Friday News - 22 September


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22 SEPTEMBER


Kawasaki Ninja and Z EV models Spark a New Era

JustRide: 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator 500 details released

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Kawasaki Ninja and Z EV models Spark a New Era

From Kawasaki – a company with seventy years of motorcycle experience – a new era is about to dawn with the unveiling of two ground breaking battery powered, zero emission EV machines set to underline its “Go with Green Power” commitment unveiled at the 2022 EICMA motorcycle show.

Created to sit proudly within the 125cc class of current motorcycles, the new Kawasaki EV machines will be available in Ninja and Z family styles as Z e-1 and Ninja e-1 with both able to boast mid-capacity type chassis and running gear specifications delivering typical Kawasaki fun to ride characteristics mated to zero emission desirability. 

With a near silent and efficient brushless motor rated at 5kw (with a useful maxim of 9Kw on demand) this duo of EV models rely on an innovative twin (removable) battery solution with the batteries wired in parallel unlike competitors delivering the advantage of more efficient charge usage. Enjoying a variety of charging options this twin battery configuration allows the sort of portability that heavy single item applications simply prohibit. 

Clutchless, with no gears to change and with a simple “twist and go” riding style, the fun to ride feeling is augmented by some clever rider-centric features such as two riding modes (Road and Eco) plus an exciting “e-boost” option delivering an on-demand max of 9kw of power and acceleration (plus a potential top speed of 99kph where permitted) over a short distance thanks to a e-boost button on the right bar under the twist grip. 

Kawasaki Z e-1 and Ninja e-1 riders can also amaze their friends with a walk mode that allows these machines to manoeuvre at walking pace in both forward AND reverse – particularly useful for tight parking spots or moving backwards up an incline. 

Enjoying a unique Metallic Bright Silver and Metallic Matte Lime Green appearance – which is to be the signature livery of future Kawasaki EV models – the rider view is pleasingly dominated by a TFT meter with smartphone connectivity. Relaying such things as machine riding status, range, availability of boost function and riding level selected (Road or Eco), the TFT meter seamlessly combines with the easy-to-use throttle and 400cc motorcycle class ABS brakes and trellis type chassis to create genuine on road presence and the riding reassurance that has so far been missing in the entry level EV powered two-wheeler class. 

Charging options include a charge docking station which a battery can be placed in or via a lead which can link the off-board charger unit to the machine via an under-seat socket with batteries still in place. Cool features about the advanced Li-Ion batteries include inbuilt charge indicators plus a symmetrical design allowing easier placement within the machine plus a handy lockable stowage area above the batteries below the battery cover.   

With a range of accessories including +30mm Ergo-Fit seats and various charging solutions, the naked Sugomi style Z e-1 and sleek fully cowled Ninja e-1 models from Kawasaki are set to create another chapter in the company's illustrious history and open the door to a greener future for two-wheel fans globally – truly a spark of innovation for a new era.  Both machines will arrive in the UK next month, with prices to be confirmed soon.


JustRide: 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator 500 details released

Recently unveiled in the outline of 2024 Kawasaki models, full details of the new Kawasaki Eliminator 500 and Eliminator 500 SE are now being released.

Set to have a strong presence in the 500cc mid-weight class, the Eliminator family name makes a return for Kawasaki with the unveiling of a machine with a unique design language of its own. Ready to make its mark in the urban style stakes, the EU A2 licence class compliant Eliminator 500 mates a liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder motor to Kawasaki's famous trellis frame technology creating a great power to weight ratio plus a sleek silhouette harnessing a long and low form with horizontal lines defining the tank, seat and tail unit.

Delivering an ergonomic package that joins rider to machine in a natural “all day riding comfort” position, the Eliminator can boast a low seat height of just 735mm allowing an easy reach to the ground while offering a total of three seat height options including the standard item plus two others (higher @765mm and lower @715mm) as part of Kawasaki's genuine accessory Ergo-Fit range. 

All LED lighting further increases day and night presence while an all-digital LCD meter keeps the rider informed of all essential information. Suspended from the tubular trellis chassis, the Eliminator's parallel twin engine offers strong low-end torque, greatly benefiting low-speed control and manoeuvrability while contributing to low-stress everyday riding. And that riding experience can be enhanced with the features available on Kawasaki's unique Rideology Smartphone app that allows riders to mate their machine to their handheld device for a new level of rider and motorcycle communication. 

Up front an 18inch wheel paves the way while an imposing 16 inch rear delivers a clear message about urban style and the personality of the Eliminator and its rider. And under the skin in the “go department”, the Eliminator's engine harnesses all of Kawasaki's expertise in a long history of parallel twins. Features such as downdraft intakes provide a short, direct path for intake air to enter the cylinders, a large 5.8 L airbox with left and right intake funnels of different heights contributing to the engine's smooth response plus large ø32 mm throttle valves helping to flow a greater volume of air, contributing to strong performance.

The chassis design inspiration comes courtesy of the Ninja 400. Complementing the sleek styling, the steering geometry was carefully selected to achieve light, natural handling. With a 1,520 mm wheelbase, the impressive-looking chassis offers low weight while achieving its impressive design. Additionally, a diecast swingarm mounting plate bolts to the back of the engine assembly allowing the swingarm to be mounted directly to the engine, contributing to stability and light weight.  

In terms of those all-important looks, a long and low design with elegant proportions is created by the vertically thin fuel tank and the horizontal lines evident from the head pipe to the original tail. The design of this impressive, mid-class sized body suggests a balance of active performance and composure while the round headlight and twin-shock rear suspension add to the authentic motorcycle style. For the SE model a unique colour and graphic package is mated to a stylish headlamp cowl, rubber fork boots, a handlebar mount USB-C port and a special SE seat with a distinctive stitching pattern.

Add a range of Genuine Accessories and the 2024 Eliminator 500 and Eliminator 500 SE deliver everything an emerging breed of young, fashion conscious urban rider's demand. Style and substance have rarely been this easy to define. So, get on the Eliminator 500 and Just Ride.  

The Eliminator 500 and Eliminator 500 SE will be available from January, with prices confirmed nearer the time. 

Eliminator 500

Eliminator 500 SE


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Suspension Set Up Day at Greenham Kawasaki - 7th October

All makes and models are welcome to our last 'Suspension Setup Day' of 2023 here at Greenham Kawasaki! We've teamed up with MH Suspension, THE motorcycle suspension specialists, who'll be joining us here at Greenham Kawasaki on Saturday 7th October for a 'Suspension Setup Day', where he'll set up your motorcycle for you and your riding style all for a Greenham Kawasaki special price of just £30 (per bike). 

Having your motorcycle suspension properly set up is by far the best pound-for-pound upgrade you can do. It'll greatly improve the handling, feedback, traction, and balance of your motorcycle. Making it, not only a much safer bike to ride but much more fun and engaging too. We expect it to be VERY busy so to avoid any disappointment we'd recommend giving us a call on 01635 916464 and book your place.

ALL Makes and models! We look forward to seeing you then!


British Superbikes Tickets

Club Kawasaki members will be able to enjoy a weekend ticket to any of the eleven championship rounds, where you can watch all the action live as it unfolds. To make your visit extra special, members will also have the chance to enjoy an exclusive tour of the Cheshire Mouldings Racing Kawasaki garage on the Saturday of each race weekend. Tickets are £39 per person for weekend entry.

Sales will close for Donington BSB on Monday 25th Sep AM when tickets will be dispatched by email.


Brands Hatch BSB Hospitality 

We're giving our Club Kawasaki members a unique chance to get trackside at Brands Hatch BSB in our Kawasaki suite! Overlooking one of the best corners in the world, the iconic Paddock Hill, the suite is the perfect place to celebrate being able to return to watch the bar-bashing thrills and spills that is the British Superbike Championship.

Included in the package will be weekend entry tickets, ensuring you can watch every minute of the action, and full hospitality on the Saturday. Based on the main straight, you will be able to enjoy the very best views and can see almost the entire Indy circuit and podium directly from our Kawasaki suite. There is also a large outdoor decking area for you to enjoy, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere and (hopefully!) glorious sunny weather.  

Guests will be able to enjoy a hot and cold breakfast to kick-start the day, while a delicious lunch and host of sweet treats ensures there really is no better place to be for a day at the races. To make your day even more special, Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki team riders Lee Jackson & Max Cook will be stopping by for a unique meet and greet.*

Want to join us in the new Kawasaki suite? Tickets are available now and cost £129 – but be quick, there's only a limited number available for the final round in October. 


Join us at Motorcycle Live for an exclusive preview event - Club members only!

Join Club Kawasaki at this year's Motorcycle Live preview event  - Saturday 18th November - to gain exclusive early access to view the new Kawasaki models before anyone else in the UK. You'll be welcomed onto the Kawasaki stand at 9:00am to enjoy a hot breakfast roll & tea/coffee before receiving an overview of the new machines from Kawasaki UK team. Before you go off to enjoy the rest of your day at the show, we'll take a group photo which will be emailed to you following the event.

What's included?

-          Saturday 18th November
-          9:00 - 10:00
-          Hot breakfast roll & hot drink on arrival
-          Kawasaki new model overview
-          Access to the Club Kawasaki hospitality with viewing area
-          Group photo
-          Motorcycle Live Show ticket included
-        Club Kawasaki membership renewal included - If you're already a member, we'll add 12 months membership onto your account, making this a fantastic value package! If you're purchasing tickets for guests who are not yet members, we'll contact you for their details to create their membership.

If you think you know the answer to the below question and would like to get your hands on a brand new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR then head over to the Motorcycle Live website now to enter! 

How many Traction control modes does the Ninja ZX-4RR come with as standard?
A) 5 Modes
B) 4 Modes
C) 3 Modes

ENTER NOW

 

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