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2017 Kawasaki Z650 – First Ride Review

2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS

In the 1970s, an influx of in-line four cylinder motorcycles from the Japanese “Big Four” quickly took over the market. These quick, reliable and comfortable speed machines became known as Universal Japanese Motorcycles, or UJMs, both for their similarities to one another and their universal appeal. Kawasaki’s contributions to UJM domination included the mighty Z1 and the KZ650—which was known ...

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BMW’s HP4 RACE Prototype is a Carbon Fiber Work of Art

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At the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, earlier this month, Ducati unveiled its new 1299 Superleggera (“super light” in Italian), a MotoGP-caliber sportbike that makes 215 horsepower and weighs just 386 pounds, in part because Ducati says it’s the first production motorcycle to have its frame, subframe, swingarm, wheels and bodywork all made from carbon fiber. Only 500 examples of ...

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2018 Suzuki GSX250R | First Look Review

2018 Suzuki GSX250R

In an effort to attract new and young riders into motorcycling, over the past several years manufacturers have introduced a wide variety of small-displacement bikes. Suzuki’s pint-sized lineup includes the GW250 sport standard (with styling inspired by the mighty but long gone B-King) and two retro-styled models, the VanVan 200 and the TU250X (the latter is not available in California, ...

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2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S | First Ride Review

2017 Ducati Monster 1200 S

When the Ducati Monster M900 was introduced back in 1993, Bill and Hillary Clinton lived in the White House, the Internet was in its infancy and Kevin Schwantz battled Wayne Rainey for the 500cc GP title. Miguel Galluzzi’s design, with the tubular-steel trellis frame and air-cooled, desmodromic, 90-degree L-twin hanging out in the breeze for all to see, was simple, ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS | First Look Review

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Kawasaki briefly offered a naked Ninja 650 derivative called the ER-6n in the United States (2009-2010), and since then the smallest-displacement naked “Z” bike an American rider could find has been the Z800, which was introduced for 2016. With the rollout of an updated Ninja 650, Kawasaki has decided to give it another go, with a new Z650 coming to ...

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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 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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