Kawasaki is the sort of spectacularly mad manufacturer that we adore. The company builds a rash of faster-than-sane machines, and last summer I got roped into racing two of them down the full length of Lake Powell, in Utah. My ride was , a 197-horsepower, supercharged, 998 cc four-cylinder capable of 200 mph. In any contest but the one Motorcyclist editor Chris Cantle had rigged up, the bike would be a clear winner. But Cantle's the type of guy who likes to make things
His plan was run the length of the lake on , another supercharged Kawasaki, but his made 300 horsepower, and his route was a mere 140 miles to my 230 by winding Utah road. But what I lacked in power and suffered in distance, I made up for in fuel economy. And, Cantle was stuck at a limited 67 mph. I figured that by ditching the panniers and riding at a full tuck, I could squeak out just one fuel stop to Cantle's two. I figured I could with the thing. Did I? Watch to find out, or if you rather, read the feature .