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2013
Versys®
Versys® Wins Motorcyclist Magazine’s 2013 City Bike Shootout!
The Kawasaki Versys® has racked-up yet another shootout victory! This time, the Versys defeated the very latest in practical streetbike offerings from BMW and Honda, in a real world test of everyday practicality, coupled with fun-to-ride factors.
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2013
Ninja® 300 ABS
Kawasaki Ninja® 300 Beats Honda CBR500R in Sport Rider Magazine’s Fraternal Twins Shootout
The 2013 Ninja 300 reset the standard for lightweight sportbikes and has continued to reign as the best bike in the lightweight category in the 12 months since its debut. The newest challenger in the class comes equipped with an engine that is almost 60% larger than the Ninja’s, but it still wasn’t enough to knock the amazingly effective Kawasaki off its throne.
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Kawasaki Ninja® 300 Rules Sport Rider Magazine’s Lightweight Sportbike Comparo
Following a thorough real-world test of the top-three lightweight sportbikes, all six Sport Rider staff members and guest test riders chose the Kawasaki Ninja® 300 as their clear choice. The unanimous selection of the 300 was easy in light of this Ninja’s strength, refinement and handling.
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Ninja® 300 Picks-Up Older Brother’s Winning Ways, Beats Honda CBR250R in another Motorcycle.com Shootout
Motorcycle-USA.com pitted the Kawasaki Ninja® 300 against the Honda CBR250R in head-to-head competition for their 2013 shootout. The overwhelming performance enjoyed by the Ninja 300 helped it completely dominate the Honda throughout the evaluations.
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Kawasaki Ninja® 300 Wins Motorcycle.com's Beginner Sportbike Shootout
Motorcycle.com pitted the Kawasaki Ninja® 300 against the latest lightweight sportbike offerings from Honda and Hyosung in its 2013 “Beginner Sportbike Shootout.” They tested everything from ease of use, to practicality to outright performance, and when all was said and done, the Ninja 300 scored a clear victory!
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Ninja® 300: Popular Mechanics Magazine Review
"Kawasaki also updated the chassis and fitted the 300 with a slipper clutch and optional ABS. But what's really tantalizing about this bike is the engine's 13,000 redline and feathery 379-pound curb weight."
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Ninja® 300: Motorcyclist Magazine Small Bikes Compared
"Building on the 250R's sporting performance is one thing-a thing, as it happens, the 300 does with the effectiveness of a bulldozer moving peanut shells-but the new Ninja is a vastly better all-around bike."

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2013
Ninja® 300
Kawasaki Ninja® 300 Beats Honda CBR500R in Sport Rider Magazine’s Fraternal Twins Shootout
The 2013 Ninja 300 reset the standard for lightweight sportbikes and has continued to reign as the best bike in the lightweight category in the 12 months since its debut. The newest challenger in the class comes equipped with an engine that is almost 60% larger than the Ninja’s, but it still wasn’t enough to knock the amazingly effective Kawasaki off its throne.
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Kawasaki Ninja® 300 Rules Sport Rider Magazine’s Lightweight Sportbike Comparo
Following a thorough real-world test of the top-three lightweight sportbikes, all six Sport Rider staff members and guest test riders chose the Kawasaki Ninja® 300 as their clear choice. The unanimous selection of the 300 was easy in light of this Ninja’s strength, refinement and handling.
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Ninja® 300 Picks-Up Older Brother’s Winning Ways, Beats Honda CBR250R in another Motorcycle.com Shootout
Motorcycle-USA.com pitted the Kawasaki Ninja® 300 against the Honda CBR250R in head-to-head competition for their 2013 shootout. The overwhelming performance enjoyed by the Ninja 300 helped it completely dominate the Honda throughout the evaluations.
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Kawasaki Ninja® 300 Wins Motorcycle.com's Beginner Sportbike Shootout
Motorcycle.com pitted the Kawasaki Ninja® 300 against the latest lightweight sportbike offerings from Honda and Hyosung in its 2013 “Beginner Sportbike Shootout.” They tested everything from ease of use, to practicality to outright performance, and when all was said and done, the Ninja 300 scored a clear victory!
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Ninja® 300: Popular Mechanics Magazine Review
"Kawasaki also updated the chassis and fitted the 300 with a slipper clutch and optional ABS. But what's really tantalizing about this bike is the engine's 13,000 redline and feathery 379-pound curb weight."
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Ninja® 300: Motorcyclist Magazine Small Bikes Compared
"Building on the 250R's sporting performance is one thing-a thing, as it happens, the 300 does with the effectiveness of a bulldozer moving peanut shells-but the new Ninja is a vastly better all-around bike."

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2013
Ninja® 650 ABS
Ninja® 650: Sport Rider Magazine Long-Term Test
"The 650 proved equally as strong a performer on the weekends as it did during the week.  I was taken backeven by the bike's capabilities when speeds picked up in the canyons..."

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Ninja® 650: Sport Rider Magazine Review
"Even though the double-tube frame's steering geometry is nearly identical (save for a smidgen more trail) to the old model, the new Ninja's steering habits are definitely more agile, whilestill remaining impressively neutral."

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Ninja® 650: Cycle World Magazine Review
"Inside the happy range, the Ninja's heart beats like a real sportbike's: The intake growls over the top of a faint, flat exhaust note and the acceleration is firm enough to be interesting. Throttle response is superb, picking up and dropping off torque faithfully to your commands."

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Ninja® 650: Motorcyclist Magazine Review
"The bike's new adjustable windshield proved to be a great addition, and offers a dramatic change in wind noise, protection and buffeting between its three heights..."

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2013
Ninja® 650
Ninja® 650: Sport Rider Magazine Long-Term Test
"The 650 proved equally as strong a performer on the weekends as it did during the week.  I was taken backeven by the bike's capabilities when speeds picked up in the canyons..."

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Ninja® 650: Sport Rider Magazine Review
"Even though the double-tube frame's steering geometry is nearly identical (save for a smidgen more trail) to the old model, the new Ninja's steering habits are definitely more agile, whilestill remaining impressively neutral."

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Ninja® 650: Cycle World Magazine Review
"Inside the happy range, the Ninja's heart beats like a real sportbike's: The intake growls over the top of a faint, flat exhaust note and the acceleration is firm enough to be interesting. Throttle response is superb, picking up and dropping off torque faithfully to your commands."

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Ninja® 650: Motorcyclist Magazine Review
"The bike's new adjustable windshield proved to be a great addition, and offers a dramatic change in wind noise, protection and buffeting between its three heights..."

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2011
Z1000
Z1000 Defeats Honda and Triumph in Cycle World's "Let There Be ROCK!" Shootout
Cycle World magazine put three of latest "naked" sportbikes to the test in their "Let There Be ROCK!" shootout and concluded that from handling to power, and even all-out sport riding, the Kawasaki Z1000 is the clear winner.
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Z1000 WINS CYCLE WORLD 2011 “BEST STANDARD” AWARD
“Cycle World named the best bike in each category for its 2011 “Ten Best Bikes” issue, and when it comes to “Standard” (aka naked) motorcycles, their overwhelming pick–for the second year running–was the Kawasaki Z1000.”
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Z1000 Takes "Best Naked Bike" Honors in Motorcyclist Magazine
Motorcyclist magazine picked the 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 as the Best Naked Bike of 2010 in their annual ‘Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY)’ issue. The Z1000s balance of power, comfort, handling and practicality earned it the top spot in its category. Here’s what the staff at Motorcyclist had to say about the Kawasaki Z1000:
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Z1000 Beats Ducati and Honda Sport Tourers at Their Own Game
Motorcycle.com took an extended, multi-day sport tour on the Kawasaki Z1000, Ducati Multistrada 1200S and Honda VFR 1200. This real-world test of sport touring performance, comfort and value provided some surprising insight: The Z1000 isn’t just a great street bike and commuter, it’s also a heck of a good sportbike and light tourer! The editors at Motorcycle.com had to this to say about the 2010 Kawasaki Z1000:
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2011
Ninja® 250R
Ninja® 250R Wins Sport Rider Magazine's 250cc Comparo
The staff at Sport Rider magazine set-out to determine once and for all who makes the best entry level sportbike. After extensive testing, with six different riders and the top-three 250cc sportbikes, they named the Kawasaki Ninja® 250R as the overall winner against Honda's CBR250R and Hyosung's GT250R.
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2011
Ninja® 650R
Ninja® 650R Review by Genevieve Schmitt
Genevieve Schmitt, editor of Women Riders Now rides the Ninja 650R to find out for herself why this compact yet versatile street bike is a consistent fan favorite.
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2011
Ninja® 1000
Ninja® 1000 Wins Motorcycle of the Year!
The esteemed editors at Motorcyclist magazine have named the Kawasaki Ninja® 1000 as the 2011 Motorcycle of the Year! They validated their decision by saying: “When $10,499 delivers more motorcycle to more people than anything in anyone else’s showroom, our Motorcycle of the Year… it’s Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000.”
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New Cycle World Ninja® 1000 Experience blog
The new Cycle World Ninja® 1000 Experience blog gives readers valuable insight on the real life experiences and observations of ten different veteran riders. Chosen to spend 90 days of quality time with a new Ninja 1000 sportbike, these riders provide an unfiltered look into what it’s really like to live with this powerful, yet practical sportbike in the real world.
http://www.cycleworldkawasakininja1000experience.com


Super Streetbike Magazine Review: Ninja® 1000
“If having a lady on the back is part of your intended sportbike ownership experience you’ll (both) be happy the Ninja 1000’s designers actually thought about passengers instead of slapping on a vinyl piece of plywood as an afterthought.”
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: Ninja® 1000
“The longish-stroke four is instantly obliging from 3000 rpm up–a reassuring feature for making safe, quick progress on unfamiliar roads. And just north of 6500 rpm, it pulls hard enough to condense time and space into a pleasantly addictive little neurological aperitif.”
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2010
Versys®
Versys® Ride Review by Franke Santos
Franke Santos a former associate editor at Motorcycle Consumer News, applies her journalistic experience to the Versys®, in an honest review of its strengths and weaknesses during a fun ride through the Southern California backroads. ersys® Ride Review by Franke Santos Franke Santos a former associate editor at Motorcycle Consumer News, applies her journalistic experience to the Versys®, in an honest review of its strengths and weaknesses during a fun ride through the Southern California backroads.
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2010
Z1000
Z1000 Defeats MV Brutale and Harley XR1200 in Cycle World Magazine Comparo
Cycle World magazine pitted the Kawasaki Z1000 against MV Agusta’s new Brutale 990R and Harley-Davidson’s XR1200 in a battle to determine the best sporting standard motorcycle available in America. When comparison testing was complete, the Z1000 had continued its recent trend of shootout victories.  Here is what the editors at Cycle World had to say about the 2010 Z1000
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Z1000 Wins ‘Best Standard’ in Cycle World’s 2010 Ten Best Issue
After a thorough re-design followed by numerous head-to-head comparison victories, the new Kawasaki Z1000 took its rightful place at the head of the sporting standard field, after being named as the ‘Best Standard’ in Cycle World’s 2010 Ten Best issue.  Here is what the experts at Cycle World had to say about the 2010 Z1000.
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Z1000 Named Best Standard Bike in CycleWorld's Ten Best of 2010
Now Kawasaki has delivered an all-new machine that shares little more with its predecessors than a name and its broad-focus, real-world sporting intent. And we have been torqued into submission by its all-new sublimely smooth, instant-power 1043cc inline-Four. This, along with a sporty chassis and fully adjustable suspension upped the Z’s sporting prowess and sealed the deal.
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Z1000 Beats Triumph Speed Triple in Motorcycle.com Shootout
Motorcycle.com pitted the 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 in head-to-head competition against the Triumph Speed Triple. The Z1000’s fun and nimble handling and more powerful engine earned a hard-fought win over the Speed Triple.
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Sport Rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki Z1000
"Here’s where the new Z1000’s long-stroke engine shatters that mold. Grab a handful of throttle at 4000 rpm in any gear, and you’re rewarded with responsive acceleration that’s always been absent in the vast majority of other inline-four-powered naked bikes." Read the Full Story


Z1000 Highlights and Editor Quotes
Moto-journalists, public test ride participants and new Z1000 owners are united in their strong praise for this impressive motorcycle. The complete list of the Z1000’s strengths and accolades can be almost overwhelming, so to give readers a better grasp of what this bike is all about, Kawasaki has created this one-page “Hot Sheet” summarizing key features, strengths and editor impressions.


Z1000 Ride Review by Mitch Boehm
Former Motorcyclist magazine and current Moto Retro Illustrated Editor, Mitch Boehm applies his journalistic expertise to the Z1000, in an honest review of its strengths, weaknesses and overall fun-to-ride quotient.
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Cycle World Magazine Review: 2010 Kawasaki Z1000
Out on the road, this tractability and flexibility mean the engine is always there for you. "A nice clutch and snappy fuel mapping make off-the-line launches easy to execute," said Editor-in-Chief Mark Hoyer. "And, man, is there TORQUE!"
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2010 Z1000 Beats Yamaha FZ1 in Motorcycle Consumer News Shootout
The editors at Motorcycle Consumer News pitted the 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 in head-to-head competition against Yamaha’s latest FZ1. After extensive testing, the Z1000’s clearly superior power and handling allowed it to score a decisive victory over the FZ1.
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: 2010 Kawasaki Z1000
Corners come in four bladder-emptying flavors: blind, off-camber, decreasing-radius and the always-appalling combination plate. Grown men weep like little girls after 15 minutes of this on some 160-horse track tool, but we were almost happy.
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Popular Mechanics Magazine Review: 2010 Kawasaki Z1000
"Bombing across rambling Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, which links Fort Hunter Liggett to the coastal Big Sur area, our small pack of riders picked up the pace and pushed our Z1000s harder. At higher speeds and on less technical stretches, the chassis felt well-suited to the engine, and strong midrange torque enabled acceleration that spooled up with surprising eagerness between 7000 rpm and redline."

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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: Kawasaki Z1000
"Personally, I think there’s a lot to be said for plenty of useable horsepower in a solid chassis matched to an ergo package that you can live with for more than 30 minutes, but I’m in the minority (I know). The new Z1000 has all of the above, and then some, so I can’t help but like it."
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2010
Ninja® 250R
Ninja 250R Wins Motorcycle.Com's 2009 "Best Value" Award
The Kawasaki Ninja® 250R packs an unbeatable combination of practicality, performance, style and low price into a package that is easily accessible for beginners, yet still fun for experts. These winning traits led the editors at Motorcycle.com to name it as the "Best Value" in motorcycling for 2009.
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Kawasaki Ninja® 250R wins Consumer Reports Scooter and Motorcycle Test
The Kawasaki Ninja 250, an entry-level sports bike, achieved the highest score of any motorcycle or scooter in our testing.
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Rider “Fun & Fuelgal: 9 Small-to-Midsize Fuel Savers” featuring the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and Versys
You will have to decide how much you can spend and how important fuel mileage is to your equation, but to us the Versys is by far the most versatile and enjoyable bike here.
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2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R wins Motorcyclist Magazine Best Bang for the Buck Award
The Ninja 250R offers big performance in a small package at an equally diminutive price. Add in its new styling and improved power delivery and it’s pretty obvious how the little Ninja that could, did in fact win this award.
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
Lightweight and fun to ride, it builds your confidence instead of destroying it. After five minutes on the 250, I concluded that it’s more than a great beginner’s bike. It’s a great bike, period.
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rider Magazine Review: 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
At about 6,000 rpm the engine launches into a delicious F1 howl that will convince most people it’s now more sport than playbike.
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Sport Rider Magazine Review: 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
On the road all the changes are clear—this is the beginner bike we’ve been waiting for. The slightly forward bar does put the rider in a more sporty position, but overall the rider is sitting largely upright, and the 30.5-inch seat height is sure to inspire flat-footed confidence in all but the shortest of riders.
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Motorcycle-USA.com Magazine Review: 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
We sample Kawasaki's best-selling sportbike. In fact, the Ninja 250R is Kawasaki's best-selling motorcycle period." Check this great review with video at Motorcycle-USA.com.


Motorcycle.com Magazine Review: 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
Revvy and racy in a bite-sized package; check out this great review at Motorcycle.com.

2010
ER-6n
AutoWeek Magazine Review: Kawasaki ER-6n
"But there isn't much need for that, and you end up doing it to hear the exhaust note change from a fruity burble at lower revs to an angry snarl as the revs climb."
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ER-6n Ride Review by Franke Santos
Franke Santos a former associate editor at Motorcycle Consumer News, applies her journalistic experience to the ER-6n during a fun ride through the Southern California backroads, providing an honest review of its strengths and weaknesses. 
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Popular Mechanics Magazine Review: 2010 Kawasaki ER-6n
The powerplant's mild vibrations convey a pulse that feels somewhat muted; the feedback is just distinct enough to impart a bit of character, not annoyance. Accelerate off the line, and the ER-6n responds with reasonable low-end and strong midrange pull, redlining at an indicated 11,000 rpm.

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ER-6n, Concours 14, Ninja ZX-6R and KLX250SF Earn MOTY Honors from Motorcyclist Magazine
Best Sportbike: Ninja ZX-6R / Best Touring Bike: Concours 14 / Best Bang For The Buck: ER-6n / Bang For The Buck Runner-Up: KLX250SF.
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ER-6n Wins Motorcyclist Magazine's 2009 "Best Bang for the Buck" Award
Motorcyclist magazine recently announced their annual Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY) award winners. A practical blend of low price, good power, efficient operation and excellent comfort helped the Kawasaki ER-6n earn the "Best Bang for the Buck" award.
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2010
Ninja® 650R
Ninja® 650R Ride Review by Franke Santos
Franke Santos a former associate editor at Motorcycle Consumer News, applies her journalistic experience to the Ninja® 650R during a fun ride through the Southern California backroads, providing an honest review of its strengths and weaknesses. 
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2009
Versys™
Rider “Fun & Fuelgal: 9 Small-to-Midsize Fuel Savers” featuring the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and Versys
You will have to decide how much you can spend and how important fuel mileage is to your equation, but to us the Versys is by far the most versatile and enjoyable bike here.
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Kawasaki Versys wins 2008 Motorcycle of the Year Award from Motorcyclist Magazine
Each year Motorcyclist Magazine recognizes the best motorcycles available in the U.S. The fun and practical 2008 Kawasaki Versys™ defied all attempts at categorizing, except for one – 2008 Motorcycle of the Year.
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rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki Versys
“Curving roads are the Versys’ forte. It’s quick and agile in the twisties, where you can get going at a good clip. Long-travel suspension gives it a generous amount of cornering clearance, and it takes just a light touch to steer through the curves, with good low-end torque to power it strongly through uphill turns. With rake and trail figures at 25 degrees and 4.3 inches the Versys flows smoothly through the curves and feels stable at highway speed, too.”
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2008 Kawasaki Versys Road Test by Motorcycle.com
Check out this great story and video review at Motorcycle.com.


Cycle World Magazine Review: Kawasaki Versys
“The riding position is not unlike that taken by grapplers during face-offs. Weight over your feet, knees bent, arms up and wide, ready to respond to whatever your opponent -in this case the road, oncoming traffic, etc. -throws at you. There’s a strong sense of being in command.”
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Cycle News Magazine Review: Kawasaki Versys
"A hybrid of 'versatility' and 'system', the name does well to describe the all-around purpose of the bike. Whether it's sport riding, urban assault, commuting or light touring, Kawasaki says the 'Versys has your back', and they're not kidding. "
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2008
Ninja® 650R
Ride Texas Magazine Review: Kawasaki Ninja 650R
"I had modest handling expectations for this inexpensive, small bike, but it blew right through those. It handled like a champ with nary a wobble, nor a moment’s drama. Icky pavement although rough, did not upset the chassis and the bike never skittered nor slid. I like that in a bike."
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rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki Ninja 650R
"Starting with a fresh-looking sporty design, powered by a lively new 649cc twin and mounted in a competent chassis, we think Kawi’s engineers deserve a round of applause."
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: Kawasaki Ninja 650R
"...there's a school of thought that says being able to use all of a motorcycle’s performance can be quite satisfying. Well, Kawasaki’s latest has a master’s degree at that particular school. All of which makes the affordable, accessible, adaptable Ninja 650R a refreshing alternative to spending twice as much money on something else. You know why? Because it’s fun, remember?"
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Ninja 650R Clinches Sport Rider “Fun Factor” Shootout
"Happy in practically any environment, the Ninja 650R has features that appeal to newer riders, as well as performance that makes it enjoyable for those who are more experienced."
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Cruisers
2011
Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero™
Motorcycle-USA Magazine Review: Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero™
“We’ll concede the styling clicks, the glossy paint job of the black model is exceeded only by the Candy Fire Red configuration we snatched for testing duties. A broad upper fairing is ripped right off the Voyager, but benefits from a short wind deflector, as well as lower bodywork that streamline its new look.”  Check this great review with video at Motorcycle-USA.com.

2011
Vulcan® 900 Custom
Vulcan® 900 Custom Review by Genevieve Schmitt
Genevieve Schmitt, editor of Women Riders Now rides the sleek minimalist member of the Vulcan 900 family of cruisers.
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2011
Vulcan® 1700 Voyager®
Vulcan® 1700 Voyager® Ride Review by Mitch Boehm
Former Motorcyclist magazine and current Moto Retro Illustrated Editor, Mitch Boehm applies his journalistic expertise to the Voyager®, in this honest review of its strengths, weaknesses and overall touring potential.
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2010
Vulcan® 900 Custom
Vulcan 900 Custom Beats Harley, Honda and Star in Motorcycle-USA's Middleweight Cruiser Shootout
Motorcycle-USA magazine pitted the 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan® 900 Custom against the latest 750-1000cc cruiser offerings from Harley Davidson, Honda and Star. With its healthy power, roomy ergonomics and well balanced handling, the Vulcan 900 scored a hard-fought victory in this head-to-head comparison against the top bikes in its class.
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rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
"...and overall the bike has a surprisingly light feel and easier steering than the Classic, despite its greater rake and trail. That narrow 21-inch front wheel really lightens up the steering. The engine pulses very subtly throughout the rev range, becomes pronounced at higher rpm, but never intrudes."
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2010
Vulcan® 1700 Classic
2010 Vulcan 1700 Classic Beats Harley Fat Boy Lo in Motorcycle Cruiser Shootout
Motorcycle Cruiser magazine pitted the 2010 Kawasaki Vulcan® 1700 Classic against the latest Fat Boy cruiser offering from Harley Davidson. With its healthy power, comfortable saddle and superior ground clearance, the Vulcan 1700 scored a hard-fought victory in this head-to-head comparison.
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2010
Vulcan® 1700 Nomad™
Vulcan 1700 Nomad Tested in Cycle World Magazine
With its lighter and stiffer frame, the Nomad has a wheelbase that's almost an inch shorter than its predecessor's. Handling is quite good and cornering is limited only by floorboards that drag when the bike is ridden at a brisk pace.
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2010
Vulcan® 1700 Voyager®
Vulcan Voyager Tested in Ultimate Motorcycling Magazine
The new powerplant delivers 108 ft/lbs of torque at a punctual 2750 rpm on the Voyager. That figure represents a 15-percent advantage over the 1600. Kawasaki is not reluctant to boast that, along with the additional 100 cubes, the 1700 enjoys a 20-percent increase in horsepower, which peaks at 5,000 revs.
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2009
Vulcan® 1700 Voyager®
Cycle World Magazine Review: 2009 Vulcan Voyager
Kawasaki’s first entry into the metric V-Twin dresser category has all the markings of success. Lots of high-tech features, nice styling, long-term comfort and power that will likely help the Voyager out-sprint the competition should make the incumbents nervous.
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Rider Magazine Review: 2009 Vulcan Voyager
There is an exceptional sweet spot at around 75mph, and you can imagine doing a thousand-mile day with ease.
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2009 Vulcan Voyager WebRide on Cycle World
Check out this great online review at Cycle World.

2009
Vulcan® 900 Classic
Kawasaki Vulcan® 900 Classic Earns Consumers Digest Best Buy Award
Thanks to a well-balanced combination of value, easy handling traits that help smaller and less-experienced riders feel at home and big bike features like a 903cc V-twin engine; the editors at Consumers Digest have awarded the Vulcan 900 with the coveted "Best Buy" award.
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic
"The Classic is a feature-laden rolling testament to the depth of Kawasaki’s research, and its remarkably single-minded execution in creating exactly what it figures the market wants. With its MSRP of $7299, buyers can think big—just like Kawasaki did in creating the 900—without having to be a big spender. Now, that’s value."
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2008
Vulcan® 2000
Vulcan 2000 named “Best Open Displacement Cruiser” by Motorcycle-USA.com
"Its 125 cubic-inch mill lopes along calmly yet menacingly at low speeds, but it’s ready and able to hunt down and kill most Screamin’ Eagles it comes across when the loud handle is twisted."
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2008
Vulcan® 1600 Nomad™
2008 Vulcan® 1600 Nomad™ Wins Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine Hard Bagger Tourer Shootout
The 1600cc Nomad over powered, out handled and presented a better cockpit than the competition to earn a solid win. "In this trio … the Nomad won unanimously, and by a fair margin."
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Motocross
2014
KX™450F
Three Years Running: 2014 KX™450F takes the Win for Dirt Bike’s 450 Motocross Shootout
The 2014 KX450F surged off the line for the third straight year to once again take Dirt Bike’s coveted title of year’s best 450cc motocross machine. That’s a huge accomplishment, as the magazine states, “The 450 Motocross Shootout is arguably the biggest and most intense head-to-head test of the year.” Test riders praised the KX450F’s power, ergonomics, handling and stability. Try as they might, the competition simply couldn’t match the impressive package that Kawasaki delivers right off the showroom floor.
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Trifecta: 2014 KX™450F Wins Cycle News’ 450-Class Motocross Shootout for Third Straight Year
Good things come in threes. Perhaps it is no surprise then that for the third year in a row, the Kawasaki KX450F has surpassed the competition to stand at the top of the podium in Cycle News’ 2014 450-Class Motocross Shootout. As the test crew pointed out in the magazine’s December issue, KTM, Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki have ‘tried hard to knock [the KX450F] off the throne” but “none have been successful.”
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2014 KX™450F Wins Dirt Rider 450cc MX Shootout… Again!
The 2014 Kawasaki KX450F has taken the Dirt Rider 450cc MX Shootout crown yet again. Its latest victory was announced in the magazine’s February issue and comes on the heels of its 2013 win in the annual comparison test. In the six-bike shootout, the KX450F beat out the best motocross machines that Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and KTM could offer.
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2014 KX™450F Wins Motocross Action’s 450 Four-Stroke Shootout
Not all motocross bikes are created equally, and as the winner of Motocross Action’s 450 Four-Stroke Shootout, the 2014 Kawasaki KX450F is a testament to that statement. As the test crew at MXA points out, “although every bike in this shootout is designed to do the same thing, they aren’t all alike.” The engineers at Kawasaki couldn’t agree more.
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Cycle World Magazine Names the Kawasaki KX™450F as The “Best Motocrosser” of 2013!
Cycle World named the best bike in each category for their 2013 “Ten Best Bikes” issue, and when it comes to the motocross class, their choice was the Kawasaki KX™450F.
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2013
KX™250F
Kawasaki KX™250F Wins Motocross Action Magazine's 2013 250 Four-Stroke Shootout
After collecting the top-six 250 four-stroke MX bikes for 2013, the Motocross Action magazine crew raced and evaluated them at tracks across the USA, dyno tested and then ranked them on several key factors to determine the best 250 motocross bike available today. It's no surprise that after rigorous testing and research, the Kawasaki KX™250F rose to the head of the pack!  Here's what the test riders at Motocross Action had to say...
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2013 Kawasaki KX™250F Wins Cycle News Magazine's "High-Revving Showdown"!
Facing stiff competition from the complete lineup of 250 four-stroke motocrossers, Kawasaki's KX™250F fought its way to a well-earned victory after extensive testing during the Cycle News High-Revving Showdown! It impressed the Cycle News test riders with its superior power delivery and well-mannered chassis...
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2013
KX™450F
KX™450F: Dirt Rider Magazine Review
"The hard-terrain setup was the most popular of the alternate couplers due to the fact that its richer setting eased theaggressiveness of the power delivery and helped the motorcycle track straighter with less wheelspin." 

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KX™450F: Dirt Rider Magazine's 2013 450 Shootout
"This is definitely the strongest, most responsive stock 450 motor on the block.  The KX-F has the best bottom-end delivery in the class..."  "The Kawi is just predictable and easy to ride. It's very point-and-shoot, and the power makes up for any mistakes you make."

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Kawasaki KX™450F Named "Best Motocross Motorcycle" by Motorcycle-USA.com
In their round up of the best machines of 2012, Motorcycle-USA.com named the Kawasaki KX™450F as the Best Motocross Motorcycle. This prestigious award adds to a long-list of KX450F accomplishments that includes Ryan Villopoto's 2012 Supercross Title. The editors at Motorcycle-USA.com had quite a few nice things to say about the Kawasaki KX450F...
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2013 Kawasaki KX™450F Wins Cycle News Battle of the Big Guns!
The 2013 Kawasaki KX™450F breezed to the top spot on the podium in Cycle News magazine's Battle of the Big Guns shootout. Its refinement for '13 did the trick, as the KX450F impressed the Cycle News test riders with its strong yet smooth power delivery and top-notch suspension...
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Kawasaki KX™450F Wins 2013 Motocross Action Magazine's 450 Four-Stroke Shootout
Motocross Action magazine just finished their 2013 450 four-stroke shootout, and the Kawasaki KX™450F has earned the gold for the second year in-a-row! The Motocross Action testers were blown-away by the Kawasaki's spread of power, here's what they had to say about the 2013 KX450F motocrosser...
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KX™450F Wins Motorcycle-USA.com's 2013 450 Motocross Shootout
Motorcycle-usa.com tested the Kawasaki KX™450F against the leading competitors in the 450 class. When the dust settled, the KX was King! Here's what the editors and test riders at Motorcycle-usa.com had to say about the 2013 Kawasaki KX450F...
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2012
KX™250F
KX™250F Named Best Dirtbike of 2011 by Motorcycle.com
The staff at Motorcycle.com have had a love affair with the Kawasaki KX™250F for the past few years, and the fuel-injected 2011 version has raised their affection to a whole new level. After weighing its strengths against the competition's motocrossers, regardless of displacement, the testers awarded the "Best" title to the Kawasaki.
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2012
KX™450F
KX™450F Wins Motocross Action Magazine's 450 Four-Stroke Shootout
The 2012 Kawasaki KX™450F motocrosser dominated the competition and took the win in Motocross Action magazine's 450 Four-Stroke Shootout. Its new slimmer, stronger and more nimble personality did the trick, as the KX450F impressed MXA's test riders with its strong, tunable power delivery and giant leap-forward in handling performance. Here's what the pro's at Motocross Action had to say about the 2012 KX450F:
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Dirt Bike Magazine Test: 2012 KX™450F
We ran the standard map (green clip) the first day and played around with the different clips on the second day when the track dried out and became more slippery we loved the black clip, programmed to offer smoother power with less hit. The bike still had plenty of power, just not as much hit, making it easier to keep traction through slippery corners. Read Here


Motocross Action Magazine Test: 2012 KX™450F
Stapleton suited up for the action photo shoot. In short order he clicked third gear, held the bike wide open, and sailed over LaRocco’s Leap. It was death-defying! To experience jumping LaRocco’s Leap, check out the video that we will have up tomorrow evening on the website. It’s a huuuuuge jump. Read Here


What the Editors Say: 2012 KX™450F
Check-out this summary video from the press debut of the 2012 KX450F at RedBud and hear what a large assortment of professional riders have to say about the mighty KX. This is undiluted knowelege from some of the best testers in the world… Read Here


Motorcycle-USA.com Test: 2012 KX™450F
When the track got hard, bumpy and rutted I liked the hard-terrain setting because it increased traction. More power went to the ground instead of just spinning the back wheel,” explains See. “I think this map would be great for your second moto when you don’t want that arm ripping power that you would start the day on.  Read Here


Grind TV.com Test: 2012 KX™450F
The 2012 makes so much power stock, it can be moved around and altered to one's personal desires. If I owned a 2012 and one of the three provided settings were not exactly what I was looking for, my first purchase would have to be the Calibration Kit software. This is an amazing tool--almost like having your own personal exhaust shop at your fingertips. Read Here


TransWorld MX Magazine Test: 2012 KX™450F
The chassis changes that they made make it feel so much narrower and actually feel lighter. Coming into the corners, the bike leans-in really well, especially tight ruts it really dives-in a lot better” Watch the rest of the video review at: Read Here


Racer X Magazine Test: 2012 KX™450F
Emig wasn’t the only rider who raved about the lighter, slimmer feel. I overhead a majority of the editors talking about the improved ergonomics. Our test rider agreed with the handling, but also came away very impressed with the engine, as did I. In fact, I was able to jump the infamous LaRocco’s Leap a couple times on this bike—not too shabby for a washed-up A rider on a box-stock 450, eh? Read Here

2011
KX™250F
Motorcyclist Magazine Review: KX™250F
“DFI and SFF are two new technologies that top the list of over 30 new features for the latest quarter-liter motocrosser. DFI stands for Digital Fuel Injection... The other standout acronym represents the Kawasaki-exclusive Separate Function Fork, with spring support in the right fork leg and the damping circuitry in the left.”
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2011
KX™450F
KX™450F Wins Dirt Rider Magazine’s 2011 Open Class MX Comparo
Dirt Rider magazine rated the top 450cc four-stroke motocrossers, pitting the Kawasaki KX™450F against the latest offerings from the competition. After extensive testing, the KX450F earned a hard-fought victory, thanks to its supreme power delivery and forgiving chassis. Here’s what the editors at Dirt Rider had to say about the KX450F.
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KX™450F Wins Dirt Bike Magazine’s 2011 450 MX Shootout
Dirt Bike magazine compared the Kawasaki KX™450F against five of the latest offerings from the competition. After testing all of the bikes with six test riders at two different tracks, the 450F earned a unanimous victory thanks to its supreme power delivery and forgiving chassis. Here’s what the editors at Dirt Bike had to say about the 2011 KX450F.
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KX™450F Wins TransWorld Motocross Magazine’s 2011 450 Shootout
TransWorld Motocross magazine rated the top 450cc motocrossers, plus the newest 350 offering from KTM in a six-way shootout and when the dust settled, the KX™450F earned a nearly unanimous victory. Its flexible, predictable handling and best-in-class power delivery gave it a strong advantage and made it clearly the best package straight off the showroom floor. Here’s what the editors at TransWorld Motocross had to say about the 2011 KX450F.
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Transworld Motocross Magazine Race Test: 2011 KX™450F
"...the bike doesn't feel large and laborious: instead, it has a well-balanced, light and flickable feeling that inspires rider confidence from the get-go."
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Motorcycle-USA Review: 2011 KX™450F
“Pin the throttle and the KX rockets forward as if you stabbed the imaginary turbo-boost button. Power comes on instantly with zero hesitation or bogging. It’s astounding how voracious the engine pulls as soon as the throttle is touched...”  Check-out the complete review as well as an awesome video on Motorcycle-USA.com 


Dirt Rider Review: 2011 KX™450F
“The list of changes is modest, and many are in the form of refinements, but the sum of the changes adds up to a vastly improved machine for all levels of riders.”  Read the full story on Dirt Rider.com


Cycle World Review: 2011 KX™450F
“The KX450F’s suspension settings have been revised for both the 48mm Kayaba Air-Oil-Separate fork and Kayaba shock. Handling was sharp and quick-turning without being twitchy, and although the track never got super rough, the big KX felt very stable through braking bumps...”   Check-out the full story on CycleWorld.com

2010
KX™450F
KX450F Wins TransWorld Motocross magazine's 2010 'Bike of the Year' Title
"In what can only be described as a landslide victory, the 2010 Kawasaki KX™450F simply decimated the competition and won 'Bike of the Year' honors in Transworld Motocross magazine's 2010 450cc Shootout."
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KX450F Wins MotorcycleUSA.com 450 Motocross Comparison
Innovative new features and superior execution have propelled the ’09 KX450F to yet another victory; this time winning the 2009 Motorcycle-usa.com 450cc motocross comparison.
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KX450F Wins Dirt Bike Magazine’s 2009 450 MX Shootout
A strong EFI-fitted engine and a stable, solid glitch-free package that received high marks for its suspension, balance and handling scored the KX450F the Dirt Bike Magazine 450 MX shootout win.
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KX450F Wins Motocross Action Magazine’s 2009 450 Four-stroke Shootout
Motocross Action summed up how the Kawasaki KX450F earned the top spot in its 450 Four-Stroke Shootout, stating, "In one sentence: a big runaway train of a bike with a stupendous powerband".
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2009 KX450R Wins Cycle News 450F Shootout
For the second year running, the Kawasaki KX™450F earned victory over all challengers in Cycle News’ 2009 450cc motocross comparison.
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Dirt Rider Magazine Review: 2009 Kawasaki KX450F
Our advice: Worry about performance and not about looks. Kawasaki built the KX450F to be a serious weapon with beauty that goes all the way to the bone.
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2008 KX450F Wins Cycle News 450F Shootout
The 2008 Kawasaki KX™450F edged out the competition for the top spot on the podium in Cycle News magazine’s 450F comparison.
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2010
KX™250F
KX250F Wins Motocross Action magazine's 2010 250 Four-Stroke Shootout
"For the second year in a row, the Kawasaki KX™250F beat the competition in extensive testing conducted by the expert staff at Motocross Action magazine."
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KX250F Wins TransWorld Motocross magazine's 2010 'Bike of the Year' Title
"When all was said and done, the Kawasaki KX250F was the clear-cut favorite of the TransWorld Motocross test staff. Last year’s champion, the KX250F returned with some well-calculated improvements instead of a complete overhaul, and successfully defended its title."
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Dirt Rider Magazine Review: 2010 Kawasaki KX250F
Located in the coastal hills of California, the track has several steep pulls you’d think would have a 250F groaning and straining, but the engine picks up from very low in the rpm range. A little more rpm and the engine snaps hard to life and jumps out of turns. It pulls strongly to the top of the power.

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KX250F Wins Dirt Rider 250F Motocross Shootout
The Kawi never really did anything wrong...the Kawasaki’s power advantage can’t be ignored, and it is our Dirt Rider 2009 MX Shootout winner.
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2009 KX250F Wins Cycle News 250cc Four-Stroke Motocross Shootout
The ’09 KX250F impressed the Cycle News test riders with its stability, but increased their attraction to it with an agile chassis, easy handling and energetic engine.
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KX250F Named “Bike of the Year” by Transworld Motocross
Four out of five of our official shootout test riders picked the green machine as the Bike of the Year, and this resulted in a runaway victory for the third-generation KXF.
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Dirt Rider Magazine Review: 2009 Kawasaki KX250F
Before the ’09 KX250F arrived we were anxious to ride it, since it is the most changed machine in the class. Now that we have tested it, we are relentlessly curious about how it will hold up under the scrutiny of a full shootout, but we know this for sure: The competition had better bring its "A" game. Kawasaki has.
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KX250F Wins Motocross Action Magazine's 2008 250F Shootout
After a thorough evaluation pitting the Kawasaki KX™250F in a five-way shootout against the most competitive four-stroke 250cc motocrossers available today, the editors at Motocross Action magazine named the 2008 Kawasaki KX250F as the clear winner.
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KX250F Wins Dirt Rider Magazine’s 2008 250F MX Shootout
Dirt Rider magazine rated the top 250cc four-stroke motocrossers, pitting the 2008 Kawasaki KX™250F against the latest offerings from the competition. The KX250F was so good that after exhaustive testing, the editors cut right to the chase declaring the KX250F as their overall winner in the opening of the article.
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2009
KX™450F Monster Energy®
2009 KX450R Wins Cycle News 450F Shootout
For the second year running, the Kawasaki KX™450F earned victory over all challengers in Cycle News’ 2009 450cc motocross comparison.
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Dirt Rider Magazine Review: 2009 Kawasaki KX450F
Our advice: Worry about performance and not about looks. Kawasaki built the KX450F to be a serious weapon with beauty that goes all the way to the bone.
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2009
KX™250F Monster Energy®
Dirt Rider Magazine Review: 2009 Kawasaki KX250F
Before the ’09 KX250F arrived we were anxious to ride it, since it is the most changed machine in the class. Now that we have tested it, we are relentlessly curious about how it will hold up under the scrutiny of a full shootout, but we know this for sure: The competition had better bring its "A" game. Kawasaki has.
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2008
KX™65
Mini Rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki KX65
"AV is a jumpy track with long straights of deep dirt running into big jump faces everywhere. It’s a long, fast track while on a big bike, not to mention when riding a little 65! We thought the big jump faces and hard landings would have Punky begging for aftermarket suspension, or at least a bigger motor so he could clear all the jumps or get down the straights easier. But not even a peep of complaint was uttered. In fact, he was stoked on how well the suspension worked for him. It was soft over the small bumps and braking bumps, and both the front and rear soaked up the big landings. He barely bottomed it. And he was going huge!"
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Off-Road
2011
KLX®110L
Cycle World Magazine Review: Kawasaki KLX110L
"That’s really the essence of what the KLX110L brings to the party: the desire for anyone and everyone to ride it, and ride it, and ride it, and then ride it some more.” 
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2010
KLX®110L
Dirt Rider Magazine Review: 2010 Kawasaki KLX110 & KLX110L
Easily a solid choice for a new rider, provided they fit on the bike size-wise, we wanted to know if they hold up to mondo-adult-sized fun. And they do.

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2010
KLX®110
Dirt Rider Magazine Review: 2010 Kawasaki KLX110 & KLX110L
Easily a solid choice for a new rider, provided they fit on the bike size-wise, we wanted to know if they hold up to mondo-adult-sized fun. And they do.

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2009
KLX®140L Monster Energy®
Cycle World Magazine Review: Kawasaki KLX 140L
Kawasaki has upped the ante in the playbike class with its new KLX140L, bringing big-bike features to a category that usually leaves the fancy stuff behind.
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KLX™140L Wins Cycle News “Young Guns” playbike shootout
After going to tread to tread with the Yamaha TT-R125LE, the testers and editors at Cycle News magazine chose the 2008 Kawasaki KLX140L as the winner.
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: Kawasaki KLX 140L
"Best of all, the little Kawi doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. For about the same money as a KX85, you get roughly 60cc more displacement, push-button starting, a trail-legal spark arrestor and an engine that runs on gas siphoned from your car. It’s no racer, just a friendly, surprisingly capable playbike that’s perfect for youngsters between minis and full-sized machines..."
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2009
KLX®450R
2008 Kawasaki KLX™450R Named Best Enduro Bike by Cycle World Magazine
Cycle World magazine, one of the largest and most respected motorcycle publications in America just gave the Kawasaki KLX™450R the Best Enduro Bike award in its annual Ten Best Bikes issue.
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2008 KLX450R Wins Cycle News' 450cc Four-Stroke Off-Road Shootout
After a thorough test of the five most-competitive 450cc off-road motorcycles available today, the editors at Cycle News magazine declared the 2008 Kawasaki KLX™450R to be the clear winner.
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Dirt Rider KLX450
"What's green, quiet and fast all over? The all new KLX450 combines crisp motocross type handling with rider friendly power delivery, comfortable ergonomics and superb suspension that can all be yours...at the push of an electric start button."
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: Ready, Willing and Able: Team Green's hot new off-road bike isn't as mean as it looks
"With great riding, great riding companions and a bike that's hard to fault, our quick trip around the desert on the new KLX450R couldn't have been better.  Kawasaki has a definite winner on its hands."
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2009
KLX®140L
Cycle World Magazine Review: Kawasaki KLX 140L
Kawasaki has upped the ante in the playbike class with its new KLX140L, bringing big-bike features to a category that usually leaves the fancy stuff behind.
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KLX™140L Wins Cycle News “Young Guns” playbike shootout
After going to tread to tread with the Yamaha TT-R125LE, the testers and editors at Cycle News magazine chose the 2008 Kawasaki KLX140L as the winner.
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: Kawasaki KLX 140L
"Best of all, the little Kawi doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. For about the same money as a KX85, you get roughly 60cc more displacement, push-button starting, a trail-legal spark arrestor and an engine that runs on gas siphoned from your car. It’s no racer, just a friendly, surprisingly capable playbike that’s perfect for youngsters between minis and full-sized machines..."
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Dual Purpose
2014
KLR™650
Kawasaki KLR™ 650 Wins Dirt Bike Magazine's 2013 "Adventure on the Cheap" Comparison
In a continuation of its winning ways, the legendary Kawasaki KLR650 dual purpose adventure bike has scored another shootout victory! This time, taking the overall win in Dirt Bike’s 2013 “Adventure on the Cheap” comparison, where it defeated the Husqvarna Terra, Suzuki DR650SE, and the Honda XR650L.
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2013
KLR™650
Motorcycle-USA.com Awards KLR™650 with "Best Dual Sport" Honors
Motorcycle-USA.com named the best bike in each category for its "Best of 2012 Awards", and when it comes to the "Dual Sport" class, their on/off-road champion is the Kawasaki KLR™650 dual-purpose motorcycle. Here is what the editors at Motorcycle-USA.com had to say about the KLR's award...
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2010
KLX®250SF
ER-6n, Concours 14, Ninja ZX-6R and KLX250SF Earn MOTY Honors from Motorcyclist Magazine
Best Sportbike: Ninja ZX-6R / Best Touring Bike: Concours 14 / Best Bang For The Buck: ER-6n / Bang For The Buck Runner-Up: KLX250SF.
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Cycle World Magazine Review: 2009 Kawasaki KLX250SF
Novices will appreciate the SF’s relatively low 33.7-inch seat, while skilled pilots stand to exploit the abundant cornering clearance and almost absurd attainable bank angle.
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2010
KLX®250S
KLX™250S Ride Review by Franke Santos
Franke Santos a former associate editor at Motorcycle Consumer News, applies her journalistic experience to the KLX™250S dual sport, in an honest review of its on and off-road strengths, weaknesses and overall fun-to-ride quotient.
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2009
KLX®250S
Rider Magazine Review: 2009 Kawasaki KLX250S
After relaxing my grip on the new, straighter handlebar I let the KLX respond to the challenge, and was never disappointed. Sitting or standing — with standing more effective and comfortable for my 68-inch frame — it was eager to go where I pointed it.
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2009 KLX™250S Wins Rider Magazine’s 250-Class Dual-Sport Shootout
"Rider magazine gathered the three 250cc dual purpose machines available for under $5,000. The new KLX250S came prepared, armed with a healthy power delivery, solid chassis and stout suspension to simply overwhelm the other machines for the top spot."
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Motorcycle-USA.com Magazine Review: 2009 Kawasaki KLX250S
The KLX250S . . . will go farther than most riders will be willing to go." Check out this great review and its informative video at Motorcycle-USA.com.

2008
KLR™650
KLR650 wins Consumers Digest Best Buy Award
No longer will the legions of loyal KLR650 devotees be able to hide their -often dirty- little secret. Consumers Digest, a leading consumer research publication, has named the Kawasaki KLR650 as its "Best Buy" winner in the economy Dual-Sport/Adventure category.
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Robb Report Motorcycling Magazine Review: Kawasaki KLR650
"…the Kawasaki KLR650 was transporting me so naturally that I felt like I was floating down the Los Padres National Forest hillsides on my own, rather than riding a rather prosaic dual sport bike."
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Roadbike Magazine Review: Kawasaki KLR650
"One thing that struck me almost right away was how flickable the KLR is. And how much it really sticks to the pavement. Within minutes of leaving Monterey, we were quickly winding around some seriously twisty and remote roads in the central Californian country-side."
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rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki KLR650
"The upgrades work, and work well. I’ve wanted a sixth cog in my KLR’s gearbox for years, but the modernized motor revs so freely and makes enough additional power that I found myself in fourth gear at freeway speeds, then snicking up to fifth as if it was the long-lost overdrive. I can’t say which surprised me the most, the performance gains, the first-class comfort or the much-improved multisurface handling, but I walked away very impressed with the 2008 KLR650."
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Motorcycle Consumer News: Kawasaki’s 2008 KLR650
"Kawasaki’s 2008 KLR650 12 Finally Revised After 20 Years! Amazing Versatility...Still Bargain Priced. We were all thoroughly impressed with the new KLR, it does so many things so well and nothing badly. All those riders who’ve considered adding a dual-sport to their two-wheeled stable could hardly find a better choice. "
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Supersport
2014
Ninja® ZX™-10R
Tom Sykes and Kawasaki Ninja®ZX™-10R2013 World Superbike Champions!
After missing the 2012 World Superbike title by one-half point, Kawasaki Ninja pilot Tom Sykes would not be denied the world championship in 2013.
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2013
Ninja® ZX™-6R ABS
Ninja® ZX™-6R Beats an Entire Field of Sportbikes to Win Cycle News’ and Motorcycle-USA.com’s 2013 Middleweight Supersport Shootouts
The combined staffs of Cycle News and Motorcycle-usa.com tested the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R against the leading middleweight supersport competitors in an all-out racetrack performance test. Despite 115 degree desert temperatures and the fact that it was facing bikes with as much as 222cc’s more displacement, the ZX-6R emerged as the best middleweight sportbike you can buy, regardless of size or price!
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Ninja® ZX™-6R (636): Motorcyclist Magazine First Ride
"...the ZX-6R is priced to match other manufacturer's offerings, yet it offers much more performance and better features for the price. The 636 is back. Riders of all skill levels have cause to rejoice..."

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636cc Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R Named "King of the Middleweights", Beats GSX-R750 and Daytona 675R in Motorcycle.com Shootout!
After testing three 600+cc middleweight supersports head-to-head on the street and track, Motorcycle.com awarded a hard-fought victory to the new Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R. The newest Ninja's strength, refinement and handling sealed the deal. It beat the larger and more expensive premium middleweights in this shootout, now just imagine what it's going to do to the regular 600s...
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2013
Ninja® ZX™-6R
Ninja® ZX™-6R Beats an Entire Field of Sportbikes to Win Cycle News’ and Motorcycle-USA.com’s 2013 Middleweight Supersport Shootouts
The combined staffs of Cycle News and Motorcycle-usa.com tested the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R against the leading middleweight supersport competitors in an all-out racetrack performance test. Despite 115 degree desert temperatures and the fact that it was facing bikes with as much as 222cc’s more displacement, the ZX-6R emerged as the best middleweight sportbike you can buy, regardless of size or price!
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Ninja® ZX™-6R (636): Motorcyclist Magazine First Ride
"...the ZX-6R is priced to match other manufacturer's offerings, yet it offers much more performance and better features for the price. The 636 is back. Riders of all skill levels have cause to rejoice..."

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636cc Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R Named "King of the Middleweights", Beats GSX-R750 and Daytona 675R in Motorcycle.com Shootout!
After testing three 600+cc middleweight supersports head-to-head on the street and track, Motorcycle.com awarded a hard-fought victory to the new Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R. The newest Ninja's strength, refinement and handling sealed the deal. It beat the larger and more expensive premium middleweights in this shootout, now just imagine what it's going to do to the regular 600s...
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2013
Ninja® ZX™-14R ABS
For the Second Year in a Row Ninja® ZX™-14R Wins “Best Open-Class Streetbike” Honors from Cycle World Magazine!
For Cycle World magazine named their favorite motorcycle in each category for its 2013 “Ten Best Bikes” issue, and when it comes to the “Open-Class Streetbike” category, the supremely powerful Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R took top honors... again!
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Ninja® ZX™-14R Dominates Suzuki Hayabusa in Sport Rider Magazine Shootout!
"The ZX-14R is one serious beast of a motorcycle, but it's a beast that's got some manners..." "...being able to say that you make the  meanest, most powerful production motorcycle on the planet would most certainly be cool in my book."

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Ninja® ZX™-14R: Sport Rider Magazine Review
"There's so much torque on tap that you can lug the bike at 35 mph in sixth gear, take your hand off the throttle, and the engine will easily keep the bike rolling along just by idling.  Throttle response is silky smooth, yet the engine is very responsive; the Kawasaki'sengine gains rpm very quickly for a power plant with this much torque."

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Ninja® ZX™-14R: Cycle World Magazine Review
"The 14's power dominates like King Kong in a parakeet cage. None of us can ride this thing and not be blown away by the massive thrust. The more riding talent the rider has, the more enjoyable this bike proves to be."

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Ninja® ZX™-14R: Motorcyclist Magazine Review
"Wide-freakin'-open throttle in first gear with TC set at Mode 2-a true leap of faith-proves the electronics operate as advertised, straining to keep the front wheel down and the rear tire inline and engaged."

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Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R Sportbike Named "Motorcycle of the Year" by Motorcycle-USA.com
The Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R sportbike continues the steamrolling of its competition. Thanks to its unmatched combination of power, performance, style and usability, the ever-expanding list of Ninja ZX-14R domination now includes being named "2012 Motorcycle of the Year" by Motorcycle-USA.com. The staff at Motorcycle-USA.com had a lot of supporting evidence to back-up their decision...
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Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R Defeats Hayabusa in Motorcycle.com Hypersport Comparo
It had to happen, call it “Destiny” if you will... When Kawasaki sets its mind to dominating a performance category, it simply doesn’t miss. Proof of this fact can be found in the recent Ninja® ZX™-14R vs. Suzuki Hayabusa LE hypersport comparison test conducted by the expert staff at Motorcycle.com. Despite its best efforts, the Suzuki was simply unable to fend-off the massively more powerful ZX-14R. Here’s what the editors had to say:
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Ninja® ZX™-14R Named 2012's "Best Open-Class Streetbike" by Cycle World Magazine
Cycle World magazine named the best bike in each category for its 2012 "Ten Best Bikes" issue, and when it comes to the "Open-Class Streetbike" category, the supremely powerful Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R took top honors! Here is what the editors at Cycle World had to say about this Ninja flagship's success:
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Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R Named Motorcycle.com's "Bike of the Year!"
In a year that saw the debut of several stunning new motorcycles, it was quite an impressive achievement of the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R sportbike to earn the coveted “Motorcycle of the Year” title. Impressive indeed... but not exactly surprising, when one considers the incredible power and refinement of this Kawasaki flagship. Here’s what the professional editors at Motorcycle.com had to say about the Ninja ZX-14R:
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Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R Wins Motorcyclist Magazine's 2012 Fast Getaway Comparison
Motorcyclist magazine gathered the top-three hypersport bikes in the world and took them on a 1,000 mile sport ride, during their 2012 "A Fast Getaway" comparison. After several days of rigorous testing against the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa and BMW K1300S HP, the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R emerged as victor. Here's what the expert editorial staff at Motorcyclist had to say about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R:
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Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R Wins Super Streetbike Magazine’s Shootout Against the Hayabusa
The Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R comprehensively defeated the Suzuki Hayabusa in a head-to-head comparison test conducted by Super Streetbike magazine. It was superior on the street and wasn’t even close on the dragstrip... Here’s what the SSB editors had to say:
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2013
Ninja® ZX™-14R
For the Second Year in a Row Ninja® ZX™-14R Wins “Best Open-Class Streetbike” Honors from Cycle World Magazine!
For Cycle World magazine named their favorite motorcycle in each category for its 2013 “Ten Best Bikes” issue, and when it comes to the “Open-Class Streetbike” category, the supremely powerful Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R took top honors... again!
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Ninja® ZX™-14R Dominates Suzuki Hayabusa in Sport Rider Magazine Shootout!
"The ZX-14R is one serious beast of a motorcycle, but it's a beast that's got some manners..." "...being able to say that you make the  meanest, most powerful production motorcycle on the planet would most certainly be cool in my book."

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Ninja® ZX™-14R: Sport Rider Magazine Review
"There's so much torque on tap that you can lug the bike at 35 mph in sixth gear, take your hand off the throttle, and the engine will easily keep the bike rolling along just by idling.  Throttle response is silky smooth, yet the engine is very responsive; the Kawasaki'sengine gains rpm very quickly for a power plant with this much torque."

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Ninja® ZX™-14R: Cycle World Magazine Review
"The 14's power dominates like King Kong in a parakeet cage. None of us can ride this thing and not be blown away by the massive thrust. The more riding talent the rider has, the more enjoyable this bike proves to be."

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Ninja® ZX™-14R: Motorcyclist Magazine Review
"Wide-freakin'-open throttle in first gear with TC set at Mode 2-a true leap of faith-proves the electronics operate as advertised, straining to keep the front wheel down and the rear tire inline and engaged."

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Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R Sportbike Named "Motorcycle of the Year" by Motorcycle-USA.com
The Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R sportbike continues the steamrolling of its competition. Thanks to its unmatched combination of power, performance, style and usability, the ever-expanding list of Ninja ZX-14R domination now includes being named "2012 Motorcycle of the Year" by Motorcycle-USA.com. The staff at Motorcycle-USA.com had a lot of supporting evidence to back-up their decision...
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Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R Defeats Hayabusa in Motorcycle.com Hypersport Comparo
It had to happen, call it “Destiny” if you will... When Kawasaki sets its mind to dominating a performance category, it simply doesn’t miss. Proof of this fact can be found in the recent Ninja® ZX™-14R vs. Suzuki Hayabusa LE hypersport comparison test conducted by the expert staff at Motorcycle.com. Despite its best efforts, the Suzuki was simply unable to fend-off the massively more powerful ZX-14R. Here’s what the editors had to say:
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Ninja® ZX™-14R Named 2012's "Best Open-Class Streetbike" by Cycle World Magazine
Cycle World magazine named the best bike in each category for its 2012 "Ten Best Bikes" issue, and when it comes to the "Open-Class Streetbike" category, the supremely powerful Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R took top honors! Here is what the editors at Cycle World had to say about this Ninja flagship's success:
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Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R Named Motorcycle.com's "Bike of the Year!"
In a year that saw the debut of several stunning new motorcycles, it was quite an impressive achievement of the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R sportbike to earn the coveted “Motorcycle of the Year” title. Impressive indeed... but not exactly surprising, when one considers the incredible power and refinement of this Kawasaki flagship. Here’s what the professional editors at Motorcycle.com had to say about the Ninja ZX-14R:
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Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R Wins Motorcyclist Magazine's 2012 Fast Getaway Comparison
Motorcyclist magazine gathered the top-three hypersport bikes in the world and took them on a 1,000 mile sport ride, during their 2012 "A Fast Getaway" comparison. After several days of rigorous testing against the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa and BMW K1300S HP, the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R emerged as victor. Here's what the expert editorial staff at Motorcyclist had to say about the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R:
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Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R Wins Super Streetbike Magazine’s Shootout Against the Hayabusa
The Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R comprehensively defeated the Suzuki Hayabusa in a head-to-head comparison test conducted by Super Streetbike magazine. It was superior on the street and wasn’t even close on the dragstrip... Here’s what the SSB editors had to say:
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2012
Ninja® ZX™-10R
NINJA® ZX™-10R Wins “The Big Four’s Big Fours” Comparison by Motorcyclist Magazine!
The Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-10R™ sportbike takes the win in Motorcyclist magazine’s “Big Four’s Big Four” comparison performed at California’s Chuckwalla Valley Raceway.
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NINJA® ZX™-10R Wins "2012 Japanese Superbike Shootout" by Motorcycle.com
The Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-10R earns top ranking in Motorcycle.com’s “2012 Japanese Superbike Shootout.” Ninja’s #1 ranking was a result of it’s superior build quality and technical design.
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2012
Ninja® ZX™-14R
Sport RiderMagazine Names NINJA® ZX™-14R 2012 “Clash of the Titans” winner!
Kawasaki’s Ninja® ZX™-14R sportbike takes the “Clash of the Titans” title following Sport Rider magazine’s head-to-head test ride. Rock–solid handling, class leading agility and smooth acceleration were keys to the crown.
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2011
Ninja® ZX™-6R
Ninja® ZX™-6R Defeats GSX-R 600 in Cycle World "600 Supersport Supremacy" Test
Cycle World magazine pitted the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R against the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 in their "600 Supersport Supremacy" comparison test. When all was said and done, the testers concluded the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-6R is still the best middleweight sportbike on the market.
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NINJA® ZX™-6R WINS CYCLE WORLD 2011 “BEST MIDDLEWEIGHT STREETBIKE” AWARD
“Cycle World named the best bike in each category for its 2011 “Ten Best Bikes” issue, and when it comes to the “Middleweight Streetbike” (aka supersport) class, their choice–for the third year running–was the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R.”
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Ninja® ZX™-6R Beats New Yamaha R6 in Sport Rider Magazine
Sport Rider magazine pitted the 2010 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R against Yamaha’s latest middleweight supersport offering. Thanks to its abundance of power and significantly quicker lap times, the Ninja defeated the new Yamaha in head-to-head competition. Here’s what the respected editors at Sport Rider had to say about the Ninja ZX-6R:
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Ninja® ZX™-6R Wins Both Stages of Motorcycle-USA’s 2010 Modified Middleweight Supersport Shootout
The editors at Motorcycle-USA.com recently pitted the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R the best middleweight supersport offerings from Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki, in their 2010 Stock and Modified Middleweight Supersport shootouts. Here is what the experts at Motorcycle-USA had to say about the ZX-6R:
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2011
Ninja® ZX™-10R
Ninja® ZX™-10R Defeats BMW S1000RR in Motorcycle.com Comparo
Following a grueling test schedule that saw several editors accumulating real-world miles on the BMW S1000RR and Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-10R, the staff at Motorcycle.com awarded victory to the Kawasaki.
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Motorcycle-USA Racetrack Test: 2011 Ninja® ZX™10R
“Never in a million years did I think there would come a day that I’d say this, but, without question the most exciting feature of the new ZX-10R has nothing to do with the engine, chassis or anything else mechanical. It all comes down to a tiny black box and two sensors attached to each wheel. These are the primary components that make up the Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control (S-KTRC)” Check-out the complete review and video on Motorcycle-USA.com.


Cycle World Magazine Technical Review: 2011 Ninja® ZX™-10R
"...the '11 ZX-10R is equipped with a three-position Power Mode selector, and each Mode provides three levels of real, honest-to-God traction control. Combine that with the most sophisticated ABS ever offered on a production motorcycle, and the picture starts snapping into razor-sharp focus.
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2010
Ninja® ZX™-6R
Ninja® ZX™-6R Wins ‘Best Middleweight’ in Cycle World’s 2010 Ten Best Issue
For the second year running, Cycle World magazine has awarded the Ninja® ZX™-6R with ‘Best Middleweight’ honors in its annual Ten Best issue. An ideal blend of middleweight handling, big power and a touch of practicality helped the ZX-6R retain its crown. Here’s what the experts at Cycle World had to say about the 2010 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.
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ZX-6R Named Best Middleweight Streetbike in CycleWorld's Ten Best of 2010
The fact remains there has never been a more performance-capable selection of middleweight offerings as witnessed the past two model years, and the ZX-6R remains the cream of the crop, winning for the second year running.
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2009 Ninja ZX-6R Featured in CycleWorld
Kawasaki is a proud company with a rich performance heritage. Whenever the green machines fall behind the curve in a sportbike category, you could safely bet the farm that the drought will soon pass. As predicted, the heavens have opened up and delivered the new-for-2009 ZX-6R Ninja, putting Kawasaki back in the 600 supers- port limelight.
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ER-6n, Concours 14, Ninja ZX-6R and KLX250SF Earn MOTY Honors from Motorcyclist Magazine
Best Sportbike: Ninja ZX-6R / Best Touring Bike: Concours 14 / Best Bang For The Buck: ER-6n / Bang For The Buck Runner-Up: KLX250SF.
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Ninja ZX-6R Wins "Best Middleweight" in Cycle World's 10 Best Issue
Cycle World magazine, one of the largest and most-respected motorcycle publications in America just gave the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R the "Best Middleweight" award in its annual Ten Best Bikes issue. This award is a testament to the potency of this all-new sportbike.
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Ninja ZX-6R Wins Motorcyclist Magazine's 2009 "Best Sportbike" Award
A massive increase in power, dramatic weight reduction and a surprisingly low price, helped the 2009 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R earn Motorcyclist magazine’s "Best Sportbike" award in their annual Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY) issue.
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Ninja ZX-6R Wins Motorcycle.Com's 2009 "Best Sportbike" Award
For 2009, Motorcycle.Com awarded the Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-6R with "Best Sportbike" honors, thanks to its winning combination of class leading power, track ready handling and practical street riding comfort. However, it wasn’t exactly a controversial decision; since the ZX-6R also won their "Supersport Street" and "Supersport Track" tests, earlier in 2009.
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2009 Ninja ZX-6R Wins Cycle World Magazine Comparo
Cycle World magazine pitted the all-new 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, against their reigning middleweight champion, Honda’s CBR600RR, in a head-to-head test to determine the best middleweight sportbike of 2009. After evaluating the machines, Cycle World declared the ’09 Ninja ZX-6R to be the winner.

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2009 Ninja ZX-6R Wins Sport Rider’s 2009 Middleweight Smackdown
Usually the track portion of the comparison is a lot closer subjectively, but the new ZX-6R blew everyone out of the water this time.
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Roadracing World 2009 600cc Sportbike Shootout: The 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Wins
The increase in engine performance combined with a serious reduction in weight completely transformed the ZX-6R into something our experienced testers hardly recognized.
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2009 Ninja® ZX-6R Wins Motorcycle-USA.com’s 2009 Supersport Shootout VII
There it is ladies and gentleman, the numbers are in and for the first time in two years a new Supersport Champion has emerged. Game, set, match - Kawasaki’s all-new ZX-6R is the new Supersport Shootout King.
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2009 Kawasaki Ninja® ZX-6R Wins Roadracing World 2009 600cc Sportbike Shootout
All of this resulted in the Kawasaki ZX-6R winning or tying for first place in 12 of our 16 judging categories, scoring 161.11 out of a possible 164 points and running away with the victory in our 2009 600cc Sportbike Shootout.
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2009 Ninja® ZX-6R Reinforces Its Class Domination With a Win in Motorcycle.com’s Supersport Racetrack Shootout
At the end of this real-world exercise we rested confidently in our choice of the all-new 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R as the new King of Supersport.
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2009 Ninja® ZX™-6R Wins Motorcycle.com Supersport Street Shootout
Kawasaki made several modifications to the engine in this updated Ninja, and they’ve paid off in a big way.
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Rider Magazine Review: 2009 Ninja® ZX™-6R
And that’s a beautiful thing: riding a motorcycle that is so well designed that it motivates you to test your limits. Brake later, turn in quicker, accelerate harder. The Ninja became my master, and I its pupil.
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Motorcycle.com Magazine Review: 2009 Ninja ZX-6R
Check out this great online review at Motorcycle.com.


Motorcycle-USA.com Magazine Review: 2009 Ninja ZX-6R
Check out this great online review at Motorcycle-USA.com.


Motorcycle Consumer News First Ride: 2009 Ninja ZX-6R
Clearly, the new ZX-6R will be a much more competitive race bike, but that its new changes do equally as much to inspire greater rider confidence makes it a vastly better street ride, too.
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Cycle News Magazine Review: 2009 Ninja® ZX-6R
Where the Ninja shines is when you’re flicking it back and forth from left to right and vice versa. The reduced weight of the bike and the control the BPF fork provides makes throwing it around a simple pleasure. And it’s got plenty of power.
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Sport Rider Magazine Review: 2009 Ninja® ZX-6R
Throttle response was excellent, with a crispness that never bordered on abrupt no matter what rpm we picked up the throttle at. Combine that newfound power with the near-23-pound weight drop and you have the makings of a serious contender for 600 class honors.
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: 2009 Ninja® ZX-6R
On a technical track such as Autopolis, power is useless without a nimble, responsive chassis. The Ninja is as agile as its name implies.
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Cycle World Magazine Review: 2009 Ninja® ZX™-6R
As predicted, the heavens have opened up and delivered the new-for-2009 ZX-6R Ninja, putting Kawasaki back in the 600 supersport limelight.
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2010
Ninja® ZX™-10R
Sport Rider Story: Ninja® ZX™-10R Hop-Up Story
“We spent a couple of track days on the ZX-10R with the kit ECU and exhaust installed, and came away impressed. The bike gained power significantly in the midrange and had very nice throttle response.” 
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Ninja® ZX™-10R Wins the 2008 Sport Rider Magazine Bike of the Year
After extensive testing, the ZX-10R emerged from the magazine victorious over its rivals. "The ZX-10R, however, is the cream that kept rising to the top during our testing."
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2008 ZX-10R Dominates Worldwide Shootout Results
Kawasaki’s Ninja ZX-10R earned the overall victory at the prestigious SWA Supertest in Almeria Spain, where it was judged by 15 magazines from 13 different countries. It also earned 1st place finishes in separate Sport Rider, Motorrad, Moto Journal and Motociclismo magazine shootouts. This consistent series of high-profile victories in tests conducted around the globe by dozens of different professional racers and journalists serves as a testament to the ZX-10R’s ideal balance of power, handling and control.
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Ninja ZX-10R wins the 2008 Sport Rider Magazine Literbike Comparison Test
The all-new Kawasaki ZX-10R squared off against the most competitive field ever assembled in the 2008 Sport Rider magazine "Literbike Comparison Test" with high scores in eight of the ten categories.
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rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
"Lap after lap, the brakes slowed the 394-pound (claimed, dry) Ninja without a hint of fade. Initial bite was excellent and modulation was simple. With a little rebound damping taken out of the rear shock its tendency to get light under braking was reduced and made the bike almost feel like a 600 in the turns..."
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Sport Rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
"Any impressions of large size immediately fade away once you begin to up the pace and flick the bike into a corner for the first time. The new ZX-10R steers much lighter with a much easier initial turn-in than the old model, especially in the faster turns."
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Cycle World Magazine Review: 2008 Ninja ZX-10R
"Driving off this same bend proved even more exhilarating, with the front tire lifting at 8000 rpm in a controlled power-wheelie while the bike was still leaned over. Power delivery is extremely smooth with no sudden hits anywhere in the rev range, and while I never once felt any hint of traction control, the engine’s linear character goes a long way in maintaining "rear grip.
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Cycle News - ZX-10R takes Qatar!
Check out the Cycle News on-track evaluation of the all-new 2008 ZX-10R. Set against the dramatic landscape of the MotoGP track in Doha, Qatar, Kawasaki's latest race-oriented liter bike impresses in this in-depth article. Cycle News proclaims "the Kawi thrived on being pushed, and pushed hard." Pushed to the limit and then some, this bike shines throughout .
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2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R Video Review by Motorcycle.com
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Cycle World Magazine: 2008 Ninja ZX-10R Tech Overview
"...we have seen about 160 horsepower at the rear wheel pretty consistently over the past couple of years, and Suzuki’s 2007 GSX-R 1000 showed 163 horses on our dyno. If we give Kawasaki a reasonable 5 percent bump over its past efforts, 168 hp at the rear wheel is conceivable."
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Roadracing World Magazine Review: 1000cc Sportbike Shootout
"In addition to the Engine performance category, the Kawasaki also won in Braking (thanks to its radial-mounted four-piston / four-pad Tokico calipers), Transmission (due to its tall but usable first gear and benchmark-setting slipper-clutch)."
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2010
Ninja® ZX™-14
Cycle World Magazine 2-Year Long Term Wrap Up: Kawasaki Ninja® ZX-14
Over two years and more than 10K miles, the ZX-14 never skipped a beat. We never even replaced a light bulb.
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SuperStreet Bike Magazine Review: Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14
The sweeping sections of mountain road on our test route were what this brute was built for (besides drag racing of course), and the combination of comfort, power and agility allow for a pretty constant adrenaline drip. With better low-rev response from the motor a brisk ride seems almost effortless, as is this bike’s tendency to dangle your license in front of the police like a donut.
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2008 Kawasaki ZX-14: First Ride Review by Motorcycle.com
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Cycle News Magazine Review: 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14
"…a few hours after that, the Kawasaki public relations crew had to pry my hands off the handlebars to get me to stop. I was addicted. Just like that –a dragstrip junkie, thanks to Gadson and a very impressive 2008 Kawasaki ZX-14."
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dragbike.com Review: 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14
"My last pass of the day was a 9.796 at 142.75 MPH which made me pretty happy AND the second quickest journalist. The ZX-14 clutch is TOO GOOD, by this I mean that the lever pressure is very light by design (Kawasaki engineers are rightfully proud of this feat for comfortable street use,) which makes it hard for a 200+ pound suited rider to get the bike moving in the first 60 ft. I was one set of stiffer clutch springs away from some 9.60’s or better, which is damn fast for a lowered, stock bike on pump gas with the mirrors on, traveling uphill bike in a headwind with a ‘the older I get…the faster is was’ overweight rider. No excuses…that’s fast."
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Ninja ZX-14 Wins Motorcycle.com “Rocket Touring Comparo"
"...the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 delivers a knockout punch with comfort, smoothness, ease-of-use and the most powerful engine ever fitted to a production street motorcycle."
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Supersport Touring
2010
Concours™ 14 ABS
ER-6n, Concours 14, Ninja ZX-6R and KLX250SF Earn MOTY Honors from Motorcyclist Magazine
Best Sportbike: Ninja ZX-6R / Best Touring Bike: Concours 14 / Best Bang For The Buck: ER-6n / Bang For The Buck Runner-Up: KLX250SF.
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Concours 14 Wins "Best Sport-Tourer" in Cycle World's 10 Best Issue
Cycle World magazine, one of the largest and most-respected motorcycle publications in America recently named the 2009 Kawasaki Concours™14 as "Best Sport-Tourer" in its annual Ten Best Bikes issue. This is the second year that the Concours 14 has earned the top honors in the Sport-Touring category.
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Concours 14 Wins Motorcyclist MOTY Award for Second Year in a Row
Motorcyclist magazine announced the winners of their annual Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY) Awards in their September, 2009 issue. Thanks to its impressive power, comfortable cockpit and capable handling, the Kawasaki Concours™ 14 was chosen as the "Best Touring Bike" for the second year running.
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2009 Concours 14 Beats New BMW K1300GT in Cycle World Comparo
A base model of Kawasaki’s 2009 Concours™14 Supersport Tourer won a head-to-head comparison against a fully-optioned example of BMW’s new K1300GT in Cycle World magazine. Although it faced a machine costing 65% more; the Concours 14’s refined mix of performance, comfort and practicality still allowed it to overcome BMW’s newest sport tourer in the majority of test scenarios.
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2010
Concours™ 14
Concours™ 14 Wins Motorcyclist Magazine's 2011 Supersport-Tourers Comparison
In a continuation of its winning ways, the Kawasaki Concours™ 14 has racked-up yet another shootout victory, this time taking the title in Motorcyclist's 2011 Supersport Tourers comparison against a wide range of competitors.
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Concours™ 14 Wins MCN Sport-Touring Shootout
The 2010 Kawasaki Concours™ 14 recently went on a three state tour against the Yamaha FJR1300 and Honda’s new VFR1200F in the Motorcycle Consumer News Japanese Sport-Touring Shootout.  In the end, the big Connie was crowned “current King of the Hill.”  Here’s some of what the editors at Motorcycle Consumer News had to say about the 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14.
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Concours 14 Named Best Sport-Touring Bike in CycleWorld's Ten Best of 2010
Speed. Power. Handling. Agility. Stability. Comfort. Payload. It’s hard enough to pack all those endearing qualities into a motorcycle, and it’s even more rare to find them in great quantities in any one machine. But that’s what Kawasaki has accomplished with the Concours 14.
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Cycle World Magazine Review: 2010 Concours 14
I also experienced the KTRC traction control system's full potential on the skid pad. With KTRC turned off, even thinking about opening the throttle on the watered-down plastic resulted in wild slides and uncontrolled wheelspin; but with the system turned on, I could not make the rear tire spin in any gear, or at any rpm, regardless of how far I opened the throttle.
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14
After a few miles of stoplights, there’s no withering engine heat in the cockpit. Slip into the overdrive top cog and there’s no nasty buffeting behind the new windscreen at 80 mph. No vibration either.

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ER-6n, Concours 14, Ninja ZX-6R and KLX250SF Earn MOTY Honors from Motorcyclist Magazine
Best Sportbike: Ninja ZX-6R / Best Touring Bike: Concours 14 / Best Bang For The Buck: ER-6n / Bang For The Buck Runner-Up: KLX250SF.
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Concours 14 Wins "Best Sport-Tourer" in Cycle World's 10 Best Issue
Cycle World magazine, one of the largest and most-respected motorcycle publications in America recently named the 2009 Kawasaki Concours™14 as "Best Sport-Tourer" in its annual Ten Best Bikes issue. This is the second year that the Concours 14 has earned the top honors in the Sport-Touring category.
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Concours 14 Wins Motorcyclist MOTY Award for Second Year in a Row
Motorcyclist magazine announced the winners of their annual Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY) Awards in their September, 2009 issue. Thanks to its impressive power, comfortable cockpit and capable handling, the Kawasaki Concours™ 14 was chosen as the "Best Touring Bike" for the second year running.
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2009 Concours 14 Beats New BMW K1300GT in Cycle World Comparo
A base model of Kawasaki’s 2009 Concours™14 Supersport Tourer won a head-to-head comparison against a fully-optioned example of BMW’s new K1300GT in Cycle World magazine. Although it faced a machine costing 65% more; the Concours 14’s refined mix of performance, comfort and practicality still allowed it to overcome BMW’s newest sport tourer in the majority of test scenarios.
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2008 Concours 14 named Best Touring Bike by Motorcyclist Magazine
This year, it was no-contest for the "Best Touring Bike" award. Using the brawny Ninja® ZX™-14 as a starting point, Kawasaki added long-distance comfort, touring and convenience features to create the Concours™14.
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Concours 14 named Best Sport-Tourer by Cycle World Magazine
"With its healthy power, comfortable cockpit and adept handling, this award is the latest in a series of accolades the Concours 14 has earned. Here is what the editors at Cycle World magazine had to say about the all-new Concours 14."
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Concours 14 named Best Sport-Touring Bike and 2008 Motorcycle of the Year by Rider Magazine and Affinity Powersports
The 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 surpassed all expectations by earning two category-leading awards for 2008, "Best Sport-Touring Bike" and "Motorcycle of the Year." Here is what Affinity Powersports Media and the editors at Rider magazine had to say about the all-new Concours 14.
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Concours 14 Wins Sport Rider Magazine Sport-Touring Shootout
Sport Rider magazine pitted the 2008 Kawasaki Concours™ 14 against the latest offerings from the competition and it took the win. Their comments on the C14 included, "The Concours’ 1352cc engine, plucked straight from the ZX™-14, had us smitten with glee each time the throttle was turned.
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Sport Rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
The Concours 14 represents a very impressive return by Kawasaki to the supersport touring ranks, with a well-developed and refined package that exceeded our expectations.
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Cycle News Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
"The powerband is, however, smoother than the ZX’s, especially off the bottom and through midrange…once you get in the upper rev range, around 7000 rpm, the afterburners certainly kick in, eliminating any pucker factor when passing. Overtaking slower cars is instantaneous."
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RoadRunner Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
"As with the frame, the suspension and brakes are perfectly suited to handling a brisk country road pace. While Kawasaki makes no bones about this bike’s aggressive stance, there are plenty of traveling amenities to make long days in the saddle a joy."
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Concours 14 Wins Motorcyclist “Sport Touring Comparo”
Motorcyclist, one of the largest and most-respected motorcycle publications in America had this to say about the Concours 14: "This thing will blitz blacktop faster than any sporty-tourer on planet Earth, especially twisty blacktop." "Take some time to dial in its agreeably compliant suspension and the 14 carves like the Surgeon General."
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American Motorcyclist Magazine Review: Concours™ 14
"...it felt like the most natural thing in the world. If your idea of the sport-touring ideal is a sportbike with hard bags, a comfortable riding  position, and the minimum number of compromises possible, then the Concours is aimed squarely at you."
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
"Kawasaki’s KI-PASS keyless concept is a pretty nifty system. No gloved hands searching jacket pockets for some confounded key. It stays right there in the ignition. Lock the steering as you would on any other bike and walk away. Once you and the fob are outside the 5.25-foot range, a little digital conversation between the resident computers will take care of the rest. Once you get used to it, KI-PASS makes life on the road a whole lot easier, while making things a whole lot harder on thieves and their ilk."
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rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
"...it’s got a decidedly sporty side, yet this is not just a ZX-14 with higher handlebars. The Concours 14 has been purpose-built for long-distance travel in comfort - it also just happens to have the handling, braking and cojones of Kawasaki’s largest kick-butt sportbike..."
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Roadbike Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
"No doubt about it, this bike is powerful, fast, comfortable, and well-equipped. I thoroughly enjoyed the new Connie and am looking forward to revisiting her soon for a tour."
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Touring
2011
Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero™
Motorcycle-USA Magazine Review: Vulcan® 1700 Vaquero™
“We’ll concede the styling clicks, the glossy paint job of the black model is exceeded only by the Candy Fire Red configuration we snatched for testing duties. A broad upper fairing is ripped right off the Voyager, but benefits from a short wind deflector, as well as lower bodywork that streamline its new look.”  Check this great review with video at Motorcycle-USA.com.

2011
Vulcan® 1700 Voyager®
Vulcan® 1700 Voyager® Ride Review by Mitch Boehm
Former Motorcyclist magazine and current Moto Retro Illustrated Editor, Mitch Boehm applies his journalistic expertise to the Voyager®, in this honest review of its strengths, weaknesses and overall touring potential.
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2010
Concours™ 14 ABS
ER-6n, Concours 14, Ninja ZX-6R and KLX250SF Earn MOTY Honors from Motorcyclist Magazine
Best Sportbike: Ninja ZX-6R / Best Touring Bike: Concours 14 / Best Bang For The Buck: ER-6n / Bang For The Buck Runner-Up: KLX250SF.
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Concours 14 Wins "Best Sport-Tourer" in Cycle World's 10 Best Issue
Cycle World magazine, one of the largest and most-respected motorcycle publications in America recently named the 2009 Kawasaki Concours™14 as "Best Sport-Tourer" in its annual Ten Best Bikes issue. This is the second year that the Concours 14 has earned the top honors in the Sport-Touring category.
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Concours 14 Wins Motorcyclist MOTY Award for Second Year in a Row
Motorcyclist magazine announced the winners of their annual Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY) Awards in their September, 2009 issue. Thanks to its impressive power, comfortable cockpit and capable handling, the Kawasaki Concours™ 14 was chosen as the "Best Touring Bike" for the second year running.
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2009 Concours 14 Beats New BMW K1300GT in Cycle World Comparo
A base model of Kawasaki’s 2009 Concours™14 Supersport Tourer won a head-to-head comparison against a fully-optioned example of BMW’s new K1300GT in Cycle World magazine. Although it faced a machine costing 65% more; the Concours 14’s refined mix of performance, comfort and practicality still allowed it to overcome BMW’s newest sport tourer in the majority of test scenarios.
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2010
Concours™ 14
Concours™ 14 Wins Motorcyclist Magazine's 2011 Supersport-Tourers Comparison
In a continuation of its winning ways, the Kawasaki Concours™ 14 has racked-up yet another shootout victory, this time taking the title in Motorcyclist's 2011 Supersport Tourers comparison against a wide range of competitors.
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Concours™ 14 Wins MCN Sport-Touring Shootout
The 2010 Kawasaki Concours™ 14 recently went on a three state tour against the Yamaha FJR1300 and Honda’s new VFR1200F in the Motorcycle Consumer News Japanese Sport-Touring Shootout.  In the end, the big Connie was crowned “current King of the Hill.”  Here’s some of what the editors at Motorcycle Consumer News had to say about the 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14.
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Concours 14 Named Best Sport-Touring Bike in CycleWorld's Ten Best of 2010
Speed. Power. Handling. Agility. Stability. Comfort. Payload. It’s hard enough to pack all those endearing qualities into a motorcycle, and it’s even more rare to find them in great quantities in any one machine. But that’s what Kawasaki has accomplished with the Concours 14.
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Cycle World Magazine Review: 2010 Concours 14
I also experienced the KTRC traction control system's full potential on the skid pad. With KTRC turned off, even thinking about opening the throttle on the watered-down plastic resulted in wild slides and uncontrolled wheelspin; but with the system turned on, I could not make the rear tire spin in any gear, or at any rpm, regardless of how far I opened the throttle.
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14
After a few miles of stoplights, there’s no withering engine heat in the cockpit. Slip into the overdrive top cog and there’s no nasty buffeting behind the new windscreen at 80 mph. No vibration either.

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ER-6n, Concours 14, Ninja ZX-6R and KLX250SF Earn MOTY Honors from Motorcyclist Magazine
Best Sportbike: Ninja ZX-6R / Best Touring Bike: Concours 14 / Best Bang For The Buck: ER-6n / Bang For The Buck Runner-Up: KLX250SF.
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Concours 14 Wins "Best Sport-Tourer" in Cycle World's 10 Best Issue
Cycle World magazine, one of the largest and most-respected motorcycle publications in America recently named the 2009 Kawasaki Concours™14 as "Best Sport-Tourer" in its annual Ten Best Bikes issue. This is the second year that the Concours 14 has earned the top honors in the Sport-Touring category.
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Concours 14 Wins Motorcyclist MOTY Award for Second Year in a Row
Motorcyclist magazine announced the winners of their annual Motorcycle of the Year (MOTY) Awards in their September, 2009 issue. Thanks to its impressive power, comfortable cockpit and capable handling, the Kawasaki Concours™ 14 was chosen as the "Best Touring Bike" for the second year running.
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2009 Concours 14 Beats New BMW K1300GT in Cycle World Comparo
A base model of Kawasaki’s 2009 Concours™14 Supersport Tourer won a head-to-head comparison against a fully-optioned example of BMW’s new K1300GT in Cycle World magazine. Although it faced a machine costing 65% more; the Concours 14’s refined mix of performance, comfort and practicality still allowed it to overcome BMW’s newest sport tourer in the majority of test scenarios.
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2008 Concours 14 named Best Touring Bike by Motorcyclist Magazine
This year, it was no-contest for the "Best Touring Bike" award. Using the brawny Ninja® ZX™-14 as a starting point, Kawasaki added long-distance comfort, touring and convenience features to create the Concours™14.
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Concours 14 named Best Sport-Tourer by Cycle World Magazine
"With its healthy power, comfortable cockpit and adept handling, this award is the latest in a series of accolades the Concours 14 has earned. Here is what the editors at Cycle World magazine had to say about the all-new Concours 14."
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Concours 14 named Best Sport-Touring Bike and 2008 Motorcycle of the Year by Rider Magazine and Affinity Powersports
The 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 surpassed all expectations by earning two category-leading awards for 2008, "Best Sport-Touring Bike" and "Motorcycle of the Year." Here is what Affinity Powersports Media and the editors at Rider magazine had to say about the all-new Concours 14.
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Concours 14 Wins Sport Rider Magazine Sport-Touring Shootout
Sport Rider magazine pitted the 2008 Kawasaki Concours™ 14 against the latest offerings from the competition and it took the win. Their comments on the C14 included, "The Concours’ 1352cc engine, plucked straight from the ZX™-14, had us smitten with glee each time the throttle was turned.
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Sport Rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
The Concours 14 represents a very impressive return by Kawasaki to the supersport touring ranks, with a well-developed and refined package that exceeded our expectations.
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Cycle News Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
"The powerband is, however, smoother than the ZX’s, especially off the bottom and through midrange…once you get in the upper rev range, around 7000 rpm, the afterburners certainly kick in, eliminating any pucker factor when passing. Overtaking slower cars is instantaneous."
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RoadRunner Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
"As with the frame, the suspension and brakes are perfectly suited to handling a brisk country road pace. While Kawasaki makes no bones about this bike’s aggressive stance, there are plenty of traveling amenities to make long days in the saddle a joy."
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Concours 14 Wins Motorcyclist “Sport Touring Comparo”
Motorcyclist, one of the largest and most-respected motorcycle publications in America had this to say about the Concours 14: "This thing will blitz blacktop faster than any sporty-tourer on planet Earth, especially twisty blacktop." "Take some time to dial in its agreeably compliant suspension and the 14 carves like the Surgeon General."
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American Motorcyclist Magazine Review: Concours™ 14
"...it felt like the most natural thing in the world. If your idea of the sport-touring ideal is a sportbike with hard bags, a comfortable riding  position, and the minimum number of compromises possible, then the Concours is aimed squarely at you."
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Motorcyclist Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
"Kawasaki’s KI-PASS keyless concept is a pretty nifty system. No gloved hands searching jacket pockets for some confounded key. It stays right there in the ignition. Lock the steering as you would on any other bike and walk away. Once you and the fob are outside the 5.25-foot range, a little digital conversation between the resident computers will take care of the rest. Once you get used to it, KI-PASS makes life on the road a whole lot easier, while making things a whole lot harder on thieves and their ilk."
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rider Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
"...it’s got a decidedly sporty side, yet this is not just a ZX-14 with higher handlebars. The Concours 14 has been purpose-built for long-distance travel in comfort - it also just happens to have the handling, braking and cojones of Kawasaki’s largest kick-butt sportbike..."
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Roadbike Magazine Review: Kawasaki Concours 14
"No doubt about it, this bike is powerful, fast, comfortable, and well-equipped. I thoroughly enjoyed the new Connie and am looking forward to revisiting her soon for a tour."
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2010
Vulcan® 1700 Nomad™
Vulcan 1700 Nomad Tested in Cycle World Magazine
With its lighter and stiffer frame, the Nomad has a wheelbase that's almost an inch shorter than its predecessor's. Handling is quite good and cornering is limited only by floorboards that drag when the bike is ridden at a brisk pace.
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2010
Vulcan® 1700 Voyager®
Vulcan Voyager Tested in Ultimate Motorcycling Magazine
The new powerplant delivers 108 ft/lbs of torque at a punctual 2750 rpm on the Voyager. That figure represents a 15-percent advantage over the 1600. Kawasaki is not reluctant to boast that, along with the additional 100 cubes, the 1700 enjoys a 20-percent increase in horsepower, which peaks at 5,000 revs.
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