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.

http://www.penrithmotorcycles.com.au/

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

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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P.O Box 4122 Bexley North,

NSW. 2207

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The Black Dog Ride 2019 – Interview with Jason Kennedy

The Black Dog Ride is a nation wide motorcycle event that occurs on the 3rd Sunday of March each year.

It’s goal is to promote awareness and help for Suicide Prevention and Depression.

Jason Kennedy is the Penrith co-ordinator for Black Dog Ride, which I’ll be attending this year.

To find out more about the Black Dog Ride go here BLACK DOG RIDE

Thank you to Penrith Motorcycle Centre for allowing me to film in your shop. Check them out here PENRITH MOTORCYCLE CENTRE

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