Opening November 14 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Kawasaki has five must-see 2015 motorcycles on display at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show.
1. 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R: You’ve had to endure endless hype for this incredible 300+ horsepower track bike, and now you can see the $50,000 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R in person. The carbon fiber and Mirror Coated Black paint in incredible to behold, and there’s a stripped down version of the H2R for your perusal, along with a cutaway of the motor and supercharger. Even if your budget or garage doesn’t have room for the H2R, your eyes will be glad you took a gander.2. 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2: The road-going brother of the spectacular H2R is no poor relation. It is interesting to see how Kawasaki integrated the DOT-required lighting and mirrors into the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2. Amazingly similar to the track-only version, the H2 still has its own vibe. It may put out “only” 200 horsepower, but you can ride it on the street and the $25,000 list price isn’t quite so dear.3. 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S: Maybe the best reason for checking out the 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S at the Progressive IMS is that it looks much better in person than it does in photographs. A sport cruiser with strong roots in the Kawasaki Ninja 650, the Vulcan S is highly adjustable for people of different heights. The Ergo-Fit feature has three basic settings — extended reach for 6’1″ and over; mid reach for 5’7″ to 6’0″; and reduced reach for 5’6″ and under — and Kawasaki will have a Vulcan S in each configuration. You’ll even see one set up for touring. 4. 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT: This new inline-4 road-only adventure bike is yet another use of the motor also found in the Ninja 1000 and Z1000. That means the big, rangy 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 will be nice and sporty, along with capable of long-distance riding. The Candy Burnt Orange/Metallic Spark Black version shown here is especially appealing. The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT looks like a great blend of adventure riding and sport-touring.5. 2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: The new 2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS doesn’t look enormously different from last year’s edition, but it’s worth checking out the new exhaust heat shield, electrically adjustable windshield with a three-position vent, and the silver bezels on the instruments. Other updates are invisible, but it is available in a retina-searing Candy Lime Green, so don’t leave your sunglasses in the car.Photography by Don Williams