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How can an ATV that’s called ’Brute Force’ be anything more intimidating than its name? Well, if you check out all of the improvements done on the Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i , then you’ll get your answer.

The list of improvements are pretty significant and if you wanted anything more out of an ATV, then that model probably doesn’t exist because the new Brute Force 750 is already all that. And then some.

The most important upgrade for the 2012 model is the engine, which now features a new cylinder head and an increased compression ratio to go with the vehicle’s already impressive 749cc four-stroke fuel injected 90-degree V-twin engine. The engine is then mated to a continuously variable belt-drive transmission.

On top of that, the Brute Force 750 4x4i also has a whole new bodywork with wide-stance styling cues, an instrument panel that includes the speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, engine temp, clock, hour meter and 2WD/4WD icon, a new double-wishbone front suspension, a new set of six-spoke cast alloy wheels, dual-range, four-wheel drive, and a double-cradle, high-tensile tubular steel chassis.

All these changes amount to a completely new model that blows away anything its predecessors - or its competitors, for that matter - have to offer. The fact that you only need to shell out $9,299 for a chance to hit the trail with this bad boy is the proverbial cherry on the sundae.

Hit the jump for full specifications on the Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i.

The grand-daddy of Kawasaki ’s Vulcan line-up definitely pulls no punches as far as it’s performance capability is concerned. Suffice to say and with very little sugar-coating, the Vulcan 2000 is quite arguably the biggest, meanest, and most powerful V-twin cruiser on the market today.

Make no mistake, the Vulcan 2000 comes dressed to impress with its beautiful leather saddlebags, a custom touring saddle, passenger backrest, and a wind-cheating acrylic windshield. There’s also a thick, optically correct acrylic plastic windscreen that provides smooth airflow around the rider and passenger on the road, a bullet-style headlight, and a chrome instrument panel with a large-face speedometer mounted atop the bike’s stretched, 5.5-gallon fuel tank.

But the bike’s true calling card is its engine, a 2.0-liter fuel-injected V-twin engine that produces a peak torque of 141 lb/ft at 2,800 rpm mated to a five-speed positive neutral finder transmission.

Whatever motives you may have as far as interest in the Vulcan 2000 is concerned, one thing you need to remember is that it’s got more power than just about any bike on Kawasaki’s fleet. Whether you’re in it for the power rides or the long-distance cruising, the mere sight of you riding a Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT is enough reason for other bikers to get out of your way.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000’s specs after the jump.

The Kawasaki Vulcan series of tourer bikes have become an industry standard of sorts and the whole line of Vulcan bikes are expected to carry over with a new set of models for the company’s 2011 line-up.

One of the Vulcan offerings that have been released this year is the 900 Classic LT. This motorcyle comes dressed with all the customary touring design touches that one would expect in a tourer - stylish saddlebags, a chromed brass studded seat that matches the passenger backrest, an adjustable windscreen, and passenger backrest that will keep your favorite person happy. These features are combined with an impressive powertrain, making the Vulcan 900 Classic LT a no-frills cruiser that has a bite as potent as its bark.

Speaking of its design, the Classic LT’s touring package features top-grain, reinforced cowhide saddlebags that have been carefully selected to minimize flaws and deep-dyed to prevent scraping off the finish. These bags feature a slant-top opening held shut by two 1.5" wide leather straps fitted with chrome buckles and stealth quick-release fasteners. The rolled and riveted top lids, along with metal reinforced upper edges on the bags, help maintain shape and keep unwanted moisture out of the bags. An embossed Vulcan logo on the reinforced dual-panel lids and chrome-plated brass studs finish off their look.

When it comes to the bike’s powertrain, the Vulcan 900 Classic LT doesn’t carry peanuts to go with its stylish design. What it does have is the same engine the Vulcan 900 Classic possesses: a 903cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-cylinder V-twin engine that rolls out 58 lb/ft of torque at 3,500 rpm.

Anybody who thinks that the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT is just an iteration of the Vulcan line-up is sorely mistaken. The bike has an identity of its own, and it’s an identity that you’d be best served recognizing.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT’s specs after the jump.

It might seem a little presumptuous to heap praise on a bike that was only redesigned a year ago, but in the case of the Kawasaki Z1000 , all the early praise seems justified. It’s not the most powerful or the most visually stimulating bike on the market, but the Z1000 touches on all the bases to make it a crowd favorite.

The bike’s rakishly stunning lines and contoured shape makes for an aesthetically pleasant vibe. Performance capabilities are also impressive, thanks to a 1043cc liquid-cooled 16-valve dual cam engine that provides just enough horsepower and torque to keep it from lagging behind the rest of the lot.

The Z1000 is the perfect epitome of a ’happy motorcycle’, one that’s often described as giving customers the feeling that their money spent on the bike was worth every last penny. All that considering the fact that this Kawasaki bike is relatively young by motorcycle standards, making it even more impressive any which way you look at it.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Z1000 after the jump

When talking about Kawasaki and its versatile, do-everything bike, the name that will always come up is the Versys . It doesn’t have the same heritage as its Kawasaki contemporaries, but when it hit the scene a few years ago, it received universal praise from everybody, including being named the "Motorcycle of the Year" by Motorcyclist Magazine.

This year, Kawasaki is bringing back the Versys and if the 2010 model is any indication of what we’re in store for with the 2011 model, then prepare to make room for this bike in your garage.

It’s not even the most powerful bike in the Japanese bike maker’s line-up, but where it lacks in power, it more than makes up for in just about everything else. It looks great; it’s got enough performance capabilities to exude the Kawasaki tradition; and it’s got top-quality suspensions to make the ride as pleasant and as comfortable as possible.

Don’t mistake this bike for anything else. If you’re looking for breakneck power and speed, look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a bike that gives a decent amount of everything you want, there’s nothing better than the Versys.

Find out more about the 2011 Kawasaki Versys Sport Motorcycle.

Special edition packages are not exclusive to cars. Their two-wheeled counterparts are also into the whole special edition craze and one company in particular, Kawasaki , is well-versed in that regard with the introduction of the Special Edition package for the Vulcan 900 Classic.

Apart from the all the styling features included in the standard Vulcan 900, the special edition version adds a couple of new details, including an old brushed metal graphic that enhances the long, loping lines of the 900 Classic, flowing from the front fender to the tank and ending on the rear fender.

A fat 180-series rear tire – the largest in its class – adds a complementary touch to the bike’s overall look, as does the whitewall tires that make for a completely retro-inspired finish. On top of all the aesthetic enhancements, the Vulcan 900 Classic Special Edition also comes with a low seat height and tapered seat that’s comfortable enough for riders of different sizes. The front bucket seat flows nicely into the largest capacity fuel tank in its class, and the lower chassis rails provide a narrow shape for an abbreviated reach to the pavement – ideal for shorter riders. Meanwhile, there’s also rear pillion pad makes it painless to share the two-wheeled experience while the wide handlebars, seat and floorboard layout offers an ideal ergonomic relationship, making for a relaxing mount.

The Vulcan 900 Classic Special Edition is powered by a 903cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-cylinder V-twin engine that makes for the perfect riding companion anywhere and anytime.

Full specifications after the jump.

The Kawasaki Prairie is not the Brute Force , that much we can be clear of. First, it’s not as powerful as the Brute Force and second, it doesn’t have as cool of a name. Sorry, but ’Prairie’ reminds us of The Sound of Music more than anything else.

Odd name choice notwithstanding, this particular Prairie 360 4x4 ATV still packs plenty of things that will draw you to it, not the least of which is the special Realtree APG HD camouflage that it’s been coated in. The color is perfect for riding outdoors or in a local hunting ground. Those poor deer won’t even know you’re there.

In any case, the Prairie 360 is powered by a 362cc air-cooled, single cylinder, four-stroke engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a reliable shaft drive. Whenever there’s a need for added traction, the four-wheel drive system can be activated with just a flip of the switch while a limited-slip front differential helps keep steering light and precise, even in four-wheel drive. If conditions become a little tricky, Kawasaki has a Variable front Differential Control that can send power to both front wheels.

The Prairie 360 also comes with a large saddle and full-sized floorboards with adjustable serrated footpegs to give the right level of comfort while also protecting the rider from all the mud and debris that will inevitably scatter.

We probably don’t need to sell you on the ATV more than what we’ve already done because the Prairie 360 4x4 and all of its features certainly speaks for itself.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Prairie 360 4x4’s specs after the jump

ATVs are all about off-road fun and very few carry that sentiment with it quite like Kawasaki ’s flagship ATV model, the Brute Force 750 4x4i . With a name that pretty much sums up everything that its capable, the Brute Force 750 is the rugged, off-road 4x4 ATV of your dreams.

It’s powered by an upgraded 749cc four-stroke, fuel-injected, 90-degree V-twin engine that provides more power than ever before while also enhancing low-rpm performance. For the 2012 model, Kawasaki added a slew of changes on the Brute Force 750, most notably of which is an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system that enhances ride quality and control while also acting as a damping system, even when steering input is neutral. In addition to that, other notable additions to the ATV include new bodywork that features wide-stance styling enhancements, a new double-wishbone front suspension, and a set of six-spoke cast alloy wheels to go with a dual-range four-wheel drive and a highly maneuverable chassis giving the ATV amazing traction, handling, and utility.

Speaking mostly as a fan of ATVs, the Kawasaki Brute Force is more than capable of living up to its model name as a machine that can tackle just about every terrain it rides on. And the best part of the 4x4 is that with all the added goodies in store for the new model, the cost of owning one only reaches anywhere from $9,999 to $10,349 depending on the version available.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS’ specs after the jump

The Kawasaki Ninja 650R is an all-around sportsbike that combines good looks with user-friendly performance capabilities and excellent handling. All those three qualities in one package is enough to be a believer in the Kawasaki sportsbike.

The 650R offers everything you need in a sports bike: a sporty and aggressive design, a stout chassis, upstanding performance capabilities, and a carefully-tuned suspension system. The Ninja’s slim structure is due to its compact 8-valve 649cc parallel-twin engine, which permits the use of a narrow, lightweight frame. The fuel injection and ignition settings are tuned to boost the liquid-cooled engine’s bottom-end torque, allowing the bike to rev quicker at all times.

Sportsbikes have always been made to with the one credo in mind: look good and be powerful. That’s exactly what Kawasaki has with the Ninja 650R. It’s got a stunning sporty design that catches attention and a powertrain that comes with premium performance capabilities.

Really, what more do you want?

Find out more about the Kawasaki Ninja 650R after the jump.

Kawasaki ’s been a force to be reckoned with in the sport touring category for a quarter of a century now so it’s no secret that they’ve always been considered as one of the pre-eminent bike manufacturers in the world.

One model that has spurned a cult following of its own amongst the Kawasaki family of bikes is the Concours , which made its debut in early 1986 and ushered in a new era of motorcycles that featured experienced performance and long-distance functionality blended so successfully in a single motorcycle.

Fast forward 25 years and the Concours is still standing strong, taking all the elements that turned it into a classic and translating them with a 2011 model that still features the ideal mix of function and performance. The 2011 Concours 14 ABS is a sport-oriented tourer that can pile on the highway miles with the best world-class touring rigs yet still negotiate the twists and turns of America’s backroads in fine, Ninja-inspired tradition.

Find out more about the 2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS after the jump.


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