Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

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Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

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Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

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Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

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Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

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Kawasaki KR-1S
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Another in a long line of racing bikes, the Kawasaki KR-1S blows other superbikes, motorcycles, and scooters clean out of the water. If you find yourself lining up for a race beside of these bad boys, just give up. You’ve already lost.

An Accidental Racer

Kawasaki had been creating racing bikes since 1969 through a process of design and engineering that this mega manufacturer had well under control. That said, you might expect the famous racing classic KR-1 to have been designed for racing. You would be wrong.

Unlike many of Kawasaki’s other models, the KR-1 was not based on the design of a previous racing bike. Rather, it was based on drawings intended for construction as a sleek, modernized road-running, high-performance commercial model. The KR-1S was the consequence of this bike’s natural evolution.

Designed for Commerce, Destined for Competition

Despite the fact that the KR-1 was initially intended for standard road usage, albeit with incredible performance potential, in production it quickly proved to have a mind of its own. Designers and engineers soon found themselves christening the KR-1S supersport.

Both the KR-1 and the KR-1S were two-stroke supersports meant for paved on-road driving. The KR-1S, however, was built with many qualities that were first introduced to the series in the KR-1, but the bike was simply more optimized for speed and competition.

A Timeless Model

In the KR-series there are other models, but there is only one generation of the KR-1S. It followed the less-powerful KR-1 and preceded the powerful, yet different, KR-1R C and D series.

  • Kawasaki KR-1S (1988-1992)

The engine used in the construction of the KR-1S was a two-stroke, parallel twin-cylinder, electronic engine with a variable exhaust and a 249cc displacement. The KR-1S sported a nice 59.1 horsepower and was capable of hitting speeds of 135 miles per hour.

This high-octane “consumer supersport” (really, who does Kawasaki think it’s kidding?) had a standing quarter mile time of only 12.9 seconds at a speed of 108 miles per hour.

The KR-1S in the News

On January 17, 2019, Motorcycle News published an article on the KR-1S in which the author’s “revisited” the masterclass racing machine that dominated the 1990s

Fifteen Seconds of Fame? Not One

The Kawasaki KR-1S might have come to be known as the pinnacle of motorcycle technology for the 1990s, but Hollywood never picked it up for use in any films. The KR 150, however, was everywhere.

Social Groups

Typically, when a motorcycle has only a few film and TV credits, that’s emblematic of a weak pop-culture following, making it incredibly difficult to find robust and well-rounded social groups for the motorcycle. Fortunately, that’s not the case for the KR-1S!

The Kawasaki KR-1S – a Missed Opportunity

If you haven’t yet ridden a Kawasaki KR-1S, what are you waiting for? This superbike, which Kawsaki for whatever reason believes isn’t a racing bike but just a casual riding motorcycle, is an all-around wonder of design. Unfortunately, they’re out of production today, but that just makes them all the more valuable.

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