Club Friday News - 10th July

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10TH JULY 2020




2021 Kawasaki KX250 & KX450

For the 2021 season the impressive KX250 comes to the starting gate with the most peak power ever plus a host of “rider-centric” features. While Kawasaki race engineers have concentrated on detail refinements to the successful KX450 package aimed to satisfy demand...

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Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days

A number of Kawasaki Dealers across the U.K. will be hosting a demo event in partnership with Focused Events to give visitors the opportunity to test ride a 2020 model, in an environment that follows strict social distancing guidelines...

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Ten Bike Checks for you to do now

 We asked our Workshop Supervisor at Kawasaki Motors UK, Ross Symons for tips on general maintenance and some of the items to check regularly on your Kawasaki before hitting the road...

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2021 KX250 delivers more power and rider focused features

Detail changes further refine KX450 package for 2021MY

The big news for the 2021 season is that the impressive Kawasaki KX250 comes to the starting gate with the most peak power ever plus a host of “rider-centric” features set to reconfirm its place as the standout bike in its class.

At the core of the updated racer is a state-of-the-art engine offering an additional 1kw (1.4PS) at peak power without sacrificing the low and mid-range urge so characteristic of Kawasaki's “win from the box” racer.  Equally valuable for racers is an increase to the rev ceiling of an extra 350rpm adding to the KX250's already impressive over-rev performance.

New additions for a new season do not stop there in fact, discover more including the full range of updates as well as the anticipated availability in the UK and pricing.

For the 2021 season Kawasaki race engineers have concentrated on detail refinements to the successful KX450 package aimed to satisfy the demands of mid to upper level skill riders who form the bedrock of the KX450 customer base.

Engine wise the most noteworthy change is the adoption of a dry film lubricant coating on the piston skirt which reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall and contributes to increased performance. 

A competitive race winning package is defined by a specification created by a myriad of features. Now, for 2021, the KX450 package is the most complete ever – fact. Read the full details and discover the anticipated availability in the UK and pricing. 





Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days 2020

Kawasaki UK are pleased to announce that a number of Kawasaki Dealers across the U.K. will be hosting a demo event in partnership with Focused Events. The events will give visitors the opportunity to test ride a new Kawasaki model from the exciting 2020 range, in an environment that follows strict social distancing guidelines. From exhilarating mid capacity, to top of the line supercharged motorcycles, the following models will be available to ride on the day:

Ninja ZX-6R, Z650, Ninja 650, Versys 650, Vulcan S, Z900, Z900RS, Z900RS Café, Ninja ZX-10R, Ninja 1000SX, Versys 1000 SE, Ninja H2 SX SE+, Z H2.

Test rides must be pre-booked before the event to avoid large crowds at the dealerships, and customers are asked to bring their own hand sanitiser and refreshments.

View the list of dealer events below and click on the link to sign up to the event online. Once you have signed up, Focused Events will contact you with further details and to confirm your test ride slot. 

1. Marriott Motorcycles - Saturday 11th July 
Address: 72-76 Oxton Road, Birkenhead, CH41 2TW
Tel: 0151 653 8704

2. Bristol Kawasaki - Saturday 18th July
Address: 2-12 Bath Rd, Bristol, BS4 3DR 
Tel: 0117 977 2272

3. Bransons Motorcycles - Sunday 19th July 
Address: 7 Oxford Road, Pen Mill Trading Estate, Yeovil, BA21 5HR
Tel: 01935 474998


4. KD Motorcycles - Saturday 25th July 
Address: 392-396 Blackburn Road, Accrington, BB5 1SA
Tel: 01254 231221

5. Wigan Kawasaki – Sunday 26th July
Address: 5-7 Gathurst Road, Orrell, Wigan WN5 8QJ
Tel: 01942 218 181

6. Greenham Kawasaki - Sunday 2nd August 
Address: Lindenmuth Way, Newbury, Thatcham, RG19 6HW
Tel: 01635 916 464


7. M&P Kawasaki - Sunday 9th August 
Address: Phoenix Way, Garnoch Industrial Estate, Gorseinon, Penllergaer, Swansea, SA4 9HN
Tel: 01792 224428

8. Coleraine Kawasaki Event - Saturday 15th August 
Address: 5B Mountsandel Rd, Coleraine, BT52 1JD
Tel: 028 7032 7517

9. Phillip McCallen Event - Sunday 16th August 
Address: Portman Business Park Lissue Industrial Estate, Unit 10/11 West, Moira Road, Lisburn, BT28 2XF
Tel: 028 9262 2886


10. A&D Motorcycles Event - Saturday 22nd August 

Address: Spencer Trading Estate, Rhyl Rd, Denbigh LL16 5TQ
Tel: 01745 815105

11. Derby Kawasaki Event - Sunday 23rd August 
Address: Chapel Row, Borrowash, Derby, DE72 3LR
Tel: 01332 208700





Ten Motorcycle Checks you can carry out now

Motorcyclists around the UK are hitting the road however due to the current COVID-19 situation, most of us have delayed our annual spring time ritual of pulling off the dust cover that was keeping our motorcycles warm in the winter!

If you are going to be turning wheels after a prolonged period of motorcycle hibernation, we strongly recommend that you give your ride a check over.

We asked our Workshop Supervisor at Kawasaki Motors UK, Ross Symons for tips on general maintenance and some of the items to check before breathing life into your motorcycle again.

  1. Do your lights function correctly, including warning lights and horn? Note that the bike needs to be running to check headlamps.
  2. Check tyre condition and pressures, which should be listed on the drive chain guard or in your owner's manual.
  3. Adjust the drive chain if required and lubricate chain well.  Front and rear paddock stands will make this job a lot easier!
  4. Do the brakes bind? This is simply where the wheel does not turn freely. This could occur when the bike has been parked with water in and around the brakes from riding or washing, especially if road salt is present and has caused corrosion within the brake calliper area. If they are binding, this will likely require dealer inspection and repair.
  5. Check fluid levels including, engine oil level, engine coolant level, brake fluid levels (front and rear).
  6. Check for any loose nuts and bolts.
  7. Check the steering turns from lock to lock smoothly.
  8. Does the throttle grip operate smoothly?
  9. The clutch lever must have the correct amount of free play and operate correctly. Some bikes are now equipped with hydraulic units. Cable operated bikes require 2-3mm of clearance however not every model is the same so refer to the owner's manual or your Kawasaki dealer for assistance.
  10. Check the side stand and or centre stand operate smoothly and returns fully to the 'up' position - lubricate as required.

Ross Symons also explains why customers should go in for a service based on length of time and not only mileage travelled, saying, “All of our models have service intervals that relate to mileage and time, and should be serviced on which ever unit comes first. One example is brake fluid and if we take the Ninja H2 SX for instance, this should be first changed at 15,200 miles or after 2 years. Brake fluid absorbs moisture over time which can affect the braking performance and therefore is required to be changed both on mileage and time.”

Remember, if you feel that anything mentioned above is beyond your skill set or you don't have the tools required, please take your motorcycle into a Kawasaki dealer for a check-up (when it is possible). The tips mentioned above are generalised and each model will have a specific way to address inspections and maintenance – if required we recommend that you refer to the owner's manual or your Kawasaki dealer for assistance.

Ride safe!




#UNLOCKYOURFREEDOM

Kawasaki Motors UK are supporting the #UnlockYourFreedom initiative that has been launched by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) to highlight the reasons why riding a scooter or motorcycle is a great alternative to stay isolated and safe.

Government advice states: ''Consider all other forms of transport before using public transport,” therefore increasing numbers of people are looking for reliable and quick modes of transport during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Motorcyclists across the world already know the benefits of two wheels - they're affordable, economical, fun and can help ease congestion. However, the list of advantages has been expanded even further now that being socially distanced is high on people's agendas. Now, choosing two-wheels is a safer alternative to public transport as it allows individuals to remain isolated and a safe distance from others outside of their households.

If you're 17 or over, you can ride a motorcycle or scooter up to 125cc or 11KW having completed your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). Or if you're 16, you're able to ride a scooter up to 50cc without even passing a test, all you have to do is complete CBT which often takes as little as one day.

Find essential information about the licensing process at the #unlockyourfreedom website, and if you want to learn to ride with Kawasaki, look at Kawasaki Rider Training Services - KRTS - for your motorcycle training needs.




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