2016 Kawasaki KLR650 Review

2016 Kawasaki KLR650 Review

Editor Score: 76.5% Engine 17.0/20 Suspension/Handling 12.5/15 Transmission/Clutch 7.5/10 Brakes 6.0/10 Instruments/Controls 2.5/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 9.5/10 Appearance/Quality 7.5/10 Desirability 6.0/10 Value 8.0/10 Overall Score 76.5/100 The last time I rode a Kawasaki KLR650 was fifteen years ago, in San Francisco as a photo op for a story about the Motorcycle Emergency  Response Corps. MERC was a non-profit organization composed of motorcyclists volunteering their skills to provide mobility, rescue, and communications during a disaster. Sadly, the MERC…

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Church Of MO First Ride: 2002 Kawasaki ZX-12R

Church Of MO First Ride: 2002 Kawasaki ZX-12R

When the hyperbike wars were taking off at the start of the new millennium, Kawasaki was caught with its pants down, so to speak, as Suzuki had lit the field on fire with its Hayabusa. Team Green’s response? No, not the ZX-14R we know today, but the ZX-12R. A fast bike by most measures, when placed against the ‘Busa it simply couldn’t keep up. For this week’s Church feature we have our first ride review of…

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Rea and Sykes Ready to Let the Lap Times Roll: Kawasaki WSBK 2016

Rea and Sykes Ready to Let the Lap Times Roll: Kawasaki WSBK 2016

Wow, World Superbike kicks off in just two weeks, Round 1 in Phillip Island, Australia Feb. 26-28. PRESS RELEASE: Irvine, Ca  (February 11, 2016) – The FIM Superbike World Championship Kawasaki Racing Team has been abuzz this off-season with championship cheer and the unrelenting pursuit of speed. The first glimpse of their efforts was revealed today in Barcelona as the team unveiled their 2016 Ninja® ZX™-10R. Team Manager Guim Roda played host to the world as…

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Church Of MO: 2006 Suzuki SV650S vs 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

Church Of MO: 2006 Suzuki SV650S vs 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 650R

To celebrate the imminent return of Suzuki’s beloved SV650, as well as to prepare for similar upcoming shootouts betwixt the SV and its modern counterparts, we bring you this 2006 shootout pitting the SV650 against its Kawasaki Ninja 650R nemesis. The Ninja 650 has been updated since this shootout ten years ago, and Honda now has a competitor in the form of the CBR650F. Who knows, to really stir the pot, maybe we’ll throw a KTM 690 Duke into the mix. …

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2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R Review and Dyno Test

2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R Review and Dyno Test

The chance to review an all-new motorcycle prior to the bike’s world launch is about as rare as a Vincent White Shadow, but that’s the opportunity our Australian correspondent, Jeff Ware, received late last November when he got to spin laps aboard Kawasaki’s all-new ZX-10R. Because the new 10R is the most exciting new sportbike of 2016, we jumped at the chance to publish Ware’s review so we could be among the first in the…

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2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R Project Leader Interview

2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R Project Leader Interview

The most exciting new sportbike of 2016 is Kawasaki’s ZX-10R, and Motorcycle.com readers have been able to read our review of it for the past six weeks, well in advance of our competition who have yet to catch up. 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R First First-Ride Review + Video Now we give more insight into the development of Kawi’s most advanced sportbike via the below interview with the 10R’s designer and project manager, Yoshimoto Matsuda. The…

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Church Of MO 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager/Nomad Review

In 2009, when it came to burning away mile after mile in long-distance, big displacement touring comfort, certain motorcycles came to mind. Motorcycles like the Honda Gold Wing and Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic were obvious choices, but another motorcycle deserving inclusion in the conversation was the 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager/Nomad, the topic of this week’s Church of MO feature. Here, MO’s Editor-in-Chief Kevin Duke takes one for a spin, wherein he discovers you really can take this Kawasaki from coast to…

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2016 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT vs. Star V Star 950 Tourer Comparo

and Evans BrasfieldPhotos by: Evans Brasfield File this one in the “They still make that?” file. We’ve been bombarded with so many cutting-edge sportbikes and go-anywhere, do-anything adventure-tourers lately that it’s easy to forget about the cruiser segment of the market. And even among the cruising set, the sub-liter middleweight category hasn’t been getting much love. The attention usually goes to the big-displacement crowd because, let’s face it, cruiser riders have an image to uphold….

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Gentleman’s Hooligan Comparo: 2016 Kawasaki Z800 ABS vs. 2016 Suzuki GSX-S750

Us MOrons enjoy the luxury of working from home offices, but imagine an alternate world where we actually had an office to go to everyday. Clearly, this scenario won’t be hard for many of you to imagine as it’s your reality. And if you’re also the type to take the long way home after clocking out, followed by a lengthier ride come the weekend, you’re the type of rider Kawasaki and Suzuki are reaching for…

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Kawasaki Posts Details On Its $2 Million Road Racing Contingency

For 2016, Kawasaki is posting a total of $ 2 million in road racing contingency. The program will support 14 racing associations across the United States, covering 177 events including 48 WERA races and all 41 races in the Championship Cup Series. The majority of Kawasaki’s contingency rewards – $ 1.1 million – will be posted in the MotoAmerica series. For details on events and postings please visit: www.kawasaki.com/racing/team-green/contingency. Kawasaki will be supporting those who race a…

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