On non-grooved pavement (bumpy, rough, or smooth) the chassis otherwise tracks very well. So well in fact I’m left with full confidence the double-cradle, square-section gusseted backbone steel frame offers the rigid qualities Kawasaki touts. This—along with its stout 41mm fork, beefy lower triple clamp, and stiff shocks—means you can relish sharp handling when working a curvy back road. Planted as it may be, the pace is ultimately dictated by the bike’s semisporting degree of cornering clearance. Fluid steering inputs will make the most of available bank angle allowing a fun, spirited clip, while firmly planting a peg feeler and folding a footrest offered fair warning to rein it in. Dialing up the stepped spring preload adjustment on each shock a couple of notches improved the sporting potential without overwhelming the shock’s nonadjustable damping.