Kawasaki Motorcycles

Kawasaki motorcycles have been in production since 1962. During the late sixties, the Japanese manufacturer established a foothold in the US market with their legendary H1 Mach III, a motorcycle that was both revered and feared for its straight-line speed and unpredictable handling. Today Kawasaki is one of the world's most recognized motorcycle brands. From the iconic Z1000 of the seventies through to today's supercharged, 330kmh+ H2 they continue to produce motorcycles that push the boundaries of performance.
Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

Ride Review – Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

I have to confess I tend to get a bit excited when a motorcycle manufacturer announces they are releasing a cafe racer styled machine. I suppose it has something to do with me running this cafe racer focused website for the last 12 years. Unfortunately, my excitement often leads to disappointment when…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Pure Insanity – Darkus Madness 598 R

Pure Insanity – Darkus Madness 598 R

44-year-old financial consultant and economics lecturer Jordi Soldevila is probably the last person you’d expect to be behind the creation of this amazing motorcycle. As well as pursuing a career crunching numbers Jordi has been obsessing over motorcycles since he was 14 owning everything from MV Agustas to Vespa scooters. Then in…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Black Panther – Seven Motors ZRX1100

Black Panther – Seven Motors ZRX1100

No this isn’t the motorcycle belonging to Marvel’s top-grossing superhero. It is rather the latest build from Italian workshop Seven Motors. At the request of a customer, Seven Motors took a break from their usual Moto Guzzi based creations to build this blacked out Kawasaki ZRX1100 café racer inspired by the look…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Deus Goose – Custom Kawasaki Z900RS

Deus Goose – Custom Kawasaki Z900RS

As a follow up to our recent ride review of Kawasaki’s new retro sports bike I thought we should take a look at one of the very first custom builds to be based on the Z900RS. This post-apocalyptic custom creation was built by none other than Australias own Deus Ex Machina at…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Ride Review – Kawasaki Z900RS

Ride Review – Kawasaki Z900RS

Towards the end of 2017 when the Tokyo Motor and EICMA shows took place I got more than a little excited about the year that lay ahead. This is because during said shows several manufacturers unveiled new motorcycles that appealed to my retro-obsessed aesthetic. Amongst them was a new contender in the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - First Cafe Racer build – CGL Kawasaki KZ550

First Cafe Racer build – CGL Kawasaki KZ550

I’m sure you’re all aware by now that I’m a sucker for a great first-time build. Nothing pleases me more than seeing a slick bike built by an amateur builder. It’s like getting a good weather forecast and looking forward to the week ahead. If a builder starts with an exceptional bike,…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Kawasaki KZ1000 Mystery Ship

Kawasaki KZ1000 Mystery Ship

The ‘Mystery Ship’ was an aftermarket Kawasaki KZ1000 designed by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee Craig Vetter in 1980. Motorcycle designer Vetter received his induction into the hall of fame in recognition of his work with motorcycle fairings and aerodynamics. During the 1970s his business, the ‘Vetter Fairing Company’, designed and…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Bigzy – Broken Spoke Kawasaki Z1000ST

Bigzy – Broken Spoke Kawasaki Z1000ST

Joe Gibbons had a tough 2016. Along with a string of health and personal problems dragging him down he lost his job just before Christmas. Things were looking pretty bleak until he found solace in a motorcycle. As the story goes, late last year Joe hired a van and set off on a 600-mile…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - EICMA 2017 Cafe Racer Collection

EICMA 2017 Cafe Racer Collection

Milan was once again buzzing with motorcycle mania as the world’s top manufacturers gathered to showcase their latest developments at EICMA 2017. This year we were pleased to see a glut of retro-styled, “modern classic” motorcycles amongst the new releases. While that is great news for nostalgic types like us, what was…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - True Spirit – 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

True Spirit – 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

Honda’s CB750 may very well have held the title of the world’s first superbike but it was Kawasaki that knocked them off their perch with the mighty Z1. After being saddened by the news that Kawasaki was putting an end to their W series, which began more than 50 years ago, I…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Café Contenders – The Kawasaki W650

Café Contenders – The Kawasaki W650

It seems strange now, but Kawasaki actually beat Triumph to the punch when it came to retro-styled motorcycles. First released in 1999, the W650 was a complete anachronism in the world of water-cooled, high-revving street snarlers that dominated the late 90’s motorcycle scene. So while the rest of the world was obsessed…

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