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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 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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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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