Club Friday News - 16th October

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16TH OCTOBER 2020



All-new 2021 Versys 1000 S and updated Versys 1000 SE

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Ninja 1000SX Named MCN 2020 All Rounder of the Year

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Bumper weekend as Rea edges closer to sixth title!

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Adventure calls as Kawasaki unveil all-new 2021 Versys 1000 S and updated Versys 1000 SE

Equipped as standard with many of the features seen on the popular SE model, the new for 2021 Versys 1000 S may very well be “the best of both worlds” for many riders seeking 1000cc adventure style luxury with a traditional chassis layout. The Versys 1000 SE also receives an update for 2021, taking rider comfort to the next level with the addition of Showa Skyhook technology.

Available in two further Edition models in the UK, the Versys S becomes a three machine line with a Standard model plus Tourer and Grand Tourer editions; each option being fitted with a gradually increasing number of touring items from panniers, handguards and a tank pad for the Tourer model. The ultimate spec is a comprehensive long-distance package for the Grand Tourer offering the most luggage space thanks to the addition of a 47l top case complementing the clean mount panniers with one key fitting every lock on the machine.  

Equipped with manually adjustable Showa 43mm inverted front forks with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, the rear horizontal back-link suspension features a gas-charged Showa shock absorber with rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability. Featuring an iconic Kawasaki sporting yet flexible four-cylinder across the frame motor at its heart, the adventure focused 1,043 cm3 Versys 1000 S benefits from electronic throttle valves which allow the adoption of electronic cruise control while Kawasaki's IMU linked cornering management function forms part of a comprehensive electronic rider aid and handling package. 

The suite of electronic rider aids also includes KTRC traction control as well as selectable engine power modes to suit conditions and rider preference. The Versys 1000 S also comes as standard with integrated rider modes allowing the selection of three modes which automatically combine the most appropriate traction control and power settings for sport, road, rain plus a rider (manual) mode. Practically speaking, the S ergonomic package is well thought through with a large adjustable height screen for protection from the elements and a seating arrangement that offers hour after hour comfort for rider and passenger alike. 

Additionally the Versys 1000 S can also be fitted with the accessory Low Seat (20 mm height reduction) which facilitates an easy reach to the ground. Bringing the comfortable long travel suspension equipped machine to a halt, KIBS intelligent anti-lock brakes rely on powerful radial mount mono-block front brake calipers while LED headlamps ensure that the route ahead is clearly defined. In fact the Versys 1000 S is equipped with LED lighting throughout from main lighting to indicators, rear brake light and even licence plate illumination. 

Additionally, a TFT meter panel and LED cornering lights form part of the specification along with a Kawasaki quick shifter for fast and seamless changes up and down the gearbox. This is allied to an assist and slipper clutch with a lighter handlebar lever action than the majority of its competitors. The Kawasaki Rideology App delivers Smartphone connectivity to the Versys 1000 S meaning owners can “pair” with their bike via a Bluetooth connection and see riding logs and other machine specific information such as service and oil change intervals. 

For 2021 the Versys 1000 S is also equipped with Kawasaki's Highly Durable paint which, via a “trampoline effect” of still semi-liquid molecules within the coating, can change the appearance of light scuffs back to standard looking paintwork using a high-tech recovery process. Touring focus on the Versys 1000 S is ably handled with clever additions such as a dash-mounted 12V power source for powering not just satellite navigation systems but a host of other power-hungry essential items. Additionally the standard fitment of grip heaters, hand guards and a large height adjustable screen ensures total comfort – whatever the conditions. 

The Versys S story continues – now it's time to add your own chapter. 

Colours for 2021 will be:
> Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black
> Pearl Storm Gray / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black 

EDITIONS Details:
> Tourer spec – 56l Panniers, Pannier inner bags, Tank Pad
> Grand Tourer spec – 56l Panniers, Pannier inner bags, 47l Top Case, Top Case inner bag, Tank Pad, Fog lights, GPS Bracket, Frame Sliders Versys 1000 SE upgrade

In addition to the new Kawasaki Versys 1000 S, the brand is also updating the popular Versys 1000 SE for 2021, taking rider comfort and suspension feedback to the next level with the addition of Showa Skyhook. The Skyhook concept imagines a hook supporting the motorcycle's sprung weight and modulates the suspension's damping force to allow the wheels to track the dips and bumps encountered while maintaining the motorcycle's vertical position with minimal disturbance. Showa's Skyhook software, which has been carefully fine-tuned by Kawasaki engineers, ensures the Versys 1000's sporty riding character has been preserved, delivering a smoother ride as it continually adapts to the road surface in real time.  Road holding ability is excellent, pitching (especially when riding with passenger) is reduced while steering remains light when riding on the highway and the bike feels more stable when riding in the rain. 

Colours for 2021 will be:
> Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black
> Pearl Storm Gray / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black 

Now, for 2021, when Versys riders hear Adventure Calling they will be able to respond with the most technically advanced and luxurious Versys ever.  These two models will be the only variants of the Versys 1000 available in the UK in 2021, with the all-new Versys 1000 S arriving in dealers this December retailing at £12,999, whilst the upgraded Versys 1000 SE will cost £14,899 and will be in dealers from February. 

The Editions will be priced:
> Versys 1000 S Tourer - £13,799
> Versys 1000 S Grand Tourer - £14,699
> Versys 1000 SE Tourer - £15,699
> Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer - £16,599




Ninja 1000SX Named MCN 2020 All Rounder of the Year

Motorcycle News has announced the Ninja 1000SX as its 'All Rounder of the Year' in the 2020 MCN Awards.

The 2020 Ninja 1000SX is the fourth generation of the popular sport touring machine, providing motorcyclists with the same great performance but with a sportier and more dynamic styling. 

The 2020 model also provides cleaner emissions and increased comfort, as well as Electronic Cruise Control and integrated Riding Modes. 

Today's award marks a tenth consecutive MCN Award win for Kawasaki, and the newspaper named the Ninja 1000SX its 'All Rounder of the Year' for 2020, stating, “the Ninja handles with greater precision, less effort and a lot more grace. Its long-stroke inline four continues to offer lashings of easy, eager thrust at all revs without needing to be worked hard.” 

Craig Watson, Kawasaki Motors UK Sales & Marketing Manager added, “We are really proud to have this machine named MCN's All Rounder of the Year. Since its introduction, the Ninja 1000SX has been one of our most popular machines, giving motorcyclists a comfortable and sporty solution no matter whether they're seeking a daily commuter or looking to head out on a lengthy tour. 

It's great that its all-round capabilities have been recognised by MCN and the win cements ten successfully years for Kawasaki in the annual awards.”





Rea edges closer to sixth title!

Last weekend the penultimate round of the WorldSBK Championship proved successful for the Kawasaki Racing Team as Jonathan Rea took a pair of wins to edge towards his sixth title whilst team mate Alex Lowes took a brace of podiums!

The weekend started well for the duo, with both riders showing strong pace throughout practice before securing third and fourth on the grid ahead of the opening race. With wet conditions for Race One, Rea launched off the line to grab the lead, controlling the race from the front to take his first victory of the weekend by 3s with Lowes returning to the podium in third.

 In equally dominant form in Sunday's opening Tissot Superpole Race, Rea grabbed victory, his 99th career win, whilst Lowes was able to go one better and secure second. Tricky conditions in race two saw both riders struggle with grip, bringing their ZX-10RR's home in fourth and seventh respectively. With one round remaining, Rea needs just three points to secure his sixth consecutive World Superbike title.   

The wet Magny Cours weekend proved equally as successful for the Kawasaki Supersport riders, with Lucas Mahias securing second in the opening race before securing his first win of the season in race two. The World Supersport 300 class saw Jeffrey Buis secure the opening race win ahead of Scott Deroue, giving their MTM Kawasaki Motoport team the Team's Championship and Kawasaki the Constructor's title. With race two again being held in damp conditions, it was Marc Garcia who won ahead of Buis. 

It was a weather affected weekend in the UK for the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship too, with Saturday's action being postponed. With a record-breaking three races in a day on Sunday, it was a challenging round for the FS-3 Kawasaki duo of Lee Jackson and Danny Buchan, with bad luck thwarting their podium challenge. 

In the British Supersport class, James Westmoreland made a return to the top step in a soaked opening race, mastering the difficult conditions to win by 18s ahead of fellow Kawasaki rider James Rose. In the Pirelli National Superstock races, Jack Nixon and Ben Luxton secured second and third, whilst Danny Kent enjoyed a podium finish in the Superstock 1000 class. The first title of the season was secured Sunday morning when Owen Jenner secured the 2020 Hel Performance British Junior Supersport title, despite crashing out on the opening lap! Taz Taylor and Adon Davie made it a Kawasaki 1-2, whilst in race two saw Jenner and Lynden Leatherland finish second and third.

The 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is coming to a close as we come to the grand finale and the Pirelli Estoril Round taking place this weekend! 


#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, don't forget to look at Kawasaki Rider Training Services - KRTS - for your motorcycle training needs.




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