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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT | Road Test Review


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


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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2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT Review


With its venerable KLR650 handling dual-sport duties, Kawasaki first entered the “street adventure” category with the Versys 650, which debuted for 2008 and was based on the Ninja 650. A liter-sized version based on the Ninja 1000 was introduced for 2012, but only in Europe and Asia. The 650 and 1000 got thoroughly revamped for 2015, and now both are ...

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Kawasaki Donation to Support Native American Education


Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. announced that it will donate a custom-painted Ninja ZX-6R ‘636’ sportbike signed by the cast of The Lone Ranger, as well as a two-night stay in Kauai, Hawaii, and a Kawasaki Teryx tour for two at Kipu Ranch, for silent auction at the 25th Anniversary Gala for the American Indian College Fund in Los Angeles, April 11. ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT – First Ride Review

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

Photography by James Wright and Ula Serra I Prat Using the same engine in multiple motorcycle models makes good economic sense. The 649cc parallel twin that debuted in the Kawasaki Ninja 650 found its way into the Versys 650 (read our review of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT) and the new Vulcan S cruiser. Likewise, the 1,043cc in-line four ...

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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT – First Ride Review

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT

Photography by James Wright and Ula Serra I Prat As Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan advised, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Male or female, it’s always good to keep your ego in check. Many of us don’t need 100-plus horsepower or whiz-bang electronics. We’d happily trade bragging rights for comfort, nimble handling, fuel efficiency and low weight. Since we’re ...

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2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – Road Test Review


Photography by Kevin Wing Borrowed from the French, concours (pronounced kawn-koor; the “s” is silent) refers to an assemblage of things or a contest, such as a concours d’elegance, where motorcycles that have been painstakingly preserved or restored are judged on their appearance and historical fidelity. Since 1986, Concours has also been the name of Kawasaki’s “supersport” tourer. The original ...

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 – First Look Review


One of the most exciting announcements during the 2014 Intermot show, held last month in Cologne, Germany, was the introduction of the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, a 300-horsepower, supercharged, racetrack-and-experts-only sportbike. Intermot First Look: 2015 Motorcycles from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Zero Kawasaki waited another month, until the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, to unveil the street-legal version, the ...

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2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – First Look Review


For its eighth model year Kawasaki has nicely revised and updated the 2015 Concours 14 ABS sport-tourer, which offers a high-powered but flexible 1,352cc engine derived from an earlier version of the Ninja ZX-14R sportbike in a machine with far more comfort and versatility. The 2015 model benefits from enhancements including a revised first gear ratio, lighter steering at low ...

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