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The Supercharged Naked is More Stable When it comes to Kawasaki motorcycles, if the model’s name is followed by an ‘SE’, it signifies that the version will come with updated suspension and brakes. The 2021 Kawasaki Z H2 SE takes the original and highly successful naked version of the H2 and brings Kawasaki’s Electronic Control …

It’s Official The production versions of both the Kawasaki ZX-10R and ZX-10RR have been officially unveiled shortly after the Kawasaki Race Team brought the updated ZX-10RR for a field day at winter testing in Jerez. Originally, we only had concrete information regarding the visual updates that have been brought to these bikes, but with Kawasaki …

Face Yourself Here we are… It’s 2021 and the ancient ZX-10R/RR is finally getting a facelift. 2021 should be called ‘the year of the facelift’ because it really is insane how many manufacturers jumped at the Euro 5 opportunity to breathe some new life into their neglected bikes. The ZX-10RR has been quite neglected indeed. …

The Transmission Could Lock If you own a Kawasaki Ninja H2, then you’ll need to make a trip to your dealership soon. The company has issued a recall on the Kawasaki Ninja H2 due to an issue with the ECU that could cause the transmission to lock up. The NHTSA recently published documents that estimate …

From the moment humans figured out how to derive power from gasoline and build machines to move us about, we had one question: how fast is it? Going fast, being fast, finding ways to get faster, this is how we measure superiority. For me when it comes to motorcycles, I divide fast into quickest A …

Some Clarification Kawasaki has decided to spin-off its motorcycle division from Kawasaki Heavy Industries into its own thing. As I reported yesterday, this could ultimately be a good thing. Recently, Kawasaki Motor Corp. USA sent out a press release with a message from the President and CEO, Eigo Konya, that essentially says all is well. …

A Major Restructuring In an interesting move, Kawasaki says it will be spinning off its motorcycle and engine businesses as a part of a major restructuring that will integrate some of its industrial divisions of the company. While Kawasaki is a big player in the motorcycle industry, it’s just a small part of Kawasaki Heavy …

Strip Them Down Naked motorcycles. Sounds sexy right? Well, in most cases, that’s true. These bikes are stripped of their fairings and ready to ride. They offer a more of a wind-in-your-face, raw experience. In my mind, it’s the way motorcycles are meant to be experienced.  Naked bikes come in many different forms. Often, the …

The Best Way To Cover Long Distances Touring on a motorcycle is one of the best things you can do. Traveling hundreds of miles each day to get to a specific destination or nowhere at all can be an absolutely transformative experience.  While I’m of the opinion that you can tour on any motorcycle, I …

A New Versys Kawasaki is set to unveil a whole slew of new motorcycles for the 2021 model year, and the onslaught of new models may have just begun. The company revealed a new Versys 1000 S in Europe. This new higher-spec Versys 1000 S is available in a few different variations, including Tourer, Tourer …

Really Filling Out the Lineup Recently, it was revealed that Kawasaki was going to add some new models to its lineup in November. Now the company has put out a video that says it will be adding even more motorcycles to its lineup in October, too. The November date is the 23rd. The October date …

Some Great Additions, We Expect Recently Kawasaki updated its 2021 lineup, but the company left off six motorcycles that it still plans to release for the 2021 model year. Kawasaki just sent out a teaser of the six new models. These models will help fill some holes in the company’s lineup.  According to the video …

Riding a motorcycle means something different to anyone that rides. Some ride to relax. Some ride because of the freedom it makes them feel. Some ride as a primary means of commuting. However, there is that subset of riders that ride for the adrenaline. The riders that want to redline at 16,500 RPM, that want …

Two hundred horsepower is a perfectly decent amount for a small family hatchback or even a mid-sized family sedan. It’s absolutely ludicrous to stuff that amount of horsepower into a motorcycle that weighs less than 400 lbs and has a contact patch across two tires the size of a large business card. Yet, such machinery …

Get The New Color You Want The Z900, Ninja 1000SX, and Vulcan S are all fantastic motorcycles, and now they’re getting some minor changes and paint upgrades for 2021, according to MoreBikes. The Kawasaki Z900 is mostly an unchanged motorcycle. It’s sill the naked bike we’ve all come to know and love. For 2021, the …

Sun, sea, and palm trees. A dream for many and rightly so. I might also add that the number of speed cameras can be counted on one hand and no large capacity bikes ever get stolen! Oh, I almost forgot to mention that there are no traffic police. “Fantastic!” I hear you say, all the …

According to a report today posted on MotorCycleNews.com, it seems that Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki have put aside their rivalry for the benefit of the consumer. At least, that is, in the realm of electric bikes. Last year, an agreement was made between the four that they would work together to make modular battery …

For some riders, the thought of an automatic transmission is paramount to sacrilege. However, with electric bikes becoming more readily available, as well as some newer riders not being outright familiar or comfortable with manual shifting, automatic transmission options are becoming more and more popular on some types of motorcycles. For example, some commuter-style motorcycles …

Ready to Cruise Around? Cruisers aren’t the massive sellers they used to be. However, manufacturers still sell a lot of them, which is why the cruiser style is still a big part of the industry. A lot of these machines are high-dollar bikes, but they don’t have to be. You can get a wonderful cruiser …

Looking Fresh Kawasaki’s Ninja 400 is one of those bikes that everyone seems to agree is a fantastic motorcycle. Now Kawasaki is adding some color variations into its lineup. There are a total of 15 different liveries available in 2021.  Previously, the company only sold the Ninja 400 with a few color options. You had …

The Return of the Two-Stroke Could be Mighty Two-stroke motorcycles are typically off-road motorcycles these days, and we don’t see many of them. Four-stroke machines have taken over, but not everyone has left two-strokes behind. I keep one in my garage, and there’s something special about the engine design. Kawasaki knows this well, and the …

250cc, Four-Cylinder, and Totally Awesome Everyone has likely seen images or videos of the Kawasaki ZX-25R sportbike at this point, but not all of the details of this machine are yet known. That will change on July 10th, which is when Kawasaki Indonesia has said it will be officially revealing the motorcycle, according to Asphalt …

Automatically Adjusting Systems on Your Bike Kawasaki wants to have a system that can predictively adjust the settings and systems on your bike. It patented some technology recently that would use data collected from cameras, lasers, satellite navigation, and sensors to make adjustments to your motorcycle, according to MoreBikes. The cameras are looking at the …

“New” Old Cylinder Heads The legendary Kawasaki Z1, KZ900, and KZ1000 motorcycles remain loved and admired by many riders. The bikes are now reaching their 50, year anniversary. Finding parts for these bikes has proved difficult in some cases. So, Kawasaki decided to reproduce cylinder heads for the Z1, KZ900, and KZ1000. The original part …

Kawasaki’s Electric Bike Project Continues Kawasaki has teased the EV Endeavor project several times now, but this is the 10th time, according to Motorcycle News. The company put out a 20-second teaser video on its YouTube channel showing the bike in action and without all its body panels on it. When it’s all wrapped up, …

Time to Get Dirty If you’re a fan of riding the dirt, then you should take a gander at the 2021 Kawasaki lineup that was just announced. The company has a full list of KX and KLX models that are confirmed for 2021 already. Kawasaki put out a press release with the tagline “get out …

A Supercharged Power Cruiser Kawasaki has the Ninja H2 and the Z H2 now, but it could keep things going with its supercharged powertrains and offer an H2 cruiser. According to Moto Revival, the company is working on a Vulcan H2 that would essentially have the powertrain of the Ninja H2, but stuffed into a …

Polaris Could Have Some Competition The Polaris Slingshot is a unique three-wheeled vehicle, but I’m not sure it really qualifies as a motorcycle. Still, it’s an extreme machine and without a doubt a lot of fun. Now it seems Polaris may have some competition coming from Kawasaki. In a report by Motorcycle.com, patents were revealed …

Far From Finished, but Still Cool I reported not long ago about the KB4 retro sportbike that Bimota is working on. There have been renderings and then some blurry teasers. Well, now some spy shots have emerged thanks to the good folks at Motociclismo who appear to have gotten them from the Japanese publication Young …

There have been a lot of really great sportbikes released in this last year, but a lot of them are high dollar. When I say that, I mean more than $15,000. Even many of the new middleweight sportbikes come with a pretty high price tag.  I’m not saying that means they’re overpriced. These machines are …

Retro Style, Modern Japanese Engineering Bimota and Kawasaki are working together. The rumor was that Kawasaki actually bought Bimota, but I’ve since learned Kawasaki owns 49 percent, according to Moto Station. All you really need to know is that Bimota will be using Kawasaki engineering to create unique, Italian-styled motorcycles. The Tesi H2 is one …

Another Brand Offering This With few people coming out to dealerships right now due to the Coronavirus, it makes sense to do home delivery. Several companies have started to do so and now Kawasaki is one of them. The company recently announced its home delivery program. This will be done through the current dealership network.  …

That’s an Angry-Sounding Motorcycle Small 250cc motorcycles don’t usually have four-cylinders so, Kawasaki’s new Ninja ZX-25R is a unique machine. Unfortunately, at this time it is not going to be a North American model, but I hope that changes. Recently, the folks at Kawasaki Indonesia posted a video of the ZX-25R doing its thing on …

Watch and Listen The Kawasaki ZX-25R is a new model from the company, and it’s one of the most interesting. The bike is a 250cc sportbike but it’s a four-cylinder inline engine. The tiny four pot’s cylinders get 62.5cc of displacement each. That’s like four little scooter engines working together. Yes, please. The motorcycle engine …

There’s nothing quite like a track day. We all know the bikes under us are capable of great speeds, exhilarating acceleration, and lean angles that would make a Michael Jackson “Smooth Criminal” dancer jealous. We also all know, or at least should know, that such things are not entirely legal, or safe, on public roads. …

Kawasaki Is Copying Bimota’s Homework Kawasaki and Bimota are in bed together. This is good news. I just recently reported on the Bimota Tesi H2 and how it’s coming to fruition. Now it seems that Kawasaki is experimenting with a front-end suspension set-up a lot like the one seen on the Tesi H2. In a …

The Project Is Nearing Completion Bimota and Kawasaki showcased the wild Tesi H2, a supercharges sportbike designed to put to shame most other sportbikes on the road or the racetrack. The project wasn’t in its production form when it was shown off, but I knew it would inch that way. It’s a bonkers machine, and …

Kawasaki’s Return to the ADV Market? Kawasaki discontinued the beloved KLR 650 a while back. That move essentially removed the brand from the ADV conversation. The motorcycle company makes some killer dual-sport motorcycles and it has wonderful off-road bikes. So, there is no question that Team Green could make an awesome ADV. Now there’s a …

Team Green, Bringing the Green for Charities In 2019, Kawasaki supported several local and national charities and raised nearly $100,000, according to a recent report. The company’s efforts were focused on cash donations, product donations, and providing experiences at Monster Energy Supercross. Some of the charities included in Kawasaki’s efforts include the Boys and Girls …

The Kawasaki Motorcycle Lineup Just Keeps Getting Better Supercharged motorcycles, dual-sport machines, wicked-fast sport bikes and more. That is the Kawasaki lineup for 2020. The company has always made fantastic motorcycles, but 2020 looks like it’s one of the better lineups in the last several years for the company. The lineup is diverse and there’s …