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First Ride - 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400

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First Ride - 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

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First Ride - Kawasaki Z125 Pro

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First Ride - 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10r

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I have to start this blog post with one simple statement. The 2016 ZX-10r is one of, if not the most, easy to ride motorcycle in the liter bike category. The throttle on this bike seems as if it is easily set up to deliver the power that this bike possesses in a very controllable way. At first it did seem as if the bike's power band was just high in the rev range, but after spending some time on it I came to realize that it was probably built that way to make the bike easier to ride from a stop. With such a short time to ride and get a feel for this bike I didn't get to really dive into all of the different controls that this bike has equipped. When researching this bike I was blown away at the shear amount of tech Kawasaki somehow crammed into this two wheeled machine. If you haven't looking into it yet I highly recommend jumping over to Kawasaki's website (here) and reading up on this bike. To sum this bike up it's a little on the heavy side, but maneuvers amazingly once you get going. It is extremely comfortable and an absolute joy to ride. This is one of those bikes that I would like to have for a month or so to get a real feel for everything this bike has to offer!

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First Ride - 2016 | Kawasaki Ninja 650

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This bike was really surprising to me. I totally expected to jump on this and have a super "just okay" experience, but if you watch the video you will see something very different. The mixture of a fun, mid-ranged power band coupled with a bike that likes to be leaned into turns gives you a recipe for a really fun time. This Kawasaki Ninja 650 was actually the first time I had rode a 650 class bike since owning one 4-5 years ago when I was riding my Suzuki SV 650 and I had just as fun now as I did then! The seating position is extremely comfortable and the engine had plenty of pull to have a good time on. The main downside I felt the bike really had was with wind buffeting. With a bike that could be such a great all around bike I imaging many will be purchasing this for commuting and riding this thing on the highway for long periods of time may get a little tiring. I'm sure it can easily be fixed with some after market accessories, but including an adjustable windscreen could have easily solved the issue. Other than that I feel that this was an amazing bike and I am definitely moving it up into my "Top 5 Motorcycles to start on" list. 

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