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 - 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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Return of the Cafe Racers - Not So Vanilla – Barn Built Kawasaki ZR7

Not So Vanilla – Barn Built Kawasaki ZR7

Kawasaki’s ZR7 passed through the motorcycling world quietly. It never attempted to be the fastest in its field and didn’t earn a reputation for being particularly bad at anything. In fact, it was in every sense of the word, an ‘ordinary’ motorcycle. What the ZR7 did have going for it though was…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Rossi Racer – MotoKraft Customs MK46

Rossi Racer – MotoKraft Customs MK46

There’s one thing that the people of India like more than cricket and that’s motorcycles. Motorcycles and mopeds rule the streets of India, in fact, there’s more than 37 million of them helping India’s population to get where they’re going. With that many people riding motorcycles it’s only natural there’s a strong…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - 7Fifty – Ruffo Black Kawasaki Z2

7Fifty – Ruffo Black Kawasaki Z2

In the early 1970s, after being beaten to the line by Honda with the release of their CB750, Kawasaki halted the development of their own 750 four in favour of producing a larger capacity motorcycle that would put Honda back in their place. The bike they tasked with the job was the…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Return of the Mach – Mr Martini Kawasaki Vulcan

Return of the Mach – Mr Martini Kawasaki Vulcan

Through a special collaboration with custom builder, ‘Mr Martini’ Kawasaki motorcycles Italy have released a limited edition Vulcan S. Only 100 units of the ‘Vulcan 70’ are being produced and can be ordered direct from dealerships. Each example comes specially numbered and badged to commemorate the collaboration making them an instant collector’s…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Saki Racer – Paul’s Kawasaki GPZ750

Saki Racer – Paul’s Kawasaki GPZ750

As gaudy as the eighties were they certainly produced some cool motorcycles. Sharp angular styling, bold colour schemes and groundbreaking engineering resulted in a decade of motorcycle releases that reshaped the industry. Suzuki’s Katana was, without a doubt, one of the decade’s most iconic motorcycles in terms of styling and performance and…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - The Queen B – Dexter’s Kawasaki KZ1000

The Queen B – Dexter’s Kawasaki KZ1000

In my hometown of Melbourne, we’re lucky to have a great cafe racer community. Thanks to clubs like the “Melbourne Cafe Racers” there’s always something going. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded people who ride some pretty awesome motorcycles. Take for instance Dexter-Lee and his drag bike inspired Kawasaki KZ1000.…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - True Potential – Ruffo Black Kawasaki KZ650

True Potential – Ruffo Black Kawasaki KZ650

Today’s quick update has been a long time in the making. As we’ve seen here before the Kawasaki KZ650 has real potential. By the late 1970’s the DNA from Kawasaki’s all-conquering Z1 had trickled down to the KZ650, earning it a reputation for great handling and performance that set the standard for…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Built for Speed – Custom Wolf Cafe Dragstar

Built for Speed – Custom Wolf Cafe Dragstar

With 30 years of custom motorcycle building under his belt, Wolfgang Batz isn’t about to be influenced by other people’s ideals. As a graphic and industrial designer, he’s developed his own aesthetic and has the skills to conceptualize and fabricate his own components. His latest work is by no means your average, run of…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Rickman Resto – John’s Kawasaki CR-Z1000

Rickman Resto – John’s Kawasaki CR-Z1000

I’d always admired classic competition replica motorcycles. I’d been hunting a bike with a handmade frame and the power of a Z engine for some time and found it in the form of a ’76 Rickman Kawasaki CR Z1000. I shipped the bike from Queensland over to Australia’s west coast and rode…

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Return of the Cafe Racers - Gogo Yubari – Kawasaki Z1000 Racer

Gogo Yubari – Kawasaki Z1000 Racer

After Honda revolutionised the motorcycling world forever with their legendary CB750, Kawasaki kicked them squarely in the crotch with their Z1. Kawasaki developed a more powerful inline four that left the Honda in its dust and boasted all of the latest handling and tech components available. Kawasaki were quoted as saying they…

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