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Retrospective: 1967-1971 Kawasaki A7SS Avenger 350

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Kawasaki was the last of the Big Four Japanese OEMs to enter the U.S. market, setting up shop in greater Los Angeles in 1966 with a couple of tiddlers, an old-fashioned British-style OHV 650cc parallel twin and a very nice 125cc two-stroke single identified rather unromantically as the B8. The Kawasaki marketing boys (don’t know if any girls were involved) ...

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Kawasaki to Develop Motorcycles with Artificial Intelligence…and Emotion

Conceptualization of Kawasaki's artificial intelligence and emotion-equipped motorcycle.

“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” –Hal If you’ve ever seen Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, you might think twice about putting your faith in machines with artificial intelligence. And then there’s the whole Skynet deal from the Terminator movies, the Replicants in Blade Runner, that creepy Mecha kid in A.I. Artificial Intelligence ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – First Ride Review

The 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is lightweight, easy to ride and most of all fun. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

It’s a naked baby Z, it’s a real motorcycle and it costs $2,999. Is it for you? The bottom line is, there are things that the Z125 Pro does do, and things that it doesn’t do. In discussing what it does do first, the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is multifaceted, utilitarian and, best of all, emotionally fulfilling. It’s simply a ...

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Kawasaki Gives New Motorcycle to Arizona Rider

Veteran Brandon Jenkins receives his new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R at Kelly's Kawasaki. Brandon's previous bike was destroyed by a suspect fleeing police.

The motorcycling community is a tight knit group. Community is a large part of the experience of riding a motorcycle, and when a member of that community is wronged, people hear about it – fast. In that spirit, Kawasaki has given a new 2016 Ninja ZX-6R sportbike to Army Veteran Brandon Jenkins after his bike was destroyed by a suspect ...

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2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – First Look Review

2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro

If, when you first looked at the bike above, you asked yourself, Did Honda update the Grom?, it’s understandable. With diminutive 12-wheels shod with chunky tires, a boxy silhouette and an air-cooled 125cc single tucked behind the front wheel, this bike is very Grom-esque, but it’s not a Honda. It’s a new-for-2017 Kawasaki called the Z125 Pro. Kawasaki says the ...

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2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS – First Ride Review

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photography by Kevin Wing The Great Recession of 2008 cast a long shadow over the American economy. The “new normal” is now almost 8 years old and we continue to “do more with less.” Through hard work and ingenuity, productivity has continued to climb and unemployment has fallen, but real wages remain flat. These days, every dollar needs to go ...

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Kawasaki Adds New Versions of Existing Models for 2016

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At the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), held in Orlando, Florida, on October 15-18, 2015, Kawasaki showed the U.S. press and public its all-new 2016 Ninja ZX-10R, a nearly World Superbike-spec sportbike that it says is the “most track-focused sportbike ever.” See photos and read more about the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Kawasaki also unveiled new additions to its 2016 ...

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2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R – First Look Review

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Having won Superbike World Championship titles in 2013 (with Tom Sykes) and 2015 (with Jonathan Rea), Kawasaki has announced that its all-new 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R will be the “most track-focused sportbike ever” and feature the latest in racing technology, including a more powerful engine, new SBK-derived suspension and a comprehensive, user-friendly electronics package. The Ninja ZX-10R’s liquid-cooled 998cc in-line ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT | Road Test Review

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Too much Sicilian sun? Kinda sounded like it in Senior Editor Greg Drevenstedt’s sunshine-laden first take on Kawasaki’s heavily revised Versys 650 LT (Rider, April 2015). Following a brief press ride in Italy, Greg wrote: “The Versys is putty in your hands, a flexible, user-friendly machine that will do whatever you ask of it.” Really? Whatever you ask? Also: “The ...

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2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS – First Look Review

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Kawasaki has announced its first street model for 2016, the all-new Z800 ABS, a naked sportbike that will compete with BMW’s F 800 R, Ducati’s Monster 821, Suzuki’s GSX-S750 and Yamaha’s FZ-07 and FZ-09, all of which were introduced or updated within the last couple of years. It joins the wild-style Z1000 ABS that was updated for 2014. Read our ...

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