Kawasaki’s Ninja Turns 30

May 11, 2014 View Comments by

It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since Kawasaki’s quintessential sportbike came on the scene, but here we are. The first motorcycle to bear the Ninja name was the revolutionary GPZ900 (or simply Ninja 900), which featured the world’s first 16-valve, liquid-cooled inline four cylinder motorcycle engine. The Ninja also claimed the […]

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Consumer Reports on Motorcycle Reliability

Feb 21, 2014 View Comments by

They’ve reported on everything from cars to TVs to baby strollers and now they’ve turned their attention to motorcycles. Last year Consumer Reports conducted a massive customer satisfaction survey of the owners of the top five OEMs in the U.S.: Honda, Yamaha, Harley-Davidson, BMW, and Kawasaki. The report (focusing on bikes model year 2009 through […]

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2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

Jan 29, 2014 View Comments by

Not even a month into 2014 and already a mid-year refresh of the venerable KLR 650 has been announced by Kawasaki. Though the changes are all fairly minor, they are worth mentioning on a model that’s changed little since its introduction in 1987. In fact, the trusty dual sport went a solid 20 years between […]

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2014 Kawasaki Z1000

Nov 05, 2013 View Comments by

In Japanese, the word sugomi implies “someone or something that inspires awe, leaves an indelible impression, is daunting in stature or ability, and commands respect.” It is also Kawasaki’s design theme for the 2014 Z1000, which was intended to invoke the looks of “a predatory animal stalking its prey.” And if that’s what they were […]

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Just Ride

Oct 15, 2013 View Comments by

It’s 7:00 a.m. and we’re heading down Route 9 in eastern Kentucky. There’s a morning chill in the air, fifty-something degrees, tempered by the raised windshield and heated grips of the Kawasaki Concours 14 and the closed vents of the Aerostich. Sandy’s on my six with his FJR. Directly ahead of us is a scene […]

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2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Preview

Oct 11, 2013 View Comments by

With some skillful and well-chosen changes, Kawasaki has transformed the sporty 1000cc Ninja into a high performance sport-touring model that’s both good-looking and very capable. It didn’t hurt that the new Ninja version’s press launch was held in conjunction with the World Superbike races at California’s Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. Kawi’s top rider, Tom Sykes, […]

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2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS

Sep 06, 2013 View Comments by

Rolling in with a host of upgrades, Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000 looks to be even better in 2014. The list of improvements is long (several pages, in fact) and starts with an unspecified increase in power and torque from the 1,043cc inline-four. Next on the list is new three-mode KTRC Traction Control and selectable power modes […]

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Classic and Contemporary Japanese Motorcycles Up for Auction

Aug 28, 2013 View Comments by

If you’ve got a thing for Japanese motorcycles and happen to be spending October in England, you’ll be excited to learn that Dutch entrepreneur and motorcycle collector Michael Buttinger will be offering his collection of nearly 100 Japanese motorcycles for auction at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale. The auction will take place on October 20th and […]

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Kawasaki and Hollywood Join Forces

Jun 19, 2013 View Comments by

In a stroke of what may be cross marketing genius, Kawasaki has teamed up with the forthcoming big budget remake of The Lone Ranger (staring Johnny Depp as Tonto) to create their “Live the Legend” ad campaign. The video, which you can see below, likens the modern Kawasaki rider, whether it’s a KX, Ninja, or […]

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Concours Owners Group Rally

Mar 16, 2013 View Comments by

Owners of Kawasaki’s quintessential sport-tourer will meet up for a weekend of riding, food, and fellowship in Suches, GA April 19-21. The annual “Run With the Wolf Rally,” as it’s known, is hosted by the Southeast chapter of the Concours Owners Group at the Wildcat Lodge and Campground. The event kicks off Friday night with […]

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New Corbin Front and Rear Saddles for Kawasaki Ninja 300

Mar 03, 2013 View Comments by

Kawasaki certainly made a splash in the motorcycle market when they introduced the Ninja 300. With substantially more usable power than rest of the traditionally 250cc entry-level class, the little Ninja definitely stands out. Accordingly, Corbin has released a new set of saddles for the baby Ninja that should dramatically increase rider comfort while adding […]

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2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R (ABS)

Sep 13, 2012 View Comments by

Kawasaki’s redesigned 2013 Ninja ZX-6R is sporting an extra 37cc over the previous year’s model … again. From late 2002 to 2006, the ZX-6R was powered by a 636cc inline-four, which was later been replaced by a 599cc version of the engine. During a lively chat with one of the Kawasaki folks, it was explained […]

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2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 (ABS)

Sep 13, 2012 View Comments by

It is no secret that the 250r has been Kawasaki’s best-selling Ninja, and is commonly viewed as the perfect learner’s bike that provides an ample fun factor. I’m sure we would all enjoy an agile Ninja 250r to the fullest on some twisty backroads. However, many of us (and let’s be honest here) would not […]

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