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Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 flat out

MCN, 20 January 2012 11:03

Want to know how fast Kawasaki’s new ZZR1400 is? Check out the on board video as MCN road tester Adam Child holds it flat out around Nardo’s test facility in southern Italy. Adam pushes the new ZZR to its limit around the 12.5km circular test track, holding it flat in top gear. Check out next week’s MCN, out January 25 for ...

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First ride! 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400

Phil West, 19 January 2012 10:52

Kawasaki’s updated 2012 ZZR1400 is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child at the enormous Nardo speed testing facility in southern Italy. This is what he’s so far had to say: “So far I’ve ridden the new ZZR1400 around Nardo’s handling circuit and around the amazing 7km-long circular top speed bowl. “The biggest immediate ...

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Kawasaki Versys 1000 v Tiger 1050 v R1200GS group test

MCN, 10 January 2012 10:20

The new Kawasaki Versys 1000 takes on the Triumph Tiger 1050 and BMW R1200GS in our exclusive group test. Senior Road Tester Adam Child is joined by Web Producer Liam Marsden and MCN's speed tester Bruce Dunn in putting the trio of adventure bikes to the test on roads across the UK. Currently heading towards Donington, Matlock and the Peaks ...

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Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 onboard

MCN, 16 December 2011 14:28

So does a four-cylinder adventure bike make any sense? On the strength of our world first ride of Kawasaki’s pioneering, Z1000-based Versys 1000, the answer is ‘Yes’… and ‘No’… The four-cylinder motor is retuned for more bottom end and midrange and it sure is smooth. In addition, the Versys’s three-way adjustable traction control system, which is derived from those of ...

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2012 Kawasaki ER-6n vs 2011 Kawasaki ER-6n

Jon Urry, 16 December 2011 10:31

Kawasaki’s ER-6n is one of the success stories of the naked middleweight class. Originally launched in 2006, this pleasingly quirky looking machine has won an army of fans thanks to its easy-going nature and light handling. Unlike some of its rivals, the ER has never pretended to be anything other than a budget middleweight with odd styling. Brash colours and ...

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Kawasaki Versys 1000 delivers more for your money

Adam Child, 08 December 2011 10:08

So does a four-cylinder adventure bike make any sense? On the strength of our world first ride of Kawasaki’s pioneering, Z1000-based Versys 1000, the answer is ‘Yes’… and ‘No’… The Versys 1000 has a superbly smooth and tractable engine, class-leading traction control, all-day comfort, and is the cheapest bike in its class. But its looks are controversial and I was ...

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New ZZR1400: “Fastest accelerating production bike”

Ben Purvis, 10 October 2011 14:00

The 2012 ZZR1400 will be the fastest production bike in the world off the line, according to manufacturer Kawasaki. Specifications haven’t been officially revealed but sources in Japan say power is in excess of 200bhp. Kawasaki said in an official statement it would be "the world’s fastest accelerating production motorcycle".  Professional drag racer Rickey Gadson has already managed a 1/8th ...

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All new 2012 Kawasaki ER6f

Ben Purvis, 10 October 2011 14:00

Kawasaki's ER-6f has been given a complete makeover for 2012 – but you might have to look hard at these pictures to spot the difference. Despite similar styling to the current version, the budget middleweight gets its biggest round of changes since its launch six years ago. Updates include a completely new tubular steel chassis, a 'banana' shaped twin-tube swingarm, adjustable-height ...

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New 1440cc Kawasaki ZZR1400 teaser video

Andy Downes, 16 September 2011 14:10

A new official Kawasaki teaser video has been released which shows what the front of the new ZZR1400 will look like and also reveals capacity has increased to 1440cc. Kawasaki has already shown several teaser videos of the bike as it builds up excitement ahead of the official launch of the bike on October 10. The latest video shows designers ...

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Kawasaki's supercharged ZZR1400 plans

Ben Purvis, 10 August 2011 14:11

Kawasaki is working on a supercharged four-cylinder bike as a replacement for the mighty ZZR1400. A flurry of new patent documents from the company show enough detail to suggest the idea of supercharging a new high-performance machine is far more than just an engineering exercise. Recent power increases in 1000cc superbikes, exemplified by the 190bhp BMW S1000RR, have created a ...

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