Kawasaki Racing – Monza Report

Sykes set new track and race records at Monza and fans witnessed a resilient performance from Baz, while the Ninja Kx-10R dominated the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup race.

In a tightly fought competition at the challenging, lightning-fast Monza circuit, fans witnessed new records, daring maneuvers and the dominance of Kawasaki’s Ninja Zx-10R machine.

With a time of 1’42.229 set on lap five of race one, Tom Sykes walked away from the weekend holding new track and race records for the Italian circuit. He was however impressive all weekend and his devastatingly fast pace in both races resulted in second and third place finishes and he sits third in the championship on 119 points, 18 behind the leader.

In race one he crossed the finishing line only 0.085 seconds behind the leader, undertaking Eugine Laverty on the classic Parabolica final corner on the final lap to clinch second in dramatic style. The KRT rider said, “I was waiting to see where [the riders at the front] were strong, and [where] they have some speed, so I used that to my advantage and it led to a very exciting last lap”. Race two was another tight affair, with Sykes battling all the way to finish third, only 0.725 seconds off the winner.

Loris Baz had a contrasting weekend that nevertheless highlighted his endurance in the face of difficult circumstances, and that of the Kawasaki Racing Team. He was unable to move up the leaderboard, though two solid top ten finishes despite bike set-up issues mean that he still sits sixth in the championship. Baz finished 7th in race one, moving up through the pack after qualifying 11th, and even more impressively battled to 8th in race two despite starting at the back of the grid after stalling on the grid. He said, “We knew it was going to be a hard race day for us but in race two we understood a lot and I think we know which direction we have to go at this track”.

The Kawasaki Ninja Zx-10R bike dominated proceedings in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup race, with riders Lorenzo Savadori (Team Pedercini Kawasaki) and Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) taking the top two pole positions.

Despite a frustrating campaign, Guarnoni finished 0.402 seconds behind the young Italian, bringing him up to fourth in the championship and eight points behind the leader. Further back there was an imposing 6 of these machines in the top ten and eleven in the top twenty, with fans delighting in the performance of a model they can see in their local showrooms.

If You’re Holding Back From Getting Into Motorcycling; Read This

Motorcycling is dangerous please be under no illusion of that, but on the flip side, anything has the potential to be dangerous. But with the proper training, skills, and protective gear, you stand a much better chance at never parting company unexpectedly from your bike.

I have three jackets, one is leather and two are textile jackets, which are very lightweight jackets for summer riding: all of them have CE Armour in the shoulders, elbows, and back. Boots, good motorcycle boots with oil resistant soles and protection of the ankle. Gloves; for both winter and summer, and I also use chaps which are leather, and they’re just for protection.

The Right and Wrong Way

When I first contemplated buying and owning my first motorcycle, I was a little bit intimidated: I looked at lots of bikes online, I watched a lot of YouTube videos about how to ride a bike, and the more I looked at things, and the more I looked at cornering and counter steering, the more I was confused and just convinced I’d never be able to take a corner at anything more than a walking pace. Specifically, I just wanted to make sure I could ride on a road and be safe. The smartest thing I did was begin a three day beginner’s rider’s course. This is equivalent to the motorcycle safety course. It takes beginner rides who may have never even sat on a motorcycle before to creating confident, competent riders who really follow foundation and knowledge and skills that they can use immediately on the streets.

I recommend this for two reasons: first, you’ll be a safe rider with the knowledge and skills to avoid a wreck, always a good thing.

Try Before You Buy

Now, if you’re not sure if motorcycling is for you, you have the option to ride motorcycles owned by the trainers so you don’t have to go out and buy one for yourself. So, if you decide it’s not for you: no harm, no foul, all you’re out is the money for the course. But, if you’re bitten by the bug, you want something with a little more grunt than the 250 CC bikes run in the course, you might go out and get something a little bit bigger. I see many beginners, who don’t do the course, go out and buy 250 CC bikes, and they quickly outgrow them.

Finding The Right Bike For You?

The choices really are overwhelming: broadly speaking, you have course and dirt bikes, then you have custom bikes and cruisers, and also, you have scooters. My personal preference is for the cruiser; I just like the look of them. I can add saddle bags and a windshield, turn it into a two-er, or I can strip it down and have my bad boy mean machine. I can customize it and really create my one of a kind bike.

Typically the cruisers generally have a lower center of gravity, and many more of them have seats that are a little bit lower, making them really good choices for women or shorter guys. I just feel really stable and in control on a cruiser. Bottom line: if you’re a beginner, sit on the bikes, and pick one that lets you put both feet down flat. This is super important to build confidence.

Transmission Manual Or Automatic?

The next most important thing is transmission. Most bikes are manual, of course, and four or five up. This means with the lever down as far as it will go, you’re in gear. Up one click is in neutral, and successive clicks ups will put you in second, third, and so on. It does help if you’ve driven a manual transmission car before. You do understand the difference between the manual, transmission, and clutch gearing, and you know when to change gear and the basics of how to do it.

If you’ve never driven a manual vehicle before, you can learn, but if you’re completely overwhelmed by the idea of having to change gears, you might want to consider an automatic. Because it’s an automatic, it will just go; no switching gears. It has tons of storage, storage for two helmets under the seat, and a digital readout from everything like how much gas is in the tank to the mileage you’re currently going.

It’s personal preference, I just find it to be too tall for me, and its center of gravity is much higher than my bike. Because it’s automatic, it accelerates decelerates differently when I let off the clutch; it just handles differently and I just prefer my cruiser and all of the gear changing.

Kawasaki In The News

Meet Sykes, Walker, Buchan at World of Kawasaki bash | Bikesport 


With a Kawasaki robot display at the event and on-site catering plus a clothing and accessory store, the tactile element has been boosted with the chance to ride one of the company’s famous ATV quad bikes or MULE utility 

REMINDER: RoadBike is Sponsoring Kawasaki Bike Nite Event 


001 BikeNite Don’t forget, RoadBike will be sponsoring Kawasaki‘s Bike Nite in the Day Lite event on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 12-3 p.m. in Daytona, Florida. Remember, there will be prizes for the best vintage, cruiser and 

Keep Britain Biking | Blog | Bike 6 Kawasaki EN500


Bike 6 Kawasaki EN500. By Bikerchiq • 18th March 2013 • 21 views. The En500 is definitely in the top two of my favourite bikes which I have owned. I bought the EN500 in about 1995. I liked the ‘Harley’ look about it – all black and chrome and 

Video: Kawasaki Z800 vs rivals – | Motorbike reviews | Latest Bike 


The naked middleweight sector is really hotting up, with new bikes from MV Agusta, Triumph and Kawasaki in 2013.

Kawasaki on Its Way Back to MotoGP Grid, as Well? – Motorcycle Daily


As we recently reported, Suzuki is well along in its preparations to return to the MotoGP grid next year, including scheduling a test in June alongside the current MotoGP participants. Is Kawasaki planning a return, as well?

Kawasaki To Launch Ninja 300R In March 2013 | MotorBeam 


Kawasaki To Launch Ninja 300R In India In March 2013.

How To: Prepare Your Motorbike For Winter Driving

If cold weather is approaching and you are planning to winterize your motorcycle or if you are just going to be storing it for a while, there are a few main components we suggest you perform maintenance on before you put it away. They are: fuel, oil, tires, batteries, finishes and of course security. Step one is to stabilize your fuel system. You should never leave your tank low on fuel. This will allow condensation to accumulate on the walls of the tank and can lead to corrosion or rust inside the tank. You should either drain the tank completely or fill the tank completely and use stabilizer. Add the stabilizer according to the directions and fill the tank up with fuel. Allow the bike to run or ride it long enough to get the fuel completely through the fuel line and into the carburetor.

We recommend at least five minutes or a two to five mile ride. Once this is done, if your bike is not fuel injected, be sure to turn off the petcock. For fuel injected bikes, there’s no petcock to turn off. Now that the engine is warm, step two is to change your oil. Over time your engine builds up contaminant and acids will deteriorate the metallic parts of your engine. This is especially true if your motorcycle is sitting for an extended period of time. Drain the oil and remove the oil filter. Add four to six ounces of clean oil to the filter and install a new oil filter. Replace the drain plug, tighten securely, and fill the oil tank with the manufacturers recommended amount of oil. Next, start the engine and check for any leaks. Be sure to run the bike for a minute to two to make sure the oil gets all the way through the system. Shut the bike off and double check your oil level. Step three is to visually check your tires and wheels.

Look for uneven wear, weather checking, and wobbles. To make this much easier, raise and support the bike and spin the wheels freely. This will give you a better view to see if anything is out of place. If the tire appears wobbly or bouncy, it could be a bad inner cord or belt and time to replace the tire. In the case of laced wheels, loose spokes could cause this as well. While you’re at it, check the air pressure. Nothing accelerates tire wear more than improper air pressure. Over inflation and under inflation will reap havoc on your tires while riding and cause handling issues. Use a good quality pressure gauge. Inexpensive gauges are generally not as accurate. Accurate pressure means longer life for your tires.

Check the pressure now and then to avoid a flat frozen tire that can cause premature weather checking, cracking, and wobbles. To avoid this entirely, store the bike elevated off the ground for the winter. Keeping the weight of the bike off of the tires reduces the risk of weather checking and flat spots that can cause wobbles. Step four is to check your battery. The battery is the heart of your motorcycle and maintaining a good charge on it is vital for the life of your battery. If you have a lead acid battery, make sure that the water in each cell is filled to the correct level. Dry cells will ruin a lead acid battery. The best way to maintain your battery over the winter is to put a charge in the battery every couple of weeks. This will keep the battery from losing all power and going completely dead. The hassle free way to do this is with a one point five amp trickle charger. Our J&P cycles battery charger will charge your battery and then automatically switch to stand by to maintain a storage voltage to keep your batter ready to go. This type of charger can remain on the battery for the entire winter without fear of damage. Do not let the battery freeze.

Place a battery in a cool dry area to avoid this possibility. Use a wire brush to clean the terminals on your battery and then apply some lubricant or sealer. This will keep the oxygen from corroding the terminals and ensure a good contact with battery cables. Step five is to lubricate all moving parts on your bike that require it. Shifter and break levels and handlebar controls all have pivot points or cables run to them. Keep these properly lubricated for smooth action when riding, as well as to protect them from the elements. When you are ready to ride the bike in the spring, this in one thing that you won’t have to remember to do. Next step is to wash your bike one last time for the season. Step six accomplishes two things. One, you’re getting rid of all the dirt, grime, and rubber from the road off the bike and the paint. And two, you can give the bike a little better visual examination while you’re doing this.

Your hand needs to go over every part of the bike while you’re drying and polishing; and you may notice a few more loose bolts and hanging wires that you may not have noticed before. Step seven is to pack your pipes as a protective measure from the elements and varmints. Mice would love to make a home in your pipes over the winter but don’t forget that you put it there in the spring. It is a good idea to put a post-it note on the dash or stick a flag in the tailpipe, something to remind you that it’s in there. Step nine is security. Security is often overlooked when putting your bike in the garage or the shed for the winter. It shouldn’t be. Just seeing a lock or locks on your bike will make a thief think the one down the street is much easier to steal than this one. Lock you motorcycle down with a floor lock chain and cable lock, break-this lock, or similar device. The next step is to cover your bike. Just because you aren’t looking at is or showing it off, you should still keep it protected and clean. Some mothballs around the bike with also help keep mice from nesting in your seat and dining on your bikes wiring. With just a few steps you can keep your motorcycle in great shape and have it that much closer to being ready to ride in the spring. You invested a lot of time and money in your bike, take care of it and it will take care of you.