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2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS | First Look Review

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Replacing the outgoing Z800 in Kawasaki’s naked “Z” bike lineup is the 2017 Z900. The new Z900 carries Kawasaki’s trademark Sugomi-inspired styling, and is built around a new 948cc inline four-cylinder engine and new steel twin-spar trellis frame, for an ideal blend of power, handling and comfort. Read our 2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS first ride review The new liquid-cooled, DOHC, ...

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2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 | First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Kawasaki revamped its Versys adventure-street lineup for 2015, extensively updating the Versys 650 and Versys 1000, and finally bringing the latter to the U.S. market. We’ve got a soft spot for these fun, versatile and affordable machines, and we selected the Versys 1000LT as Rider’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. Read our 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650LT road test review Read ...

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS | First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS

When it comes to liter-sized, fully-faired sportbikes, Kawasaki offers two choices. For those interested in cutting-edge, track-ready performance, there’s the Ninja ZX-10R, which won the World Superbike Championship in 2015 and 2016. For those interested in real-world, street-focused performance, there’s the Ninja 1000, which offers more comfort, better wind protection and a full line of sport-touring accessories. And it’s no ...

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2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera | First Look Review

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Have you ever looked at a MotoGP bike and thought to yourself, “Yeah, I could totally ride that!” Well, then, Ducati has the bike for you: the superlative-laced 1299 Superleggera. It’s hard to know where to begin with a bike like the Superleggera, but we’ll start with two words: carbon fiber. The Superleggera, which means “super lightweight” in Italian, is ...

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS | First Look Review

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As we noted in our recent middleweight comparison, Kawasaki’s venerable Ninja 650 is ripe for an update, having received its last one in 2012. The time was right for a new Ninja, and Kawasaki has not disappointed. Like its predecessors, the 2017 Ninja 650 was designed for the rider who wants the look and performance of a sportbike, but who ...

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR ABS | First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

After winning the World Superbike Championship in 2015 and 2016, Kawasaki has sharpened its liter-class sword for 2017 with the new Ninja ZX-10RR. Based on the new-for-2016 Ninja ZX-10R—which Kawasaki called “the most track-focused sportbike ever”—the double-R is street legal but is purpose-built to deliver fast lap times on a racetrack. Read our 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R first look review ...

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2017 Honda CBR1000RR | First Look Review

2017 Honda CBR1000RR

At the Intermot show in Germany last month, Honda unveiled a redesigned version of its flagship sportbike, the CBR1000RR SP. It makes 10 more horsepower, weighs 33 pounds less and has a 14-percent improvement in the power-to-weight ratio. Read our 2017 Honda CBR1000RR SP first look review This week, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, Honda pulled the covers ...

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2017 Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200 S | First Look Review

2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S

Since the original, iconic M900 was introduced for 1993, Ducati has built Monsters in a wide range of shapes, sizes and power levels. The 2017 Monster lineup includes six models: the all-new, air-cooled 797, the 821 and 821 Stripe, the track-ready, 160-horsepower 1200 R and the updated-for-2017 1200 and 1200 S. Read our 2017 Ducati Monster 797 first look review ...

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2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Lineup | First Look Review

2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Anniversario

At the EICMA show in Italy, Moto Guzzi announced third-generation updates to its V7 lineup, now called V7 III. The family includes four models, the returning Racer, Special and Stone, and a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the V7 line, the limited-edition Anniversario (only 750 will be built). Read our 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello review The V7’s ...

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2017 BMW R nineT and R nineT Urban G/S | First Look Review

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When BMW released the original R nineT in 2014, it represented a major shift in BMW’s approach, and proved to be a genre-bending—and very popular—bike. It was also revealed that there would be ten variations of the R nineT, and so far we’ve seen four: the Scrambler, Racer, Pure and the original Roadster. Read our Road Test Review of the ...

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