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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.

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1700 Road Test

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1700

Rider Contributor
March 29, 2010

story and photography by Rich Cox [This 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1700 Road Test was originally published in the May 2010 issue of Rider magazine] 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1700 in action. Bike testing for me is most pleasurable in small doses. For touring bikes, my favorite venue is the weekend overnighter.... Read more »

2010 Kawasaki Z1000 Road Test

2010 Kawasaki Z1000

Mark Tuttle
March 1, 2010

photography by Adam Campbell and Kinney Jones 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 in action. Contemporary high-end sportbikes typically offer all of the best stuff in a single package. Trick fully adjustable suspension, radial brakes, aluminum perimeter chassis, engines with freakish power output per pound, even the... Read more »

2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 Road Test

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Rider Magazine
December 18, 2009

photography by Rich Cox [This 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 Road Test was originally published in the February 2010 issue of Rider magazine] 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 Comparing a fast motorcycle to a rocket ship is a common metaphor. Rockets conjure images of the eyeball-flattening acceleration and yahoo... Read more »

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE and Classic LT Road Test

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Classic LT

Rider Contributor
October 9, 2009

by Lance Oliver; photography by Alfonse Palaima [This 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom SE and Classic LT Road Test was originally published in the November 2009 issue of Rider magazine] 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom Classic LT A demo ride on the new Voyager was the hardest ticket to get at the Kawasaki... Read more »

2009 Kawasaki ER-6n Road Test

2009 Kawasaki ER-6n

Rider Magazine
July 17, 2009

photography by Kevin Wing [This 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n Road Test was originally published in the September 2009 issue of Rider magazine] The 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n The first question that popped into my head when I heard the name of Kawasaki’s newest Candy Plasma Blue sportbike is, “Who in the world came... Read more »

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager 1700 Road Test

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager 1700

Clement Salvadori
May 19, 2009

Head out on the highway, and this new Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager 1700 will take you to the ends of the continent, fully equipped to keep you happy as the miles roll up on the odometer. There is an exceptional sweet spot at around 75 mph, and you can imagine doing a thousand-mile day with ease. This Kawasaki... Read more »

2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Road Test

Me in leathers is like 10 pounds of rice in a 5-pound bag. But the new Ninja did not protest and propelled me quickly around the track.

Greg Drevenstedt
February 24, 2009

[This 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Road Test was originally published in the April 2009 issue of Rider] As time passes, people tend to get slower and heavier, and their mass becomes less centralized. In contrast, sportbikes slim down, firm up and have more energy. If I could reinvent myself every two years,... Read more »

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R Road Test

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

Rider Magazine
January 15, 2009

photography by Scott Hirko [This 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R Road Test was originally published in the March 2010 issue of Rider magazine] 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R in action. Test motorcycles come and go here frequently, except certain models we have trouble letting go. Our shop will only hold so many,... Read more »

2008 Kawasaki Z1000, Triumph Speed Triple and Yamaha FZ1 Road Test Comparison

2008 Yamaha FZ1, 2008 Kawasaki Z1000 & 2008 Triumph Speed Triple

Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2008

In my past life I was a scientist-specifically, a demographer who studied trends in human mortality (depressing, I know). Although my number-crunching days are behind me, my research background still comes in handy. To put these bikes-Kawasaki Z1000, Triumph Speed Triple and Yamaha FZ1-on a level playing... Read more »

2009 Kawasaki KLX250S Road Test

Kawasaki’s 2009 KLX250S takes on the Death Valley back country. The updated dual-sport has excellent manners both on and off the pavement.

Arden Kysely
September 15, 2008

[This 2009 Kawasaki KLX250S Road Test was originally published in the September 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Have plate, will travel–that’s dual-sporting in a nutshell, and nowhere is that description more appropriate than in Death Valley National Park in California and Nevada, where miles... 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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