7.8mm stroke increase, plus long-awaited digital fuel injection to ...

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Kawasaki Teases the Upcoming 2015 Ninja H2

Kawasaki has announced that it will unveil an all-new addition to its Ninja sportbike line at the Intermot Motorcycle Show in Cologne, Germany, which starts on September 30, 2014. The new motorcycle will be named Ninja H2 in honor of Kawasaki’s original 1972 H2, and is being promoted with the tagline “Built Beyond Belief.” Development of the new model drew ...

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS 30th Anniversary Limited Edition – First Look Review

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Kawasaki is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ninja with a very limited edition of numbered 2015 ZX-14R ABS motorcycles. Only 300 ZX-14R Limited Editions will be available, all individually numbered and finished in exactly the same shade of Firecracker Red and Metallic Graystone paint as the 1984 Ninja 900—the motorcycle that helped start the superbike revolution. It even has ...

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and ZX-10R 30th Anniversary Editions – First Look Review

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Kawasaki is celebrating 30 years of its Ninja sportbike line with two special editions for 2015. The commemorative Ninja ZX-6R/ABS and Ninja ZX-10R/ABS models feature Lime Green/Pearl Stardust White paint and 30th Anniversary badges on the fairing. MSRP for the 30th Anniversary Ninjas is $11,999 for the ZX-6R and $14,599 for the ZX-10R (add $1,000 to either for ABS). Standard ...

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2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE—Review

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Introduced as a 2011 model, the Vaquero (which means “cowboy” in Spanish) is one of three dressed versions of the popular Vulcan 1700. Each is powered by a liquid-cooled, 1,700cc (103.7 cubic inches), 52-degree V-twin with single overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. Its single-pin crank provides just the right amount of shudder so coveted by cruiser riders. Power ...

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Comparo: 2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B vs. Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE

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One of the newest trends in motorcycling is the emergence of tourers, a.k.a. baggers, as the dominant individual street bike category. Riders are discovering that it’s a real plus if your bike not only looks stylish, but is also practical in that it can carry several days’ (or weeks’) worth of gear so you can go traveling. While Harley-Davidson has ...

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2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition – First Ride Review

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Photography by Alfonse Palaima Kawasaki’s KLR650 has secured a place of honor in the pantheon of great motorcycles. Not because it’s the fastest or the most stylish or the most sophisticated in its class. In fact, it’s none of those things, though it does offer the best value. The KLR650 has built a peerless reputation as a versatile workhorse, as ...

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2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS – Road Test Review

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  Though called a streetfighter, the Kawasaki Z1000 ABS, which has been thoroughly reworked for 2014, is a far cry from battle-scarred sportbikes that have been ridden hard and wrecked, their mangled bodywork chucked into the dumpster and their clip-ons replaced with a motocross handlebar. Real streetfighters, like the pugnacious pugilists they’re named after, are often hideous, little more than ...

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