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Video: Kawasaki ZZR1400 launch

Liam Marsden, 18 January 2012 09:57

UPDATE, 12:01MCN's senior road tester Adam Child has just got off the 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 after riding it for the first time at the world launch. He's at the Nardo test track in Italy and will later be let loose on the 7 mile bowl to see how the ZZR feels flat-out but in the meantime he's riding on the ...

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Kawasaki dealers launch 2012 range on 2 February

Andy Downes, 16 January 2012 11:39

More than 70 Kawasaki dealers on the evening of February 2 will be launching four new-for-2012 motorcycles, with each event also including some free prizes in a countrywide free-to-enter draw. New models being shown include the Versys 1000 adventure bike, ER-6f and ER-6n parallel-twin middleweights, plus the 200bhp ZZR1400 hypersports machine. Kawasaki states: “Divided into the North (including Scotland and ...

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Video: Riding Europe's finest retro bikes

Michael Neeves, 11 January 2012 14:41

German firm LSL are becoming famous for creating achingly-cool retro custom bikes, but for owner Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler they’re merely a hobby – his real business is manufacturing accessories. When MCN visited LSL, we expected to find a small custom shop, but instead were welcomed into a 900 square meter, solar-powered factory turning out everything from handlebars to rearsets. So how ...

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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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New Kawasaki ZZR1400 first ride

Nick Ienatsch, 03 January 2012 09:20

Kawasaki’s new ZZR1400 has astonished American testers with its performance and refinement – the overhauled hyperbike clocked a 9.64 second standing quarter mile at its American launch in Las Vegas, Nevada. The European version will be launched in January, though Kawasaki cannot confirm how the specifications will differ. American magazine Cycle World’s tester Nick Ienatsch was among the first to ...

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2012 Kawasaki ER-6n takes on rivals

Jon Urry, 22 December 2011 12:56

If you’re currently in the market for a naked middleweight you’re spoilt for choice. Every manufacturer makes a budget bike aimed at this segment and because of this the range of machinery on offer is mind-boggling. Engines vary in their configuration from V-twin, parallel twin, inline four, single to triple. And to match this diversity of motor there is an ...

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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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Techy Kawasaki Versys 1000 is dark horse of class

Phil West, 17 November 2011 11:45

Despite its derivative styling and the impression of parts sourced from other bikes, Kawasaki’s new entrant into the adventure bike class is much more than a Z1000 in new clothes, MCN can now reveal. In fact, with switchable traction control, ABS, switchable power modes, easily adjustable screen and suspension and impressive tank and luggage capacity, the new Versys 1000 is ...

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