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2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS – Road Test Review

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My fiancée loves spontaneous adventure, but she’s had it with me proposing last-minute weekend getaways and showing up on a test bike she’s never ridden on before. I figured the 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS, with its ample wind protection, cushy seating and generous luggage capacity, would be a slam-dunk. The first pang of disappointment came when I realized ...

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 – Rider Test

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Gold is highly valued for its luster, purity and rarity, characteristics that also apply to motorcycles, to varying degrees. Our Kawasaki Ninja 1000 test bike in Candy Lime Green/Ebony certainly has luster, and from a technological point of view, it has purity. No throttle-by-wire, no riding modes, no traction control, no electronically adjustable suspension, not even ABS, though it is ...

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Retrospective: Kawasaki 350 S2 Mach II Triple: 1972-1973

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Here was the successor to Kawasaki’s kick-butt A7 Avenger 350, a two-stroke twin using rotary valving. When the A7 appeared, the factory claiming some 40 horsepower, the quarter-mile fanatics were going through the lights in under 15 seconds. Not bad. But Kawasaki engineers understood that two-stroke power comes from porting and being able to cram more fuel into the combustion ...

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Rider Comparo: Honda NC700X vs. Kawasaki Versys vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

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Mid-size bikes make a lot of sense. Not only because they tend to be less expensive and lighter, but also because they have become so competent. Considering competence, this trio of liquid-cooled, 650cc-class twins each has a 6-speed transmission, chain final drive and some gravel-road pretensions (though we did not test them in that environment). Two have been around for ...

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