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A Small-Displacement Dual Purpose When you first hear about the fact that Kawasaki is coming out with a 2020 KLX230, you might think that the company is doing away with the KLX250. Actually, Kawasaki will sell the bikes side-by-side. The KLX230 is a budget-friendly dual-sport option and it’s all-new.  The bike gets a completely new …

Tom Cruise Is Back on a Ninja Top Gun was the movie that forever put motorcycles and fighter jets together in my mind and the minds of many other people. Tom Cruise’s character pilots some amazing jets in the film but he also rides an awesome Kawasaki GPz900R. The new trailer for Top Gun: Maverick …

Is Hybrid a Smart Move? Kawasaki recently patented a design for a hybrid motorcycle, according to Motorcycle.com. This suggests that it’s now only fully electric motorcycles that will be a big part of the motorcycling future. Hybrid motorcycles are something that has been discussed a bit but not something that has really materialized. Most manufacturers …

Four Pots, 250cc, Plenty to Love The demise of many of 250cc motorcycles from the market has confounded me for a while now. There seems to be plenty of small 125cc machines out there and even more machines with displacements over 300cc, but the 250cc size that served so many riders well has somewhat fallen …

A Good-Looking Lineup With the death of the venerable KLR recently, we’d hoped that Kawasaki would have a replacement, and the rumors are that it likely does. However, that bike will not be making it to production for 2020. Kawasaki recently announced all of their dual-purpose and off-road bikes. It’s a good lineup, and we’re …

Ducati, Get Ready for Some Competition The Ducati Panigale V4 R is a serious force to be reckoned with. Recent information suggests that Kawasaki may have a new Ninja ZX-10RR in the works that could be the company’s answer to the Italian bike that’s currently dominating the World Superbike Championship. According to Asphalt & Rubber, …

Getting Higher Tech The motorcycles of the future will need to be as advanced as the high-tech cars out there to make sure they’re easily spotted on the road by autonomous and semi-autonomous car technology. This means you’re going to start seeing more radar and sensors on motorcycles. According to MoreBikes, Ducati and KTM are …

Kawasaki Should Call This Ninja Raiden A recent patent popped up that shows a novel idea coming from Kawasaki for an electric Ninja 400. The patent was filed all the way back in 2013, but it just recently got published. While an electric Ninja 400 is cool, what’s most interesting is the swappable battery tech. The …

This Could Move Electric Bikes Forward According to a recent press release, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha are all working together to develop battery swapping technology. It’s a unique consortium that would help drive electric motorcycle proliferation if the companies can come up with solutions that are effective. The goal is to combine forces and …

Is Kawasaki Getting Close? Kawasaki patents of an electric motorcycle have surfaced before. Now more details are coming out thanks to more recent patent filings. The latest patents focus on the actual cooling of the batteries that will be used on the bike. It seems that Kawasaki is focusing on some kind of liquid cooling …

New Patent Drawings Reveal Progress It would seem that Kawasaki has an electric motorcycle it’s working on. Visordown nabbed some patent drawings that show how the bike is progressing. In short, Kawasaki’s getting closer. There are two drawings that show some interesting things about the bike. The first shows a mostly complete motorcycle, or rather …

Back From the Dead? If you don’t recognize the name Meguro, don’t worry. It hasn’t really been a thing since the 1960s. It was a motorcycle gearbox company in the 1950s, then a motorcycle company, and then Kawasaki acquired the company and continued to use the name for a bit on a bike. Eventually, the Meguro …

The KLR650-A was unveiled in 1987, replacing the smaller KLR600 and becoming the monster of the Japanese dual sports. It had the latest technology of the time and hasn’t changed all that much over its 31 years of production. It is amazing to think that it’s production life spanned such a long time considering there …

More W800 Versions are Welcomed Kawasaki has already committed to selling the W800 Cafe in the U.S., but not the W800 Steet. With that said, Motorcycle.com reported on some California Air Resources Board paperwork that suggests Kawasaki will sell the Street version of the bike in the States. It is a slightly more laid-back version of the …

This week has been full of interesting motorcycle news from a customized 180hp Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo to Triumph Factory Custom bikes and rumors of a new Rocket III power cruiser. We’ve covered most of it and rounded up the news that somehow slipped through the cracks. Check out all of this week’s top stories in …

The Revised 2019 Model Gets New Aftermarket Equipment For 2019, Kawasaki added some new tech, revised the styling, and upped the list of features on its mid-level bike, the ZX-6R. The 636cc machine is a bonafide killer in the middleweight segment. The 600cc market has been slashed considerably in the last few years. Kawasaki has managed …

#TeamGreen The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS is a sport touring bike that I was wanting to review for a while. I like the aggressive styling of the bike and after sitting on it in the showroom, I know I wanted to take this Motorcycle for a test drive. I really like the way the bike …

The 2018 Motorcycle of The Year This review made possible through the help of Blackfoot Motosports in Calgary, Alberta and Kawasaki Canada. After 7500 miles of asphalt with some gravel and dirt thrown in how did the new for 2018 Kawasaki H2SX SE Sport Tourer perform?  In a word, flawlessly. No, that’s insufficient praise for …

Outfitting the Versys The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys Info and Specs …

Part 4: Evolution of a Relationship The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys …

Kawasaki Versys Specifications The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys Info and Specs …

Part 2: A Versys Mid-Term Report Breaking in a new motorcycle can be a frustrating experience. Example: The Versys 650 owner’s manual calls for a 4,000 RPM limit for the first 500 miles, then a 6,000 RPM limit from 500 to 1,000 miles. That 4,000 RPM translates to about 52 MPH in 6th gear. But …

The Lighter-Weight Sport Tourer All-Arounder You’re looking at the newest webBikeWorld Project Bike! It’s a 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. The LT or “Light Touring” version of the Versys 650 comes with ABS, hand guards and matched luggage. Why this bike? It’s kind of a long and convoluted story, so hang with me: Although I …

Handlebar Riser and GPS Holder Combo for the Versys 650 This is a “Quick Look” at the Motowerx GPS Mount and Handlebar Riser Combo. This one is for the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT Project Bike (Blog). It’s part number V650LT KV650LT-UMNT-RSR-COMBO. Motowerk also makes handlebar risers for the 650 cc and 1000 cc Versys …

The All-Around Sport Tourer Here’s the latest webBikeWorld Project Bike: the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. Be sure to read the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT review for more information. This blog will serve as the homepage for the various accessories, tips and tricks for making a more enjoyable owner experience. As always, feedback and questions are …

First Impressions: The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 A few weeks ago, in April (2016), I had the unfortunate circumstance of experiencing a lowside crash on my 2006 Triumph Sprint 1050. It was one of those instances where you just don’t anticipate the likelihood of a crash. I assume there is always the possibility of a crash …

Wide Foot Pegs For The Kawasaki Versys This is our second experience with the SW-Motech wide foot pegs. This set is designed for the newest versions of the Kawasaki Versys 650 and 1000. But there are very few differences, no matter the bike. The foot peg is virtually the same, the only difference is the …

Another Quality SW-Motech Accessory SW-Motech comes to the rescue once again, with a solid center stand offering for the new 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 (the LT in this case). The kit is complete (always the case with SW-Motech in our experience) and the hardware is better quality than Kawasaki OE. You’ll have to study the …

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys Gets an “LT” Makeover The Kawasaki Versys (review) has its fans…and just as many detractors. More than anything else, the styling created this dichotomy. Well, that should no longer be a problem. The 2015 Versys looks like a sharp, modern adventure-touring bike in the current faux AT style that’s in vogue. Both the …

Note to the “More is Better” Crowd: Your Bike Has Arrived. October 16, 2014 – Kawasaki went the subtle route with the H2R intro. No big showy presentations and still not a lot of info on this monster. The engine is supercharged with 296HP, which pretty much says it all. It has Rain, Sport and …

EICMA 2010 Live Report The Kawasaki W800 UPDATE (January 26, 2011): Kawasaki releases photos of new W800 Café Racer Special Edition!  See below for pics… November 13, 2010 – Kawasaki has a surprise release in store for 2011, the W800, which I guess could be called a revival of a revived retro…or something like that. …

2010 Kawaski Z1000 Custom Motorcycles by WARM-UP I receive many press releases but only publish those that I find most interesting. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Kawasaki, starting with the Mach III 500 cc two-stroke screamer back in the ’60’s. The new Kawasaki Z1000 piques my interest, so when this …

Windscreens for the Versys Motorcycling is unique in its ability to bring the rider (and passenger) closer to the elements – a sense of freedom as the rider and machine move as one through the air. Each individual has their own opinion on just how much of that air should be felt while riding. Which …

The Kawasaki Versys The Kawasaki Versys Story Part 1: Kawasaki Versys Introduction and Review Part 2: Luggage and Accessories Part 3: Windscreen Part 4: Accessories for the Versys Part 5: New Tires for the Versys Part 6: Oxford HotGrips on the Versys Gear: Zeta Handguards and XC Deflector Kit Gear: FAMSA 260 Tank Bag & Pannier Set Versys Specs: Kawasaki Versys Info and Specs …