2019 W800 Cafe by Kawasaki

I had the pleasure of spending the day this week on the all new 2019 W800 Cafe from Kawasaki. This modern classic motorcycle has been upgraded and now has more power and a more refined ride, without losing any of its old world character.

This Kawasaki W800 Cafe was kindly lent to me by Penrith Motorcycle Centre.

139 Blaikie Road, Penrith NSW 2750 Tel:02 4721 4439 Penrith Motorcycle Centre

If you’d like to book in for a test ride of the W800 call Penrith Motorcycle centre, and follow them on Facebook to stay upto date with latest specials and events.

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Kawasaki W800 Specs Model W800 CAFE EJ8000CKF Engine Type Air-cooled, 4-stroke Vertical Twin Displacement 773 cm³ Bore x Stroke 77.0 x 83.0 mm Compression Ratio 8.4:1 Valve System SOHC 8 valve, Bevel Drive Fuel System DFI 2 X 34 mm with Sub Throttles Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance Starting Electric Transmission 5-speed with Positive Neutral Finder, A&S Clutch Suspension – front 41 mm telescopic fork Suspension – rear Twin rear shock with 5-way adjustable spring preload Wheel travel – f/r 130/107 mm Ground Clearance 130 mm Brakes – front 320 mm diameter single disc with twin piston caliper, ABS Brakes – rear 270 mm diameter single disc with twin-piston caliper, ABS Wheel Size Front / Rear 2.50 – 18.0 / 3.00 – 18.0 Tyre Size Front / Rear 100/90-18M/C 57H / 130/80-18M/C 66H L x W x H 2,135 mm x 825 mm x 1,135 mm Wheelbase 1,465 mm Seat height 790 mm Fuel capacity 15 litres Curb Mass 223 kg Max Power 35kW @ 6,000 rpm Max Torque 62.9 N.m @ 4,800 rpm Colour/s Metallic Magnesium Gray with Galaxy Silver Warranty 24 Months Unlimited Kilometres

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400

I headed out to Penrith Motorcycle center to test ride and review the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400, and I wasn’t let down.

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This is a great little Learner Legal bike, but with enough punch to please even the seasoned riders around.

The Ninja 400 all-new 399 cm³ engine delivers a balance of performance and controllability. The new engine offers increased performance at all rpm compared to its predecessor, with good power feeling. Smooth, predictable response contributes to an easy-to-control engine character. Thanks to its efficient design, the compact, lightweight engine has a size on par with 250cc engines.

Relaxed rider triangle accommodates a wide range of rider sizes and riding situations. Compared to some other models (whose somewhat extreme riding position compromises comfort), the elevated handle position and slightly foot forward footpeg position put the rider in a position to control the bike while also offering rider comfort.

In addition to contributing to the Ninja 400’s sharper looks, slim dual LED headlamps (each featuring low and high beams, as well as a LED position lamp) are highly visible and offer significantly increased brightness. Chin spoilers at the bottom of the front cowl were inspired by the Ninja H2 and Ninja ZX-10R.

More compact Assist & Slipper Clutch (ø139 mm >> ø125 mm) with less rigid operating plates offers a 20% lighter lever pull. Complementing the extremely light feel at the lever, the new clutch has a wider engagement range, facilitating control.

A more rigid 41 mm telescopic fork (previously ø37 mm) delivers better suspension action. The front wheel feels really planted, direction changes are made easily (even when the bike is fairly upright – handy when navigating traffic jams), and overall the suspension offers the plushness of a larger model.

The Ninja 400 is equipped with the same instrument cluster as the Ninja 650, contributing to the high-grade feel of the tidy cockpit. The sophisticated instrument design features a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lamps on one side, and a gear position indicator and multi-function LCD screen on the other.

The front seat can be easily removed by pulling a cable located under the rear seat, greatly facilitating access to the battery. Under-seat storage space has two levels for a more efficient use of the space. A handy Tool Kit is located in the lower level of storage.

Model NINJA 400 (EX400GJF)
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, Parallel Twin
Displacement 399 cm³
Bore x Stroke 70.0 x 51.8 mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Valve System DOHC 8 valves
Fuel System Fuel Injection 32 mm x 2
Ignition Digital Advance
Starting Electric
Transmission 6-speed with Positive Neutral finder
Suspension – front 41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension – rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock with adjustable preload
Wheel travel – f/r 120/130 mm
Ground Clearance 140 mm
Brakes – front Single semi-floating 310 mm petal disc, Single Balanced Actuation Dual Piston Caliper with ABS
Brakes – rear Single 220 mm petal disc with twin piston caliper with ABS
Wheel Size Front Rear 3.00-17.0 4.00-17.0
Tyre Size- Front Rear 110/70R17 54H 150/60R17 66H
L x W x H 1,990 x 710 x 1,125 mm
Wheelbase 1,370 mm
Seat height 785 mm
Fuel capacity 14.0 litres
Curb Mass 168 kg
Max Power 33.4 kW @ 10,000 rpm
Max Torque 38.0 N-m @ 8,000 rpm
Colour/s Metallic Spark Black
Warranty 24 Months Unlimited Kilometres
Service Intervals 1,000 and 6,000 then every additional 6,000 kilometres major service every 12,000 kilometres

2019 Triumph Speed Twin 1200cc Review

This week I was invited to review the ALL NEW 2019 Triumph Speed Twin from Triumph Sydney (Peter Stevens Motorcycles).

I Picked up the Speed Twin from Triumph Sydney in Tempe, and I was able to spend some time on urban and suburban streets in the Inner West of Sydney, before taking the Triumph Speed Twin on some higher speed limited roads to get a better feel.

All in all I found the Speed Twin to be exceptional in almost every way. It handled the slow speed, tight maneuvering  streets easily, and at higher speeds it truly shone as a capable longer distance bike too.

The 1200cc engine in the Speed Twin really performed seamlessly, and with the added Vance & Hines pipes it purred beautifully.

If you’d like to test ride these amazing 2019 Triumph Speed Twins, head on down to your local dealer, but if you’re in Sydney be sure to call Triumph Sydney and book in a test ride now.

619 Princes Highway,
Tempe, New South Wales 2044

Ph: 02 8577 9098

This review was kindly supported by Old Garage Espresso

Old Garage is located at 6 Ruby St, Marrickville. Best Coffee’s in town. Tell the Rob from Throttle Downunder sent you.

Black Dog Ride Penrith 2019

The Black Dog Ride is held simultaneously around the country in March each year. It’s primary goal is to raise awareness to Depression and Suicide Prevention.

I attended the Black Dog Ride 2019 here in Penrith in Sydney’s West, to offer my support to a very worthy cause.

Arriving in Penrith at 0630 on a Sunday morning, the rain was absolutely torrential, however that didn’t stop over 300 riders participating in the day, for Black Dog. After a good social catch up the start over a hot coffee, then a riders briefing, then off they rode, into the rain.

Approximately 2 hours of riding led them back to the Wallacia Hotel for Lunch, an Auction to raise Funds, and then some partying to a local band.

**If you, or someone you know needs help, here is some links that might be of use: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

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Kawasaki Z900RS vs Z900RS Cafe

I wanted to compare the Kawasaki Z900RS with the Z900RS Cafe. So this week I wanted to go and check out the Black Dog Ride course so I can plan my video shoot for the 17th March, and when James from Penrith Motorcycle centre offered to come with me and for us to take the 2 different Z900RS models available, I jumped at the chance.

So I jumped on the Z900RS with the Jaffa paint scheme and off we went. The Black Dog Ride course is great, but the Z900RS was just exceptional. I really love this bike and it has a lot to offer. Good retro styling with all the modern day safety, performance and convenience.

After an hour or so we pulled over, and James handed me the keys to his personal Z900RS Cafe and off we went again. There is no mechanical differences between the two bikes, mainly just body positioning differences due to the sportier handlebars, peg positions a little further back and the front fairing. For me though, the Jaffa colored Z900RS wins my head and my heart.

Thanks to Penrith Motorcycle Centre http://www.penrithmotorcycles.com.au/

For more info of the Black Dog Ride go here https://www.blackdogride.com.au/

Z900RS Cafe review here https://youtu.be/WAI2BHF2vBU

 

Z900RS Specs here Model Z900RS ZR900CKFA/B

Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four Displacement 948 cm³ Bore x Stroke 73.4 x 56.0 mm

Compression Ratio 10.8:1 Valve System DOHC 16 valves

Fuel System Fuel Injection, 36 mm x 4 with sub throttles valves Ignition Digital Starting Electric

Transmission 6-speed with Positive Neutral finder and Assist & Slipper Clutch

Frame Trellis high tensile steel Suspension – front 41 mm cartridge fork with compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability

Suspension – rear Horizontal Back-link with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability

Wheel travel – front 120 mm Wheel travel – rear 140 mm

Brakes – front Dual 300 mm semi-floating petal discs.

Dual radial-mount monobloc opposed 4-piston calipers, ABS Brakes – rear Single 250 mm petal disc with single piston caliper, ABS Tyre Size- front 120/70-ZR17 (58W) Tyre Size- rear 180/55-ZR17 (73W) L x W x H 2,100 x 865 x 1,050 mm

Wheelbase 1,470 mm

Ground Clearance 130 mm Seat height 835 mm

Fuel capacity 17 litres Curb Mass 214 kg (includes full fuel tank and all fluids at optimum levels)

Max Power 82.0 kW @ 8,500 rpm

Max Torque 98.5 N.m @ 6,500 rpm

Colour/s Candytone Brown with Candytone Orange or Metallic Matte Covert Green and Flat Ebony type 2

Warranty 24 Months Unlimited Kilometres

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2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE review

Picking up the 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE from Penrith Motorcycle Centre to head up into the Blue Mountains to give it a really good run. All in all the Versys 1000 SE is an amazing Tourer and very comfortable.

Kawasaki have really nailed this model, creating enough sportyness and comfort to blend into the ultimate touring bike.

Book a test ride at Penrith Motorcycle Centre http://www.penrithmotorcycles.com.au/

139 Blaikie Road, Penrith NSW 2750 tel:0247214439

Boasting even greater comfort and versatility, Kawasaki proudly presents a new model designed to offer maximum riding enjoyment across a wide variety of street riding situations like the 2015-2018 Versys 1000 before them. Whether riding solo or two up, around the corner or around the globe, this fun-to-ride road sports bike’s combination of a highly responsive In-Line Four engine tuned for flexibility, and a nimble chassis fitted with dynamic suspension will have riders grinning from ear to ear. Its relaxed, upright riding position offers a high level of machine control, and is complemented by a highly comfortable seat and good wind protection, making it easy to spend a long time in the saddle. Change your view and ride the Kawasaki VERSYS 1000 SE; comfort and performance. The new model benefits from numerous upgrades that add to both riding exhilaration and touring potential. The engine now boasts Electronic Throttle Valves, which enable the addition of Electronic Cruise Control. And the addition of advanced Kawasaki IMU equipped rider support systems contributes to riding enjoyment as well as rider confidence Read full Specs here, https://kawasaki.com.au/shop/motorcyc…

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Royal Enfield 650 Twins review

The Royal Enfield Twins have finally landed in Australia and today I got to spend the afternoon on both Continental GT 650 Cafe Racer and the Interceptor 650 from Royal Enfield. James from Penrith Motorcycle center popped these 2 bikes in the van and drove them to the Northern Beaches for me to test.
http://www.penrithmotorcycles.com.au/ 139 Blaikie Road, Penrith NSW 2750 tel:0247214439
ENGINE Type: Air/oil-cooled, SOHC, eight-valve, four-stroke parallel-twin
Capacity: 648cc Bore x stroke: 78mm x 67.8mm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Fuel system: Electronic fuel injection PERFORMANCE Claimed maximum power: 47hp (34.6kW) at 7100rpm
Claimed maximum torque: 52Nm at 4000rpm
TRANSMISSION Type: Six-speed Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Final drive: Chain CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR Frame: Tubular steel double cradle Front suspension: 41mm fork, non-adjustable Rear suspension: Twin shocks, adjustable for preload
Front brakes: Single 320mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear brake: Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper
Tyres: Pirelli Phantom Sport – 100/90-18 front, 130/70-18 rear
DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES Claimed dry weight: 202kg
Seat height: 804mm
Wheelbase: 1400mm Length: 2122mm
Fuel capacity: 13.7 litres
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON ACCELERATES STRATEGY TO BUILD NEXT GENERATION OF RIDERS GLOBALLY

“More Roads to Harley-Davidson” Includes New Products in Additional Motorcycle Segments, Broader Access and Commitment to Strengthen Dealers
MILWAUKEE (July 30, 2018) – To inspire even more people around the world to experience the exhilaration of riding a motorcycle, Harley-Davidson today shared details of its “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022.

In a fast-changing world with new consumer demands, these accelerated actions support Harley-Davidson’s 2027 objectives with increased focus and strategic investment to reinvigorate the U.S. business while accelerating the pace of international growth.

“The bold actions we are announcing today leverage Harley-Davidson’s vast capabilities and competitive firepower – our excellence in product development and manufacturing, the global appeal of the brand and of course, our great dealer network,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Alongside our existing loyal riders, we will lead the next revolution of two-wheeled freedom to inspire future riders who have yet to even think about the thrill of riding.”

The result of a comprehensive, top-to-bottom assessment incorporating a “customer first” perspective, the More Roads to Harley-Davidson plan includes:

  • New Products – keep current riders engaged and inspire new riders by extending heavyweight leadership and unlocking new markets and segments
  • Broader Access – meet customers where they are and how they want to engage with a multi-channel retail experience
  • Stronger Dealers – drive a performance framework to improve dealer financial strength and the Harley-Davidson customer experience

 “We expect this plan will result in an engaged, expanded Harley-Davidson community with a more diverse rider base, along with industry-leading margins and cash flow,” said Levatich.

New Products

Leveraging its industry-leading design and strong manufacturing capabilities, Harley-Davidson plans to offer its most comprehensive lineup of motorcycles, competing in many of the largest and fastest growing segments with a full portfolio of motorcycles across a broad spectrum of price points, power sources, displacements, riding styles and global markets. Highlights include:

  • Extending the company’s leadership in heavyweight motorcycles by continuing to develop improved, more technologically-advanced Touring and Cruiser motorcycles that will keep existing Harley-Davidson riders engaged and riding longer.

 

  • Introducing a new modular 500cc to 1250cc middleweight platform of motorcycles that spans three distinct product spaces and four displacements, starting with the company’s first Adventure Touring motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson™ Pan America™ 1250, a 1250cc Custom model and a 975cc Streetfighter model, all of which are planned to launch beginning in 2020. Additional models to broaden coverage in these product spaces will follow through 2022.

 

  • Developing a more accessible, small-displacement (250cc to 500cc) motorcycle for Asia emerging markets through a planned strategic alliance with a manufacturer in Asia. This new product and broader distribution is intended to fuel Harley-Davidson’s customer access and growth in India, one of the largest, fastest growing markets in the world, and other Asia markets.

 

  • Leading the electric motorcycle market by launching Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, in 2019 — the first in a broad, no-clutch “twist and go” portfolio of electric two-wheelers designed to establish the company as the leader in the electrification of the sport. LiveWire will be followed by additional models through 2022 to broaden the portfolio with lighter, smaller and even more accessible product options to inspire new riders with new ways to ride.

Broader Access

Harley-Davidson will advance its market delivery approach and meet today’s customer needs by:

  • Creating high-engagement customer experiences across all retail channels – including improving and expanding the company’s global digital capabilities by evolving the Harley-Davidson.com experience to integrate with and enhance the dealership retail experience for existing and new customers.

 

  • Establishing strategic alliances with global leading e-commerce providers to extend access to Harley-Davidson to a pool of millions of potential new customers.

 

  • New retail formats — including smaller, urban storefronts globally to expose the brand to urban populations and drive sales of the expanded Harley-Davidson product portfolio and expand international apparel distribution.

 

 

 

Stronger Dealers

Harley-Davidson’s world-class dealer network is an integral part of the company’s accelerated strategy and critical to overall success. The company will implement a performance framework to significantly enhance the strength of the dealer network and the customer experience, enabling the best-performing and most entrepreneurial dealers to drive innovation and success for themselves and Harley-Davidson — while providing the premium customer experience the brand is known for across an increasingly diverse product and customer base.

 

“Harley-Davidson is iconic because we’ve never been static,” said Levatich. “In moving forward, we are tapping into the spirit that drove our founders back in 1903 and every one of the employees and dealers who rose to the challenges faced along the way.  Our plan will redefine existing boundaries of our brand – reaching more customers in a way that reinforces all we stand for as a brand and as a company and we can’t wait to kick it into gear.”

 

 

Honda CB1000R 2018 Price Announcement

The new Honda CB1000R will hit dealers this month and will be available for about $16,499.

The 2018 CB1000R is a motorcycle that looks, feels and performs very differently from what’s come before and melds exhilarating function to a form that offers a radically fresh, visually stunning two-wheeled aesthetic.

Pinned against the Yamaha MT-01, it seems to be based on a Modern take of a Cafe Racer with the performance of a Street Fighter Naked bike.

Only six exterior parts are constructed from plastic, the largest being the svelte front mudguard. By contrast, what really makes its presence felt is the use of premium metal finishes; parts such as the burnished-aluminium radiator shroud and airbox cover; machined engine cases, cylinder head, and sprocket hub and flangeless steel fuel tank.

The result is a machine with a unique identity, a fusion of Sport Naked and bare-boned Café Racer inspirations.

2018 Honda CB1000R
2018 Honda CB1000R

The 2018 CB1000R elegantly combines more with less. It gives riders a huge amount of usable engine power with the control of a cutting edge Supersports machine with innovative, minimalist styling.

Its 998cc DOHC four-cylinder engine has been tuned to deliver its torque with strong character, offering more peak power at just over 10,000rpm and more torque right through the mid-range, where it’s most useful – and most fun.
The CB1000R has Throttle By Wire (TBW) with 3 pre-set riding modes plus a ‘User’ setting. Power (P), Engine Brake (EB) and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) work together across the pre-sets to offer optimum benefit to the rider dependent on the conditions. The exhaust transmits a raw-edged howl as revs rise.

The 2018 CB1000R is 12kg lighter than the outgoing design, making for a 20% improvement in power to weight ratio. It’s also smaller, yet has a more relaxed riding position.

Supporting the radical new look is a box section mono backbone steel frame, with Showa Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD suspension up front and a Showa monoshock at the rear. Radial-mount front brakes, ABS and a 190-section rear tyre complete the chassis’ upgrade.

All lighting is LED and the thin, round headlight employs a horseshoe-shaped light ring, as well as a distinctive two-bar light signature. The rear light is also a semicircular light bar that fully lights up when the brakes are applied. The T-shaped instrument panel integrates into the top triple clamp, minimizing bulk, and the ignition switch is positioned at the front of the fuel tank.

Project Leader for developing the 18YM CB1000R Mr S. Uchida, said; “At Honda, our intention is always to look to the future and to be ready to lead. Hence, as the Naked sector’s requirements mature, we knew that we had to go much further than giving the new CB1000R a boost in real world performance. Customer expectation and interests are about much more than just ‘how fast?’

“We wanted to build in not only exhilaration and emotion to each experience of the CB1000R, but also real pleasure in owning, and showing off, such an individual machine. So we travelled in a new direction and are very proud of the result – both when out on the road and when admiring it in the garage!” Mr Uchida finished.

For more information on this exciting new model head into your Honda dealer today, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au

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