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Kawasaki Adds New Versions of Existing Models for 2016


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


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


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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Comparison: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT, 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS, 2015 Yamaha FJ-09


Adventure-styled motorcycles have proliferated in recent years, with many new or extensively updated models introduced by European and Japanese manufacturers. Some are true all-terrain machines, with 19- or 21-inch front wheels to roll over obstacles, sturdy guards and bash plates to protect vital components, and dual-sport tires that cling to virtually any surface. Others embrace the popular look and creature ...

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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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