The previously sparse mid-size naked sport class is getting crowded and the Kawasaki Z800 ABS is the latest competitor in this just-right displacement range.An alternative to the liter-bike flagships, the Z800 has a steel frame, lower-spec suspension, traditional multi-piece calipers, and a less-sophisticated fueling system, as well as a considerably lower price. The highly oversquare motor is tune for smooth running and good torque, will plenty of over-rev. ABS is standard, as the name implies.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.