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Kenny Noyes a year later: Back from the darkness

It was a year ago today that Kenny Noyes, an American roadracer who lived in Barcelona and raced mostly in Europe, crashed during a practice session in the Spanish Superbike championship. His motorcycle bounced off the wall and hit him in the head. The early news was grim. Would he live? Would he forever be […]

Kawasaki brings its Z125 Pro to the U.S. market to battle the Grom

The Honda Grom has been a big hit by being one of the few motorcycles that appeals to a wide range of riders, both newbies and experienced. Kawasaki has decided to cash in on that success and offer a similar bike that looks to be a little better or equal and $200 cheaper. Last fall, […]

Short shift: Quick review of the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

As a daily agenda goes, this one was pretty good. The Southern California morning was still young and I had use of a new 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and just two loose objectives: get a feel for this bike, which I’ve been interested in for some time but hadn’t yet been able to ride, and […]

A very different kind of custom

When we envision a “custom” motorcycle, we almost always imagine a motorcycle that has had some of its utility removed in the name of art. Choppers are ever more stretched, seats get lower and lower, ape-hangers get higher and higher. As a result, lean angle is reduced to five degrees and front end feel is […]

200 miles per hour

What does 200 miles per hour feel like? Especially in the wide open spaces of Bonneville, which is the only place most of us could ever hope to do that kind of speed on land, it’s “very much a solitary feeling,” says Jack Broomall. Points of reference are miles away and the rider is tucked […]

My kind of custom

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go “Sound of Music” on you and burst into song, but these are definitely a few of my favorite things: A custom motorcycle that is both one man’s vision and the labor of his own talented hands. A one-of-a-kind motorcycle that doesn’t cost $30,000, is actually rideable, and was […]

One KZ idea: the coast-to-coast relay

There are certain common elements to the motorcycle stories I most enjoy writing: people motivated by their passion for riding to do interesting things, often overcoming an obstacle of some kind (and it really doesn’t matter whether that obstacle is self-imposed or not). Whether that’s building a custom bike, riding a tiddler non-strop around Lake […]

Two years on a Kawasaki Versys

Two years ago today, I bought a leftover 2009 Kawasaki Versys. I can say with certainty that while it’s not the best motorcycle I’ve ever owned, it’s the best motorcycling bargain I’ve ever scored. Read the update:Four years on a Kawasaki Versys