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A Young Man Reminisces on his truest ride

A Love Letter to My 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 250

Somewhere in a musty garage basement in northern Pennsylvania, my 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 250, silver with a few small red stripes on its cowling, sits collecting dust. I miss her. She deserves far better than this, and someday soon I’ll give it to her: open roads dappled in spring sunshine, screaming lunges out of tight twisting corners, highway cruises where she can yell as loud as she likes. She’s just a little thing, but ccs don’t mean anything to me. I ogle Ducatis; she doesn’t mind. Our relationship is not about displacement.

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The Best Japanese Bikes of 2014 Add Passion to Reliability

2014 promises to offer up a ton of great bikes by which to dispel your winter blues, a handful of those out of the Far East. Japanese motorcycles are well built, reliable and typically more affordable than their counterparts from Italy and America, and they also have a strong history of great performance. From cruisers to sport-tourers to sport bikes, here are our five favorite new Japanese bikes of the year.

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Riding High: The 50 Most Iconic Bikes in Motorcycling History

They are equal parts simple and complex, a mechanical interpretation of form meeting function with attitude to spare. Whether it’s chrome glimmering in the sun, the artful engineering behind a single-sided swingarm or their ability to outrun just about anything, motorcycles are more than just simple transportation. They strangle attention. Ride one down the street and watch as babies point and smile mid-whimper, dogs chase joyfully, angsty teens fight the curling in the corners of their mouths, old biker types in leather nod with supreme comprehension. There are countless combinations of weapons-grade speed, sex, beauty, design and freedom found between two tires, sure — but these fifty, specifically, are the icons hand-picked by Gear Patrol as our favorites of all time.

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Ton-Up Garage “Gold Digger” Kawasaki W650

In most parts of the country, motorcycle riding season is coming to a close, unless you’re in one of these, but that doesn’t prevent us from showing off some awesome custom jobs. To worsen the blow, the Ton-Up Garage “Gold Digger” Kawasaki W650 has already been sold — but hey, we’re still drooling over it,…

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Mr. Miyagi-sized

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Rubber, nuclear green paint and ninjutsu are a winning combination — at least when it comes to motorcycles. That’s been the magic formula for Kawasaki since the 1980s, when the Kawasaki Ninja hit the market like a flying sidekick to the esophagus. Numerous versions have found success, including the ZX-14R Ninja, a 200 mph rocket…

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2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

The Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle series has been around for decades, and there’s no sign of stopping anytime soon. They’ve just released their nutified 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R ($14,889), touted to be the world’s fastest accelerating motorcycle (translation: empty your bladder before you ride). Aside from its appropriate nuclear green paint scheme, the all-new bike is powered…

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Kawasaki Ultra 250x Jet-Ski

The Kawasaki Ultra 250X markes its place as the quickest and most powerful production PWC in history. The supercharged Ultra 250X delivers 250 horsepower for astonishing acceleration that can be felt in the rider’s soul. Once up to speed, its precise handling and superb stability are equally impressive, thanks to a brand-new hull specifically designed…