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5 great ways to own a Kawasaki motorcycle

Published: 17 February 2019

Updated: 14 February 2019

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Kawasaki are one of the best known motorcycle manufacturers on the planet, producing some of the most iconic machines to ever grace both the road and competitive racing.

Ranging from cutting-edge superbikes, to chunky trailies, to all-day-comfy sports tourers, there really is a Kawasaki for everyone.

Thanks to such an illustrious history, there are now over 1500 examples of this Japanese powerhouse’s development available through MCN Bikes for Sale and below are five of our favourites.


Kawasaki ZX-10R

Kawasaki ZX-10R for sale

This one: £4695 – 18,584 miles – 2005

The ZX-10R has been with us since 2004 and continuous to wow sportsbike fans on both the road and track the world over.

With Jonathan Rea taking the last four successive World Superbike titles on the ZX-10RR version and Leon Haslam claiming the 2018 British Superbike title, it is a force to be reckoned with in competitive racing, too.

Across its 15-year history, the litre-capacity Ninja has undergone a number of internal and cosmetic changes, jumping from an already impressive 181bhp to over 200bhp and gaining various gadgets including riding modes, traction control and a quickshifter.

Kawasaki Versys 650

Kawasaki Versys 650 for sale

This one: £3595 – 2001 miles – 2011

The Versys 650 is a dependable parallel-twin, road-biased middleweight tourer, capable of going the distance as well as swallowing up the daily commute and seeing off weekend rides with a smile. 

Introduced in 2006, the 650 has provided practical transport to waves of budding adventurers and is the perfect machine for boosting your #ride5000miles totals. Priced at a fiver short of £5000 in 2006, the bike has always been a bargain, however an abundance of great used deals are now available through MCN, too.

What’s more, as well as being cheap, it’s also great fun. The parallel twin has some real punch and on paper the 2010 incarnation produced a respectful 64bhp.

Former MCN Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, attended the launch and said: "It’s got plenty of torque to loft the front easily, and it's perfect for darting around town and still has enough top end revs for fun and a top speed around 125mph."

Kawasaki Z1000

Kawasaki Z1000 for sale

This one: £3291 – 10,188 miles – 2004

The Z1000 is Kawasaki’s flagship naked bike and takes the fight directly to the nutty Yamaha MT-10, V4 Aprilia Tuono range and KTM’s savage 1290 Super Duke R.

Producing a more modest 140.1bhp in the current version, the Z1000 is a more manageable, well-rounded machine than the aforementioned supernakeds above and is ideal for a sun-kissed B-road thrash. 

Like the fully-faired ZX-10R above, the Z1000 appeared in Kawasaki’s line-up in 2004 and has developed from a fun (if unrefined) upright to a silky-smooth, sophisticated road bike. 

Kawasaki ZZR1400

Kawasaki ZZR1400 for sale

This one: £5790 – 6895 miles – 2009

Once boasting the claim of the world’s fastest production motorcycle, the Kawasaki ZZR1400 remains a member of Kawasaki’s current stable; having joined the fleet in in 2006.

Offering superb acceleration, aggressive styling and bags of comfort, the ZZR1400 could be everything you ever need in a motorcycle; capable of continent-long tours and weekend rides. It won’t disgrace itself on a trackday, either.

If the idea of loading the bike up and blasting through Europe, before spinning some laps of the Nurburgring and returning appeals to you, then you need a Kawasaki ZZR1400 in your life.

Kawasaki Ninja 250R

Kawasaki Ninja 250R for sale

This one: £2395 – 4171 miles – 2012

Originally filling a gap in the market for budding sportsbike enthusiasts needing a bike to suit the now-defunct 33bhp restricted licence category, the Kawasaki Ninja 250R is an easy-going, frugal sportster – ideal for a weekend thrash and the inner-city commute.

Powered by a 249cc 32.5bhp parallel twin engine, the engine was a revived version of the often-forgotten ZZ-R/GPX 250 and is a doddle to ride, making it perfect for novices. 

With basic clocks and gizmos, the 250 is a simplistic introduction to motorcycling and would make the ideal first big bike for those wanting to take it easy on two-wheels, as well as those looking for an economical commuter.

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