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Kawasaki Motorcycles began production in 1954 and was originally named Meguro Works, but was later rebranded into Kawasaki Motor Sales. Motorcyclist Magazine cover the Kawasaki Motorcycles with the latest reviews, news, and updates from our Kawasaki experts.

  1. Laverty/Voltcom Suzuki, Guintoli/Aprilia Racing Grab Wins at Phillip Island

    In Race 1, Eugene Laverty stormed to victory on his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki debut at Phillip Island in Australia, securing the first World Championship win for the Japanese manufacturer since 2010. Laverty fought back from a difficult start and made his way through from seventh to hunt down the leading ...    Read more

  2. Kawasaki USA Names Nakagawa As New President. Outgoing President Teranishi To Head KMC Japan

    Press release from Kawasaki Motor Corp. USA IRVINE, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2014)Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) has announced that Masafumi “Masa” Nakagawa will succeed Takeshi “Tak” Teranishi as president of the company, effective April 1.  Nakagawa, who spent six years at KMC’s Irvine headquarters in the late 1990s, will ...    Read more

  3. Fastest Wheelie On Ice

    Mike Nightengale photos It was February of 2011 when Ryan Suchanek set his first Guinness World Record for fastest wheelie on ice at 95mph. An impressive feat in itself but what made it even more astonishing is that Suchanek made that run after having lost his left leg in an accident. ...    Read more

  4. Team Green’s Grom Alternative

    Before anyone gets too excited and starts calling out their Grom-owning buddies for a match-up, Kawasaki has yet to say whether the U.S. market will see the KSR Pro, a new mini-motard that would certainly make for an interesting MC Comparo with the popular Honda Grom. Perhaps the Grom’s surprise ...    Read more

  5. 2014 Kawasaki Motorcycles | FIRST LOOK

    Some riders fill the long winter months wondering which new bike to next year. But why wait? Kawasaki’s 2014 bike line is out now. We’ve already covered the Ninja 1000 ABS, but in case you missed it, there’s no non-ABS version in 2014. ...    Read more

  6. Fostering New Riders

    At a recent lunch meeting with BMW Motorrad Vice President Hans Blesse, the topic of new riders came up. He was concerned that we aren't attracting enough new faces, and we agree. If fewer people are entering the sport, Hans and the rest of the Motorcyclist staff agree why: It’s more ...    Read more

  7. Encouraging Signs at the Long Beach IMS

    PHOTOS: Andrea Wilson, Ari Henning Just as nature slowly restores itself after a cataclysmic event, our little corner of the motorsports landscape has green shoots inching up through the dark forest floor. Haven’t seen them? I have, most recently at the International Motorcycle Show that just rolled through Long Beach, CA. ...    Read more

  8. Zero Gravity® Product Release 2010-2012 Kawasaki Z1000 Windscreens

    Zero Gravity windscreens are made in the U.S.A. and now available for the 2010-2012 Kawasaki Z1000 in two distinctive styles. Make your new bike stand out and get better aerodynamic performance from this inexpensive upgrade! The stock replacement SR Series™ (20-227 shown in dark smoke) matches the size, shape and function ...    Read more

  9. 2013 Kawasaki Sportbikes | First Look

    WORDS: Marc Cook   PHOTOS: Kawasaki Kawasaki took the wraps off two new models today, the Ninja 300 and the ZX-6R, which actually displaces 636cc, marking a return of the “cheater” middleweight that debuted in 2003. The company also announced an ABS option for the mighty ZX-14R. First off, the ...    Read more


    Debut of 2013 sportbikes to highlight daylong celebration of motorcycling activities along Broadway from 45th to 47th Street. IRVINE, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2012)---Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is going big with its global debut of its 2013 line of iconic Ninja® motorcycles in New York’s Times Square, Sept. 13. The company will stream ...    Read more

  11. Early Release 2013 Kawasakis | FIRST LOOK

    That’s right, it’s still a bit early in the year to be hearing about 2013 bikes, but Kawasaki broken out with news of useful updates for the ZX-10R and Ninja 650, as well as confirmation that the KLX250R and KLR650 stay with us for another year. Kawasaki’s update for the blisteringly ...    Read more

  12. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green Takes Home Four Championships from Mammoth

    Irvine, Calif. (July 3, 2012) – After a week of exciting racing at the longest running motocross event in America, Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross came to a close with Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Dillan Epstein winning the 450 Pro championship. Earlier in the week saw Team Green’s Austin Forkner ...    Read more

  13. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green Puts the KX250F on the Podium in Mammoth

    Irvine, Calif. – Saturday at Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross featured a full day of great racing focusing on the 250 classes. In the 250 Intermediate class, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Nick Gaines got off the a top-10 start and battled his way up to finish second in the final, ...    Read more


    Even after Ryan Villopoto won the AMA Supercross Championship the last two years, Kawasaki has not slowed down one bit on KX series development. Team Green is hungry for another one, and its 2013 model lineup proves it. Kawasaki’s flagship motocross model, the KX450F, has seen modifications in both suspension ...    Read more

  15. Sykes quickest in testing on difficult day for Kawasaki

    Imola (Italy), Monday 2 April 2012 - Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) set quickest time in the official one-day Superbike test session at Imola, the day after the World Championship round dominated by Carlos Checa (Ducati Althea Racing). The day was marred by a serious crash for his Spanish team-mate ...    Read more

  16. Tom Sykes: Kawasaki Man Keeps Moving On Up

    The awesome amount of work that Kawasaki has put into its official racing programme in the past couple of years has already delivered results for the Ninja ZX-10R but the other half of the performance quotient is the rider. And in Tom Sykes Kawasaki has a competitor who has ...    Read more

  17. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto Commands Fifth Win of the Season in St. Louis

    Irvine, Calif. (March 5, 2012) - In front of a record-breaking crowd inside the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo., Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto scored his fifth win of the season at Round 9 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross. Villopoto's teammate Jake Weimer got a mid-pack start and ...    Read more

  18. New Kawasaki Racing Team video now available!

    An impression of Kawasaki Racing Team at work during Round 1 of the 2012 World Superbike Championship, held at Phillip Island. Pre-season testing at Phillip Island: A small view behind the scenes of Kawasaki's KRT racing team, February 2012

  19. Podiums for Kawasaki in Atlanta Supercross event

    At the sold out Georgia Dome in Atlanta (Georgia) more than 70,000 fans watched Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto race to a second-place finish Saturday night at Monster Energy AMA Supercross. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett bounced back from a 15th place finish last week, to take second in ...    Read more

  20. Babbitt’s Monster Energy Amsoil Kawasaki’s Bowers Wins Second-Consecutive AMA Arenacross

    Irvine, Calif. – An exciting AMA Arenacross series came to a close on Saturday night at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., where Babbitt’s Monster Energy Amsoil Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers was crowned 2012 AMA Arenacross Champion. Although Bowers only needed to make the main event to earn his second-consecutive title, he ...    Read more

  21. Monster Energy Kawasaki Grabs Two Podiums in Atlanta

    Irvine, Calif. – At the sold out Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., more than 70,000 fans watched Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto race to a second-place finish Saturday night at Monster Energy AMA Supercross. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett bounced back from a 15th place finish last week, to take ...    Read more

  22. Monster Energy Kawasaki Untouchable in San Diego

    Irvine, Calif. - Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson both took wins during Saturday night's Monster Energy AMA Supercross at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Leaving California, both riders sit atop the points standings in their respective classes. Villopoto led the final 19 laps ...    Read more

  23. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto Undefeated in Anaheim

    Irvine, Calif. – The fireworks and explosions are always bigger the second time around at Angel Stadium for Monster Energy AMA Supercross, but the winner remained the same on Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto grabbed his second holeshot of the season, established the lead, and ...    Read more

  24. Custom sportbike builder turns to baggers

    Who says the cruiser market is (literally) dying off? Our friend Robert Fisher at Florida’s Roaring Toyz, the nation’s leading outfitter of custom sportbikes, just sent news that he’s opening a new division called Roaring Twinz to concentrate on the V-twin aftermarket.Fisher tells us his business has been in decline ...    Read more

  25. 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

    We just had quick 160-mile go on Kawasaki’s 2011 Ninja 1000, and anybody who’s been around long enough to remember the first overweight, under-sprung Ninja 1000 from 1986 can officially forget it. This one is completely different. If you’re looking for something more agile than a ZX-14R with more humane ...    Read more

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