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13 MAY



The North West 200 Returns!

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2023 off road range unveiled

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Dealer Demo Days & Events Coming Up

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The North West 200 Returns!

Three years after the chequered flag fell on the 2019 event, the iconic North West 200 event is roaring back into the seaside town of Portstewart. The 8.970-mile triangle-shaped course has been the home of some truly incredible racing since the first event was held back in 1929, and after a long delay, 2022 is sure to be one for the history books.
The circuit has been a happy hunting ground for Kawasaki riders over the years, with the likes of Alastair Seeley, Ivan Lintin, Michael Rutter, Martin Jessop, James Cowton, James Hillier, Jeremy McWilliams, Glenn Irwin, Lee Johnston and Ryan Farquhar all tasting the winner's champagne.
 
There is a packed stable of riders who will be challenging for honours in green this year, once again led by Dean Harrison. Riding the DAO Racing Kawasaki Superbike, Superstock and Supersport machines, the reigning Senior TT winner will no doubt be pushing for podium success as he continues to prepare for the Isle of Man TT which gets underway later this month.
 
McAdoo Racing Kawasaki's Adam McClean will have a busy race week, competing in the Superbike, Superstock, Supersport and Supertwin events. The Supertwin class is set to be a close battle this season, and former race winner Farquhar will be hoping his KMR Kawasaki trio of Darren James, Gary McCoy and Richard Cooper will be able to replicate his success in the class. Jamie Coward will also be utilising Kawasaki power in the Supertwin class, as will Matt Rees, who has also chosen the Ninja ZX-6R for the Supersport races.
 
If you're lucky enough to be heading over to the 2022 event, then the start/finish line is a great place to watch the pre-race tension and post-race celebrations, while a little further down the road York Corner is one of the best overtaking spots. For that true high-speed road racing experience, though, you should make your way to the legendary Station Corner, one of the fastest on the course.
 
If you're not able to make it over, then don't worry! You can watch every practice session and race live on BBC Sport Northern Ireland, while we'll also be keeping our followers updated on our Kawasaki riders and teams via the Team Green social channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). Practice for the 2022 event gets underway Tuesday morning, with racing beginning Thursday evening.



Kawasaki unveils 2023 off road range

Covering the widest spectrum of off-road sport and fun riding, the 2023 Kawasaki off-road motorcycle range has just been announced. Catering for the needs of professional podium chasers, committed enduro riders, enthusiastic weekend competitors and those just starting on two-wheels, the range is certainly comprehensive.


Entry level and first championship riders will enjoy the KLX110R and KX65 respectively with the four-stroke KLX employing a 4-speed transmission with automatic clutch for stall-free shifting, it is the ideal machine to learn the craft of off-road riding on while the two-stroke KX65 is the stuff of legends, having won more races and championships than any proud father has had time to put up trophy shelves.

Further up the capacity scale – and sticking with the two-stroke theme – are the small and large wheel KX85 machines. They are liquid-cooled and feature Kawasaki's Uni-Trak suspension while benefiting from constant refinement keeping them competitive and reliable. And that reliability and durability is something that Kawasaki owners report back on often. No use being fast one day and in the garage with a stripped down, unreliable bike the next weekend. It's consistency that wins Championships.  At the top end of the range is the mighty KX450, the most powerful production MX machine Kawasaki has ever manufactured. Created to dominate in the upper echelons of off-road sport, the mighty KX450 continues to carve a fearsome reputation heading up an impressive range of off-road machines.

In terms of enduro style machines, the successful KX450X and KX250X feature boldly in the new season range both ready to attack Hare & Hound style events plus organised enduro events that allow such machines to compete.

A new off-road season is always something to welcome and Kawasaki dealers across Europe are looking forward to answering the riding needs of a diverse audience. The green team is ready for the good times ahead in 2023 and prepared to do anything it takes to help Kawasaki riders achieve the success they deserve.

Prices and availability will be confirmed soon. 



Local Club Kawasaki Events

Your network of local Club Kawasaki Ambassadors are adding their events to the Club Kawasaki Forum Calendar, check out the forum now to find your closest events. 

14th May

Coffee & Cake Morning at On Yer Bike, Aylesbury

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14th May

Cradley Kawasaki Ride out with BarneyGPZ

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15th May

Club Run with J&L Motorcycles, Carlisle

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22nd May

Ride out to North Wales with Derek 

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Dealer Demo Days 2022

Kawasaki is pleased to announce the dealers Demo Days events will return in 2022. The Kawasaki demo fleet will visit Kawasaki dealers across the county and will give riders the chance to sample many of the new models in the 2022 range.

With the summer months around the corner, the Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days tour is the perfect opportunity for motorcyclists to discover the latest 2022 machines. 

From exhilarating mid capacity, to top of the line supercharged motorcycles, the following models will be available to ride on the day:

  • Z650
  • Ninja 650
  • Versys 650 Tourer - NEW
  • Vulcan S
  • Z650RS - NEW
  • Z900
  • Z900RS
  • Ninja 1000SX Tourer
  • Ninja H2 SX - NEW
  • Ninja H2 SX SE Tourer - NEW
  • Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer
  • Z H2
  • Z H2 SE
  • Ninja ZX-10R

All test rides must be booked in advance through the sign-up form for the relevant dealer. The test rides will be done in groups on a guided route arranged by Focused Events. If your local Kawasaki dealer isn't included in the list currently, please return to the site at a later date as new events will be added to the calendar.

Once you have completed the sign up form, Focused Events will contact you with further details and to confirm your test ride slot.

Ross Burridge, Head of Marketing & Racing Department at Kawasaki UK:
“Our Dealer Demo Days events last year were a huge success, with hundreds of bikers across the country visiting their local Kawasaki dealer to enjoy the chance to ride the latest models. Since then, we've been inundated with requests asking if it was running again for 2022, so we're very pleased to confirm the first dates.

Each event will showcase a wide array of machines, from the versatile Versys 650 to the supercharged Sports Tourer Ninja H2 SX, and the all-new modern classic Z650RS. We're looking forward to seeing everyone this summer.”



SHOWS & EVENTS COMING UP


MCN FESTIVAL OF MOTORCYCLING

The MCN Festival of Motorcycling is back and bigger than ever! 

  • Test ride the latest 2022 bikes: Hundreds of test rides will be available to try over the weekend
  • Non-stop racing action: The Live Action Arena will be packed with non stop day-time racing action
  • Looking for new riding gear? Find great deals and bargains on biking kit & accessories
  • Stunt shows: Watch jaw-dropping stunt displays
  • Club Zone: Browse the UK's best club displays
  • Camp for the weekend: Grab your tent and make a weekend of it! Campers get early entry into the show plus access to the evening entertainment
  • NEW FOR 2022: Silverstone Auctions: A live auction of classic and contemporary motorcycles


VIP Hospitality - WorldSBK - Donington Park - 17 July

Tickets currently still remaining - book now! 

  • Weekend admission - 16-17 July
  • Sunday suite access & hospitality – 17 July only
  • Morning coffee with a hot breakfast
  • Hot buffet lunch
  • Afternoon tea & cakes
  • In suite bar serving house wines, beers & soft drinks
  • Television with live feed and timing
  • Parking pass - 1 per booking
  • Directors' Suite – the best views of the circuit with balcony on three sides of the suite, located by Goddards
  • Rider appearances from Kawasaki Racing Team - Jonathan Rea & Alex Lowes - subject to timings & team discretion on the day

BSB Hospitality at Brands Hatch - July & October

We're giving our Club Kawasaki members a unique chance to get trackside at Brands Hatch BSB in our all-new Kawasaki suite! Overlooking one of the best corners in the world, the iconic Paddock Hill, the newly refurbished suite is the perfect place to celebrate being able to return to watch the bar-bashing thrills and spills that is the British Superbike Championship.

Included in the package will be weekend entry tickets, ensuring you can watch every minute of the action, and full hospitality on the Saturday. Based on the main straight, you will be able to enjoy the very best views and can see almost the entire Indy circuit and podium directly from our Kawasaki suite. There is also a large outdoor decking area for you to enjoy, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere and (hopefully!) glorious sunny weather.  

Guests will be able to enjoy a hot and cold breakfast to kick-start the day, while a delicious lunch and host of sweet treats ensures there really is no better place to be for a day at the races. To make your day even more special, rookie sensation Rory Skinner and Lee Jackson will be stopping by for a unique meet and greet.*

Want to join us in the new Kawasaki suite? Tickets are available now and cost £149 – but be quick, there's only a limited number available!







 

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