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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 »

Rider’s 250-class Dual-Sport Motorcycle Comparison

250 Dual-Sport Comparison

Arden Kysely
September 15, 2008

photography by the author, James Norris, Roger Eggers and Kail Wathne [Rider’s 250-class Dual-Sport Motorcycle Comparison including the 2008 HONDA CRF230L, 2009 KAWASAKI KLX250S and 2009 YAMAHA XT250 was originally published in the October 2008 issue of Rider magazine] 2008 HONDA CRF230L, 2009... Read more »

2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Road Test

Kawasaki gave the liquid-cooled, 249cc, DOHC parallel twin new heads with reshaped intake and exhaust ports, and more compact combustion chambers, all in the interest of enhanced midrange.

Bill Stermer
July 9, 2008

[this 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R road test review was originally published in the June 2008 issue of Rider] Motorcycles are amazing. Can you imagine, in the highly competitive world of automobiles, that a company could bring out a particular model and continue to sell it, virtually unchanged (except for... Read more »

2008 Honda VTX1300T, Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Star V Star 1100 Silverado Motorcycle Comparison

Windscreens, backrests, bags and V-twins: Beyond that, they’re all different.

Bill Stermer
July 8, 2008

[this middleweight touring cruiser comparison review features the 2008 Honda VTX1300T, 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, 2008 Star V Star 1100 Silverado and 2008 Suzuki Boulevard C50T, and was originally published in the May 2008 issue of Rider] You’re a cruiser rider, and you like to travel,... Read more »

2008 Kawasaki KLR650 Road Test

2008 Kawasaki KLR650

Arden Kysely
July 8, 2008

I don’t know what you’ve been doing for the past 21 years, but over at Kawasaki they’ve been listening, and making lists. The company’s mainstay dual-sport, the KLR650, has been on the street in much the same form since 1987, so Kawi’s had plenty of time to compile a long... Read more »

2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Road Test

2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R

Troy Siahaan
July 1, 2008

[This review of the 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R was originally published in the April 2008 issue of Rider] If there’s one thing Kawasaki isn’t suffering from, it’s an identity crisis, especially in the sportbike segment. But that wasn’t always the case. A few years ago the bikes... Read more »

Rider Magazine’s 2008 Motorcycle of the Year and Best of Class

2008 Motorcycle of the Year: Kawasaki Concours 14

Rider Magazine
June 26, 2008

The new bikes for the 2008 model year have all been revealed, and it’s time once again to name our three Best-of-Class winners. From that trio we have picked one for Rider‘s Motorcycle of the Year award that we think succeeds best at its intent, satisfies like no other and lengthens the list... Read more »

Retrospective: Kawasaki KE175: 1976-1982

1976 Kawasaki KE175-B1.

Clement Salvadori
March 25, 2008

(This Retrospective article was published in the March 2008 issue of Rider.) STORY AND PHOTOS BY CLEMENT SALVADORI This little woodser was a tribute to good engineering and an American passion for motoring through the semi-wilderness. In the 1960s the Japanese were selling a heckuva lot of little bikes... Read more »

2008 Suzuki Hayabusa vs. Kawasaki ZX-14 Motorcycle Comparison

2008 Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZX-14

Bill Stermer
March 10, 2008

You’re riding along on one of these new 2008 supersports, and suddenly slow down to contemplate the moment you’ve been waiting for. The road before you sweeps down into a valley, runs tidy and direct for several miles with nary a home or driveway or traffic, then climbs the other side–clear,... Read more »

2008 Kawasaki Versys 650 Road Test


Donya Carlson
March 7, 2008

[This 2008 Kawasaki Versys 650 Road Test was originally published in the December 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Many psychologists contend that nagging is counterproductive. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case with Kawasaki, as the flood of e-mails requesting that it bring its Versys 650 stateside... Read more »

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