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Nicky Hayden’s 2017 Ten-Kate spec Honda CBR1000RR SP2 WSBK racebike is up for sale for a cool €95.000.
Former Honda WSBK team Ten Kate is selling the machine, which has matching chassis and engine numbers, matching ECU and electronics numbers, matching chassis build-up and is set to the exact specification that Hayden used on track.
Ten Kate lists the bike as in 'absolute showroom state' though the machine is a runner and ready for track duties. The Dutch racing outfit is also issuing a certificate of authenticity with the sale and it will come with a full package and parts sold by Ten-Kate Racing.
For more info on the bike please contact Kervin Bos at Ten Kate Racing: email@example.com.
Dainese has taken legal action against Alpinestars for an alleged infringement over its airbag technology.
The move is significant as the Italian powerhouses effectively own the airbag market and whoever wins would have a monopoly.
However, today Alpinestars has hit back at the claims and has issued the following statement:
With reference to recent articles published about Alpinestars and Dainese being in dispute over airbag technology, Alpinestars is issuing the following statement to clarify the current situation:
Alpinestars has been subjected to an allegation of patent infringement by Dainese on a specific part of its airbag construction used in the Tech-Air Street system.
The Alpinestars’ Tech-Air Street system was launched in November 2014 as the world’s first...
This brilliant waterproof rucksack has accompanied me everywhere over the past five years – eight days touring around Ireland, 10 days riding through Scandanavia and northern Europe, long weekends watching the racing at Le Mans, Brno, Assen and the Sachsenring, a week at the TT, and countless other getaways – and it’s performed faultlessly every single time.
All Kriega’s gear is designed by a team of bikers, for bikers, and it shows – this is a high quality rucksack that is comfortable, tough and built to munch miles without any discomfort.
As the name suggests, the R30 has a capacity of 30 litres and is large enough to easily swallow a laptop and change of clothes for the daily commute, or several changes of clothes and spare visor and gloves for trips further afield.
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso won an explosive opening race of the season in Qatar. The Ducati rider rode a calculated race, holding off Marc Marquez in an intense end of race battle to take the chequered flag just 0.023 seconds ahead of the Honda rider.
Dovizioso said: “I’m so happy. The strategy was clear for me and really good. I stopped Rins every time because he wanted to be faster too soon, and that was bad for the tyre and I was right. I stop him every time, fortunately I have more power on the straight. I lose a little bit of time in the middle of the corner because his speed in the middle of the corner is amazing, but I was able to overtake him every time and stop him and continue to save the tyre, that was the key to try and put Marquez on the limit in the last few laps. And...
Aprilia has unveiled its 2019 livery and team line-up for the new season.
As well as a new bike, the team has shaken up its squad in a bid to change its fortunes, appointing Massimo Rivola as new racing CEO, Romano Albesiano's as technical director, Bradley Smith as test rider, with Andrea Iannone joining Aleix Espargaro.
"The final part of last season and the winter tests were fundamental from a technical point of view," Albesiano said. "The arrival of Andrea and Bradley added new information to Aleix’s fundamental contribution, helping us to define the RS-GP’s line of evolution. This is a project that has come to fruition this season, with an overall improvement in every aspect.
"A lot of work was done on making it lighter. We made changes to the chassis architecture and...
The first ever WSBK Superpole race saw Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista destroy the field to add another win to his tally.
The fast-paced ten lap encounter was a thriller from lights-out to chequered flag, with Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea sweeping majestically into the lead at Turn One, and Race One winner Bautista hot on his heels.
By the end of the first lap, Yamaha’s Alex Lowes had moved to third position – briefly taking Bautista for second place, only for the Ducati Panigale V4 R to blast past, passing him easily down the Gardner Straight. However, unlike in Race One on Saturday, the Spaniard was unable to make a break away from Rea, who stayed with him – a completely different story in comparison to the first race of the season yesterday.
Rea’s team-mate Leon Haslam was pushed back...
Following the recent bombshell that KTM would no longer be building superbikes once the RC8R comes to the end of its life, we thought we'd better ride one while we still could.
KTM’s eye-catching flagship RC8R certainly stands out from the crowd – its angular bodywork looking as crisp and fresh as it did when the original bike was launched to a stunned public in 2007. It’s aged well, and still looks futuristic in this its sixth year of production.
Yet underneath the aggressively sculpted plastics, stacked headlights and bright orange trellis frame lies a dying breed – a litre bike with no sophisticated electronics or riders aids. This is very much an analogue bike in a digital age and it’s all the better for it.
Swing a leg over the bike and the first things that strikes me is just...
The California Superbike School exists for one reason, and one reason only – to help riders master the art of cornering. Their step-by-step approach to training splits each Level into different drills, starting with the basics and adding elements on in simple but challenging exercises, all done under the expert eye of your own personal coach.
Every rider, regardless of ability, starts at Level One and there are four levels to the syllabus – the school’s riding system which is based on the radical A Twist of the Wrist manuals penned by Keith Code in the 1980s and 1990s. The system works – riders including James Toseland and Leon Camier have passed through the school's doors on their way to racing success.
If Level One is all about throttle control and keeping the bike stable, and we...
BMW claims its new System 7 Carbon is set to become the new benchmark in terms of safety, versatility, and aerodynamic properties, and on paper it certainly looks promising.
An evolution of the hugely popular System 6, the System 7 Carbon can be converted from a full-face helmet to an open one by simply taking off the chin guard. No tools are required and it takes only a couple minutes to make the change. How good is that?
As the name suggests, the exterior shell is made out of carbon fibre and has reinforcement inserts. BMW claims the helmet will exceed all safety standards – some feat considering it weighs weighing just 1580 g or 1680g, accordingly to size.
The interior is made out of multiple EPS segments and different thickness foam padding to offerthe best shock absorption and...
In what has been a dream opening six races in Alvaro Bautista’s WSBK career, the Spaniard romped to another race win to become the first rider since Neil Hodgson to win the opening six races of a WSBK season, back in 2003, causing to another lights to flag victory in dominant fashion.
When the lights turned green, Bautista was able to hold onto first position from start to finish. Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea didn't have the outright speed to challenge Bautista and instead had his hands full dealing with Yamaha's Alex Lowes.
At the end of the first lap the leading trio had a slight gap over Kawasaki's Leon Haslam, Yamaha's Michael van der Mark and GRT Yamaha's Marco Melandri.
Soon, the big battle came from the scrap for fifth position, with van der Mark, Melandri, GRT Yamaha's Sandro...
Honda has signalled the first death knoll for the supersport class after announcing that it is set to discontinue the Honda CBR600RR.
The main reason behind Honda’s decision seems to be the fact that the bike doesn’t meet the strict Euro 4 emission standards, and that demand for the pocket rocket is now so low it doesn’t justify the investment and updates required to make it Euro 4 compliant.
It’s worth pointing out here that Euro 4 emissions only apply to bikes sold in the European Union, but dwindling sales worldwide in the 600cc supersport class means Honda sees no point in releasing an all-new model.
The move reflects Honda’s lack of investment in its sportsbike range in recent times – the Fireblade was last updated in 2008 and has only received minor tweaks since then, while...
Who’s it for?
Anyone aged 12 and over. The school has a fleet of Hondas of all sizes – 125s, 250s, CB500s, CBR600RR-ABS and Fireblades. The school is the ideal environment for riders who want to savour track riding without all the pressures associated with a trackday.
What do you get?
All riders on all courses get to savour the flowing and technical 12-corner, 2.487-mile, Donington Park circuit on new Hondas. There’s the chance to use the school’s helmets, leathers, boots and gloves if you need to, and you’ll also receive expert tuition and feedback from the school’s experienced team of instructors. All instructors are experienced racers or former racers, and you may see the likes of MCN’s senior road tester Michael Neeves or Rocket Ron himself offering tips and...
Meet the BMW Motorrad Concept 101, a six-cylinder bagger aimed squarely at the American market.
Officially unveiled last week at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy, the bike is based on the K1600 platform – the name “Concept 101″ comes from the 1,649cc displacement, which clocks in at 101 cubic inches.
BMW has enlisted the help of Roland Sands to build a concept again, this time one that was suitable for touring on America’s highways, and the bike boasts wood veneer side panels, fuel tank, and bags. The sweeping dual three-tip exhaust is equally striking.
The concept is expected to enter production later in the year.
These tyres are phenomenal – I'm still struggling to get my head around just how good they are.
I've just come back from three days on track at Jerez – and they excelled in the wet and greasy morning conditions as well as in the supper hot and muggy afternoon sessions.
They're performance is staggering – they're very quick to warm up and allowed me to to push hard within half a lap. And once they're up to working temperature they're superb; they're stable and offer supreme levels of confidence inspiring grip. And the amount of heat they generate and retain is astounding.
They're durable too. After two wet mornings and two dry afternoons, and one hot day on track they're just about shagged, but then again they're covered some 450 hard miles and they've not torn and have worn equally...
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne completed a dream double in front of a huge home crowd at Brands Hatch to take the lead in the BSB championship standings.
The two races on the legendary Grand Prix circuit produced five different podium finishers, representing five different manufacturers and five different teams with just seven races now remaining before the Showdown.
An incredible battle opened the day as Byrne denied Dan Linfoot his first ever MCE BSB victory as the Be Wiser Ducati rider stole the lead at Surtees with two laps to go before the race had a premature end due to changing conditions.
At the start of Race One Luke Mossey had fired the JG Speedfit Kawasaki off the line to take the lead from pole sitter Josh Brookes and Linfoot. However, a hectic opening few laps saw Brookes try...
The Kriega R3 is the British company’s take on the bum bag, and as always they’ve done an excellent job.
Made from tough 1000D Cordura, the R3 is a one-stop carry-all for all your essential items – multi-tool, camera, phone, driving licence, passport, wallet etc. And when you’re off the bike it’s the ideal storage carrier for your bike’s action camera (s).
As its name suggests, the R3 has a three-litre capacity in its main pocket, and this is waterproof thanks to Kriega’s signature roll-top closure system. There’s also a smaller compartment which is sealed with a water-resistant zip.
The R3 comes into its own when wearing leathers, giving you the advantages of the pockets that come with textiles, with none of the bulk associated with wearing such suits.
It’s tough, unobtrusive and...
The opening race of the Thai Round in the WSBK world championship saw an intense fight between reigning champion Jonathan Rea and series newcomer Alvaro Bautista, with Bautista using the Ducati's speed advantage to power past the Kawasaki rider to take his fourth win of the season.
An action-packed start saw Bautista originally get a flying start but Buriram specialist Rea got ahead of the Spaniard through Turn 1 with Yamaha's Alex Lowes tucked in behind.
The GRT riders of Sandro Cortese and Marco Melandri ran wide at the same turn, with BMW's Tom Sykes slicing under them and into fourth. At the end of lap one, the top four were covered by 1.1s. A lightening start from Yamaha's Michael van der Mark saw him rise from 10th on the grid to fifth by the end of the opening lap.
The Continental Sport Attacks you see here are shagged – they’re just on the right side of legal, but they’re still fucked. And what am I replacing them with? Another set of Sport Attacks. Here’s why…
I got these fitted ahead of my annual pilgrimage to the TT, and on the ride over from Tamworth to Liverpool to catch the early morning boat they impressed straight from the off.
After the obligatory scrubbing in period it became clear they have impressive levels of grip, allowing you to carry some pretty big lean angles.
Their performance cannot be underestimated. During that week on the Isle of Man they dealt with the very best and worst conditions that the island could throw at us – rain, greasy damp conditions, gravel strewn roads and sticky, hot tarmac.
They’re really quick to...
This sporty rubber from German powerhouse Metzeler, sister company of the mighty Pirelli, has been designed ‘for sporty riders who use their machines in all conditions’. The tyres themselves have impressed in the four months I’ve had them. They’ve done three trackd ays, umpteen laps of the TT, too many motorway miles and their fair share of brisk B-road scratching, offering loads of feel and a huge amount of traction in all conditions. They’re also confidence inspiring in the wet, rolling smoothly and
predictably into the corners, giving loads of feedback and plenty of warning before things threaten to go sideways.
The M7 RR’s performance can be attributed to Metzeler drawing heavily from the lessons learnt from its experience in road racing in events such as the Isle of Man’s Tourist...
This rucksack is tough, comfy and big enough to carry all the gear you’ll need for a week away. It's a bag for bikers which has been designed for bikers, and it shows.
The materials are top notch – it’s made from quality American Cordura – and the design means it’s brilliantly comfy on the bike. That comfort is mainly down to Kriega’s trademark harness system, which spreads the weight out instead of allowing it to dig into your shoulders.
Other nice touches include waterproof zip covers, and small zipped pockets on both chest pads – ideal for storing bank cards, loose change for tolls and the likes. These pockets mean you don’t have to keep taking the rucksack off when you’re filling up, a godsend when covering big miles – a handy feature if you live in 1-pc leathers. Another feature...
The wait is finally over – Norton has unveiled its V4 RR superbike.
The bike is powered by a 1200cc, 72° V4 producing a claimed 200bhp, and is based very closely to the bespoke manufacturer’s TT racebike.
Norton is determined that this is the bike which will reaffirm its sportsbike credentials, and to this end the company has given the V4 RR a sophisticated in-house electronics suite including traction control, wheelie control, launch control and cruise control, and this is augmented by a six-axis inertial measurement unit. There’s also a state-of-the-art 7in high-definition display that includes a rear-facing camera; an up-and-down quickshifter and datalogger.
This attention to detail continues the chassis, with the single-sided swingarm boasting a fully adjustable pivot point...
Meet the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition – the company’s farewell to its desmodromic V-twin platform.
However, this isn’t a limited edition, but instead a numbered edition machine – Ducati will continue to manufacture the Panigale R Final Edition for as long as there is consumer demand for it.
Looking at the bike’s spec list, it’s clear that this bike is a celebration of the Panigale, and the bike features the best bits of the model range.
Each 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is individually numbered and will be offered in a dedicated tri-colour scheme. An offshoot of the 1299 Superleggera engine, the Final Edition Superquadro packs nearly 209 bhp at 11,000rpm and peak torque of 142Nm at 9,000rpm. It features a lighter crankshaft with a larger crank pin and tungsten balancing...
There’s an awful lot to like about the Drift Ghost-S – it’s easy to use, it’s well-made, it’s well-specced and it shoots some pretty stunning footage.
It’s almost as if the Ghost-S has been designed with bikers in mind; it’s capable of shooting 1080p video at upwards of 60fps, and will also record 120fps video at 720p – a handy feature for any riders looking to shoot slow-motion footage.
This practicality extends to the camera itself. It has a generous-sized 2in LCD screen on the side, which can be used as a live video view and for playing back any recorded footage.
The Ghost-S is designed to be mounted horizontally, so that it sits flat against most surfaces. This is an important design feature as it keeps the camera's centre of gravity low, which reduces vibrations and camera...
This one-piece suit is fully CE-certified in its entirety, not just in specific areas, and every part of the garment conforms to the CE standard En 13595-1 for riding safety – a first for Alpinestars.
As you’d expect from a CE-certified suit, it boasts some pretty impressive spec. The suit is made from high grade, highly abrasion resistant 1.3mm leather, which is reinforced in the impact zones (bum, hips and elbows) and it’s full of technology proven in MotoGP and WSBK including the familiar sturdy plastic external armour on the shoulders, knees and elbows to stop the suit gripping the tarmac in the event of a spill. Then there’s the removable CE armour that sits below the leather on the shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, tibia and shins.
But all that protection is as good as useless if...
1) A 749S Ducati gets mullered on the straights
2) But claws the lost time back in the corners
3) The track takes about two hours to dry
4) A 2008/2009 Blade can still hold its own against the very newest Panigales, ZX10s, S1000RRs
5) Turn 5 can be taken in fourth...may be even fifth
6) Duct tape is THE essential garage accessory – it can fix almost everything
7) It's not prudent to take a bike on track that's not been checked for three years
8) Half a second matters to grown men – it's enough to make them cry
9) A&P Plant stickers are rarer than rocking horse shit...proper factory
10) Six bricks is the hourly rate for brickies in the Telford area
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi scored a sensational pole after posting a blistering lap the Twin Ring Motegi for the Japanese GP, as the Italian legend fought off Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez in a close Q2 to take his 64th pole – and equal the number of pole positions held by both Marquez and Rossi’s teammate, reigning Champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Rossi said: “It’s my third pole position of the year. I’m very happy because this year in qualifying I’m strong. We were struggling during this weekend to find the right balance and I’m also not a 100% fit, I’m suffering physically, I’m not feeling fantastic. In FP4 we improved the balance of the bike a lot and I did a very good lap and great braking in turn 11 and that was good. Starting from pole is always important and now we wait for tomorrow.”
There are no two ways about it – riding in persistent rain sucks. I’m not talking about getting caught out by a light shower, I’m talking about incessant, heavy rain, the type that finds its way under your kit, then sets about chilling you to your core. Exactly the type of rain that I’ve been riding in these past two days…the kind that takes any pleasure away from riding and turns what is usually a fun-packed commute into a miserable feat of endurance; a chore.
We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather this year when I think about it – even the week spent hustling the RSV-R around the Isle of Man for the TT wasn’t too bad – and it’s only this week that I’ve been finally been forced to ditch my trusty vented leathers for textiles.
I’ve got to admit I’m a dyed-in-the wool sports bike...
The opening race of the 2019 WSBK series was dominated by Alvaro Bautista on his maiden race on the Factory Ducati V4R, who set a scintillating pace and was able to clear off at the front of the pack from lap one. Bautista took the win in a convincing manner, winning by more than 15 seconds to become the first Rookie to win a WSBK race on his debut since Max Biaggi in 2007.
Off the line for the first time in 2019, Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam got a good start before being sandwiched into Turn 1 by Alvaro Bautista and early race leader and pole-sitter, Jonathan Rea on the other factory Kawasaki. However, Bautista soon blasted into the lead at Turn 3 and from there, built a gap, setting back-to-back fastest laps and building a gap of over eight seconds.
With Bautista untouchable, the...
I've just enjoyed a glorious test ride on Aprilia's WSBK-inspired superbike. Here are ten things I’ve learnt about the Aprilia RSV4 RF:
01) The bike is a technophile’s wet dream – launch and wheelie control, quickshifter, three riding modes, optional datalogger
02) I NEED a quickshifter…the noise as you bang through the box is addictive
03) It may look small but it’s perfectly formed. Narrow, light but roomy. Soooooooo comfortable
04) That lightness means it’s supremely nimble
05) The back brake is fierce
06) The front brakes are phenomenal
07) Superpole graphics look great from a distance…not so sharp up close
08) The stock can is hideous
09) And the screen’s not great for anyone over 5’10.
10) The niggles are just that....niggles. I WANT/ NEED one
01) Michael Dunlop can ride anything fast around the Rock. Winning on the new Suzuki? Some achievement that...
02) The Gooseneck is the best spot I've watched from yet. So close you can see the riders eyes. And the lines between the quicker and slower riders is fascinating
03) Brandywell is up there too...can hear them for miles, and watching the fast boys hug the very edge of the tarmac before they tip left is intoxicating
04) The howl from Bruce Anstey's RCV is earbleedingly loud. That noise is just beautiful
05) Josh Brookes is the most stylish rider around the Mountain course
06) The French are still the masters of the suicide move and love nothing better than just stopping at the side of the road in a large group with no indication whatsoever
07) But they're not as bad as the...
Kawasaki rider Jonny Rea won his 12th WSBK race at Assen, extending his championship lead and closing in on the all-time win total by taking his 57th career victory.
In uncharacteristically warm and dry conditions, Rea showed his affinity with the historic Assen circuit by leading across the line in Race One for all but two laps.
He won the race by an eventual 0.981 seconds from local hero Michael van der Mark, who led for two laps on his Yamaha. But while Van der Mark was fast, he was also ragged, allowing Rea to control the race.
Rea’s third race victory of the year came after some good work in practice and qualifying, and being able to improve the pace in warm conditions, making a gap that he could control in the final few laps of the 4.542km long circuit.
Rea said: “I enjoyed...
Suzuki's GSX-R 750 has been some 25 years in the making and this is the result – a bike that's as close to Japanese sportsbike perfection as it gets.
Put simply, the 750 is the best bike in the Gixxer family. It has the sweet, lightweight chassis of the 600 without the need to be revved hard at every opportunity, and while it's still frighteningly quick – it's good for some 170mph – it doesn't have the outright urgency of the 1000. What all this does is put the rider firmly in control, allowing them to concentrate more on the road and exploiting what's on offer.
Swinging a leg over the bike the first thing that becomes apparent is just how familiar everything feels and just how comfortable it is. The seat is wide and plush, the bars come almost perfectly to hand, the mirrors work...
I've just done a 400-mile round trip to Bristol in the new Arai RX7-V in very changeable conditions, and first impressions are favourable.
The trip meant some nine hours in the saddle, and the Arai excelled throughout. It didn't fog in the freezing and cold conditions in the morning, the powerful vents doing a good job of keeping air circulating throughout the lid. They're easy to sue with gloves, and have a decent level of control from slight flow to full flow.
It's comfy too – despite the fit of the new shell and lining making it feel snugger than its predecessor, there are no pinch points, no marks on my head; it just fits.
The lining itself is supremely comfortable, with no itches, and the field of vision is excellent, easily allowing you to see what's going on around you.
The recent MotoGP race at Assen showed just how much grip is available in the wet with today’s tyres. Follow these tips to ensure you keep it shiny side up:
RELAX – “Many riders don’t enjoy riding in the wet and most actually avoid it where possible. It’s completely the wrong approach. The reality is that the skills you need in the wet are exactly the same as those you need when you’re riding in the dry, namely you need to be smooth with your inputs and you need to be relaxed on the bike.
“The biggest secret to good bike control is to ensure you’re in the right riding position. You need to be comfortable and leant forward slightly, with your arms bent – they need to be parallel to the road, and this allows you to steer the bike with the lightest of touches. This is important. If...
BMW Motorrad is launching the BMW Motorrad Street Air by Alpinestars, an advanced airbag system offering comprehensive upper body protection and the freedom to ride a motorbike in both on- and offroad situations.
The technology is adopted from the current Alpinestars Tech-Air® street airbag system, a system which requires no motorbike-mounted sensors and instead relies on a sophisticated algorithm that detects imminent danger and inflates the full upper body airbag to provide a highly-effective crash protection system ahead of the first impact.
The BMW Motorrad Street Air Dry by Alpinestars textile riding jacket is designed to interconnect with the Alpinestars airbag system vest and is an essential component for the system to be fully operational.
It offers instantaneous inflatable...
So, last night Lincolnshire lad and motorcycling maverick Guy Martin added another accolade to sit on his already bulging trophy cabinet, setting a speed record for the fastest wall of death.
The Kirmington based rider broke the 60mph barrier on an Indian before smashing that and recording an impressive 78.15mph on his own prepared triple.
It was no mean feat – Martin was pulling more than 6G as he travelled around the wall – and in his own words he was starting to suffer with ‘grey / blurred’ vision.
And yet despite this achievement, and bringing motorcycling to the masses on primetime TV on a Bank Holiday, social media was awash with keyboard warriors belittling his efforts, and what he has achieved in his stellar career to date.
‘But he hasn't won a TT’, ‘Ken Fox could’ve...
When Guzzi launched the entry-level retro-styled V7 to the world in 2008 it looked the part but was more an exercise in style over substance – yes, the styling was gorgeous and while it had character, charm and authenticity by the bucket-load, its asthmatic 42bhp powerplant let it down. Badly. It just couldn’t compete with rivals such as the Triumph Bonneville or Ducati Sports Classic.
In 2012 Guzzi concentrated their efforts on thoroughly refreshing their 744cc V-twin lump, replacing or revising all of the components apart from the crankshaft and cases. The results are impressive. As well as increasing power to 51bhp, the engine feels more refined and offers better fuel economy (Guzzi claim a 12 per cent increase) and improved emissions. The only downside to this refinement is that...
Spain’s triple MotoGP World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo, and SHARK, the French helmet manufacturer, have announced a three-year partnership in MotoGP.
Five-time world champion Lorenzo will be wearing the Race-R PRO, SHARK’s flagship product, in all races, after binning HJC following several high profile helmet mishaps in 2015.
The Factory Yamaha rider said: “I am very proud to be tackling the forthcoming seasons with such a prestigious brand as SHARK, which has a long history in MotoGP. For me, this represents a most exciting challenge and I am quite sure that, together, we will form a great team. I really hope that I can reward all this confidence they have placed in me with some major successes.”
The Chairman of SHARK, Patrick Francois, was equally pleased with the news. He said: ...
Kawasaki’s litre bike may lack the desirability and looks of its rivals, but look beyond its bland styling and you’ll see a very capable weapon guaranteed to entertain.
This was the first Japanese bike to be fitted with a proper racing-type traction control system, and this one also has the optional high-performance ABS. But that’s not all – this 2012 bike is rammed full of rider aids including wheelie control and three power modes, although in reality the lowest mode is all but redundant.
Swing a leg over the bike and it feels tiny, mainly because it is, and although it’s very compact the ergonomics are surprisingly good – the low seat is comfortable, the controls fall easily to hand, and the adjustable pegs feel right in their standard position for my gangly legs. Even the low...
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