A wise man once said that intelligence consists in the ability to adapt to new situations each and every time these emerge and it looks that this is exactly what Kawasaki is doing with the Ninja 650R. This is the head of their sports bike lineup and it meets the latest requests in matter of performance, comfort, user-friendliness, reliability and style. It started as Kawi’s response to the need of such a bike on the market and it got much better with time.
In 2010, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R follows the trajectory of the previous year’s ZX-10R model and comes with the same engine and chassis refinements, the first for more power and torque and the second for sharper handling around the corners. Also, the bike is designed like its bigger sibling, leaving no clear visual difference between the two Kawasaki models.
Getting in contact with a candidate for the “Ultimate Superbike” title can be a mind blowing experience, especially if you’re suppose to ride the hell out of the thing, but the 2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 adds a little more to that feel. It’s all about the imposing dimensions and the constant thought of knowing that underneath you grumbles this manufacturer’s biggest and most evolved motor to be mounted on a superbike-type motorcycle.
The 2010 Kawasaki Versys is a funky middleweight motorcycle that carries on technically unchanged and yet is anything but a disappointment in terms of engine performance or handling. While most riders could have lived with a slightly lower riding position, the bike is now simply redesigned, but retains the original style that caught interest in the first place.
Kawasaki found itself in the situation of needing to seriously improve what has in the past few years become one very notorious high-performance touring motorcycle, the Concours 14. So while the bike doesn’t drift away from its ZX-14 DNA, it should offer a much safer, more economical and comfortable riding experience.
Last year Kawasaki launched their all-new 2010 Z1000 super naked and while the opinions of fans vary from “aggressive and powerful” to “it could have shown better build quality”, nobody will ever call this motorcycle dulling. Kawasaki claims this is their stripped-down Ninja ZX-10R and while that’s an ostentatious way of putting things, we’ll talk about its most important features and much more after the break.
Although Kawasaki initially had plans to launch an entirely new Ninja ZX-10R for 2010, their final decision was to stick to what they already had and slightly improve their open class sportbike in an almost unnoticeable manner. The move doesn’t turn the 2010-spec Ninja ZX-10R into a threat for the competition, but this would still have to deal with a more aggressive look and small technical tweaks now characterizing the Green racing motorcycle with headlights.
Turning a veritable roadster such as the Kawasaki W650 into a unique hardtail chopper can prove very challenging as builders must sacrifice comfort for style and it is this precise case that we’re witnessing here with the Deus Sacred Cow bobber.
We happen to like this Deus Ex Machina creation very much and we have come to find that it was built according to the strict requirements of New York motorcyclist and motorcycle design company owner Billy Joel, who has considered a hardtail frame kit, 21" front wheel, spring-mounted saddle, handmade tank and cleaned up looks as being the most appropriate means of transformation.
Because good looks must always be backed by engine performance, this custom bike’s parallel-twin gets a 720cc big bore kit. Also considering the weight loss, the Deus Sacred Cow bobber should be significantly zippier than the stock bike. This is what the happy Brooklyn customer eagerly waits to find out as the bike is on its way towards him as we speak. Meanwhile, Billy Joel has given an interview to Hell for Leather Magazine, so read it here to find out more about his passion for motorcycles and about what he plans to do with his latest ride.
Kawasaki now offers the KX250F motocross model as a 2010 model year. Not only that, but the quarter-liter racer is entirely new as a result of engineers aiming towards a higher revving and implicit more powerful, but also more reliable engine. Once you’ve done that, every single piece of the machine qualifies for a proper revision and that’s how dirt bikes end up being tweaked each and every year.
The 2010 Kawasaki KX450F is now a fact on dealership floors and it comes with a whole range of improvements that are more than enough for a review of this new model year. Like with all previous generation models, the goal here was to improve performance and reliability as well as rider comfort and looks.
Kawi is quite proud of their new KX450F and they have plenty of reasons to also be enthusiastic about the new racing season. You see, more power and less weight will always do the trick in the right hands.