2017 - 2020 Kawasaki Z125 PRO
“Cheap thrills” takes on a whole new meaning — or maybe just a revitalization of the old meaning — when it comes to the Z125 PRO from Kawasaki. It’s small and relatively fast for the thrills, good fuel economy, and a bargain-basement price. Sure, as a fun bike, it has that hands down. It’s also a commuter if you have to navigate congested thoroughfares because it’s small, lightweight, and narrow so filtering through traffic is a breeze. As a first bike for someone new to two wheels, this is a completely approachable bike, not intimidating at all and without the electronics that frequently get used as a crutch. On this bike, you learn how to ride.
2017 - 2020 Kawasaki Z650 ABS
Kawasaki makes inroads into the naked streetfighter market with the new-in 2017 Z650 and adds some brush-up changes for 2020. Drawing from the popular Ninja line, the factory gave the Z650 that 649 cc parallel twin and put it in a new, lighter weight frame for improved handling and a exponentially greater fun factor.
2015 - 2019 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero / Vulcan 1700 Voyager
Kawasaki’s Vulcan 1700 line is well established with the Vaquero and the Voyager — a bagger and full dresser, respectively — both come with ABS and, as the name suggests, the 1700 cc engine in the V-twin configuration with liquid cooling and a six-speed transmission. Ready for a cruise around town or hitting the open road, the Vulcan 1700s are well fitted and all-around solid.
Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero and Vulcan 1700 Voyager.
2017 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 650
Coming off an update in MY2017, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 remains a very capable sportbike as we move into 2019. The Ninja is powered by a 649 cc, water-cooled engine with all the wizardry needed to earn it a place in the iconic Ninja lineup.
Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja 650.
2015 - 2018 Kawasaki Versys 650 / Versys 650 LT / Versys 1000 LT
Introduced to the U.S. market in 2008, the Versys stable doesn’t really fit into any one slot. Sharing design elements with adventure tourers, sportbikes, and standard bikes, the Versys makes its own class of versatile commuter/weekender/tourer/grocery-getter bikes. Unless you want an all-out go-fast bike, the Versys lineup has a little something for everyone. A water-cooled 649 cc parallel twin drives the 650 and 650 LT and the 1000 LT gets a 1043 cc engine, also water-cooled, though engine size isn’t the only difference. The ’LT’ models are meant to take you on the long haul, but even between these two, one is more ’tourer’ than the other.
Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Versys 650, Versys 650 LT and Versys 1000 LT.
2015 - 2018 Kawasaki KLR 650
Equipped with a 651 cc thumper and what looks like a beefy front end, the KLR 650 from Kawasaki is a capable middleweight dual-purpose ride. Big enough to be an adventure bike, but not really intended as such, the KLR 650 has an ample-size fuel tank, frame, rims and suspension that show true off-road roots, yet has enough straight-line stability to handle the pavement. If not-quite-adventure, but more than dirtbike is what you need, the KLR 650 might be your Huckleberry.
Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki KLR 650.
Launched in 2012 for the 2013 model year, the Ninja 300, displaced the old Ninja 250 with a few more cubes. This sport-bike looking ride offers the market a lightweight, easy to handle option with a 296 cc engine, a six-speed transmission and just enough alphabet-soup tech acronyms to be modern without whacking the price. As far as being a starter bike, yeah, you can call it that. It’s also for folks that want a sport-bike look in a commuter bike or just to have a bike with a smaller engine size so it doesn’t smack your wallet on insurance premiums. It’s smooth, it’s flickable and I might even call it a sport-bike trainer. As a starter or a trainer, you’ll outgrow it; but for a lightweight, fun bike, this could be your huckleberry.
Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja 300.
When it comes to sportbikes, and there are plenty to choose from, it’s one thing to build a racey-looking bike, but something else entirely to mass produce a bike that truly would be as comfortable on the track as it is on the street.
The Kawasaki Ninja has a long and illustrious racing history, and the ZX-10R carried Kawi to podium finishes over the years, and championship status in both the ’15 Rider’s Championship and the Manufacturer’s Championship, so it’s natural that Kawi would tap it to carry its race technology to the streets.
Enter the new-for-2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10R KRT Edition. Kawi blessed this bike with all the race-proven, superbike technology that propelled the Kawasaki Racing Team to its position as the dominant racing superpower within the aforementioned brackets. Usually I get to study bikes that do little more than pay lip service to the hardcore race enthusiasts, but this time, I’m faced with the Real McCoy, and I can’t wait to delve in and see what Kawi put together for us this year.
Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS and ZX-10R ABS KRT Edition.
A multi-talented, middleweight motorcycle that will make your commuting and paved adventures lots of fun!
The Kawasaki Versys® 650 LT comes into the 2015 model year with a host of updates, including dramatic new styling, more power and torque, improved comfort as well as rubber-mounted engine and handlebar, plus new suspension tomaximize your street-riding fun. The 2015 Versys 650 LT is one of those rare motorcycles that is equally at home commuting on the local freeway or mixing (...)
30 Years at the top
For thirty years we’ve created ultimate Supersport machines equally capable on road and track. Always our mission has been singular – to be at the top.
With World Endurance, WSBK and WSS Championship wins, the Ninja’s define the Supersport category for racers and road riders alike. Now, to celebrate three decades of success, we announce three Anniversary Ninja models.
Ninja - top choice for thirty years. Kawasaki Ninja 300 30th Anniversary Edition Video2015 (...)
Built Beyond Belief
The launching point for the development of the Ninja H2™R motorcycle was a strong desire to offer riders something they had never experienced before. Convinced that an extraordinary riding experience would not be found by merelybuilding on the performance of existing models, the design team committed to developing the “ultimate motorcycle” from a clean slate.
The bike needed to deliver intense acceleration and ultra-high top speed, coupled with supersport-level (...)
Cruiser Style with Complete Touring Credentials.
While any motorcycle can be ridden long distances if the rider is determined, only a special few truly deserve to be called a touring cruiser. The Vulcan® 1700 Voyager® ABS motorcycle is one of those rare machines. It offers a stylish alternative to run-of-the-mill V-twin tourers, combining Kawasaki reliability with the performance, V-twin feel, comfort and amenities that a long-distance touring rider and passenger demand.
Sample state of the art Superbike supremacy on the class defining Ninja ZX-10R. Track or street, push the WSBK developed performance advantage with K-TRC traction control and a standard fit electronic steering damper. This Performance Edition comes equipped with Akrapovic exhaust, tankpad, bubble screen and pillion seat cover.
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The Ninja 1000 was already one of the best bikes in its class, but this wasn’t enough for Kawasaki. Therefore the company’s engineers decided to raise the bar even higher with the 2014 version.
The new model year comes with a few style upgrades, traction control, hard panniers, more power and fresh top-spec brakes. Moreover, with a starting price of $11.999 the 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS is $100 cheaper the previous model.
In terms of power, the Ninja 1000 is propelled by the torquey 1,043cc inline-four that features a few key revisions which help it boost its low and mid-range power. The engine cranks out a maximum power of 140 bhp and 82 lb-ft. of torque and sends its power to the ground through a revised six speed transmission. The new transmission features a longer 6th gear, which helps you reduce revs at highway speeds for enhanced smoothness. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine comes with new selectable Power Modes that offer a choice between full power and approximately 50 percent power output to help suit changing conditions.
The brakes are also upgraded, featuring ABS and new one-piece “monobloc” radial-mount front calipers.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000.