What makes for a cool Kawasaki? Well, it all depends on how far your budget can stretch and what you want to use your new Kawasaki for. If commuting on a budget is key to your next bike purchase then you’ll be looking for the best value and the best fuel economy, but if you’re looking for the ride of your life you’ll need to spend a bit more on the hottest Kawasaki kit. Here are three cool Kawasakis that cover most motorcycling needs.
The Kawasaki KLX250 is a dirt bike-inspired machine that is as much at home on the dirt as it is on the road – perfect for those that need to commute to work using as little pricy petrol as possible, and then fling some mud on the trails at the weekend.
With its beefy suspension, knobbly tyres and punchy 250cc single cylinder engine, the KLX250 is as ready for some off-road fun as you are, right out of the delivery crate. This kind of dual-purpose motorcycle have long been popular in the UK, where city commutes and free-to-ride green lanes mean they make perfect sense.
Tall, slim and light, and ruggedly good-looking, the KLX250 is the most modern and up to date variant of a long history of Kawasaki dual-purpose bikes; well-known for many, many years for their on- and off-road prowess, tough reliability and mud-plugging tenacity. If your motorcycling fun starts when the Friday commute finishes – in the great British outdoors – then the KLX250 could be right up your trail. Click here for the full range of Kawasaki motorcycles.
The Kawasaki ER-6n is a budget bike that’s perfect for commuting, but that’s not short on fun for the weekend either. The ER-6n – the ‘n’ is for naked, or without a fairing – was born out of a need for Kawasaki to offer a bike in its range that could appeal to riders of every skill level, and those on a budget too. It’s nippy enough to keep the speed demons happy, while restrained enough not to scare the living daylights out of more novice or first time riders. And the bike’s sales success tells the story of a design that’s was well thought out and continues to meet the needs of budget-conscious riders and commuters.
At the heart of the cool-looking and fun-riding motorcycle is its 600cc parallel twin-cylinder engine that delivers punchy performance and great fuel economy, but it’s also just as much about this bike’s jazzy, modern styling that’s built it into the sales success it is today. And the devil is in the detail.
The gull-wing rear swinging arm, the twin-bar frame rails and colourful plastics all look great while doing their critical jobs, as do the neat and aggressive under slug exhaust system and the large, wind-deflecting headlight. The red-painted single rear shock also looks the business.
Surely at the top of the Kawasaki Motorcycles cool tree is the all-mighty ZZR1400, a total missile of a motorcycle that’s just so fast. If performance makes a bike the coolest in your eyes, the near-200mph ZZR1400 must be as cool as a polar bear dressed nose to paw in Prada.
The fastest Kawasaki ever made – and they’ve built some pretty fast bikes over the years – features a huge 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder motor that’s tuned for hardcore acceleration; acceleration that absolutely will not stop unless you close the throttle. If you want the absolute premiere league of incredible motorcycle performance, take a close look at the Kawasaki ZZR1400.