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Cologne Show: Refreshed Kawasaki Versys 1000

MCN, 30 September 2014 10:20

• 1043cc inline-four• Redesigned bodywork• More touring ability Kawasaki’s Versys 1000 has always been a good bike, but it’s also always been uglier than a box of frogs pulling faces. Thankfully the firm has sorted that out for 2015 with a major overhaul of the bike’s aesthetics, while also giving it a thorough tickle in the engineering department, too. Kawasaki’s dual headlamp family ...

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Aggressive new Z1000 unveiled in Milan

Phil West, 05 November 2013 09:52

Kawasaki has just unveiled this significantly new Z1000 super naked at the Milan Show. Although not completely new – the basic engine and chassis are unchanged, for example – Kawasaki’s super naked has received a raft of changes to the powertrain, chassis, equipment and, most obviously, styling which effectively renders it an all-new machine. The key changes are as follows: ...

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Kawasaki Z800 first ride: "A smooth and refined ride"

Michael Neeves, 03 December 2012 09:27

Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just ridden the new £7499 Kawasaki Z800 at its launch in the south of France. Here are his initial thoughts – check out MCN on Wednesday for the full review. "This is the replacement for the Z750, a bike that’s actually been around for 10 years next year – doesn’t time fly? "Kawasaki has ...

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Milan Show: Kawasaki Z1000 Special

Richard Newland, 13 November 2012 11:59

Some specials are definitely more special than others - and this one has caused MCN Senior Reporter Andy Downes to 'have a slight crisis' on the Kawasaki stand in Milan. Built as a one-off for Kawasaki's 40th anniversary of the Z model line, this absolutely stunning Z1000-based creation marries modern cycle parts to the iconic styling of the original Z900. ...

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Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 takes on R1200GS and Tiger 1050

MCN, 19 January 2012 12:20

Kawasaki's controversial new Versys 1000 has set the cat amongst the adventure bike pigeons this week - as proven by MCN's world exclusive first test of the new monster trailie against its leading rivals. We pitted the new Versys against two top rivals - first, the reigning adventure-bike class king, BMW's R1200GS. And second, Triumph's more road-orientated Tiger 1050. Kawasaki ...

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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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Fully updated Kawasaki ER-6n sets new standard

Adam Child, 21 October 2011 11:29

When we learnt that Kawasaki wasn't just giving its popular ER6 range a slight update for 2012 but was almost completely revising them, first we wondered if it was strictly necessary. After all, both ERs (n for naked, f for faired) were already among the best middle-weight twins. Then, on seeing the bikes and realising how similar they looked to ...

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2012 Kawasaki ER-6n - first impressions

MCN, 13 October 2011 09:57

MCN’s Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, is putting the new Kawasaki ER-6n through its paces at its European launch in Faro, Portugal. The latest variant of Kawasaki’s popular middleweight has been totally revised for 2012, and features new frame and swingarm, revisions to the gutsy parallel twin engine including improved fuelling. There is a wide range of cosmetic changes, too. ‘The ...

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New Kawasaki ZX-10R for £5795. Did you put a deposit down?

Dan Aspel, 28 September 2011 13:27

Did you put down a £500 deposit on a 2011 ZX-10R priced at just £5795? If so MCN would like to hear from you urgently The offer – run by Birmingham-based firm “Friends & Co Ltd” and advertised on Ebay - promised a range of 2011 Japanese sports bikes such as the ZX-10R, ZX-6R, R1 and R6 for bargain basement ...

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Editor's picks: Kawasaki W650

MCN, 16 September 2011 13:11

Yearning for a slice of retro style after feasting your eyes on the classic metal in MCN Retro? Then, like us, you might be considering your options. If you love the aesthetics but want to combine classic lines with modern handling and reliability then a Kawasaki W650 could be ideal. The W650's parallel twin is soft and easy-going – with ...

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