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The Kawasaki Motorcycle & Engine Division has been manufacturing motorcycles since 1954. The trademarked names of some of Kawasaki's powersports machines–from Kawasaki Ninja sportbikes to Kawasaki Vulcan cruisers to Kawasaki Jet Ski personal watercraft–have become household names.

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT Review

Gone is the oddball styling of the previous Versys, replaced by a sleek, cat-eyed aesthetic similar to that of Kawasaki’s Ninja sportbikes. The smooth, powerful Versys 1000 is the most comfortable bike in this comparison, but it also throws off some engine heat.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 8, 2015

Gone is the oddball styling of the previous Versys, replaced by a sleek, cat-eyed aesthetic similar to that of Kawasaki’s Ninja sportbikes. The smooth, powerful Versys 1000 is the most comfortable bike in this comparison, but it also throws off some engine heat. With its venerable KLR650 handling dual-sport... Read more »

Comparison: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT, 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS, 2015 Yamaha FJ-09

These three adventure-styled sport tourers offer lots of performance, versatility and value.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 8, 2015

These three adventure-styled sport tourers offer lots of performance, versatility and value. (Photography by Kevin Wing) Adventure-styled motorcycles have proliferated in recent years, with many new or extensively updated models introduced by European and Japanese manufacturers. Some are true all-terrain... Read more »

Kawasaki Announces Second Ordering Period for 2015 Ninja H2, April 7-21

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2

Press Release
April 7, 2015

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Kawasaki announced today its plans to offer a second, limited ordering period for the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 motorcycle. This only applies to the street-legal Ninja H2, and not its track-only sibling, the Ninja H2R. “The initial order period for the Ninja H2 motorcycle was back... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S Video

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S

Rider Magazine Staff
March 5, 2015

After spending more than 250 miles on a 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S while sampling different seats and trying all three peg positions, we’re here to report the Ergo-Fit concept really works. Watch our latest video of the motorcycle in action on our YouTube channel here.

Dual-Sporting in Northern California on the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife)

Clement Salvadori
February 4, 2015

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife) Adventures are good. They don’t have to be big adventures, like crossing the Sahara Desert or Panama’s Darien... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S—Road Test Review

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S

Ken Lee
February 2, 2015

Versatility is king with the Vulcan S. (Photos by Kevin Wing) When’s the last time you drove a car, van or truck with zero adjustability for the seat, steering wheel or foot controls? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Adjustable ergonomics are a must for such vehicles nowadays. So why are we saddled... Read more »

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT – First Ride Review

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

Greg Drevenstedt
January 19, 2015

The all-new 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT combines sportbike performance with adventure-bike comfort and standard saddlebags. Photography by James Wright and Ula Serra I Prat Using the same engine in multiple motorcycle models makes good economic sense. The 649cc parallel twin that debuted in the Kawasaki... Read more »

New for 2015: Big Bangs for the Buck

2015 BMW R 1200 RS

Rider Magazine
January 8, 2015

The 2015 crop of new bikes is a big one, with lots of all-new or significantly updated models. We’ve covered the new stuff from EBR, Harley, Honda, Indian and Victory in previous issues. Here’s a brief overview of what’s coming down the pike from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki and Zero. Unless... Read more »

Middleweight Touring Cruisers: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Star V Star 950 Tourer, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Triumph America LT

motorcycle cruiser comparison

Greg Drevenstedt
January 6, 2015

All of the bikes in this comparison offer the same touring features and similar components, but they differ in terms of engine size (and in one case, configuration), air vs. liquid cooling, ergonomics, wind protection, handling and styling. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Baggers, with their broad fairings and... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

Greg Drevenstedt
January 6, 2015

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT (Photos by Kevin Wing) V-TWIN VALUE Remember 1984? That’s the year Apple launched its Macintosh computer during the Super Bowl and Kawasaki introduced the Vulcan 750 cruiser (as a 1985 model), giving birth to a model line that’s still going strong today, three... Read more »

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Kawasaki Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

Kawasaki motorcycle test drives are only the beginning. The company offers a full range of motorcycles, from cruisers, sport tourers, sportbikes, dirt bikes and the iconic Kawasaki KLR650 dual-sport to ATVs, side-by-sides and personal watercraft.


Kawasaki Motorcycle Standouts

The 1984 Kawasaki GPZ900R helped usher in the modern sportbike era with its liquid-cooled, 16-valve, in-line four engine that was capable of more than 150 mph. It was the first motorcycle marketed under the Ninja name and the subject of many Kawasaki motorcycle reviews. The 1986 Kawasaki ZG1000 Concours was powered by a 997cc in-line four with shaft drive, and it had a full fairing, tall windscreen, lockable saddlebags and large fuel capacity, making it one of the first sport tourers (it was replaced by the Concours 14 in 2008). In 1987 Kawasaki motorcycle test drives began to include the KLR650, a 651cc single-cylinder dual-sport motorcycle that stayed in Kawasaki's lineup all but unchanged for 21 years (it was updated for 2008), developed a reputation as an inexpensive, durable adventure bike, helping to launch numerous around-the-world trips and a large aftermarket for accessories.

Kawasaki motorcycle reviews made the Concours 14 Rider's 2008 Motorcycle of the Year because it reinvented the venerable Concours, building a comfortable, well-appointed sport tourer around the Ninja ZX-14 engine, with the addition of Variable Valve Timing for a broader powerband.

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