Holiday Wishes 2013: Game of Shadows

Herb Harris vividly recalls days from his youth when he would watch, awestruck, as motorcyclists took to the open roads around his junior high school in Midland, Texas. “They were like gods swooping in from the heavens,” he says. Harris’s father did not share his son’s adoration for motorcycles, but he recognized a good bonding […]

Best of the Best 2011: Motorcycles: Sportbike: Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Six years passed between the debut of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, in 2004, and the super sport’s first comprehensive update. But the improvements were worth the wait. The $13,800 ZX-?10R, which underwent less drastic changes in 2006 and 2008, has new bodywork, a new drivetrain, and a new chassis with a lightweight Showa Big Piston […]

Kawasaki’s Naked Z1000 Gets Racier for 2010

The only thing better than a thorough aesthetic makeover is a vigorous mechanical one, and Kawasaki’s all-new Z1000 ($10,499) has been indulged with both for 2010. While it’s compacted, creased, and angulated assemblage of sharp geometrical shapes lends it a certain visual crispness, its underpinnings are similarly massaged into athleticism. Starting with an aluminum frame […]

Best of the Best 2008: Motorcycles: Touring: Kawasaki Concours 14

It may be something of an understatement when Kawasaki describes its all-new sport-touring machine, the Concours 14, as a “Transcontinental Supersport.” Able to reach near-hypersonic speeds, thanks to a motor based on the Ninja ZX-14’s powerplant, the motorcycle feels as if it is designed to circumnavigate the globe—?quickly. Were it able to avoid the ?inconveniences […]

Motorcycles: Attention, Chopper Shoppers

One-of-a-kind, custom-built chopper motorcycles are commonly referred to as hogs for good reason: Their rudimentary suspensions offer limited creature comforts. If demonstrating your individuality is absolutely essential, comfort may not be a critical criterion. However, if your ego can withstand compromise better than your back can, then the moderately priced ($7,350), mass-produced 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan […]

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