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1973 Kawasaki Z1

1973 Kawasaki Z1

Japan’s first literbike brought thrilling performance to everyday riders

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. made an indelible mark on the world motorcycle scene back in 1972 with the unveiling of its 1973 Z1 model. The Z1 broke new ground as the first Japanese bike with a transverse-mount four-banger, and it’s widely recognized as the island nation’s first literbike with a 903 cc engine and thrilling performance for everyday riders.

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2017 - 2020 Kawasaki Z125 PRO

2017 - 2020 Kawasaki Z125 PRO

Experience the thrill of going fast on a small bike

“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.

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2017 - 2020 Kawasaki Z650 ABS

2017 - 2020 Kawasaki Z650 ABS

Kawasaki’s hot contender in the middleweight streetfighter market

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.

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2020 Kawasaki Z900

2020 Kawasaki Z900

Kawasaki Kept The Engine And Put A New Bike Around It

Kawasaki beefed up its naked Z900 with even more under-the-hood updates for 2020 and an all-new look created by a wild new color combination. It may look a lot like the previous generation, but this model saw a ground-up rebuild that touched on just about everything but the engine with refinements across the board. While the 948 cc engine reprises its role as the beating heart of this machine, it also benefits from new electronic features in a bid to garner an advantage in the hotly-contested, sub-liter naked bracket.

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2020 Kawasaki Z H2

2020 Kawasaki Z H2

It’s The Same Supercharged Engine As In The Ninja H2, But In A Naked, Streetfighter Chassis

Kawasaki’s H2 crossed family lines from the Ninja superbikes over to the “Z” supernaked range with the 2020 Z H2 model. This brings with it the supercharged engine that made waves when it landed in the top-shelf Ninjas to make this bike the flagship of the Z range. The magic doesn’t stop there ’cause Kawi blessed it with a veritable alphabet soup of electronic features that increase safety and rideability all at once. Best of all, the Z H2 wastes not an ounce on superfluous body panels, so the 100-plus pounds of grunt converts directly into acceleration to make it even meaner than the much-vaunted Ninja line, and the price schedule keeps it within reasonable reach for the majority of riders.

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2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS

2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS

It’s A Modern Classic Tribute To The Original Z1

The race to grab a slice of the burgeoning Millennial market is heating up, and Kawasaki enters the fray with its sizzlin’ hot, retro-style Z900RS. Built as a tribute of sorts to the legendary Z1 superbike, the new-in-2018 RS packs a punch that does its predecessor justice with 111 horsepower ready to go with a twist of the mechanical throttle control. Suspension components are thoroughly modern as well, and at a glance, it seems Kawi has nailed the balance between nostalgia and nouveau with this ride.

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2017 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900

2017 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900

This Ain’t No Ordinary First-Gen Naked Bike

Kawasaki steps up its bid to grab a slice of the growing naked-bike market with the Z900 ABS. As demand for the genre increased, so have expectations of performance along with polished looks. Kawi built this ride to replace both the Z800 and Z1000 moving forward into the 2017 model year, so buyers should expect to find plenty of both of those qualities. Aside from the 948 cc engine, what did the factory throw on this all-new bike to make it competitive in a minimalist, sportster/roadster market? Let’s check it out and see.

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2019 Kawasaki Z400

2019 Kawasaki Z400

A ’Z’ On The Outside; A Ninja On The Inside

Kawasaki needed to plug a hole in its super-naked lineup between the Z300 and the Z650, so it cooked up the new Z400 ABS to do the job. Aggressive Kawi styling dominates the look, but not necessarily the attitude, to make the Z400 an excellent commuter/first upgrade from whatever you cut your teeth on. The ergonomics are friendly to shorter inseams and conducive to relaxed riding, so this is a bike that should cover a range of body types. Is it right for you? Let’s find out.

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2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE

2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE

More Than Just A Z900RS With A Bullet Fairing

Kawasaki looks to maintain the momentum it garnered last year by rolling its popular Z900RS CAFE straight over into MY2019. And, why not? It’s hard to argue with success, and the retro-tastic looks and modern performance make excellent bedfellows, especially with the Seventies-fabulous graphics as the icing on the proverbial cake. The “CAFE” falls at the Southern edge of liter-bike territory, which could potentially be dangerous for a new rider, but it carries all the requisite safety equipment needed to keep the noobs dirty-side down. Today I want to get into the nuts-and-bolts of the thing and see what else Kawi has crammed under the hood of this charming little tribute piece.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE.

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2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z 250

2017 - 2018 Kawasaki Z 250

A quarter-liter naked with Sugomi-inspired styling

After making a sweet spot in the hearts of enthusiasts with its Ninja 300, Kawasaki had struck again with its yet another onslaught in the entry-level performance motoring, Z250. It was first launched in 2013 for the Asian markets post which the Japanese Green team gave the Z300 for Australia and Europe.

Designed and engineered on the lines of the bigger Z’s, the Z250 also promises to give the thrills of the Ninja in a more affordable package. After the Ninja 300, we were speculating that Kawasaki might launch its Z300 on our shores, but that seems out of the question at the moment. Nonetheless, we stay optimistic with this Z250 making rounds of eastern roads. It gets Euro IV compliant engine, new color schemes, and the much needed ABS. Good news is never too late.

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2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

Bringing back the ethos of the famed Z1 of 1972 with a paintjob that sticks it out from the crowd

Kawasaki had already brought back the ethos of the famed Z1 of 1972 at the Tokyo International Motor Show with the Z900RS retro motorcycle. With almost every brand entering the neo-classic craze, Kawasaki brought one of its own classics back. Although it has the W800, the Z900RS depicts a much more modern take with thoroughly done modish mechanical features, fit and finish.

Now, the same guys have gone ahead and given it a headlamp cowl and dropped bars to get it running on the cafe-racer beeline.

Unwrapped at the 2017 EICMA show, the wardrobe change has made the standard RS the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja Z900RS Cafe. And Kawasaki has decided that we deserve to drive them on our roads and are bringing it to the North American showroom floors as the 2018 model.

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2014 - 2016 Kawasaki Z1000

2014 - 2016 Kawasaki Z1000

Power Delivery Down Low is Hang-On-To-Your-Hat Awesome.

Much like their fanbase, naked bikes are kind of a breed apart— some more than others. Kawasaki’s Z1000 is just such a bike with an almost cult-like following that has propped up the family since ’03 with their enthusiasm for the streetfighter flavor the Z1000 brings to the table. Minimal bodywork (by the factory’s estimation, anyway) and relaxed ergos come bundled with the 126-pony, 1,043 cc mill. The factory saved both weight and money on the electronic fandanglery by leaving it on the shelf for a rather raw ride that many of us still appreciate. Relatively simple and built for performance, the Z1000 served as Kawasaki’s flagship naked standard until it was replaced by the Z900 for MY17.

Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Z1000.

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2015 Kawasaki Z800 Performance

2015 Kawasaki Z800 Performance

Take a look at the stunning new Z800 Performance Edition. Making a real style statement with Kawasaki genuine accessories, the Performance Edition takes streetfighter attitude to the next level and includes a colour coded pillion seat cover, tank-pad, windscreen and choice of carbon or titanium Akrapovic exhaust muffler.

Continue reading for more information on the Kawasaki Z800 Performance.

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2015 Kawasaki Z800

2015 Kawasaki Z800

The new middle-weight contender with a knock-out punch, the Z800 proudly takes the Z family legend forwards. After more than forty years from the launch of the Z1, the latest iconic Z machine has the styling, personality and engineering features that Kawasaki super naked machines have become world famous for. With 806cc’s of power, urge and performance, the Z800 looks set to take on all challengers and deliver a truly knockout punch.

Continue reading for more information on the Kawasaki Z800.

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2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS

New to the North American market for 2016, Kawasaki releases the newest sibling to the popular Z1000, the Z800 ABS. In 2013, the Z800 replaced the Z750 in Europe as Kawi’s contender in the mid-class streetfighter field. For now at least, the Z800 is available everywhere but California — confound those emission laws in The Golden State! This mid-sized sport bike, powered by an 806 cc engine, brings all the aggressive styling and heritage the Z1000 has, along with high-tech multi-screen instrumentation and ABS. The slim chassis and massive fuel tank give you something to hug between your knees while the “streetfighter” riding position afforded by the flatter bend of the handlebars gives you plenty of leverage on the controls.

Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS.

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2013 Kawasaki Z800 e version

2013 Kawasaki Z800 e version

The Kawasaki Z800 follows on the footsteps of the old Z750 that made its debut in 2003. Compared to the previous generation the new Z800 is a totally improved motorcycle that keeps all the advantages of the old model but significantly improves some of its flaws.

For a middle weight super-naked model the Kawasaki Z800 is a surprisingly capable motorcycle that offers an excellent ride quality, a smooth engine and a huge amount of power.

Talking about power, the Kawasaki Z800 e version sports a Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, In-Line Four, 806 cm3 engine that is paired with a six speed transmission. Fire up the engine and you’ll be assaulted by 95 pennies of power and 76 Nm of torque achieved at 8000 rpm.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept in leash by new opposed, 4-piston calipers (ABS version only) that grip large-diameter 310 mm petal discs. The rear wheel is kept in check by a 250 mm petal disc paired with a single-piston.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki Z800 e version.

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2013 Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

2013 Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition

The Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition combines a strong engine with an agile steering and modern technologies in a fairly sporty package.

The bike features an aluminium twin-tube frame that was especially developed for high speed riding. This modern frame hosts a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3, In-line four engine that rewards you with a maximum power of 138 PS at 9,600 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 7,800 rpm.

Besides being strong, the Kawasaki Z1000 is also pretty good looking. You’ll especially like the sharply sloped front cowl, the slim line-beam headlamp and the minimalist tail section.

As far as wheels are concerned the bike rides on a pair of 5-spoke cast units shod in 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) front and 190/50ZR17M/C (73W) rear tyres.

The Kawasaki Z1000 Special Edition is offered with a starting price of £ 9,299.

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2013 Kawasaki Z1000 Sport

2013 Kawasaki Z1000 Sport

When it comes to sport motorcycles, Kawasaki is one of the most appreciated manufacturers. Its products are true work of arts and apart from their modern technologies they also come with futuristic styles that make you fall in love with them at the first sight.

One of the most desirable sport models in Kawasaki’s lineup is the Z1000 Sport. This beauty features an aerodynamic design language that helps it cut though the air with ease and numerous styling cues that underline its agile stance.

Leaving behind the tasty, muscular look, the Kawasaki Z1000 Sport is blessed with a four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-foure engine with a displacement of 1,043cc. The engine breaths through a modern exhaust system that features a 4-into-2-pre-chamber-into-2 layout.

The motorcycle’s backbone is an aluminum backbone frame designed specifically for high speeds performances.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki Z1000 Sport.

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