kawasaki Bosch advanced rider system

Kawasaki to add advanced rider aids

Kawasaki will beat Ducati and KTM to the punch by introducing Bosch’s full suite of Advanced Rider Assistance Systems in 2021. The systems include adaptive cruise control (ACC) which adapts speed to the vehicle in front, plus forward collision warning and blind-spot detection. Ducati and KTM have announced that only some of these three systems …

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Ducati EICMA Streetfighter V4 vote

Vote for the most beautiful bike of EICMA

Surprise, surprise, the Italians have once again cast their vote for an Italian motorcycle as the most beautiful at last week’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. Ducati’s Streetfighter V4 took out the award voted by visitors to the show, making it five wins in the past seven years, or 10 in 14 years. Fellow Italian …

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Kawasaki supercharges Bimota Tesi H2

Kawasaki is supercharging Bimota which it recently bought with the launch of the Tesi H2 powered by their H2 supercharged 998cc inline four. Not only is it propelled by the stonking supercharged H2 engine, but there is a fair bit of H2 in the “origami” design. It follows the release last week of Kawasaki’s fourth …

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Kawasaki Chrome W800

Kawasaki adds a Chrome W800 to retros

Kawasaki will add a Chrome W800 model to its retro range to join the blacked-out W800 SE and the bubble-faired W800 Cafe. The Japanese company has announced the addition ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show tomorrow. We also expect Kawasaki will unveil their naked supercharged Z H2 at the show. It will be interesting to see if it …

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2020 BMW R 18

New motorcycle models coming in 2020

It’s motorcycle show season with a host of new 2020 models soon to be revealed at the biggest motorcycle show on the planet, EICMA, in Milan in November and the Tokyo Motor Show starting Thursday (20 October 2019). We expect the usual new models, updates, concepts and, of course, a host of electric motorcycles and …

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Is Kawasaki planning to axe handlebars?

Kawasaki could be planning to axe conventional handlebars and replace them with a fixed bar, according to a patent design they have filed for an electric motorcycle. Instead of a moveable handlebar for counter steering inputs, the rider holds on to fixed bars with a throttle and simply leans. The patent application says electronic sensors and …

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Will Kawasaki supercharge the Z1000?

A teaser video from Kawasaki showing a supercharger and the letter “Z” seems to indicate the company is about to expand its supercharged lineup, possibly the Z1000.   Update: A second video now shows the date of October 23 which is the day before the Tokyo Motor Show opens, so we haven’t got long to …

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Tom Cruise revives GPZ900R in Top Gun 2

Tom Cruise revives GPZ900R in Top Gun 2

The Kawasaki GPZ900R made famous in Tom Cruise’s 1986 Top Gun has a cameo revival in the the long-awaited Top Gun sequel. This official trailer for Top Gun: Maverick shows Tom’s character Maverick pulling an old tarp off a dusty old GPZ900R. However, when he reprises the famous scene where he races a jet, he’s now …

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