2006 Kawasaki Mean Streak


It's an awesome motorcycle!


I have not noticed any faults with this motorcycle.

I did change the stock seat for a Corbin seat. It's much more comfortable. Also put on some 2 inch risers to pull the bars back a bit.

General Comments:

I have been riding for over 25 years on numerous different motorcycles. My last bike was a 2006 Honda 750 Aero. No power, but a nice around town cruiser.

The Mean Streak is a powerful machine that just wants to be rode hard and put up wet. It handles like a sport bike at any time or range that you need its handling.

The brakes are great with the dual calipers on the front. It will seriously stop when needed.

It is a great long distance machine since adding the seat, backrests, highway bars, cruise control and saddle bags.

I would not hesitate to purchase this bike again. I have not experienced any problems with this bike as of today. Kawasaki makes a great product.

The gas mileage is 38-42 split riding and 50-54 on the highway.

If you want a great machine, consider the Mean Streak.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2007

9th Mar 2009, 18:34

Great review on this bike. I bought a 2006 but have never been able to get the gas mileage you report. I get 42 max on a long trip and 17-23 running around town.

The handling is what gets me down. It seems clumsy. I feel like I am fighting it in the corners. The OEM tires were the worst, but different manufacturers have had marginal improvement. Great straight line bike, but I'd never get another one.

I put a Mustang seat, sissy bar and risers to improve seating. Also have a windscreen on it too.

6th Dec 2016, 01:50

What's interesting about those observations is that they run contrary to most owners as well as the media who rode and reviewed the Mean Streak. It is rightly considered one of (if the not THE) best handling muscle cruisers ever sold. Those inverted front forks come right off the outstanding Ninja model, as well as the acclaimed dual disk front brakes. I have never gotten below 32 MPG no matter how hard I have ridden the Mean Streak.

This all makes me wonder if you were riding a normal Mean Streak, or something that had been vandalized prior to your ownership?

2006 Kawasaki Mean Streak


A classic 100,000 miler

General Comments:

I have been a rider since 1958, many bikes, work in Europe and ride 10-15k miles per year, have owned 30+ bikes, currently 7.

Did not know the value of Mean Streak til I rode it.. great brakes, handles well excellent for a crusier - excellent road feel with D220 radials, good mileage 40+.

Fit/ Finish quite good+, ergos,I am 5'10" 180, 30 in seam, a bit of a stretch, but that's in keeping with the theme /low-long cruiser, balance VG.-9.

There is a difference versus H-D, H-D is for the people who know the price of everything, but the VALUE of NOTHING.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd December, 2006

11th Apr 2011, 22:09

What do you mean by a "bit of a stretch"; is that because of your weight or your inseam? My inseam's is the same as yours... however, my weight is a bit more. Wanted to make sure that wasn't the factor.