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16 FEBRUARY 2018

London Motorcycle Show

From February 16 to 18 2018, Kawasaki's dealership style stand will be displaying the full brace of 2018 models at the MCN London Motorcycle Show... 

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Z900RS Custom Unveil

We're unveiling the final design at the MCN London Show this weekend, but which one is your favourite? Choose between traditional, classic, retro, modern, futuristic... 

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Iconic Early 80's Models

We're continuing our feature of taking a look back at the iconic models through the years and this week focusing on the early 80's, do you recognise them...

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Kawasaki UK Gear Up for MCN London Motorcycle Show

After taking the prestigious Best Manufacturer Stand award at Motorcycle Live 2017 in Birmingham, Kawasaki UK are looking to bring the same level of excitement and broad range of products to the 2018 Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show. From February 16 to 18 2018, Kawasaki's dealership style stand will be displaying the full brace of 2018 models.

The past and the future will come together in London this year under the Kawasaki stand with a look at bikes from throughout history. This meeting of the past and present is perfectly encapsulated by the #Z900RSCustom unveil, the final 'True Spirit' Design revealed today on the stand.

Fresh from its launch in Portugal, the stunning Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX will be ridden onto the stage in the central arena at the show by Leon Haslam and Luke Mossey, both competing in the 2018 British Superbike Championship for JG Speedfit Kawasaki, each day. Their grand entrance will be followed by a Question and Answer session on the cutting-edge sport tourer.

For racing fans, there's even more to see as Haslam's race-spec ZX-10RR will be accompanied by James Hillier's TT superbike and the brand-new FS-3 Racing Ninja 400, a first showing of the brand-new machine and its 2018 livery. Haslam, Mossey and Hillier will be joining their bikes and British Superstock 1000 Champion Danny Buchan throughout the weekend to talk all things racing.

Club Kawasaki will again have their exclusive hospitality area at the show for all Club Kawasaki members, remember to renew your membership and join us for a place to relax and chat about all the bikes on display. If you're coming to the show over the weekend - make sure you visit and say hello! 

If you're looking to start your riding journey, Kawasaki Rider Training School will be available to guide you through the entire process and advise you on what you need to do next to get out and riding. Whether it's your first bike or your tenth, representatives of Black Horse will also be to hand to talk about finance.

Be sure to swing by the Kawasaki Clothing Shop to make sure you look the part on your next ride.

See you at the show!




Z900RS Custom

You've been telling us which design is your favourite over the last few weeks and the final design was unveiled today at the MCN London Motorcycle Show. If you were at the show today you'll have seen the fantastic designs in the flesh, here's more about the work that went into each one and the thoughts behind each different design. 

#RSNAGOYA

#RSSEISHIN

NAGOYA

#RSNagoya is the most futuristic of the #Z900RSCustom designs, inspired by Kawasaki's cutting-edge work. The design and dark colours come from the Ninja H2R, a bike created from the collaboration of engineering and technology from the entire Kawasaki Heavy Industry Group, every area bringing their particular expertise to create a next generation motorcycle. Only the highest quality craftsmanship was used to create the H2R and the #RSNagoya features perhaps the most intricate design as a result.The Nagoya Works, where the #RSNagoya is named after, is at the forefront of technology with a special focus in aerospace design and manufacturing.

SEISHIN

Aggressive and sporty, #RSSeishin draws on the GPZ range of the 1990s with their white and candy-purple tones. These are the bikes which paved the way for the Ninja family and began the shift towards sportsbikes as we know them today. Once again Kawasaki led the way with innovations, the GPZ900R the world's first 16-valve liquid-cooled inline four production motorcycle.Beyond the paint, #RSSeishin is further customised by cut style bodywork to expose the powerful engine of the Z900RS. This detail is to help further embody the Seishin factory which builds component parts for jet engines. 

HARIMA

Our final #Z900RSCustom design a strong British influencer, drawing on the café racers developed by British motorcycle enthusiasts during the 1960s. Nimble and stripped down to the essentials, it's about you and the bike. As a result, the design of #RSHarima is kept simple to maintain focus on the machinery.

The colouring of #RSHarima comes from its namesake, the Harima Works, and their work within and for environmental industries. Lightweight materials and soft, pastel colours reflecting this environmental focus.



Iconic Early 80's Kawasaki Models

If you've ever had a good look around on the Kawasaki Motors UK website, you may have found the 'Iconic Models' section. Here you'll be able to go back in time and read about the iconic Kawasaki models from 1960 onwards. This week we've chosen a few from the early 80's to focus on and hopefully bring a feeling of nostalgia to your Friday afternoon.  

1980 KR500

With an engine using technology from the all-conquering KR250 tandem twin racer, the KR500 was far more than a four cylinder version of the same machine. Bristling with new ideas and concepts, the KR500 was Kawasaki's test bed for all manner of future technologies. Sporting a sheet aluminium monocoque chassis, the KR derived much of its look from Kawasaki aircraft wind-tunnel experience. 

With a range of steering a chassis adjustability not yet seen on a racing machine, the KR500 achieved its greatest success in the UK in the hands of Kork Ballington who won the Shell 500 Championship. The machines chassis technology would later manifest itself in the ZX-12R supersports machine. 

1980 Z1000H

Created at a time when carburettors were still dominant, the fuel injected Kawasaki Z1000H was a first for Kawasaki and among the earliest Fi equipped street motorcycles.

Mixing a dash of style with sophistication, the distinctive gold wheels were matched by an imposing black and gold paint scheme making out the H as something special among its peers. Still utilising the ubiquitous 1015cc air-cooled Kawasaki engine, the Z1000H laid the foundations for all future fuel injected Kawasaki motorcycles. 

1981 GPz1100B1

Granddaddy of the justifiably famous GPz range was the GPz1100B1, the original twin shock red missile. Production raced with some success, the sit up and beg “eleven” was fuel injected and gained Uni-Trak rear suspension later in life. 

The essential maxim of there being no substitute for cubes was never better manifested than with the big air-cooled GPz. 




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