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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

The problem with hype is that more often than not, the expectations don’t live up to the billing. However, try telling that to Kawasaki.

The Japanese motorcycle brand’s new Ninja ZX-10R sportbike clearly has lofty expectations, but where others have fallen flat, this particular bike stands tall as one of the fastest, lightest, and most innovative production bikes in the market today. No such credibility gap, going several steps beyond newer, faster, lighter and better by offering the most advanced traction-control system in all of production motorcycling.

Yes, in all of production motorcycling.

More than the complete redesign of the bike’s engine, frame, suspension, bodywork, instrumentation, and wheels, the ZX-10R offers a highly advanced and customizable electronic system that helps riders harness and capitalize on its amazing blend of power and responsive handling. The system is called Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control, or S-KTRC, and it represents a whole new dimension in motorcycle performance, one that vaults this bike into a class all its own.

Motorcyclists have forever been challenged by traction-related issues, whether on dirt, street, or track. Riders that can keep a rear tire from spinning excessively or sliding unpredictably are both faster and safer, a tough combination to beat on the racetrack.

And when talking about the absolute leading edge of open-class sport bike technology, where production street bikes are actually more capable than full-on race bikes from just a couple years ago, more consistent traction and enhanced confidence is a major plus.

That’s precisely what the new ZX-10R offers.

Read more about the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Supersport Motorcycle after the jump.

The 2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic doesn’t have the panache of the Vaquero and Nomad versions, but it nevertheless offers plenty of upside for a cruiser bike. Featuring the perfect combination of classic Kawasaki design engineering with the most up-to-date two-wheeled chassis and engine technology, the Kawasaki 1700 Classic is a definite man’s bike. No glitters and pizzazz here; just a straight up, heads-all-over cruiser.

The stunning raked-’n’-retro front end complements the huge V-twin design of the fat-tendered backside. Add a powerful four-stroke, 1700cc, SOHC V Twin engine inside, coupled with advanced technology and staggering functionality, and you have a cruiser bike whose bite is every bit as good as its bark.

There’s plenty to like about the newest Kawaski Vulcan 1700 Classic. As with all classic cruisers, riders will have an terrifyingly great time running around with the Vulcan 1700 Classic.

Find out more about the Vulcan 1700 Classic after the jump.

As with all of the top cruiser bikes in the world, the name of the game has always been building a long, low, and wide bike with high-end custom touches and powerful performance figures to boot. For Kawasaki , the Vulcan 1700 Vaquero fits that bill to a tee - and then some.

With the word ’vaquero’ originating from a Spanish word meaning “cowboy” or “herdsman", the Vulcan 1700 is the perfect bike for the rugged and the adventurous. Its got a profile that’s undeniably cool and stylish and more than that, the extensive detail that came with the production of the bike’s overall performance system is unparalleled in the business, one that ensures the Vulcan 1700 of high-level awesomeness that other cruiser bikes would understandably be looking up to.

Looks, power, technology, and a general sense of bad-assery. That’s what you get with the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero. It’s exactly what bikers would want on a new cruiser bike.

Continued after the jump.

Every once in awhile, it’s good to push all worries out of your head and do something you enjoy just for the sake of enjoying it. Too many times, many of us get wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of everyday life and we just forget to sit back and take in all of the good things around us.

That being said, we could learn a lot from the gentleman in this video. This guy loves his motorcycle and decided that he wanted to explore the world around him. Thankfully, he brought his video camera along with him to capture his journey through the beaches and mountains of Panama, even catching a glimpse of the bridge of the Americas which crosses the Panama Canal.

This unknown man says, "I love riding motorcycles, any kind of motorcycle. It just so happens that right now I have a KLR650 , and in my mind that means it must be the best motorcycle in the world. In time I will get a different motorcycle, and it will become the best motorcycle in the world. This film is about loving, and riding what you have now. Stop worrying about not being able to afford your dream bike, and just enjoy this moment with whatever motorcycle you may have."

Now it’s time to take his advice, sit back, and enjoy his journey. After that, go out and enjoy your won journey.

The Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS is the flagship model of the Kawasaki ATV line and for the 2012 model year, it has been revised even further. The ATV has received a more powerful engine, an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system, a double-wishbone front suspension, six-spoke cast alloy wheels, and new bodywork featuring wide-stance styling cues. The model is on sale at a starting price of $9,999. The 2012 model has also received an SE version that features a premium quality Metallic Tungsten Gray automotive paint finish, unique graphics, and a bright silver machined finish on the face of its cast aluminum wheels. Prices for the SE version start at $10,349.

The Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS is powered by an upgraded four-stroke fuel injected 90-degree 749cc V-twin engine. For 2012, the engine has received new cylinder heads that provide a higher compression ratio, new camshaft profiles with revised timing and increased valve lift, a new stainless steel exhaust pipes feature revised lengths, and two additional pass-through holes inside the muffler to help boost engine performance.

The most impressive feature of the 2012 Brute Force 750 4x4i is the Electric Power Steering (EPS) that monitors inputs from the vehicle speed sensor and steering shaft torque sensor to determine the amount of power assistance required from the system’s electric motor.

Hit the jump for the press release.

For those of you who like to spend time in the dirt, Kawasaki has improved the KFX 450R for the 2012 model year with a lightweight aluminum frame, long lower front A-arm suspension, and a fully adjustable rear shock. The ATV is on sale at a price of $8,099 and Kawasaki is offering the possibility to further customize the bike with a full line of Authentic Kawasaki Accessories.

The KFX 450R is powered by a 449 cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve single engine fitted with a highly responsive 32-bit digital fuel injection system that automatically compensates for temperature or altitude. The engine is combined with a lightweight reverse gear system integrated with its five-speed manual transmission.

For 2012, the model has also received a two-tone seat featuring a smooth top surface for excellent rider mobility and slip-resistant sides for good grip when hanging off in corners, specially designed rear wheels, wide front bumper, and two-piece "lapped" front and rear fenders.

Press release after the jump.

The Kawasaki Ninja 650R is entering the 2011 model year with no major updates, just some minor tricks and some new exterior colors. It is powered by a 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, to smooth the low-to-mid rpm response and allow the engine to rev quicker. The engine meets stringent emissions regulations thanks to its precise fuel injection and a three-way catalyst system with a 300-cell catalyzer.

The 2011 Ninja 650R is defined by sporty styling. It gets integrated turn signals and a sharp tail cowl, MotoGP-inspired multi-function instrumentation and controls. Thanks to them, the rider will notice the slimness of the chassis, low seat height and minimal effort controls first before recognizing the true aim of Kawasaki’s design efforts – the rider.

Prices will be announced at a later date.

Press release after the jump.

After being totally redesigned last year, the Kawasaki Z1000 enters the 2011 model year with no major updates. The bike features a wide range of new-think moto technology, including an aluminum frame inspired by its Ninja cousins that curves over the engine, cradling it from above. The design allows a narrow mid-section, for a high degree of rider comfort and feedback in addition to keeping weight low and chassis rigidity high. Prices start from $10,599.

TheZ1000 is powered by a 1,043 cc Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four engine mated to a six-speed transmission. Suspension at both ends is thoroughly modern as well: a fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork up front and a spring preload and a rebound damping adjustable horizontal back-link shock is mounted above the swingarm to shield it from exhaust heat and foster an added degree of mass centralization. Both of which soak up almost anything you can throw at it.

Press release after the jump.


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