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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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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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Kawasaki refuses to deny new Versys 1000 adventure bike

Guy Procter, 12 October 2011 10:24

Kawasaki is refusing to deny the authenticity of a new 1000cc Versys that appears in spy shots emerging from French online motorcycle magazine Moto-Net.com, saying simply it 'has no details' about the bike, suggesting an official EICMA launch may be imminent. The Versys, clearly bearing '1000' decals and sporting what appears to be Z1000 main frame and engine, with a ...

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Kawasaki ER-6n revamped

Ben Purvis, 10 October 2011 14:00

Kawasaki’s ER-6n has been heavily updated for 2012 as these pictures show. The naked middleweight shares mechanical components with the faired ER-6f and gets the same changes as that bike, including a new twin-tube steel frame, new swingarm, retuned engine and revised seating position. The bodywork has gained better-defined angles and curves and the headlight and instrument panel have become ...

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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 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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