Club News - 26th November

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Ninja H2 SX is on the radar for 2022

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Versys 650 makes the right moves for 2022

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Are you ready for Motorcycle Live 2021?

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Ninja H2 SX is on the radar for 2022

Kawasaki will launch the most comprehensively specified Sport Tourer ever created in 2022 and, thanks to new innovative ARAS technology from technical partner Bosch, this new machine will be on the radar of a legion of motorcycle fans. 

Equipped with not one but two radar sensors, the Ninja H2 SX – and the top of line SE model with Showa electronically damped suspension plus Skyhook technology – host multiple rider aids including Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD).

With three possible rider selectable distance settings, FCW gives a visual warning via a strip of lights above the meter panel when the machine reaches a set distance from the vehicle in front. The rider is in control at all times of the response and can brake or take other actions to avoid a possible collision. ACC – adaptive cruise control – also has three possible distance settings. In this case, when the machine reaches a set proximity, the brakes are automatically activated if necessary to aid deceleration, and the engine speed slowed sufficiently to maintain the pre-selected distance. As the distance increases, the machine gradually and automatically returns to the set cruising speed the rider initially selected. While both of these functions are focused on the front radar sensor, the rear sensor is dedicated to BSD – blind spot detection. As it suggests, as a vehicle moves into a rider's blind spot a light (either left or right) illuminates clearly but unobtrusively in the relevant rear-view mirror.

As a platform for such advanced technology, there is no better machine than the Ninja H2 SX with its unique Kawasaki designed and manufactured balanced supercharged engine. Mated to the sharp aggressive Ninja styling and advanced suspension, the sporting prowess of this ultimate tourer is indeed impressive. A cornering management function, multi-level traction control, launch control plus engine brake control, integrated riding modes, and even an up/down quick shifter as standard, show that this is a sport bike of the highest order.

Matched to this are such touring features as optional colour-coded clean mount panniers, selectable riding and power modes, keyless ignition, LED cornering lights plus on-board tyre pressure monitoring. Additionally – and making life that little easier when on tour – vehicle hold assist (VHA) is also part of the standard specification. When the rider has stopped, VHA is initiated after the rider exerts a given amount of pressure (to either the front and/or rear brake). The system disengages automatically when rider pulls away or when the side stand goes down. This is a huge advantage when pulling away uphill or with passenger and luggage onboard. Handy too is the Emergency Stop Signal, another automatic feature that “pulses” the rear brake light if the rider suddenly brakes hard.

In terms of the “rider environment”, Kawasaki has certainly not economized delivering a large, colour TFT meter panel able to relay a multitude of machine status updates; but that is just the start of the 6.5” screen's functionality. For 2022, the Ninja H2 SX and SE models come with Kawasaki SPIN as standard. A “screen in screen” infotainment system, SPIN allows the rider to link to their Smartphone and access approximately 20 Apps on the meter panel covering navigation, weather, music, contact logs and many other subjects such as rider to passenger communication. Packing so much technology and smart features into one sports touring package has been a challenge that Kawasaki's designers and technicians have been proud to rise to. Put simply, the Ninja H2 SX is likely to be beyond the expectations of many and it will take time for the motorcycling world to fully come to terms with the sheer level of sports and touring ability on offer, along with the most comprehensive array of rider aids that Kawasaki has ever made available. 

2022 Colours – Ninja H2 SX and SE
Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Graphite Grey

Available from March 2022, the Ninja H2 SX and Ninja H2 SX SE will be available in three editions:Ninja H2 SX - £20,949
Ninja H2 SX Tourer Edition - £21,699

Ninja H2 SX Performance Edition - £22,049
Ninja H2 SX Performance Tourer Edition - £22,799
Ninja H2 SX SE - £23,949Ninja H2 SX Tourer Edition - £24,699
Ninja H2 SX Performance Edition - £25,049
Ninja H2 SX Performance Tourer Edition - £25,799




Versys 650 makes the right moves for 2022

Firmly established as the “go-to” mid-capacity any roads machine in its segment for a multitude of riders, Kawasaki has considered carefully how to move the concept forward in 2022.

Whilst not changing the essence of what makes the 649cc parallel twin powered machine so popular, the upgrades and changes both increase the familial synergy with its litre-class sibling and deliver increased functionality and comfort.

With its 17” wheels and long travel suspension, the Versys 650 has formed a bond with countless riders who ride in the urban jungle during the week and break out of the city at weekends to tour solo or with passenger and luggage.

And speaking of luggage, the option of colour coded clean mount panners plus a capacious top case remains for 2022 along with the convenience of Edition models which come pre-fitted with a range of genuine accessories. Urban, Tourer, Tourer Plus and Grand Tourer are all available as catalogue machines while owners are also free to specify from a huge range of accessories to create their very own “Versys vision”.

Practically speaking, the Versys now features a redesigned upper cowl and new four-position windshield design with screen adjustment being even easier plus an option of a larger screen for ultimate element isolation. LED lights and indicators make the machine unmissable while reassurance is delivered via KTRC traction control and its two rider selectable modes.

Riding is what Versys owners care about most, and the slim, tubular chassis and narrow engine profile certainly deliver a flickable package that is both comfortable over distance and fun to be in command of. Certainly, most riders will want to (and be able to) ride until the last vestiges of fuel in the capacious 21L fuel tank are sipped before stopping to refuel. Frugal and fun, the Versys 650 is perhaps best explained as a “thoroughbred workhorse”, ready to respond to the most radical distance demand yet pursuing its task with a lightness of touch and all-day comfort that prepares both rider and passenger for the next day's ride….  and the day after that.

For Versys riders there is the convenience of a TFT colour meter with Smartphone Bluetooth connectivity linking machine and phone in order to access Kawasaki's Rideology App which allows monitoring of numerous machine functions and overviews of routes taken plus other functions. Add the convenience of an optional USB outlet along with other practical accessories and the logic of each move Kawasaki has made to enhance the Versys 650 for the new season makes perfect, practical sense.

2022 Colours
Metallic spark black/metallic flat spark black: Standard - £7,799. Tourer Edition - £8,599. Grand Tourer Edition - £10,049
Metallic phantom silver/metallic flat spark black/metallic spark black: Standard - £7,899. tourer Edition - £8,699. Grand Tourer Edition - £10,149
Candy lime green/metallic flat spark/ metallic spark black: Standard - £7,899. tourer Edition - £8,699. Grand Tourer Edition - £10,149

The Versys 650 will be available in authorised Kawasaki dealerships from March 2022.



Are you ready for Motorcycle Live 2021? 

Tickets close for our Club Kawasaki Preview Event on Monday 29th November so now is your last chance to join us! 

Motorcycle Live 2021 returns to The NEC, Birmingham on Saturday 4-12 December with doors opening at 09:00am.

Join Club Kawasaki at this year's Motorcycle Live show on the opening Saturday - 4th December - to gain exclusive early access to view the new Kawasaki models before anyone else in the UK. You'll be welcomed onto the Kawasaki stand at 8:00am to enjoy a hot breakfast roll & tea/coffee before receiving an overview of the new machines from Kawasaki UK team. Before you go off to enjoy the rest of your day at the show, we'll take a group photo which will be emailed to you following the event. What's included? 

  • Saturday 4th December
  • 8:00am-9:00am
  • Hot breakfast roll & hot drink included
  • Kawasaki new model overview
  • Group photo
  • Motorcycle Live Show ticket included
  • New for 2021 - Exclusive Event T-shirt


WIN A 2022 KAWASAKI Z650RS WITH MOTORCYCLE LIVE

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.


Specification is one thing but the styling of the Z650RS is a whole new ball game. Evoking myriad memories of the Z650-B1, the paint and pinstripes are a faithful reproduction of the green version of the earlier machine while the iconic “duck tail” cowling behind the seat and faithfully crafted side panels also play homage to the 1977 machine. Even the seat and its stitching pattern reveal a familiar fastidious attention to detail by Kawasaki stylists.

In order to enter the competition to be the proud owner of this fantastic Z650RS, please answer the questions below and submit your information.

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

  • 1980
  • 1977
  • 1975





 

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