Connect With Us!

Kawasaki Motorcycle Road Tests
& Reviews

Kawasaki Motorcycle Guide

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 Ninja ZX-6R and ZX-10R 30th Anniversary Editions – First Look

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS 30th Anniversary Edition

Greg Drevenstedt
May 7, 2014

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS 30th Anniversary Edition Kawasaki is celebrating 30 years of its Ninja sportbike line with two special editions for 2015. The commemorative Ninja ZX-6R/ABS and Ninja ZX-10R/ABS models feature Lime Green/Pearl Stardust White paint and 30th Anniversary badges on the fairing.... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE—Review

2014 Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE

Bill Stermer
May 6, 2014

Vaquero puts the rider relatively upright with a higher handlebar and the feet forward on footboards. Fairing and lowers blunt the wind blast to the torso and legs. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Introduced as a 2011 model, the Vaquero (which means “cowboy” in Spanish) is one of three dressed versions of... Read more »

Comparo: 2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B vs. Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero ABS SE

F6B and Vaquero

Bill Stermer
May 6, 2014

The F6B’s lower center of mass (right) gives it an advantage relative to the Vaquero in the twisties. One of the newest trends in motorcycling is the emergence of tourers, a.k.a. baggers, as the dominant individual street bike category. Riders are discovering that it’s a real plus if your bike not... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition – First Ride Review

Stiffer suspension and a new seat have transformed Kawasaki's venerable KLR650.

Greg Drevenstedt
April 14, 2014

Stiffer suspension and a new seat have transformed Kawasaki’s venerable KLR650. Photography by Alfonse Palaima Kawasaki’s KLR650 has secured a place of honor in the pantheon of great motorcycles. Not because it’s the fastest or the most stylish or the most sophisticated in its class. In fact,... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS—Road Test

Kawasaki Z1000

Greg Drevenstedt
April 4, 2014

The Z1000’s new styling is inspired by sugomi, a Japanese word for “the intense aura given off by an object of greatness,” and is meant to look like a crouching predator ready to pounce on its hapless prey. (Photos by Kevin Wing)   Though called a streetfighter, the Kawasaki Z1000 ABS, which... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition First Look Review

KLR650 New Edition

Greg Drevenstedt
January 31, 2014

2014.5 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition in Candy Lime Green/Ebony After chugging along with few changes and a distinctive tweet from its exhaust pipe for 21 years, Kawasaki’s legendary KLR650 dual-sport got a major update for 2008. Engine tweaks, suspension improvements, stronger brakes, new styling... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS First Ride Review

2014-Kawasaki-Z1000-featured

Greg Drevenstedt
December 30, 2013

The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 is almost completely new from nose to tail. Knock-down, drag-out streetfighters aren’t supposed to look good. The earliest ones were sportbikes that had been ridden hard and wrecked, their mangled bodywork chucked into the dumpster and their clip-ons replaced with an upright... Read more »

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 First Look Review

14-Kawasaki-Z1000-featured

Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2013

Styling of the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 uses the “Sugomi” approach to design. What’s the most important letter in Kawasaki’s alphabet? The mighty Z, of course. In 1973, Kawasaki’s Z1, a 903cc four-stroke in-line four capable of speeds up to 130 mph, helped usher in the era of modern era... Read more »

Retrospectve: Kawasaki KLX650: 1993-1996

1994 Kawasaki KLX650

Clement Salvadori
October 4, 2013

If you were in the market for a dual-purpose, big-single sort of ride back in 1993, Kawasaki certainly had the market covered. It offered three different models with the same basic engine. Two were street-legal, the third, called an enduro, had lights and no turn signals—but a cop would have to be... Read more »

New Kawasaki Z1000 to Debut on November 5th

Kawasaki-Z1000-Sugomi-concept

Press Release
October 1, 2013

Kawasaki will unveil the next iteration of the Z1000 naked sportbike on November 5, at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Reflecting a radical new design philosophy, the Z1000 is a result of Kawasaki’s unique “Sugomi” approach, which the company says has created a machine with the palpable energy... Read more »

« Previous PageNext Page »

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.

Name:

Address:

City:

State:

ZIP: