Kawasaki Motorcycles: Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager & Kawasaki ZX12

Kawasaki | December 29, 2010

Kawasaki Motorcycles was found in the year 1954 and today it is known to be the leading manufacturer of motocross, Supersport touring, supersport, off-road, sport, dual purpose and cruiser motorcycles. They have been in the market for a very long time and have gained a good reputation in motorcycle industry. For purpose of racing, Kawasaki has manufactured and launched lots of models. These powerful and light machines took the motocross arena to higher level. The company is also involved in manufacturing great and excellent racing machines and motorcycles. The production line of Kawasaki ranges from off-road bikes to heavy duty cruiser motorcycles. Today, it is known to be the most innovative motorcycle companies in the world. In the year 1960, company started exporting bikes to United States which proved to be a successful move and after sometime they started selling motorcycles all over the world.

The first motorcycle manufactured and launched by Kawasaki Motorcycles is Z1 which was initially sold in United States. One of the most popular models is ZZR-R1100 which was launched in 1990 and in the new millennium; they introduced another model called ZX-12R. Their motorcycles provide large assortment of engine, styles and sizes which are now pretty fast and quite lightweight. Most of the common and popular models are Ninja. Kawasaki is also involved in manufacturing cruiser motorcycles called Vulcan which are quite affordable, reliable and fuel efficient. The Vulcan is available in lots of different engine sizes which best suites the needs of customers. It is known to be one of the most popular cruisers in the market.

Kawasaki Motorcycles has become the leading manufacturer and supplier of motorcycles because of their capability to be proactive and innovative with regards to industry technology and standards. Here are two examples of Kawasaki: Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager & Kawasaki ZX12.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager is an entry level motorcycle of Kawasaki which is composed of classic tourers and touring models. There are two classic models with modern technology and come with liquid cooled, four-stroke, four-valve per cylinder, 52 degree V-twin 1700CC SOHC engine which is good for producing 108 pound feet of torque at 2250rpm. The Voyager and Tourer models come with similar engine that generate maximum 500mm torque. Apart from weight, looks and dimensions, all models come with similar engine capacity. All motorcycles feed through digital fuel injection system with two 42mm throttle bodies.

All models of Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager are equipped with twin piston calipers with 300mm disc brakes on Nomad, Classic and Classic LT, while the heavier Voyager model comes with four piston calipers. In terms of braking performance, it is quite sophisticated as it features an Advanced Coactive Braking Technology with optional Antilock Braking System. It comes with standard list of equipments such as Transistor Controlled Breakerless Ignition, front Dual 300mm discs with dual twin-piston calipers and rear single 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper.

Kawasaki ZX12 comes with all those features seen on other motorcycles in the market such as Honda Hayabusa and Blackbird. It is roomy beefy sport tourer with its solidly built tempting engine. The handling of ZX12 is quite agile and nimble with unique monocoque frame which is quite stable and stiff at high speeds. It comes with impressive large dashboard with unique analogue speedometer which is quite annoying.

Kawasaki ZX12 is quite durable, but they lack polished finish like other Kawasaki 12R models. The engine is very strong and has the capability to handle high mileage. Overall it is a fashionable bike with loads of performance.

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