Club News - 15th October

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15TH OCTOBER



Adventure calls for the 2022 Versys 1000 range

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FS-3 Racing Retain Jackson and Skinner for 2022 BSB Title Challenge

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Kawasaki releases information on new company, new direction, and new products

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Events Coming Up... 
Check the calendar for local events and ride outs, as well as national events where you can find the Kawasaki UK team and fleet. We've just announced our Motorcycle Live Experience Competition so enter now for the chance to win! 





Adventure calls for the 2022 Versys 1000 range

Kawasaki's any roads Versys 1000 has successfully established a place for itself in the hearts of numerous riders in the past few years, and that success story looks set to continue in 2022 as Adventure Calls once more.

Appealing to truly ambitious riders who want to explore beyond the comfort and endurance limits of most machines, the Versys will be available in three versions for 2022. The SE model is the leader of the family featuring an enviable specification that includes a wide range of electronic rider aids and technical features as well as offering electronically damped front and rear suspension as standard. Featuring Showa's advanced Skyhook suspension technology, the attitude of the SE is focussed on the machine staying in the same relative position as the road surface undulates with the suspension action absorbing the movement via constant adjustment thanks to its super-fast reaction speed.

As range partner, the SE is complemented by an S model that continues into 2022 offering the same rider aids as the SE yet relying on a more traditional non-electronically damped suspension set up. The list of rider aids that both machines feature is extensive including electronic cruise control, an IMU enhanced control package, traction control, power mode selection, integrated riding modes, an up/down quick shifter and an integrated ABS braking system.From a chassis point of view, the S and SE also have full LED lighting including cornering lights, TFT meter panels with Bluetooth connectivity to the riders' smartphone via the Kawasaki Rideology App and the convenience of a large windscreen and protective hand guards. Available with colour coded clean mount panniers plus a top case as accessory items, both the S and SE models will be available in a variety of Editions in 2022 ranging from Tourer to Grand Tourer.


Finally, completing the trio of Versys 1000 models available for the new season is a standard or “entry-level” version giving riders on a more limited budget an opportunity to discover why so many thousands of owners have such an affinity with the Versys concept.

Offering the same base specification as both S and SE models in terms of the engine and chassis, but without such items as  cornering lights, TFT meter panel, integrated riding modes and highly durable paint of its siblings (or the SE electronically damped suspension), the standard machine does however offer the accessory option to add an up/down quick shifter, large windscreen, heated grips and hand guards plus the accessory pannier and top case luggage options common to the other machines in the 2022 Versys 1000 range. Standard, S and SE, for 2022 there truly is a Versys 1000 for every budget and every rider. 

Available from the end of January 2022, the colours and prices for all three editions will be:

Versys
Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black (Standard £10,399, Tourer £11,199, Grand Tourer £12,099)

Versys S
Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Spark Black (Standard £13,099, Tourer £13,899, Grand Tourer £14,999)
Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black (Standard £13,099, Tourer £13,899, Grand Tourer £14,999)

Versys SE
Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Spark Black (Standard £14,999, Tourer £15,799, Grand Tourer £16,699)
Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black (Standard £14,999, Tourer £15,799, Grand Tourer £16,699)




FS-3 Racing Retain Jackson and Skinner for 2022 BSB Title Challenge

Kawasaki Motors UK is pleased to confirm it has extended its partnership with the FS-3 Racing team into 2022, with the Coventry-based team retaining its current line-up of Lee Jackson and Rory Skinner for a full assault on the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship title.

Marking the sixth season that Kawasaki and FS-3 Racing have worked together, 2022 will see both riders utilising the all-new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR. Despite it being the first year for the new machine, both Jackson and Skinner have been able to challenge for race wins and power it to the podium. 

For next season, FS-3 Racing has re-signed Jackson, who has had an impressive run of form in the closing stages of the 2021 season, securing a podium finish at Donington Park and leading the Rider's Cup standings. Jackson will now be looking forward to becoming a regular podium finisher and race winner in 2022 as he sets his sights on the series crown. 

Joining him will again be rookie sensation Skinner, who stunned the paddock earlier this year with a brace of podiums at his local round, fighting for the victory with far more experienced riders. With a year of experience on the Superbike under his belt, the youngster will now be setting his sights on securing that maiden win and his place in the Showdown for 2022. 

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:
“We have enjoyed watching FS-3 Racing grow as a team with Nigel and Darren throwing everything into it over the past few years. We are delighted to reward them with official status for a further season and look forward to seeing how both Lee and Rory will develop in 2022. 

It's a long winter break approaching, but luckily we have a lot of work to do in order to continue the development of the Ninja ZX-10RR Superbike so we come out fighting for race wins in 2022!" 

Nigel Snook, FS-3 Racing Kawasaki Team Owner:
“We have developed a strong relationship with Kawasaki UK over the years and are delighted to be continuing into 2022. Representing Kawasaki officially in the British Superbike Championship brings with it high expectations all round and we enjoy the challenge, both on the track and behind the scenes.

Sticking with the same riders for next season provides important continuity within the team. After some disappointments and several very close finishes, Lee has had a strong end to the season and demonstrated his considerable riding skills in wet conditions at Donington, and we're confident he'll be a serious front-runner next year. Rory had a great weekend at Knockhill scoring two remarkable second places, and with a year of experience, we are sure he'll take a big step forward next year!”




Kawasaki releases information on new company, new direction, and new products

At a press conference in Tokyo on October 6, the President of the newly formed Kawasaki Motors, Ltd., Mr Hiroshi Ito, delivered a keynote speech covering not just the details of a new company but also outlining numerous other important updates.


As part of a Business Policy Briefing, Mr Ito explained the reasoning for establishment of the new company, Kawasaki Motors, Ltd., which will focus on the manufacture of powered two wheelers, off-road four-wheeled vehicles, Jet Ski personal watercraft and general-purpose engines.

Created to give greater flexibility speed and autonomy of decision making, the new company is being seen as core to its ability to react quickly to market trends and respond with not just new products but also harness emerging motive and safety technologies.

Examples unveiled both during the briefing event and in the recent past include an EV two-wheeler, a Hybrid motorcycle combining gasoline and electric power and first sight of a development motor based on a Ninja H2 power plant fuelled by hydrogen.

One of the central pillars of the new strategy for Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. is a focus on sustainable growth and via this to raise the corporate strength and value of the brand to a projected Net Sales of 1 trillion Yen by 2030.

Part of the change will also encompass a new visual identity including the worldwide adoption of the River Mark, a symbol synonymous with Kawasaki and its products since the founding of the company in the 1870's; along with the promotion of the strapline, Let the Good Times Roll - another well-established sentiment recognised by customers globally.

Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. will concentrate its energies exclusively on motorcycles, off-road four-wheeled vehicles, Jet Ski personal watercraft and engines while striving towards carbon neutrality combining all the knowledge and heritage accrued over decades of production and the desire to meet new challenges with new forms of motive power.

Stating that the new corporate goal is to introduce ten EV or Hybrid motorcycles by 2025, plans were also unveiled for the development of five new advanced fuel off-road four-wheeled vehicles in the same time frame.

The new company is not simply about the product itself, but also the development of complementary technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, integration of radar technology and customer-centric interfaces such as the Kawasaki's Rideology App which connects the customer's smartphone to their vehicle via Bluetooth.

To do this product planning and product design will receive greater investment while the use of digital twin simulation technology will be accelerated. The company is working on the basis that connectivity and interaction with product will grow exponentially in the coming years with Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. being among the key players in this specialist field.

Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. plans to introduce an average of 16 new two-wheel models per year by 2025 focusing on premium areas of stable demand in terms of products with marketing activities promoting traditional and innovation. For electric and hybrid vehicles the plan is equally ambitious with a commitment to unveil 10 new models by 2025.The newly established Kawasaki Motors, Ltd., will strive toward a secure, remotely connected society which transforms the movement of people and goods while providing solutions that address energy and environmental ambitions.



Club Kawasaki Events Coming Up...

Kirkcaldy Kawasaki Ride Out
23rd October 10:00am

Please arrive at 9:45 latest, ready to depart Kirkcaldy Kawasaki @ 10.00 hrs. 
2nd pick up, The Milk Bar, 10.30 hrs. 
On to Crieff, St Fillans,Lochernhead to TGWS (coffee/fuel stop). 
Then back to Killin, Kenmore, Aberfeldy, The Sma Glen to Tullybannocher Cafe, Comrie, then homeward, 

Everyone is welcome, 
RIDE SAFE 

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Bolton Kawasaki Ride Out
24th October 10:00am

Club Ride out to Slaidburn, Settle, Hawes and returning through The Trough of Bowland.

Please meet at Bolton Motorcycles 9.15 for. 9.30 start. 

Hope to see you there! 

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Motorcycle Live 2021
Kawasaki Motors UK is pleased to announce that it is returning to Motorcycle Live on December 4th – 12th 2021. After the cancellation of the physical show in 2020, this year will mark the return of fans to the NEC Centre and Kawasaki will be showcasing the full range of 2022 models alongside a host of features and activities.

Win with Motorcycle Live & Kawasaki

October Club Competition - Win a Motorcycle Live Experience

If you fancy coming along to Motorcycle Live and having the ultimate day with Kawasaki, enter our competition to win... 

What can you win?

  • Motorcycle Live show tickets for Saturday 4th December
  • Two tickets to the Club Kawasaki Preview event at the show:
  • 8:00am-9:00am
  • Hot breakfast roll & hot drink
  • Kawasaki new model overview
  • Group photo
  • New for 2021 - Exclusive Event T-shirt
  • You'll also have a Meet & Greet with a Superbike Star
  • In depth Kawasaki stand walkaround with Kawasaki UK
  • Lunch on the Kawasaki stand

 P.s. As a Club member, you already have access to the Club Kawasaki area all day when you're at the show which includes free hot drinks and a well deserved sit down! 

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WIN A 2022 KAWASAKI Z650RS

Kawasaki will start a Retrovolution in 2022 with the introduction of the new Z650RS. Augmenting its already hugely popular retro sport line, the Z650RS will open the mid-capacity class to a wide range of riders. Recognised as being at the forefront of the rapidly expanding retro sport scene, Kawasaki has the unique advantage of close to fifty years of Z heritage and this has been brought to bear on the design of the new 2022 machine.


The Z650RS pays homage to the Z650-B1 - what year was the Z650-B1 launched?*

  1. 1980
  2. 1977
  3. 1975

If you think you know the answer...

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