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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 »

2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – First Look Review

2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

Rider Magazine Staff
November 5, 2014

Several important refinements should help make the Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS more popular than ever. For its eighth model year Kawasaki has nicely revised and updated the 2015 Concours 14 ABS sport-tourer, which offers a high-powered but flexible 1,352cc engine derived from an earlier version of the Ninja... Read more »

Comparison Test: Honda CBR300R ABS vs. Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS SE

2015 Honda CBR300R ABS, 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS SE

Arden Kysely
October 1, 2014

Although both resemble larger models in their respective lineups, the Honda and Kawasaki are different approaches to the just-under-300cc sportbike. (Photos by Kevin Wing) It was only a matter of time. In the face of Honda’s 2011 CBR250R challenge to its long-lived Ninja 250, Kawasaki embarked on a... Read more »

Retrospective: Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC (Turbocharged): 1978-1979

Year/Model: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California.

Clement Salvadori
September 4, 2014

Year/Model: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California. As the old adage goes, when enough is good, more is better. In late 1977, Kawasaki’s new Z1-R, a somewhat sexier version of the KZ1000, was good for a quarter-mile in a hair under 12 seconds at 110 mph. For... 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 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 Ninja 1000 ABS—Road Test Review

Designed for the street rather than the track, the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 combines liter-class sportbike performance with comfortable ergonomics and decent wind protection. Standard ABS and traction control, revised accessory saddlebags and other changes for 2014 improve its sport-touring prowess.

Greg Drevenstedt
January 1, 2014

Designed for the street rather than the track, the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 combines liter-class sportbike performance with comfortable ergonomics and decent wind protection. Standard ABS and traction control, revised accessory saddlebags and other changes for 2014 improve its sport-touring prowess. (Photography... Read more »

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