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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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Sportbikes have always been a popular staple in American society, thanks to the excellent combination of a powerful engine and handling performance with a high degree of comfort, practicality, and top-end styling. Over the years, Kawasaki has provided the market with some of the best bikes of this segment, dating back to the original Ninja 900R of the 1980s, to the ZX-11 of the ’90s, and the ZZR 1200 of the the new millennium.

Today, the Japanese motorcycle brand is proud to announce their latest offering to the line-up, the new Ninja 1000. As the name suggests, this sportsbike is all about stealthy good looks that are combined with an unassuming, yet powerful engine, resulting in a machine that’s more than capable of stopping you in your tracks before you even realize what just happened. Sort of like a ninja.

The bike’s core - the frame, engine, and suspension - are all made from the finest materials and built with the sort of high-end technology that Kawasaki has built its name on. So don’t be surprised if the new Ninja 1000 drops your jaws to the floor; it was built specifically for that purpose.

Find out more about the Ninja 1000 after the jump.

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For more than 40 years, Kawasaki has shocked and awed the motorcycle world with its big-bore streetbikes. From the arm-stretching 500cc H1 of 1969 to the legendary 903cc Z-1 of 1973, all the way to the high-tech Ninja ZX-10s and 11s of the ’80s and the ZX-12s and 14s of the new millennium, Team Green has continuously kicked butt and taken names in the large-displacement sportbike category.

Fast forward to 2011 and Kawasaki has another storm brewing with the new Ninja ZX-14. Looking as menacing as ever before in its lime green set-up, the Ninja ZX-14 takes the tradition of its predecessors and antes up to cater to the demands of the new-age riders.

Packing a technologically-advanced powertrain set-up to go with a sublime finish and carefully-constructed body, the ZX-14 will be as in demand as any Kawasaki bike that has come out of Japan in recent memory.

Not that we’re surprised considering that the motorcycle brand has been doing this for well over four decades, and they’ve established a reputation as one of the best in the biz in that time.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 after the jump.

For the adventurer whose sense of fun includes a jaunt into the dirt or an expedition deep into the woods, Kawasaki has a new touring motorcycle that opens up that world to limitless possibilities.

Imagine that, right?

The Japanese motorcycle brand recently unveiled their new touring bike, the KLR 650 . Built to handle just about every imaginable terrain save for the Moon’s surface, the KLR 650 is the kind of bike you’d want to take just about everywhere. It’s got looks that’ll make people stand up and take notice; it’s got an engine that’s both powerful and fuel efficient; and on top of that, it won’t cost prospective buyers a fortune.

It’s a package that riders have flocked to; the KLR650 has been the best-selling dual-sport six years in a row and you only need to look and ride at this bike for a short time to find out why.

Find out more about the 2011 Kawasaki KLR 650 Dual Purpose Motorcycle after the jump.

It seems that every time there’s a discussion about a hot lap around the Nurbugring, we immediately assume that another edgy supercar is at it again. The list of manufacturers that have taken stabs at the ’Ring is as long as the course itself so excuse us for being a little excited watching a motorcycle take center stage around the track.

The lap comes courtesy of Bridgestone test driver, Tim Rothiq, and a Kawasaki ZX-10R . We won’t have to remind you about the face-morphing characteristics of the Kawasaki superbike because Rothiq was able to do it for us.

The ’Ring offers plenty of challenges even for the most astute of riders so watching Rothiq navigate around the track and blast through it in spectacular fashion is a sight to behold.

Don’t be fooled by the 7:50 time being way short of the record 7:14 lap time of the Lexus LF-A ; the latter is a supercar after all. It’s about as impressive a bike lap as you’ll find anywhere.

And a big kudos to Tim Rothiq for his incredible effort coercing the Kawasaki ZX-10R to behave during the lap time. Lord knows the slightest mistake can lead to a pretty nasty spill.

Check out the video and enjoy the ride, folks!

Source: You Tube

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