Club News - 20th August



Rea goes Retro with his first ever road bike


Z900RS SE “Yellow Ball” available for 2022 season


Events Coming Up... BSB, Demo Days, Ambassador events & more


Rea goes Retro with his first ever road bike

Six-time WorldSBK Champion, Jonathan Rea has just taken delivery of his first ever road motorcycle, a 2021 Kawasaki Z900RS.

Having recently undertaken the necessary UK Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), then taken and passed his motorcycle test with KRTS school Moto Training NI, 34 year old Rea had the entire landscape of motorcycling to choose from but was focused on the Retro Sport Z900RS from very early on.

"I am lucky enough to get all my high-speed thrills on the KRT Ninja ZX-10RR", commented Rea.

"I felt that the Z900RS would really match my lifestyle at home away from racing. It's got a reputation for having a really flexible engine and being easy to handle around town and is street smart and super cool.

"Having the pillion seat means my wife Tarsh and myself can go into town on sunny Sundays and get a coffee and I know she is looking forward to finally joining me on a motorcycle.

"I've had loads of off-road bikes, but this is my first ever road bike and I knew straight away what colour combination I wanted, black with green and silver pinstripes. They are 
super popular but my local dealer, Coleraine Kawasaki, tracked one down for me and it looks even better in the flesh than in pictures.

"I started my Superbike journey with Kawasaki in 2015. Now I have my motorcycle licence, a brand new Z900RS and I'm a member of Club Kawasaki along with thousands of others who buy a new bike each year.

"In terms of the life goals I set myself, this is another box ticked and already I am really enjoying the difference and freedom having a road motorcycle makes compared to a car. As they say at Kawasaki “Let the Good Times Roll".  

Image credit: Stephen Davison – Pacemaker Photography

Z900RS SE “Yellow Ball” available for 2022 season

Re-energising one of Kawasaki's most lusted after paint schemes from the 1970's, the new Z900RS SE model for the 2022 season will be available in the classic “Yellow Ball” livery of the original 1972 Super Four, model Z1.

Although the most obvious sign of this new variation on the stunningly popular Z900RS theme, the modifications do not stop with the new paint scheme. Again, reminiscent of the type of tuning performed by enthusiasts back in the day, the Z900RS SE comes equipped as standard with an impressive array of other quality specification upgrades including changes to suspension and braking components.

An easy spot at the rear of the machine, the SE model features an Öhlins S46 rear shock with preload adjuster. Featuring an aluminium body with single-tube construction, the large ø46 mm piston plus internal oil and gas chambers separated by a floating piston result in a superior sense of grip and handling.

And up-front changes have also taken place with the 41mm inverted front fork not only resplendent with gold-coloured outer tubes but with standard settings refined to create an ideal balance of front/rear poise and reaction across the whole range of suspension travel.

Braking too has seen a change with the adoption of a Brembo caliper and rotor package for the front end. The twin ø300 mm Brembo front discs are gripped by Brembo M4.32 radial-mount monobloc calipers served by a smaller-diameter Nissin radial-pump master cylinder (down to ø17.5 mm from the ø19.1 mm on the standard model) activating braking action through stainless-steel braided lines delivering greater stopping power while offering linear progression when operating the lever.

Cosmetically, the Z900RS SE, which features the “RS” letters of the model logo on the side covers finished in red, is differentiated even further via black alumite radiator side covers and FI cover plus gold coloured multi spoke wheels. The “icing on the cake” of course is the so-called “Yellow Ball” paint scheme pulling on the heart strings of dedicated Z1 fans plus legions of new riders attracted to the ever-growing retro sport scene willingly immersing themselves in Kawasaki's decades of unique Z heritage. 

Club Kawasaki Events Coming Up...

Kirkcaldy Kawasaki Ride Out

21st August, 9:30am

The 1st pickup will be @ 09.30 hrs at Kirkcaldy Kawasaki, then the 2nd pickup will be @ 10.00 hrs at McDonalds,  Newbridge. 

Heading onto the M9 for Stirling, coming off at the Aberfolye jct, stopping at The Smiddy Cafe FK94UY (coffee stop). Then we'll head to Aberfoyle onto the A821. Then the Dukes Pass to Kilmarhog, A84 to TGWS for a quick fuel stop. Then onto the A85 for Oban.

This Ride Out is open to all and hopfully roads to suit all see ye on the 21st! Take care, Eric Donaldson.


Ride out to North Wales

22nd August, 9:45am

We're starting from the Tudor Rose pub Parkgate road ( A540), Chester high road, CH669PD.

Please arrive by 9.45 for a 10.00 departure and we will head to North Wales and should return to the Wirral by 16.45 pm. There will be plenty of stops for refreshments etc. 

If you need further details don't hesitate to contact me.  Derek Jeffries (Marriotts Motorcycles Ambassador) 


British Superbikes at Snetterton

3-5 September

Join us at British Superbikes this season! With fantastic value ticket options to suit all, you can watch all of the action live as it unfolds.

Weekend circuit entry tickets are priced at £35 per adult and you have the ability to upgrade to hospitality, within the Team Green supported Affinity Sports Academy race hospitality awning, on the main race day for an extra £118 per adult. 

Ticket sales close on Tuesday 24th August.


MCN Festival of Motorcycling

4-5 September - East of England Arena, Peterborough

Expect a full test ride program from the major manufacturers, an abundance of gear and kit bargains, extraordinary all-action stunt shows, live music, a fantastic club zone and - of course - a huge number of new and used bikes to obsess over.


Motorcycle Live Show

4-12 December - NEC, Birmingham

Look out for further details on the Club Kawasaki Preview event - coming soon! In the meantime, discover the plans for the Kawasaki stand at this year's Motorcycle Live show!


2021 Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days

After the incredibly popular Dealer Demo Day events in 2020, Kawasaki is pleased to announce a brand new run of events for 2021. The twenty date tour takes place in authorised Kawasaki dealers across the county, and will give riders the chance to sample an array of 2021 models. With lockdown relaxing and the summer months around the corner, the Kawasaki Dealer Demo Days tour is the perfect opportunity for motorcyclists to discover the latest 2021 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, Vulcan S, Z900, Z900RS, Ninja 1000SX, Versys 1000 S, Versys 1000 SE, Z H2 & Z H2 SE.

All test rides must be booked in advance through the sign-up form for the relevant dealer, and each event will be following strict and up-to-date COVID-19 government guidelines to ensure the safety of attendees and staff. Customers are asked to bring their own hand sanitiser and refreshments. Once you have signed up, Focused Events will contact you with further details and to confirm your test ride slot.

M&P Kawasaki - Monday 30th August

A&D Motorcycles - Saturday 18th September

Laguna Motorcycles - Saturday 25th September



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