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October 23, 2015

Top 10: Best New 2015 Bikes tested every new 2015 model available in Canada and crunched all the notes and numbers to bring you a list of the most impressive packages money can buy. [more]

October 18, 2015

Top 10: Most Versatile 2015 Bikes

Shopping for a new motorcycle can be daunting, particularly if you expect a lot from it. [more]

October 04, 2015

All-new Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series is off to a great start!

This summer Kawasaki Canada and the Mopar Canadian National Superbike Championship (CSBK) launched the all-new Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series. It exclusively features Kawasaki Ninja 300 bikes with twin-cylinder engines. The inaugural, invitation-only races took place from August 14-16 as part of the CSBK finals at the legendary Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. [more]

September 06, 2015

2015 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS Review

Last year's improvements allowed the Kawasaki Z1000 ABS to take on the competition with confidence. Power was increased to 142 hp (+4) thanks to a redesigned cylinder head, more effective injectors, and more aggressive cam profiles. [more]

August 23, 2015

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS LT Review

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS LT gets so much more than a cosmetic upgrade. It proves more comfortable and more versatile than ever, yet the price remains highly affordable. [more]

August 16, 2015

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S ABS Review

A simple yet exciting idea gave birth to a sleek cruiser with modern lines and serious execution. The 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S ABS borrows most of its components from the ER-6n and offers innovative solutions like adjustable ergonomics to enhance comfort for all rider sizes. [more]

August 09, 2015

2015 Kawasaki ER-6n ABS Review

Kawasaki introduced the next-generation ER-6n back in 2012. The engine, design, and ergonomics were all improved, while a brand new frame made this aggressively priced naked bike more rider-friendly than ever. [more]

May 19, 2015

2015 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310R Preview

Following last year's special-edition Ultra 310X SE, Kawasaki's supercharged personal watercraft returns for 2015 with a new, extreme performance version aimed at delivering the biggest adrenaline rush on the water. [more]

May 03, 2015

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS LT Preview

Much like its 1.0L sibling, the Versys 650 ABS LT gets a major update for 2015. While still based on the Ninja 650 and ER-6n sport bikes, it now adopts a distinct personality. [more]

April 26, 2015

Top 10: Highest-Performing Bikes in 2015

Don't let machines like the Kawasaki Ninja H2R fool you: Performance isn't just about engine power and straight-line acceleration times; it also involves sharp handling and cornering, excellent braking, and other confidence-inspiring dynamics -- as evidenced by the Honda CBR1000RR SP and others. [more]

March 29, 2015

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S Preview

Kawasaki transformed its ER-6n to create a brand new sporty cruiser. It's a simple yet promising idea that contrasts with the sea of small-displacement cruisers, most of which simply try to emulate Harley-Davidson products. [more]

March 25, 2015

Top 10: Best Beginner Bikes in 2015

To help you learn the ropes of motorcycle riding, the ideal beginner bike must handle safely and predictably through a sharp and lightweight chassis, and supply just enough power to get you out of tough spots. It must also be low enough to allow you to put both feet on the ground at idle, and preferably feature ABS technology for more confidence on the road. [more]

March 22, 2015

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT Preview

Three years after its debut, Kawasaki's stunning Versys 1000 crossover gets a first major update and becomes more dynamic and more functional, much to the delight of touring enthusiasts. [more]

January 27, 2015

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Preview

Kawasaki is already launching a street-legal version of its supercharged missile. Aesthetically just as wild as the track-only Ninja H2R that was unveiled last October at the International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair in Cologne, Germany, the all-new 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 gets multiple tweaks to make it road-worthy and meet all market regulations. [more]

December 02, 2014

Top 10 Best New Bikes of 2014 tested every new 2014 model available in Canada and crunched all the notes and numbers to bring you a list of the most impressive packages money can buy. [more]

November 25, 2014

2015 Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXT EPS Preview

Kawasaki's new flagship side-by-side utility vehicle, the PRO-FXT, maintains the durability Kawasaki Mule workhorses are famous for, and adds increased engine performance, improved handling, and greater functionality to significantly boost its outdoor enjoyment potential. Expect more comfort, too! [more]

November 16, 2014

Top 5 GT Motorcycles in Canada

Grand touring motorcycles strive to deliver a comfortable ride with a natural, almost upright riding position, sofa-like seating, a backrest and grab handles for the passenger, and last but not least, plenty of protection against the elements. [more]

October 28, 2014

2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS Review

Kawasaki's sporty icon was redesigned last year and equipped with advanced electronic aids and a new Separate Function -- Big Piston fork (SFF-BP). It returns for 2014 with updated colours and graphics. [more]

October 05, 2014

2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS Review

As far as outrageous two-wheelers go, this one is hard to beat in terms of sheer size, looks, and power. A 1,441cc superbike built on an aluminum monocoque frame? Naturally, it comes from Kawasaki, the company that made performance its religion. [more]

September 21, 2014

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS Review

The Kawasaki Z1000 ABS returns in a new and improved package to put up a better fight in the naked bike segment. Angular styling has been replaced with properly aggressive and modern attire, highlighted by a clean, Transformer-like headstock. [more]

August 19, 2014

Top 10 Bang-for-the-Buck Street Bikes of 2014

The best-value motorcycles are not exactly the cheapest ones. In addition to pricing, there are several aspects to consider including fit and finish, styling, performance, riding dynamics, ergonomics, comfort, and safety. [more]

August 11, 2014

Top 10 bikes of 2014 according to Cycle World

The Bonnier Motorcycle Group announced the 39th annual Cycle World Ten Best Bikes list, covering all motorcycle classes. [more]

August 05, 2014

Top 10: 2014 Beginner Bikes

So, you've just obtained your rider's licence? Congratulations! To help you become a better rider, the ideal beginner bike must handle safely and predictably with a sharp and lightweight chassis, and supply just enough power to get you out of tough spots. [more]

July 14, 2014

Top 5 supersport bikes of 2014

Lightweight and nimble like a ballerina, yet sharp and precise like a scalpel, supersport bikes that come directly from international racing series are a treat for hardcore riders who look for a compact and affordable machine that's easily tamed. [more]

June 09, 2014

Top 10 Highest-Performing Bikes on the Market in 2014

Performance isn't just about engine power and acceleration times; it also involves sharp handling and cornering, excellent braking, and other confidence-inspiring dynamics. What's more, the latest electronic aids, which are trickling down from top-level bikes to more mainstream models, now elevate performance, control, and safety to unprecedented levels. [more]

May 27, 2014

2014 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310X SE Preview

As a special edition of the new Ultra 310X (formerly known as 300X), the $500 more expensive 2014 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 310X SE stands out with an Ebony/Sunbeam Red colour scheme, aggressive graphics, and a new, specially bolstered sport seat. [more]

May 12, 2014

Top 10 Most Versatile Bikes in 2014

Shopping for a new motorcycle is no easy task, particularly if you expect a lot from it. First, you must identify and rank your various needs because no single bike can meet all of them at once. [more]

April 22, 2014

2014 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra LX Preview

An attractive blend of sportiness and comfort is what you'll get with the 2014 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra LX, which combines the sophisticated hull and LXuryseat from the Ultra 310LX with a responsive, fuel-efficient engine. Other premium features ensure passengers enjoy luxury that befits the LX name. [more]

March 24, 2014

2014 Kawasaki 4010 Trans 4x4 Preview

The 2014 Kawasaki 4010 Trans 4x4 is a highly versatile and flexible side-by-side vehicle. With two- and four-passenger capability, and available steel doors and removable top, this workhorse will handle any job you have planned for it. [more]

March 10, 2014

2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS Preview

The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 ABS gets engine, chassis, and styling upgrades that mark a significant departure from the outgoing model and help it stand out from its fiercest competitors. [more]

February 23, 2014

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Race Transformation (video)

Follow's Pascal Bastien as he takes a stock 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and makes it race-ready for a national championship. [more]

January 21, 2014

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS Preview

The new 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS is a glorified street bike that borrows many technologies from its track-focused ZX-R siblings. With a plethora of accessories from the Kawasaki catalogue, it will mainly appeal to sporty riders who like to cover a lot of ground. [more]

December 16, 2013

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: What's your type?

There are many points to consider when shopping for a new motorcycle. Affordability often tops the list, even though styling is what usually draws us to a particular model in the first place. [more]

November 26, 2013

2014 Kawasaki 610 4x4 XC SE Preview

Utility side-by-side vehicle buyers don't exactly rush to Kawasaki dealers because of their great styling. For 2014, however, the Japanese manufacturer's entry-level mule is adding a special edition that looks tough and mean with Super Black paint, Kawasaki green graphics, a hard top, durable lower cladding, and aggressively styled wheels. [more]

October 13, 2013

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS Review

The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R ABS marks a return to the beloved 636 cc engine. While not completely new, this superbike boasts a fair share of upgrades, especially in the electronics department. [more]

September 02, 2013

2014 Kawasaki Teryx4 800 Preview

Those who want to get away for a fun weekend with the family or friends can turn to the new 2014 Kawasaki Teryx4 800, a four-passenger sport side-by-side vehicle which promises a combination of reliability, proven performance, roomy accommodations, and a high level of functionality. It was made to explore rugged terrain more quickly, easily, and more conveniently than ever before. [more]

September 01, 2013

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Review

Small but serious, the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 builds on the success of the Ninja 250, aiming for the top of the podium in a blooming market segment. Bike manufacturers are coming back with increasingly attractive street models powered by small-displacement, 4-stroke engines [more]

August 25, 2013

Top 10 highest-performing bikes on the market

Performance is a word that's thrown around a lot for marketing purposes, leaving the average bike enthusiast confused as to which models really live up to it. You have to remember that performance isn't just about engine power and acceleration times; it also involves handling, cornering, braking, and overall riding dynamics. [more]

August 17, 2013

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 slapped with pair of recalls

Kawasaki Canada is recalling a number of Ninja 300 sport bikes due to serious engine and ABS problems. [more]

July 29, 2013

2013 Kawasaki STX-15F Preview

As Kawasaki's entry-level Jet Ski model, the 2013 STX-15F is also the smallest and most agile personal watercraft in the catalogue, yet it can still seat three people. No changes were made for 2013, save for a cool new colour scheme: Jet White/Galaxy Silver. [more]

June 17, 2013

Top 10 Best Value 2013 Road Bikes

Trying to determine which bikes offer the best value for your money is no easy task. The least expensive bike isn't necessarily the best investment. [more]

May 20, 2013

2013 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX Preview

There's an interesting battle going on in the luxury performance segment of the personal watercraft industry. With a strong pedigree and cutting-edge technology, the 2013 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX seriously rivals the Sea-Doo GTX Limited iS 260 -- not to mention the Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO -- with a supreme focus on "Maximum Power. Ultimate Control." [more]

February 04, 2013

2013 Kawasaki Brute Force 300 2X4 Preview

The Kawasaki Brute Force 300 2X4 is the newest and cheapest member of the Japanese manufacturer's utility/sport ATV lineup, and the only one to come exclusively with 2WD. [more]

December 03, 2012

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 Preview

When revising the Ninja ZX-6R for 2013, Kawasaki used a different approach than in the past three years. Here's a Japanese middleweight that will prove less radical and more rider-friendly to the average track day enthusiast. [more]

September 17, 2012

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Preview

Successor to the Ninja 250 and introduced in Canada in 2008, the new 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 is counting on its cc boost to challenge its closest rival, the CBR250R. [more]

August 26, 2012

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review

I recently had the opportunity to try out the upgraded 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 on a small country road near Mont Tremblant, Quebec, with a beautiful sun shining high above. This standard sport bike from Japan benefits from a new frame and swingarm combo, revised suspension settings and improved ergonomics for superior comfort and versatility. [more]

July 30, 2012

2013 Kawasaki KVF 360 4x4 Preview

There are many models to choose from in the smaller-displacement utility ATV segment. A rival to the Honda TRX420FM and the Yamaha Kodiak 450, the Kawasaki KVF 360 4x4 continues to be an affordable workhorse. [more]

July 16, 2012

2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Review

An adventure bike with a high road clearance and a sporty engine, the Kawasaki Versys 1000, one of the new breed of crossovers, defies all conventions by featuring a totally different engine, brakes and frame. Still, the Versys borrows solutions and systems found on other Kawasaki models, namely the Z1000, ZX-10R and ZX-14R. [more]

July 04, 2012

Motorcycle buyer's guide: Street bikes (900 cc and up)

Designed to be close to superbike-like performance, in terms of speed and road handling, the 900-cc (and up) street bike also strives for more comfort and versatility for everyday riding. Better yet, insurance rates and registration costs are also less expensive. [more]

June 27, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Standard bikes (up to 800cc)

Standard bikes (often called roadsters) are nimble, versatile and racier than ever. They prove to be almost as fun to ride as sport bikes without feeling rough and uncomfortable. [more]

June 10, 2012

2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Preview

Featuring an inline four-cylinder engine, generous ground clearance and sport bike tires, the new 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 belongs to an all-new genre of motorcycles - crossovers. More than a conventional touring-oriented two-wheeler, it promises superior agility, versatility and performance while offering above-average comfort for a street bike. [more]

May 30, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: 600cc supersports

Lightweight and nimble like a ballerina, yet sharp and precise like a scalpel, superbikes that come directly from international racing series are a treat for hardcore riders who look for a compact and affordable machine that's easily tamed. [more]

May 23, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: 1,000cc superbikes

Designed for thrill seekers and pure performance addicts, 1,000cc superbikes use world-class technology and components that come straight from their racing equivalents. These machines can propel you from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds and reach F1-like top speeds. [more]

May 21, 2012

2012 Kawasaki KFX450R Preview

As the king of sport ATVs from Kawasaki, the 2012 KFX450R is ready to hit the track straight out of the factory. The manufacturer indeed claims that it requires no modification to excel in competition. [more]

May 09, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Beginner bikes

Beginner bikes are defined by accessibility, a low engine displacement, overall weight and seat height (allowing the rider to put both feet on the ground when idling) as well as safe riding dynamics. All that at a fraction of the price of a medium-displacement bike. [more]

April 27, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: The various types

There are many points to consider when shopping for a new motorcycle. Affordability often tops the list, even though styling is what usually draws us to a particular model in the first place. [more]

March 23, 2012

2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R Preview

For 2012, Kawasaki is serving up a rejuvenated ZX-14R featuring a traction control system and ABS. More potent, agile and sure-footed than ever, Kawasaki's crotch rocket is well on its way to dominate the open field once again. [more]

March 16, 2012

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Preview

Sportbike fans, rejoice! Kawasaki is serving up a new-and-improved Ninja 650 for 2012. Mods in the engine, looks, ergonomics and user-friendliness departments, courtesy of a redesigned frame, make for one very attractive - and competitively priced - package. [more]

February 24, 2012

2012 Montreal Motorcycle Show - Tonight at Palais des Congrès!

Après le Salon de la Moto de Toronto et celui de Québec, Montréal livre du tangible ce week-end, avec la totalité des nouveautés 2012 du monde de la moto. De nouvelles machines, de nouveaux équipements, des programmes de financement, des tonnes d'accessoires et la présence d'une foule d'associations de tourisme et de journées d'essais en piste (track day). [more]

February 21, 2012

2012 Montreal Motorcycle Show - February 24-26

The Montreal Motorcycle Show returns to Palais des Congrès from February 24th to 26th, 2012. As the largest and most anticipated event of its kind in Quebec, it will once again put a record number of models under one roof. [more]

January 06, 2012

2012 Kawasaki ER-6n Preview

Kawasaki introduces the next-generation ER-6n for 2012. The engine, design, and ergonomics have all been improved, while a brand new frame makes this aggressively priced naked bike more rider-friendly than ever. [more]

December 23, 2011

2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R ABS vs. 2011 BMW S1000RR (video)

This fall, pitted two of the fastest and hottest production superbikes ever built against each other, namely the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R ABS and 2011 BMW S1000RR. [more]

October 20, 2011

2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R, Hail to the King

A new chapter in the quest for horsepower will open when the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R hits dealerships. The manufacturer says it'll be the most powerful production motorcycle ever and the one that sets the most blistering acceleration pace of all. [more]

September 27, 2011

2011 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero Review

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I doubt that Harley-Davidson is pleased by all of the other manufacturers that have intended to chip away at their market share over the years by replicating their most popular models. [more]

September 06, 2011

2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS Track Test

Aggressive styling, advanced architecture, phenomenal power, anti-lock brakes and traction control - the new 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS is fully committed to regaining the world's top honours. [more]

September 02, 2011

2011 Kawasaki Ninja 400R Review

Trends in the motorcycle industry, much like fashion, seem to come full circle every few decades. Flipping through a wedding album at a 44th wedding anniversary celebration for my aunt and uncle recently, I noticed many similarities to contemporary trends. Looking like a current issue of GQ, albeit in black and white, all of the men in attendance seemed to be wearing thick-rimmed glasses, euro-cut suits and skinny ties. [more]

August 23, 2011

2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Review

Developing a brand-new motorcycle is a difficult undertaking to say the least. Attempting to improve upon an existing platform that has an existing and loyal following is an even more difficult proposition. Team Green clearly had their work cut out for them when they set out to revamp the new-for-2011 Ninja 1000. [more]

August 05, 2011

2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R ABS First Impressions

Even though the ZX-10R has always stood out during superbike comparisons, it clearly needed some very convincing arguments to take on the competition, which has become extremely fierce since 2010 with the Aprilia RSV4 Factory SE APRC, the Yamaha YZF-R1 and its crossplane crankshaft and the most formidable of them all, the BMW S1000RR. [more]

August 05, 2011

Kawasaki S-KTRC & KIBS explained

Other than the 197 advertized ponies, the on-board electronics on the new 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R ABS exceed all expectations. Increasingly present on contemporary superbikes, the electronic riding aids already equipped on the Aprilia APRC, BMW S1000RR, MV Agusta F4 and of course the pioneering Ducati 1198 S help riders explore their limits while restraining the risk of wipe-outs no matter their level of experience. [more]

June 28, 2011

2011 Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300X Preview

Kawasaki knows who you are, you power-lovin' water babies. You want nothing less than the fastest machine on the waves. Well, Team Green has got exactly what you're looking for, i.e., the new überpotent Jet Ski Ultra 300X, the most blistering PWC ever built. A 300-hp, supercharged engine has been combined with one of the most efficient hulls in the industry to offer breathtaking accelerations and lightning-quick turns. [more]

June 17, 2011

Top 10 bang-for-the-buck street bikes

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Superlow: Like any good Harley, the Sportster 883 Superlow is mainly about styling and mechanical thrills. This model neatly preserves the soul of the original H-D motorcycles with a clean and much-appreciated low profile backed by the charismatic vibrations of a rocker engine. The Superlow enhances the Sportster family's nostalgic theme with successfully-executed retro looks, sophisticated fit and finish, as well as a sweet character rooted in a rich tradition - all for less than $9,000. [more]

May 08, 2011

Top 10 Best Beginner Bikes

Accessible in terms of pricing and handling, the perfect beginner's road bike should first and foremost offer sound dynamics via a modern frame and have just enough power to get you out of trouble. [more]

February 20, 2011

Szoke ''Goes Green'' for 2011

Jordan Szoke signs a one year deal with Competition Systems and Canadian Kawasaki for 2011. Szoke will aim for his sixth consecutive Superbike Championship aboard the all new 2011 Kawasaki ZX10. [more]

February 15, 2011

2011 Kawasaki KVF 650i Brute Force Review had the opportunity to test-ride the 2011 Kawasaki KVF 650i on a cold January day at Xtown, near Mirabel, Quebec. We found out how the machine handles on steep, snow-covered trails - conditions that most Canadian riders know quite well. [more]

January 04, 2011

2011 Kawasaki Teryx 750 FI 4x4 Preview

The side-by-side utility ATV segment is enjoying unprecedented success across Canada. Since May 27, 2010, ATV clubs have the right to allow these machines on their regulated trail networks. Kawasaki's 2011 Teryx couldn't have arrived at a better time. [more]

November 15, 2010

2010 Kawasaki Versys Review

Spending merely a weekend on a new motorcycle that you haven't had any experience with prior to that point, may not give you much of an impression of what it would be like to live with long-term. [more]

October 26, 2010

2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R Preview

Top level Sportbike makers keep shooting for Top Dog, and Kawasaki is sitting pretty with the all-new 2011 ZX-10R, which should push them past the 2010 King of the Hill, BMW's much admired S 1000 RR. [more]

October 22, 2010

2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 - An exciting new Sport Tourer!

Kawasaki - Bless their High Performance hearts - have just launched the 2011 Ninja 1000, a faired version of their basic Z1000 street warrior from last year, and will sell it in Canada for $13,699. [more]

September 20, 2010

2010 Kawasaki 1700 Nomad Review

The Kawasaki 1700 Voyager ABS I rode last year impressed me greatly at all levels: performance, braking, ride and road holding, stability and comfort. My first contact with the less expensive 2010 1700 Nomad, very close to the 2011 model and an avowed look-alike to the H-D Road King, was in the pouring rain, on an exciting six-hour ride from Toronto to Montreal. [more]

August 17, 2010

2010 Kawasaki Z1000 Review

What can I possibly add to the ongoing dialogue over recent years regarding the influx of European-inspired 'naked' bikes arriving in the Canadian market that hasn't already been said? [more]

June 28, 2010

Great news from Canadian Kawasaki: the 2011 Ninja 400R

I am very excited to announce that Canadian Kawasaki Motors will be adding the Ninja 400R to our model mix for 2011. This exciting model will certainly provide new and experienced riders a welcomed addition in the under 600cc "street" category. [more]

May 21, 2010

2010 Kawasaki KX250F Preview

Here is the long awaited new 250-cc, four-stroke MX bike from Kawasaki! With significant engine upgrades, improved comfort and superior rider ergonomics, this slender and spirited racer also benefits from less visible but more important revised chassis and suspension components, all for the sake of extra grip, especially out of corners. [more]

February 04, 2010

Turn 2 Sportbike School announces new courses and Kawasaki Promotions

CALABOGIE, Ontario - February 4, 2010. Turn 2 Sportbike School has been busy in the off-season, developing new partnerships and innovative course offerings to add to their already impressive program line-up. [more]

January 26, 2010

2010 Kawasaki ZX-10R Preview

Good news from Kawasaki, as this was a year of fine tuning for several models, such as the ZX-10R which comes to us in 2010 sharper than ever, thanks to subtle design tweaks and some highly effective mechanical upgrades. [more]

January 12, 2010

2010 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC Preview

This year, Kawasaki is introducing a new, sportier and better equipped Mule, the 610 4x4 XC (Cross Country). This is a machine built for both work and play and features a suspension system worthier of an off-road machine compared to the 610 4x4. What's more, the 610 4x4 XC projects a sportier look, with new red and silver graphics over a black background. [more]

November 06, 2009

2010 Kawasaki ER-6n Review

Speedo bathing suits, topless beaches, statues without clothing; no matter which way you cut it, Europeans just have a more casual and accepting approach when it comes to nudity (Hear, hear, Ed,). While North Americans are forgiven for questioning their bizarre penchant for scantily-clad male swim wear, one thing they shouldn't be shy about experiencing from Europe is the naked motorcycle. A beloved staple of European culture, the streetfighter has never been received as warmly on our fair shores as it has been across the pond, but has recently started to gain steam. Based on the new-for-'09 Kawasaki Ninja 650R, the ER-6n is yet another addition to this emerging North American segment. [more]

November 03, 2009

2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic Review

More for less - there's the secret to success. Kawasaki wisely applied this notion to the Vulcan 900 Classic, introduced for 2009 as a stylish cruiser drawing inspiration (my guess is this is no coincidence) from the classic Harley-Davidson Softail Fat Boy, a machine that's all about curves and flowing lines. [more]

October 13, 2009

2009 Kawasaki ZX-10R Review (video)

Whereas some sport bikes rely on smoothness and efficiency to make their point, the 2009 Kawasaki ZX-10R plays the uncompromised performance card - a track animal that promises an exciting ride to a competent rider. [more]

October 01, 2009

2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS

Unabashedly aimed at the Ultra Classic Electra Glide from the Motor Company, Kawasaki's Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS wants to be the better bike, with more power, better finish, a more comfortable ride, and some extra safety items - and for less money. [more]

September 24, 2009

2009 Kawasaki 650R Review

While it is difficult not to be taken in by the bold appearance and performance capabilities of mid-range sport bikes, not everyone is interested in the aggressive ergonomics and steep insurance and registration rates that come as standard equipment when buying a supersport. In recent years, companies have been adding more comfortable crotch rockets to their fleets, in order to appeal to those who may be into spirited riding, but not necessarily the racetrack. Trusty steeds like Kawasaki's Ninja 650R have been filling that need by offering many attributes of its sportbike stable mates but also fewer backaches and a cost of admission that won't break the bank. Known as the ER-6F in Europe, the 650R has been a popular choice in this segment since its inception in 2006. [more]

September 09, 2009

2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R Review (video)

One swing of the magic wand by the Green Giant and the ZX-6R gets a complete overhaul -- lighter chassis, more powerful engine, upgraded suspension, improved mass centralization and new, well-executed styling inspired from the larger ZX-10R. [more]

April 07, 2009

2009 Kawasaki Jet Ski Preview

Kawasaki products have always delivered striking performance and unmistakable presence wherever they go. The brand's supersport motorcycles, including the ZX-10R and ZX-6R, have been prime examples since coming to market; their engines keep producing top-notch power year after year. Now, here's some good news for water sport enthusiasts: Kawasaki is using all its expertise to develop higher-performing, more technologically-advanced machines. [more]

March 28, 2009

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 650R and ER-6n Preview

The Kawasaki Ninja 650R has been a loyal performer since coming to market. It also has provided tons of fun to owners. When you have a winning recipe, there's no need to change it. All you have to do is to improve it -- and that's exactly what the Japanese manufacturer did for 2009. The Ninja 650R comes back with significant upgrades and a more aggressively-styled bodywork. What's more, there's an all-new naked variant of the twin-cylinder sport bike. Called ER-6N, it will take on other medium-displacement streetfighter-type machines. [more]

February 25, 2009

2009 Kawasaki Mule 4010 Preview

Since coming to market, the Mule lineup from Kawasaki has been offering consumers surprising off-road capability and hard-to-match versatility. For 2009, the 4000-series Mules are new and improved, much to the joy of rugged utility machine enthusiasts. [more]

February 24, 2009

2009 Kawasaki KX450F and KX250F Preview

For 2009, Kawasaki considerably improved its 4-stroke motocross lineup. The KX450F now uses fuel injection while the KX250F delivers greater performance at high engine speeds. Both models also benefit from weight-saving and chassis-strengthening features. [more]

February 09, 2009

2009 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i and 650 4x4i Preview

Kawasaki significantly transformed its Utility ATV lineup in 2007 with the introduction of a new chassis featuring a four-wheel independent suspension. Brute Force models benefited greatly from this upgrade and became much more pleasant to ride. [more]

February 02, 2009

2009 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Review (video)

At a time when bigger, more powerful machines always seem more attractive to consumers, Kawasaki is introducing a smaller, entry-level model displaying a friendly character while offering the true feel of a sportbike. [more]

December 23, 2008

2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Preview

Given the ever-increasing popularity of motorcycle Track Days, where anyone can push their machine to their heart's content without fear of police or wayward Buicks, it is hardly surprising that manufacturer surveys show that sport bike owners want bikes that are virtually track ready - light, efficient, with good brakes and efficient, adjustable suspension, and FAST! [more]

December 15, 2008

2009 Kawasaki KLX250SF Preview

Supermoto bikes, a hybrid based on off-road bike but featuring a lower suspension, bigger brakes and street tires while keeping the light weight and performance of the donor models, are all the rage these days of high performance flexibility in a bike - we want it all! [more]

August 23, 2008

2008 Kawasaki Jet Ski Overview

Thanks to its high-performance motorcycles, Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki enjoys an outstanding reputation. The latest models, including the ZX-14 and Concours 14 as well as the ZX-R lineup, are vivid examples. The inline four-cylinder engine of the former produces 197 horsepower at 9,500 RPM only, making it one of the most powerful in the industry. [more]

August 11, 2008

2007 Kawasaki KLX250 Long-Term Review

Derived from a proven, longtime-leading enduro bike, the KLX250 is basically a street-legal version of the KLX300R. It uses the same core features like the steel frame and high-performance 4-stroke engine. This Kawasaki has been characterized by a flawlessly homogeneous evolution since coming to market. It continues to be the weapon of choice for riders who want to attack mountain trails on weekends and enjoy a pleasant, inexpensive commute to work from Monday through Friday. [more]

May 15, 2008

2009 Kawasaki KLX 250S Preview

The KLX250S gets a makeover and a number of notable improvements for 2009, meaning the previous model, which enjoyed a terrific reputation, will become even more visually appealing. Also, several key changes were made to the engine and chassis to allow this small dual-purpose bike from Kawasaki to deliver even more performance. [more]

May 09, 2008

2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Preview

In order to attract new customers into dealer showrooms, Kawasaki is making no compromises. For 2008, the little Ninja has received many technical upgrades and a whole new design that looks a lot more like the brand's top sportbikes. The Ninja 250R was primarily designed for the European market where beginning riders are limited to 34-hp motorcycles. This sensible law has contributed to a significant reduction in the number of motorcycle-related accidents. The Ninja 250R targets an extremely large audience with its small engine producing 32 horsepower. [more]

October 23, 2007

2008 Kawasaki ZX-10R Preview

For 2008, Kawasaki's supersport flagship reaches new heights. Ready to take on a segment in which innovations abound, the all-new ZX-10R is inspired from the brand's excellent GP models. Developed to become one of the top 1,000-cc sports bikes on the market, this machine will leave no one indifferent. The new ZX-10R is the result of intense efforts by Kawasaki engineers to take performance to a higher level. Their challenge was quite a big one, considering that the superbike segment is one of the industry's most competitive. The Japanese manufacturer is going back to its roots by emphasizing the completely-redesigned 2008 ZX-10R's racing tradition. [more]

September 28, 2007

2008 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i Preview

The largest ATV in the Kawasaki lineup is back with plenty of improvements and one giant surprise. Designed for hardcore adventurers, the Brute Force 750 is equipped with one of the most powerful engines in the entire industry and one that's been specifically tuned to drive an ATV, which explains why it works so well. For 2008, Kawasaki engineers added an electronic fuel injection system to this famously efficient powerplant. [more]

August 17, 2007

2007 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Road Test

On a sadly ordinary Tuesday, the Sales Manager at Montréal Moto made my day by offering me the opportunity to try out a remarkable machine, the Kawasaki ZX-10R. Overall, this beast sets itself apart with a unique styling. Available in colors other than racing green, it also features turn signals that are well integrated up front and nicely redesigned in the back. [more]

August 11, 2007

2007 Kawasaki KLR650 Road Test

The KLR650 is one of the most primitive motorcycles I know. Virtually unchanged since 1986, it nevertheless offers a design and components that its owners love. This year, the bike retains its traditional green attire or, for the most romantic riders, its red undergarments. Compared to rivals, the KLR650 probably takes the gold medal for on-road/off-road versatility while never giving the impression of being a motocross. [more]