Club News - 21st January

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21 JANUARY



Join us at the sole UK round of WorldSBK - VIP Hospitality

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Farewell to Shunji Tanaka

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MCN London Motorcycle Show

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MOTUL FIM SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPDONINGTON PARK (GP) | SUNDAY 17TH JULY

We've just released the tickets to the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship which returns to Donington Park on 15-17 July, this time in front of a full crowd at the height of summer - for the first time since 2019! We only have a limited number available to purchase for this so please book early to avoid disappointment! 

The 2021 title scrap was a full-on battle between Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu, with the Turkish rider finally ending Rea's reign. With Rea staying with Kawasaki for the upcoming season, he'll be looking to gain back his title in 2022.

There's plenty for home fans to look forward to, plus a busy support race card of international series along with leading domestic categories. As well as a busy three days of on track action, there'll be lots to see and do around the venue, as a full on entertainment schedule including the Paddock Show returns, plus fans will be able to camp at the heart of the venue on the vibrant infield campsite.


  • 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


Shunji Tanaka – farewell to the man behind the mask

One of the most influential motorcycle designers of recent times has sadly died at his home in Japan at the age of 75. In December 2021, Shunji Tanaka passed away and leaves a considerable legacy in terms of his influence on motorcycle design while Design Director for Kawasaki based at their factory in Akashi, near Kobe, Japan.

As an integral part of Kawasaki's K-Tec design department, Tanaka-san played a significant part in the introduction of a fresh, new approach to the styling of Kawasaki motorcycles both in terms of the bodywork and overall appearance plus the adoption of so called “signature colours” which defined the machines during their launch phase.

Already a highly respected automotive designer before joining Kawasaki, Tanaka-san is credited with the design direction of the Mazda MX5, the world's top selling two seat convertible ever in terms of volume of sales with production now exceeding one million units. Moving from four to two wheels did not intimidate Tanaka-san; in fact, the remit to create bold designs for Kawasaki which embodied the uncompromising performance personality of the company resulted in a series of machines with instant impact and lasting appeal.

Marshalling his design team into a mutually supportive group - one of the keys to Tanaka-san's success - was the democratisation of the design process with even the most junior team member having a voice and being able to contribute to the final finished product.

Applauded for his influence on the styling and visual appeal of the machines launched during his time as K-Tec design director, Tanaka-san was proud to be involved in the successful introduction of the water-cooled in-line four-cylinder Z1000 in 2003 with its distinctive quad exhaust system and angular lines and for overseeing the look of the dramatic and impressive 2004 Ninja ZX-10R and subsequent 2005 Ninja ZX-6R.

Creating a recognisable “face” for the machines his team were responsible for was no coincidence as Takana-san firmly believed that the “personality” of a motorcycle was determined by the upper cowl and headlamp area with the rest of the design flowing from, and influenced by, this crucial part of the styling exercise.

It is hardly surprising that among many and varied enthusiasms in his private life, that Shunji Tanaka had a passion for the “Noh” masks used in traditional Japanese theatre productions; each mask establishing the credentials and often complex personality of the character in the play.

Mercurial, thoughtful, and highly creative, Tanaka-san was an eminently approachable man whose evident enthusiasm for design was infectious. As a “landmark” along the considerable design journey that Kawasaki has taken – and continues to this day - Shunji Tanaka will be remembered with considerable respect and affection.



MCN London Motorcycle Show

SEE THE LATEST BIKES:  See all the important new Kawasaki models.

DEALS ON KIT:  Grab a deal from the Kawasaki shop - available for one weekend only!

MEET FELLOW MEMBERS: Enjoy a sit down on the Kawasaki stand in the Club members only area. 

FREE LIVE ACTION: Riders will be fighting it out in the all-new 'King of the Roads' live action, featuring a new TT course.

WORLD'S COOLEST CUSTOMS: Built magazine will be bringing a jaw dropping collection of the latest machines from Europe's premier custom shops.

GET ADVENTURE READY: Meet a mix of inspirational travellers and pick up tons of practical advice.

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WIN A 2022 KAWASAKI Z650RS WITH MOTORCYCLE LIVE

This competition is still open.

Kawasaki will start a Retrovolution in 2022 with the introduction of the new Z650RS. Augmenting its already hugely popular retro sport line, the Z650RS will open the mid-capacity class to a wide range of riders. Recognised as being at the forefront of the rapidly expanding retro sport scene, Kawasaki has the unique advantage of close to fifty years of Z heritage and this has been brought to bear on the design of the new 2022 machine.

Specification is one thing but the styling of the Z650RS is a whole new ball game. Evoking myriad memories of the Z650-B1, the paint and pinstripes are a faithful reproduction of the green version of the earlier machine while the iconic “duck tail” cowling behind the seat and faithfully crafted side panels also play homage to the 1977 machine. Even the seat and its stitching pattern reveal a familiar fastidious attention to detail by Kawasaki stylists.

In order to enter the competition to be the proud owner of this fantastic Z650RS, please answer the questions below and submit your information.

The Z650RS pays homage to the Z650-B1 - what year was the Z650-B1 launched?*

  • 1980
  • 1977
  • 1975





 

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