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Kawasaki J300 First Ride

MCN Staff, 22 January 2014 09:46

Kawasaki is the last of the big four Japanese manufacturers to enter the scooter market with their new J300, which began life as a Kymco Downtown 300. MCN went to the launch in Portugal to see if Kawasaki has got it right with their first foray into the scooter market. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: Kawasaki Z800 vs rivals

MCN, 06 February 2013 10:34

The naked middleweight sector is really hotting up, with new bikes from MV Agusta, Triumph and Kawasaki in 2013. We took the first Kawasaki Z800 to reach the UK and tested it on frozen roads against it's category rivals - the new Triumph Street Triple, Suzuki GSR750, Yamaha FZ8 and MV Agusta's Brutale 675.

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Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 first ride

MCN, 26 January 2012 13:03

Twenty-two years after the powerhouse ZZR1100 was launched, Kawasaki has released its all-new ZZR1400 complete with a bigger engine than ever, more power, and sophisticated traction control. To find out how it stacks up, MCN rode it flat out around the Nardo test facility in southern Italy, which includes a seven mile flat-out banked bowl, a drag strip and handling ...

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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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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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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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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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Video: Kawasaki W800 vs Triumph Bonneville vs Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

MCN, 18 March 2011 12:26

The Kawasaki W800 impressed during its first ride, but how does it compare against its two closest rivals, the Triumph Bonneville and Moto Guzzi V7 Classic? Read this week's MCN for the full test.  brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: Kawasaki W800 first ride

MCN, 04 March 2011 10:27

Our first test of the new Kawasaki W800 suggests that Britain's own Triumph, after five years having things all its own way in the 'retro roadster' class, has a serious new rival on its hands. Not only is the W800 cheaper and better-specced than its closest Bonneville rival, the Kawasaki's uprated engine means there's now no discernible performance difference. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: BMW S1000RR onboard at Bruntingthorpe

MCN, 11 February 2011 17:10

Following MCN's test of Kawasaki's 2011 ZX-10R against its superbike rivals on road and track last week, which placed the ZX-10R third, this week we have taken them all to MCN's performance test track and dyno facility. The video below gives you a taste of the speed testing at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground. To find out the results, pick up a copy ...

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