Kawasaki is perhaps the most popular brand of motorcycle behind Harley Davidson; though probably more easily within the budget and reach of the average consumer. Find the type of motorcycle that fits your lifestyle and pocketbook with our review of the best new Kawasaki motorcycles priced under $15,000.
If a sport motorcycle is your taste, then the Ninja 650R could be for you. You’ll love the sleek styling and your choice of colors; Candy Lime Green, Ebony or Metallic Island Blue. The Ninja 650R has a twin-cylinder engine that is the most compact in its category. This helps reduce the dimension of the motorcycle. The Ninja 650R boasts a curb weight of just 450 pounds. The frame is high-tensile steel and the Ninja has a 4.1 gallon fuel capacity. Other important details: four-stroke, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine; digital fuel injection, 6-speed transmission, and a twelve month warranty. Priced at $7,099.
The Kawasaki supersport bike we are reviewing is the Ninja ZX-14. Pricing is from $13,999 to $13,699. The Ninja comes in two tone Metallic Titanium and Metallic Spark Black, but the Candy Persimmon Red really makes the bikes sleek looks pop. It has a 6-speed transmission and a 12 month warranty. Has a 5.8 gallon fuel capacity and a lightweight monocoque frame.
The Concours 14 is our choice for a reasonably priced supersport touring bike. The $14,599 price tag puts it within the price range we are reviewing; the specs and features should put it on your radar. Color choices are Candy Neptune Blue or Flat Super Black. New features are a taller windscreen, lockable glove box, and a grip warmer for comfort in colder weather. Other specifications are a 6-speed transmission, digital fuel injection and a 36 month warranty.
For a reasonably priced touring bike, try the Vulcan 1700 Classic LT that is priced at $14,199. The color is Metallic Imperial Red and Metallic Titanium two tone. The Vulcan has a 5.3 gallon fuel capacity and a 24 month warranty. It is steel framed with a 6-speed transmission with overdrive and 798 pound curb weight. The large windscreen, leather saddle bags and passenger backrest are perfect for two to go cruising.
Speaking of cruising; our choice for a Kawasaki cruiser under $15,000 is the Vulcan 900 Custom. Priced between $8,349 and $8,649. The classic cruiser styling put this on our list. The flat handlebar sitting in custom clamps on distinctive forks, shortened rear fender, dual slash-cut exhausts and a low gunfighter-style seat drew our attention. Color choices are Candy Surf Blue, Candy Persimmon Red, and Metallic Flat Spark Black. The Vulcan 900 Custom has a 12 month warranty and 5-speed transmission.
Video, photos and additional specifications and information if available on each of these motorcycles at the Kawasaki website.