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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT—Road Test

The Versys riding experience focuses on versatility and fun; it’s ready for just about anything the day offers.

Ken Lee
October 2, 2015

The Versys riding experience focuses on versatility and fun; it’s ready for just about anything the day offers. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Too much Sicilian sun? Kinda sounded like it in Senior Editor Greg Drevenstedt’s sunshine-laden first take on Kawasaki’s heavily revised Versys 650 LT (Rider, April... Read more »

Long-Term Rides: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

Greg Drevenstedt
September 15, 2015

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT 6,555 Miles // MSRP: $12,799 Since our last Long-Term Rides report on the Versys 1000 LT in the July issue, we’ve logged another 5,000 miles and we selected it as Rider’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. The more we ride the big Versys, the more attached we get. Power, handling,... Read more »

Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

Rider Magazine Staff
August 20, 2015

Part adventure bike, part sport tourer, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT is the best of both worlds. It’s tall enough for generous legroom and upright seating, comfortable enough for solo or two-up long hauling and powerful enough to satisfy our appetite for performance. The Versys 1000 LT was named Rider... Read more »

Rider Magazine’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year

2015 Rider Magazine Motorcycle of the Year

Rider Magazine Staff
August 19, 2015

Our 26th Annual Award In the April 2015 issue we listed 60 all-new or significantly changed 2015 model-year motorcycles eligible for consideration as Rider’s 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. After two years of democratic elections with our People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year (Honda’s F6B topped... 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 KZ750-E: 1980 – 1982

1981 Kawasaki KZ750-E.

Clement Salvadori
July 6, 2012

(This Retrospective article was featured in the July 2012 issue of Rider Magazine) Story and photography by Clement Salvadori Year/Model: 1981 Kawasaki KZ750-E Owner: Franco Teti, Los Osos, California Class distinctions by engine size are important, and are often delineated by the numbers on a motorcycle’s... Read more »

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review

The 456-pound Ninja 650 accelerates smoothly, quickly and impressively enough that most solo riders will never long for more motor.

Mark Tuttle
April 2, 2012

Before a burst of technology and specialization in the mid 1980s commenced sharpening our motorcycles into sportbikes, long-distance luxury tourers and cruisers, a street bike was a street bike. In those days you pretty much used the same one for everything: touring, commuting, canyon carving, even dirt... Read more »

Kawasaki ZX-14R Video

Rider Magazine
December 22, 2011

Rider Magazine went to Las Vegas to test the all new 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R. We spent a day with Rickey Gadson at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway perfecting the quarter mile. Then we took the bike for a road ride later that afternoon.