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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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Rider Magazine’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year

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Our 26th Annual Award In the April 2015 issue we listed 60 all-new or significantly changed 2015 model-year motorcycles eligible for consideration as Rider’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. After two years of democratic elections with our People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year (Honda’s F6B topped the voting for 2013, and BMW’s R 1200 RT won for 2014), for our ...

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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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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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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 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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Ninja 1000 Touring Accessories

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Comfortable enough to be ridden day after day, the Ninja 1000 reaches its full sport-touring potential with Kawasaki Genuine Accessories. Due to their style, practicality and ease of use, the 28-liter Kawasaki Quick Release (KQR) hard saddlebags ($1,269.75 with mounting kit) are a must-have. A 39-liter, color-matched KQR hard top case ($729.80) is also available, but it cannot be mounted ...

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Retrospectve: Kawasaki KLX650: 1993-1996

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If you were in the market for a dual-purpose, big-single sort of ride back in 1993, Kawasaki certainly had the market covered. It offered three different models with the same basic engine. Two were street-legal, the third, called an enduro, had lights and no turn signals—but a cop would have to be pretty mean-spirited to ticket a rider for trying ...

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