Living in the mountains of Vermont, winter is the time for skiing, skating and snowshoeing.  The motorcycles sit in barns, garages, and sheds waiting for warmer weather.  But the winter is so long.  It doesn’t take much time for riders to wish for warmer weather.

So here I sit jealous of other places where riders are happily riding their machines in the sun and warmth.  And, with that warm weather, the factory demo trucks of the major motorcycle manufacturers take to the road.

Models available

Kawasaki will soon start moving its demo truck around the southern USA.  The Kawasaki Good Times Demo Team (KGTDT) will be unloading several models from Kawasaki’s product lines for demo/test rides.  So what models can you expect the KGTDT demo truck to let you ride?  Here’s the current list:

  • Ninja 400
  • Ninja 650
  • Ninja ZX-6R
  • Versys 650
  • Versys 1000 SE LT +
  • Vulcan S
  • W800
  • Z125 PRO
  • Z400
  • Z650
  • Z900
  • Z900RS
  • KLX230


Kawasaki Good Time Demo Team Versys 650

The Kawasaki Versys 650 will be the most “ADVish” of the bikes on the tour.

That’s not a bad selection of bikes for demo.  But I can’t help but notice that the apex predators of the Kawasaki lineup are missing.  The Ninja 1000 ABS, the liter+ ZX’s and the Ninja H2s are all missing from its demo truck.  Sigh.  I get why Team Green might not want to put some of its most expensive (and likely most “crashable”) bikes on the truck.  But I wish that these models would make an appearance.

Still, I’m happy to see that some of us get the chance to do a little demo/test riding on the factory’s nickel.  At present, the schedule is limited to just a few southern states (often at AMA Supercross rounds), but as temperatures warm around the US, you can anticipate that the KGTDT will make the rounds elsewhere.

KGTDT schedule:

Here’s the schedule so far.  Enjoy!


All photo credit: Kawasaki

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