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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

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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 »

2007 Kawasaki Z1000 Road Test

the engine gets more low-end and midrange punch thanks to revised engine mapping, new camshafT profiles and .5mm smaller intake and exhaust valves.

Troy Siahaan
October 24, 2007

When you look at all the bikes on the road today, it’s pretty easy to identify their respective categories. You’ve got your cruisers, tourers, dual-sports, sportbikes, dirt bikes; the list goes on and on. So what, exactly, would you call this Kawasaki motorcycle? It’s too upright for... Read more »

2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS Review

2008 Kawasaki concours 14 ABS

Mark Tuttle Jr.
October 24, 2007

[This 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS Road Test was originally published in the October 2007 issue of Rider] It’s finally here! Twenty-one years since its introduction in 1986, Kawasaki has finally seen fit to reinvent the venerable Concours. Sure, it made a few refinements to the ZG1000 during those... Read more »

2007 Honda XR650L, Kawasaki KLR650 and Suzuki DR650S Motorcycle Comparison

Comparing three dual-sports: Honda XR650L, Kawasaki KLR650 and Suzuki DR650S.

Clement Salvadori
March 5, 2007

A lot of riders look at these three motorcycles, scratch their heads, and wonder just what they’re meant for. Anybody who desires a good dirt bike can make a choice from a big selection, and a street rider has an even greater variety. Why get one of these machines, these compromises intended for... Read more »

2006 Kawasaki ZX-14 Road Test

The Kawasaki ZX-14’s all-new liquid-cooled, 1,352cc, 16-valve DOHC in-line four evolved from the bygone 1,199cc ZX-12.

Rider Contributor
January 4, 2007

Kawasaki and Suzuki have been engaged in, shall we say, friendly fire for the past four years, battling it out for the title of manufacturer of the most powerful production motorcycle. With the introduction of the Ninja ZX-14 for 2006, Kawasaki has officially dethroned its own Ninja ZX-12 as well as... Read more »

2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT Road Test

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Bill Stermer
January 2, 2007

Many years ago, the watchword in the gentleman’s clubs was, “What the world needs is a good five-cent cigar.” Today, in the bike hangouts, they’re saying, “What the world needs is a good touring cruiser for $8,500.” If that’s the case, Kawasaki has certainly... Read more »

2006 Honda 599, Kawasaki Ninja 650R, Suzuki SV650S and Yamaha FZ6 Motorcycle Comparison

Middleweight motorcycle comparison — Four motorcycles

Mark Tuttle Jr.
January 1, 2007

[This 2006 Honda 599, Kawasaki Ninja 650R, Suzuki SV650S and Yamaha FZ6 Motorcycle Comparison was originally published in the April 2006 issue of Rider magazine] Photography by Rich Cox/Slide Action These middleweight motorcycles sure look nice as a pack... Look at the middleweight motorcycle class and... Read more »

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