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Best tyres for a Kawasaki ZZR600

Q. I own a 2001 ZZR600 and would like an opinion as to the best tyres for this bike. I am not a knee-down, throttle-open rider, basically I’m a commuter and weekend social rider. I have recently read articles on Pirelli Diablo Stradas…Steve Rogers A. The ZZR600’s tyre sizes of 120/60 x 17 and 160/60 x 17 do limit choice ...

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  • Tyres
  • 14 March 2012

Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 first ride

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 26 January 2012

I need a bespoke header pipe

Q. I have an immaculate Kawasaki KLR650 with a Marvin stainless steel silencer that looks and sounds great. Marvin does not make a header pipe, so are there any exhaust firms who could manufacture a stainless header pipe to fit the Marvin components?Neil Brooker, MCN forums A. There are a few firms out there who can offer a one-off service, ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 26 January 2012

Video: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400 flat out

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 rides & tests
  • 20 January 2012

Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 takes on R1200GS and Tiger 1050

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 January 2012

Why is my Kawasaki VN800 Classic not starting?

I've had a Kawasaki VN800 Classic for over 15 months now, and it had been running beautifully every day until a few months ago when it would just not start on the button, clicking loudly instead. I checked the battery was good (it still is), so then thought it was the starter, so I took it off and checked it ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 11 January 2012

Kawasaki Versys 1000 v Tiger 1050 v R1200GS group test

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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  • General news
  • 10 January 2012

Why are my ZZR1200's brakes sqealing?

Q. I have recently purchased a Kawasaki ZZR1200. I'm very pleased with it, but I have one annoying problem – the front brake squeals under light operation. I have removed the calipers, and the pistons are free. I have renewed the brake pads, putting a smear of copper grease on the backplate. The pads are free in the caliper. I ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 19 December 2011

Video: Kawasaki Versys 1000 onboard

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 16 December 2011

Does my Kawasaki ER-6 battery need replacing?

My Kawasaki ER-6 gives a buzzing sound when I hit the starter button and that’s it. Could this mean that the battery needs replacing, as it sounds like it’s struggling to kick in.Shuks, email The buzzing noise you can hear is the starter relay, if there isn't enough power in the battery to turn the starter motor and engine then the ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 17 November 2011

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