Kawasaki bikes – La Bougeotte http://www.labougeotte.org/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 06:26:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.labougeotte.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Kawasaki bikes – La Bougeotte http://www.labougeotte.org/ 32 32 Runaway Dundee biker trapped by Facebook bike photos https://www.labougeotte.org/runaway-dundee-biker-trapped-by-facebook-bike-photos/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/runaway-dundee-biker-trapped-by-facebook-bike-photos/ Runaway Dundee biker trapped by Facebook bike photos Calendar An icon of a desktop calendar. to cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across it. Caret A right-pointing solid arrow icon. E-mail An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of Facebook’s “f” mark. Google An icon of Google’s “G” mark. […]]]>




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Toyota Innova Hycross Reservations open November 25 https://www.labougeotte.org/toyota-innova-hycross-reservations-open-november-25/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 06:20:02 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/toyota-innova-hycross-reservations-open-november-25/ Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Wednesday unveiled its next minivan, the Innova Hycross. Reservations for the next Innova Hycross will be taken from November 25, the day the all-new India-specific MPV makes its debut. Pricing will likely be revealed at the next Auto Expo in 2023, with deliveries expected to begin in mid-January. The new minivan […]]]>

Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Wednesday unveiled its next minivan, the Innova Hycross.

Reservations for the next Innova Hycross will be taken from November 25, the day the all-new India-specific MPV makes its debut. Pricing will likely be revealed at the next Auto Expo in 2023, with deliveries expected to begin in mid-January. The new minivan will be sold as a more expensive model than the current Innova Crysta and will sit above it in the range. The new minivan will also come with premium features including a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, larger touchscreen, fully digital instrument cluster and leather seats.

Design

The new Innova Hycross will have an aggressive design like the Corolla Cross SUV that’s being offered overseas, as seen in leaked photographs, which also confirm the nose would have a more SUV-like appearance. While the new Hycross is expected to have an unmistakable Innova-like appearance from the side, Toyota is likely to offer slightly wider body cladding and fenders, similar to the Veloz (also marketed globally), to give the model one more SUV. appearance.

New Architecture

The new Innova Hycross is an all-new automobile. The ladder-frame rear-wheel-drive IMV architecture has been replaced by the front-wheel-drive TNGA modular unibody platform, representing a significant departure from the previous design. That should give the new Innova Hycross some extra interior space and car feel.

No diesel option

In India, Toyota is putting more emphasis on full hybrid vehicles. The brand’s first high-powered hybrid product for the general public was the Hyryder, and the Innova Hycross will soon follow. The company is now slowly removing diesel power plants from its portfolio, with only the Fortuner being offered a diesel engine. On the new Innova Hycross, a powerful 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain will be offered alongside a 2.0-liter normally aspirated gasoline engine. The Innova Hycross will not have a diesel engine option.

On November 21, the Hycross will make its Indonesian premiere as the Innova Zenix. On November 25, it will be unveiled in India. In a first, Maruti Suzuki will also launch a Toyota Innova Hycross variant which will go on sale in mid-2023.

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Launch of a new Kawasaki 250cc motorcycle in India https://www.labougeotte.org/launch-of-a-new-kawasaki-250cc-motorcycle-in-india/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 08:26:28 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/launch-of-a-new-kawasaki-250cc-motorcycle-in-india/ India Kawasaki Motors has announced that the KX250 is coming to our market in 2023. Kawasaki has made several technical changes to this bike for 2023. The engine has been upgraded to a 249cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine. It improves performance across the entire rev range. Kawasaki claims this is the most powerful KX250 ever. This […]]]>

India Kawasaki Motors has announced that the KX250 is coming to our market in 2023. Kawasaki has made several technical changes to this bike for 2023. The engine has been upgraded to a 249cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine. It improves performance across the entire rev range. Kawasaki claims this is the most powerful KX250 ever.

This motorcycle also receives new gear and suspension adjustments. The new tires are designed to provide better cornering performance. A longer exhaust pipe, lighter and wider footpegs and advanced ignition timing are some of the other changes.

The engine has finger follower valve actuation, revised intake and exhaust port throat treatment. A higher rate for the valve spring to match a higher rev limit and a revised combustion chamber design. Revised crankcase design, flatter piston head and hydraulic clutch. It also includes a launch control mode and three engine map options.

The hardware of the KX250 consists of an aluminum perimeter frame and a petal disc brake. Renthal Fatbar, ERGO FIT adjustable handle and footpeg positions and slimmer seat stays.

This track-only bike will only be available in lime green. It will be imported via the fully constructed road. Bookings have started and deliveries are scheduled for the second week of November 2022. The KX250 is available from Kawasaki for Rs 7.99 lakh ex-showroom.

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Indonesian WorldSBK 2022 Results – Cycle News https://www.labougeotte.org/indonesian-worldsbk-2022-results-cycle-news/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 19:59:02 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/indonesian-worldsbk-2022-results-cycle-news/ Gordon Ritchie | November 11, 2022 Friday WorldSBK WorldSBK Championship favorite Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) set the fastest lap on day one of track action at Mandalika with a time of 1:33.626, almost 0.5 seconds faster faster than the next best rider, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team). Every driver improved on his […]]]>

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Friday

WorldSBK

WorldSBK Championship favorite Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) set the fastest lap on day one of track action at Mandalika with a time of 1:33.626, almost 0.5 seconds faster faster than the next best rider, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team). Every driver improved on his best time from FP1 this afternoon as the track started to give a lot more grip. Bautista, for example, found four seconds of FP1, and Razgatliolgu was more than three seconds faster than his morning best.

Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu stuck together in FP2. Can Bautista win the title this weekend?

The FP2 session was red flagged and restarted twice – once when Hafizh Syahrin Bin Abdullah (MIE Racing Honda Team) fell and his spinning bike was left in the middle of the track, then again when Iker Lecuona (HRC Honda) suffered a big highside and had to be helped by marshals and doctors.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) clinched third place as the track remained slippery in FP2, with the Italian rider edging Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) into fourth in the standings overnight.

Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) did well in sixth place but the surprise of the day was to see Xavi Fores (Barni Spark Racing Ducati) climb to sixth place, ahead of Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) and Xavi Vierge (HRC Honda)

Axel Bassani (MotoCorsa Racing Ducati) finished ninth and Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) was the first BMW rider to come in 10th.

Indonesian WorldSBK 2022 results — Friday

1 Alvaro Bautista (duke) 1:33.626s
2 Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yam) +0.462s
3 Mr. Rubén Rinaldi (duke) +0.964s
4 Jonathan Rea (kaw) +0.969s
5 Garrett Gerloff (Yam) + 1.217s

WorldSSP

Nicolo Beluga (Aruba Racing Ducati) clinched virtual pole position overnight after two free practice sessions at a very Ducati-friendly Mandalika circuit in dry but tricky track conditions.

Raffaele De Rosa (Ducati Orelac Racing VerdNatura) was second fastest and Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing Ducati) third, with the first four-cylinder machine in the combined standings belonging to Yari Montella (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), in fourth place.

Indonesian WorldSBK Results 2022 Bulega WorldSSP
Bulega topped the WorldSSP Friday timesheets.

The track was recently resurfaced and proved to be very slippery but also hard on the tyres, prompting Pirelli to provide each team with an extra set of tires for this weekend. Lap times were just under two seconds slower than previous bests at this circuit, as they were used for WorldSSP in 2021.

Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Reparto Corse F3 800 RR) was fifth on day one, with Stefano Manzi (Dynavolt Triumph Street Triple RS) sixth.

After a season of near domination by the Yamaha riders, the fastest R6 rider, Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Yamaha), finished seventh.

Lorenzo Baldassarri (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha), Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) and Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) complete Friday’s top 10.

Indonesian WorldSSP 2022 results — Friday

1 Nicholas Bulega (duke) 1:38.004s
2 Raffaele De Rosa (duke) +0.223s
3 Federico Caricasulo (duke) + 0.245s
4 Yari Montella (kaw) +0.291s
5 Niki Tuuli (MV) +0.341s

For more WorldSBK news and results click here

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First look at the Kawasaki Ninja and Kawasaki Z electric motorcycles https://www.labougeotte.org/first-look-at-the-kawasaki-ninja-and-kawasaki-z-electric-motorcycles/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 09:35:00 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/first-look-at-the-kawasaki-ninja-and-kawasaki-z-electric-motorcycles/ Kawasaki took to the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan to unveil a trio of electric motorcycles, with Electrek front and center to see the action live. The Kawasaki Ninja EV and Kawasaki Z EV were revealed as traditional battery-electric motorcycles, while the company also unveiled a hydrogen-powered HEV concept motorcycle. I’ll spare you the uninspired […]]]>

Kawasaki took to the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan to unveil a trio of electric motorcycles, with Electrek front and center to see the action live. The Kawasaki Ninja EV and Kawasaki Z EV were revealed as traditional battery-electric motorcycles, while the company also unveiled a hydrogen-powered HEV concept motorcycle.

I’ll spare you the uninspired cliché about “Team Green going green,” and we’ll just get to the bikes.

The electric Kawasaki Ninja unveiled

While both the Ninja and Z electric models are still in prototype form, Kawasaki Motors President Hiroshi Ito announced to the public that both models will be available for purchase next year.

As Ito explained:

This is the Z battery electric vehicle briefly presented at Intermot and now the very first Ninja BEV. These BEV versions represent two of Kawasaki’s leading brands, Ninja and the Z. Soon these pre-production machines will become true production machines available to our customers in 2023.

As has been common with the unveilings of electric motorcycles at EICMA this year, hard and fast tech specs are almost non-existent on the models.

However, Ito provided two key insights, explaining:

Compliant with the European A1 license, they will bring exciting “good times” to daily journeys. They each have a large battery capacity of up to 3.0 kWh with two easily removable 12 kg batteries.

These two nuggets indicate extremely reduced performance of the bikes. Ito wasn’t kidding when he described them as fulfilling a daily commuter role. A1-compliant motorcycles in Europe have a maximum engine power of just 11 kW. It’s not particularly powerful and puts the bikes in a class equivalent to 125cc.

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Perhaps more striking is the limited battery capacity. 3 kWh of battery is small compared to most electric motorcycles today. Zero Motorcycles batteries range from around 7-17 kWh, while Energica offers over 21 kWh of battery.

Even small, low-cost electric motorcycles like the SONDORS Metacycle and Ryvid Anthem, both designed for daily commuting, offer at least 4kWh of capacity.

Thus, the Ninja EV is unlikely to have much more than 47 miles (75 km) of range at city speeds, and likely about half that range at highway speeds.

The removable batteries are surely designed to compensate for the low capacity, giving riders an easy way to recharge their batteries at home or in an apartment. But with today’s flagship electric motorcycles offering 5-7 times more battery power than Kawasaki’s new entries, it’s hard to imagine the brand will be competitive in the space when the bikes launch next year. .

Of course, these numbers shouldn’t come as a total surprise. We know that Kawasaki had been planning a low-performance electric motorcycle for some time.

At the same show three years ago, Kawasaki rolled out a prototype electric Ninja that revved a 10kW motor (20kW peak power) and claimed a range of 100km (62 miles).

At the time, we thought the bike would undergo major development to improve its performance, but that didn’t seem to be the case.

The bikes are impressive, no doubt. But beneath those panels sits a small, underpowered motor coupled to a pair of batteries smaller than those on my electric scooter.

Why use such small batteries?

The only reason I can think of for Kawasaki to equip its electric sport bikes with scooter-sized batteries is because that might be exactly what they are: scooter batteries.

Kawasaki spent years in a battery development consortium in Japan, originally created among the Big Four of Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki.

The initial goal of the consortium was to develop a standard for interchangeable electric motorcycle batteries. In reality, it appears the growing consortium is simply defaulting to Honda’s Mobile Power Pack design, which is essentially a Gogoro-style scooter battery.

Honda’s MPP batteries are the right size and capacity to fit Kawasaki’s spec sheet, so the company might consider incorporating these batteries into its motorcycles. Looking through the vents of the display prototypes shows a complete lack of batteries, so no one yet knows how Kawasaki ultimately plans to power its electric motorcycles.

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Suzuki unplugs the GSX-R1000 in Japan and Europe https://www.labougeotte.org/suzuki-unplugs-the-gsx-r1000-in-japan-and-europe/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 23:27:00 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/suzuki-unplugs-the-gsx-r1000-in-japan-and-europe/ A sad day for sportbike and racing enthusiasts, as Suzuki has officially announced the discontinuation of the GSX-R1000 in the Japanese and European markets. Loved by many enthusiasts around the world, the iconic GSX-R1000 can be considered a cultural hallmark in the motorcycle industry, up there with the greats like the Honda Fireblade, Kawasaki Ninja […]]]>

A sad day for sportbike and racing enthusiasts, as Suzuki has officially announced the discontinuation of the GSX-R1000 in the Japanese and European markets. Loved by many enthusiasts around the world, the iconic GSX-R1000 can be considered a cultural hallmark in the motorcycle industry, up there with the greats like the Honda Fireblade, Kawasaki Ninja and Yamaha R1.

The end of the GSX-R1000 coincides with Suzuki’s decision to completely abandon its racing initiatives and fully signifies that the company intends to pursue other non-performance focused endeavors for the time being. However, Suzuki’s liter-class supersport will continue to be available in its current form in very few markets like North America and the Philippines, but expect the motorcycle’s days to be numbered here as well.

The main reason for the discontinuation of the GSX-R1000 is the tightening of emission standards in Japan. With Reiwa emissions regulations revised for the second year, maybe Suzuki didn’t see fit to update the GSX-R1000. Currently, its GSX-S1000 model line, consisting of the GSX-S1000, GSX-S1000GT and Katana models, as well as Hayabusa and V-Strom 1050 models, complies with the latest emissions regulations. So, is it safe to say that all hope is lost for a next-gen GSX-R1000?

Well, the Japanese automotive publication young machine, which seems to have incredibly close ties to the big four, seems to cast a glimmer of optimism about the future of the GSX-R1000. You see, in August 2022, Suzuki released information about a new engine being developed, the one that was supposed to power the next generation GSX-R. Specifically, this engine seemed very performance-oriented in nature and even features a counter-rotating crankshaft, technology found in its MotoGP race bike, the GSX-RR. In a nutshell, it helps cancel rotational forces, improving stability and handling.

Needless to say, it is hoped that this engine will make its market debut soon, alongside a highly anticipated revitalized GSX-R model range. Of all the sportbikes of the modern era, it’s pretty clear that the GSX-R1000 is the one in most need of an update. Is Suzuki getting ready to drop the surprise of a lifetime, or is the famed GSX-R1000 well and truly on its way out?

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Motorcycle Live celebrity rider list grows for 2023 https://www.labougeotte.org/motorcycle-live-celebrity-rider-list-grows-for-2023/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 13:24:02 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/motorcycle-live-celebrity-rider-list-grows-for-2023/ AS Motorcycle Live is just a fortnight away, the list of world-class riders and stars heading to the event grows, as Rory Skinner, Taylor Mackenzie and more are added to the list. This week it was confirmed that Moto3 riders Josh Whatley and Scott Ogden along with their team coordinator Taylor Mackenzie and team principal […]]]>

AS Motorcycle Live is just a fortnight away, the list of world-class riders and stars heading to the event grows, as Rory Skinner, Taylor Mackenzie and more are added to the list.

This week it was confirmed that Moto3 riders Josh Whatley and Scott Ogden along with their team coordinator Taylor Mackenzie and team principal Michael Laverty will attend the show on Saturday 26e November. Just over a year has passed since the team launched at Motorcycle Live 2021, giving visitors a real chance to find out what that first year has been like.

Joining his many fans at the NEC in November will be a fan favorite in the form of former BSB and now Moto2 star Rory Skinner, who will be joined that day by 2011 BSB champion Tommy Hill.

Isle of Man TT sensation Davey Todd will visit the show for the second time in a week last Saturday with Motorcycle Show presenter Henry Cole.

Moto Live VIP List 2023

Saturday November 19

  • Steve Parris
  • James Whitham
  • Peter Hickman
  • Lee Jackson (Kawasaki)
  • Dougie Lampkin MBE (CCM)
  • Dave Thorpe (Honda)
  • Leona Graham (Honda)
  • Steve Plater (Eurosport)
  • Nick Sanders (Yamaha)
  • Mick Extance (Harley Davidson)
  • Dean Harrison (TT)
  • John Reynolds (Suzuki)
  • Jeremy McWilliams (Indian Motorcycles)
  • Jonny Davies
  • Neil Hodgson (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)
  • Rory Skinner

Sunday November 20 – BSB Day

  • Steve Parris
  • James Whitham
  • Peter Hickman
  • Lee Jackson (Kawasaki)
  • Dougie Lampkin MBE (CCM)
  • Tarran Mackenzie (Yamaha)
  • Lee Johnston (TT)
  • Dave Thorpe (Honda)
  • Leona Graham (Honda)
  • Steve Plater (BMW)
  • Mick Extance (Harley Davidson)
  • Bradley Ray (Yamaha)
  • Jason O’Halloran (Yamaha)
  • Tarran Mackenzie (Yamaha)
  • John Reynolds (Suzuki)
  • Neil Hodgson (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)
  • Ryan Vickers (BSB)
  • Charlie Nesbitt (BSB)
  • Stacey Storm (BSB)
  • Dan Jones (BSB)
  • Liam Delves (BSB)
  • Josh Owens (BSB)
  • James McManus (BSB)
  • Jack Kennedy (BSB)
  • Davey Todd (BSB)
  • Johnny Garness (BSB)
  • Todd Ellis / Emmanuelle Clement (BSB)
  • Jack Scott (BSB)
  • Glen Irwin (BSB)
  • Leon Haslam (BSB)
  • David Shoubridge (BSB)
  • Tommy Hill

Monday, November 21 – Press and Trade Day

  • Steve Parris
  • James Whitham
  • Peter Hickman
  • Mike Russell (TT)
  • Dave Thorpe (Honda)
  • Matt Oxley
  • John McGuinness (TT)
  • Glen Irwin (TT)
  • Ben and Tom Birchall (TT)
  • Mick Extance (Harley Davidson)
  • John Reynolds (Suzuki)

tuesday november 22

  • Steve Parris
  • James Whitham
  • Peter Hickman
  • Dave Thorpe (Honda)
  • Gary Thompson MBE
  • Nick Sanders (Yamaha)
  • Danny Webb
  • James Hillier (TT)
  • Mick Extance (Harley Davidson)

Wednesday, November 23

  • Steve Parris
  • James Whitham
  • Niall Mackenzie (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)
  • Peter Hickman
  • Dave Thorpe (Honda)
  • Danny Webb
  • Mick Extance (Harley Davidson)
  • Neil Hodgson (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)
  • Henry Cole (TV)

Thursday, November 24

  • Steve Parris
  • James Whitham
  • Niall Mackenzie (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)
  • Peter Hickman
  • Julien Ryder
  • Keith Huewen
  • Simon Hargreaves – Frontal Chatter
  • Martin Fitz Gibbons – Frontal Chatter
  • Dave Thorpe (Honda)
  • Michael Rutter (TT)
  • Mick Extance (Harley Davidson)
  • Neil Hodgson (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)

Friday, November 25

  • Steve Parris
  • James Whitham
  • Niall Mackenzie (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)
  • Peter Hickman
  • Dave Thorpe (Honda)
  • Gary Thompson MBE
  • Nick Sanders (Yamaha)
  • Mick Extance (Harley Davidson)
  • Neil Hodgson (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)
  • Max Cook (BSB)

Saturday November 26

  • Steve Parris
  • James Whitham
  • Niall Mackenzie (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)
  • Peter Hickman
  • Carl Fogarty MBE (Bikesure)
  • Dougie Lampkin MBE (CCM)
  • Dave Thorpe (Honda)
  • Nick Sanders (Yamaha)
  • Vanessa Ruck (Harley Davidson)
  • Mick Extance (Harley Davidson)
  • John Reynolds (Suzuki)
  • Neil Hodgson (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)
  • Josh Whatley (Visiontrack Moto3)
  • Scott Ogden (Visiontrack Moto3)
  • Michael Laverty (Visiontrack Moto3)
  • Davey Todd (TT)

Sunday November 27

  • Steve Parris
  • James Whitham
  • Niall Mackenzie (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)
  • Peter Hickman
  • Carl Fogarty MBE (Bikesure)
  • Dougie Lampkin MBE (CCM)
  • Dave Thorpe (Honda)
  • Vanessa Ruck (Harley Davidson)
  • Mick Extance (Harley Davidson)
  • John Reynolds (Suzuki)
  • Neil Hodgson (Mackenzie/Hodgson Insurance)

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Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium Expands to 21 Members Last year we reported that Yamaha, Honda, Pierer Group and Piaggio were entering into a battery consortium, for a universal interchangeable battery system, with the aim of creating an industry standard (link). The member list has now expanded to include: AVL, Ciklo, Fivebikes, Forsee Power, Hioki, Honda, […]]]>

Swappable Batteries Motorcycle Consortium Expands to 21 Members


Last year we reported that Yamaha, Honda, Pierer Group and Piaggio were entering into a battery consortium, for a universal interchangeable battery system, with the aim of creating an industry standard (link).

The member list has now expanded to include: AVL, Ciklo, Fivebikes, Forsee Power, Hioki, Honda, Hyba, JAMA, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, Niu, Piaggio, Polaris, Roki, Samsung, Sinbon, Sumitomo Electric, Suzuki, Swobbee, Vitesco, VeNetWork (Atex, Fantic, Motori Minarelli), Yamaha.

Working groups convened on a wide variety of topics

The SBMC met in July with an agreed set of technical specifications and prototyping and standardization work has started. The SBMC has also become an official liaison member of voluntary European standards: CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.

The objectives of the consortium are:

  • Develop common technical specifications of interchangeable battery systems
  • Confirm current use of battery systems
  • Make and promote the Consortium’s common specifications as a standard within European and international standardization bodies
  • Expand the use of the Consortium Common Specification globally

Details are scarce at this stage, but the SBMC says: “The SBMC is on track to achieve its objectives as planned, and can now count on the best expertise available in the world to achieve this.

SBMC Summit in Mattighofen, Austria
SBMC Summit in Mattighofen, Austria

Honda also recently delivered its Honda Power Pack interchange in Japan, which is a battery charging and swapping wall, which provides consumers with easy access to fully charged batteries, companies can operate the battery swapper through cloud services, for payment and monitoring. It is unclear how existing technology like the Honda interchange can be integrated into the SBMC.

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Enduring Qualities: 5 Forgotten Motorcycles As Old As… https://www.labougeotte.org/enduring-qualities-5-forgotten-motorcycles-as-old-as/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 16:54:32 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/enduring-qualities-5-forgotten-motorcycles-as-old-as/ We all like to think we’ll age gracefully, but that’s a saying that doesn’t quite apply to motorcycles. Sure, you have your classics of yesteryear that we celebrate today, but it’s often retrospective admiration for that particular model. Indeed, few models go 15, ten or even five years without undergoing a fairly major overhaul… but […]]]>

We all like to think we’ll age gracefully, but that’s a saying that doesn’t quite apply to motorcycles.

Sure, you have your classics of yesteryear that we celebrate today, but it’s often retrospective admiration for that particular model.

Indeed, few models go 15, ten or even five years without undergoing a fairly major overhaul… but there is also the Suzuki SV650, which in 2022 trim remains a close relative of the first iteration of the middleweight roadster 23 years later. its launch in 1999.

Sure, he’s had botox and kitted out with modern gadgets, but the design, architecture and 645cc V-Twin engine have stood the test of time better than other gems he’s run with. shares his birth year, like Blue (Da ba di da ba da) and Star Wars Episode I.

Time – or rather emissions legislation – has finally caught up with the SV650 and an all new model is on the way in the coming months.

Nonetheless, the SV650 has certainly endured many eras and outlasted many rivals en route to retirement, so in homage to its enduring qualities, here are five other motorcycles launched in a different millennium that have remained much of their time.

Aprilia SL1000 Falco

Aprilia’s brief foray into the Sports Tourer class came and went with the SL1000 Falco, the sensible, baggy denim sibling to the SL1000 sportsbike powered by the Rorty 998cc V-Twin RSV Mille engine.

At the time, Visordown reported that the SL1000 Falco reflected the general perception of Italian motorcycles of its time – that is, it regularly swooned and tested your head, heart, soul and account. banking – by writing:

“There is a twinkle in the Falco’s eye that makes it simply irresistible. It has personality to spare, even if it is a bit agricultural in places. It’s a full-bodied espresso from the V-twin experience for instant Nescafé cash.

Triumph Sprint ST

While there’s a certain irony in calling a touring bike “Sprint”, at least it leaned into sporting territory with its 955cc three-cylinder engine and sleek looks.

Replacing the Sprint 900, the Sprint ST was a competitive rival for the Honda VFR, finding favor with buyers until 2010 before being replaced by the Sprint GT.

Kawasaki ZR-7

Kawasaki’s answer to the Honda Hornet, Yamaha Fazer and – fittingly – the Suzuki SV650, the ZR-7 was never meant to mature through the ages like the latter.

A reliable, economical and easy-to-ride middleweight, the X-less ZR-7’s name may have sounded like a disappointing typo, but as Visordown reported at launch, it was ‘Pound for pound, we believe the ZR-7S is one of the most underrated commuters available on the used market today’.

BMW R1150GS

While the R 1100 GS laid the foundations, it was the second generation BMW R 1150 GS that finally paved the way to the legendary status it holds today as the R 1250 GS.

A Swiss Army bike that can be any tool in the box. Strange, but bulletproof“, Visordown revisited in 1999…not much has changed then.

MV Agusta F4

Credit to the Suzuki SV650 for outlasting the MV Agusta F4, a model so beautiful it will continue to stand the test of time. In fact, it’s likely the F4 would still find plenty of eager buyers today.

In fact, the desirability factor has ensured a long life for the F4, which battles with the Ducati 916 for honor as Massimo Tamburini’s most inspired design.

At launch, the F4 had ‘just’ 750cc to play with before it was replaced by a larger and more powerful 1000cc unit in 2004, a transformative upgrade that made it fun to drive as well as enjoy. to look at.

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Kawasaki Z1300 | The tallest and fastest kid on the block https://www.labougeotte.org/kawasaki-z1300-the-tallest-and-fastest-kid-on-the-block/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 23:42:11 +0000 https://www.labougeotte.org/kawasaki-z1300-the-tallest-and-fastest-kid-on-the-block/ Kawasaki Z1300 With Ian Falloon Kawasaki has always displayed a penchant for being the biggest and fastest kid on the block. It all started in 1968 with the fearsome H1 500cc three-cylinder two-stroke and continues today with the impressive supercharged H2R. The Kawasaki Z1300 represents an earlier era, if a theme Kawasaki follows to this […]]]>

Kawasaki Z1300

With Ian Falloon


Kawasaki has always displayed a penchant for being the biggest and fastest kid on the block. It all started in 1968 with the fearsome H1 500cc three-cylinder two-stroke and continues today with the impressive supercharged H2R.

The Kawasaki Z1300 represents an earlier era, if a theme Kawasaki follows to this day with the H2R

In between were the stunning Z1 in 1972 and the colossal six-cylinder Z1300 of 1979. Although there has been a line of impressive high-performance Kawasakis since then and some important machines, the Z1300 remains an enigma. Almost thirty years later, it’s a testament to when Kawasaki was obsessed with corporate one-upmanship and ready to break from the four-cylinder “Japanese universal motorcycle” mould.

Although released only four years after the Honda Gold Wing, in 1979 the idea of ​​a 1300 cc, six-cylinder, 120 horsepower, 296 kilogram motorcycle was extreme. The six-cylinder Honda CBX 1000 produced only 105 horsepower, only the Harley-Davidson Classic had a larger capacity engine, and the Gold Wing weighed only 265 kilograms. Kawasaki considered the Z1300 to be the mammoth motorcycle to beat all others.

More powerful than many cars at the time, the Z1300 was the most complicated motorcycle available in 1979. At its heart was a liquid-cooled twin overhead cam engine, the whole thing alone weighing 130 kg, more than some 125cc motorcycles.

Kawasaki's K1300 was a hulking and surprisingly capable machine
Kawasaki’s K1300 was a hulking and surprisingly capable machine

The undersquare dimensions (62 x 71mm) kept the engine width to a minimum, but it was still a considerable 635mm. The crankshaft was a forged one-piece type, with plain bearings and a Hy-Vo chain driving an intermediate shaft for the clutch, camshafts and oil pump.

At one end of the crankshaft was an alternator and at the other an automotive-type rubber-elastic harmonic balancer (Lanchester damper) to smooth out torsional vibrations from the long crankshaft.

A Hy-Vo chain drove the two one-piece camshafts and a PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) system of reed chambers behind each exhaust valve-controlled emission. The compression ratio was 9.9:1 and the three 32mm two-barrel Mikuni BSW32 constant vacuum carburetors were flexibly mounted. A five-speed indirect gearbox, with right-side inlet and outlet, drove a bevel gear to the driveshaft.

120bhp back in the day eclipsed Honda's six-cylinder CBX and was more powerful than many cars
120bhp back in the day eclipsed Honda’s six-cylinder CBX and was more powerful than many cars

Impressive and intimidating, in every way, the Z1300 screamed big. Although conventional in design, the tubular steel frame was massive, with a 45mm spine and pressed steel reinforcement.

Two shocks bolted directly to the crown housing and brake caliper mount and the front fork was a 41mm air assisted front axle type. The wheels were 18 and 17 inch with triple disc brakes and stretched to a massive 1580mm wheelbase, with a daunting 809mm seat height. But despite its size and weight, the Z1300 wasn’t easy to categorize. Kawasaki may have envisioned the Z1300 as a touring bike, but it was a far more capable bike than any paper spec listed.

Air suspension was an early 80s feature also seen on the Z1300
Air suspension was an early 80s feature also seen on the Z1300

But the Z1300 was too radical to succeed. It evolved into a full tourer, the Voyager in 1984, until 1989. Never built in large numbers (20,000 Z1300s and 4,500 Voyagers), in Australia the Z1300 was always sold to order and only about 400 were imported over a ten-year period. period.

For 1984 the Z1300 gained electronic fuel injection (as seen on this example), boosting output to 130 horsepower, and since many were converted to sidecars or custom specials, original Z1300s are rarely seen Nowadays. Although not a benchmark bike for Kawasaki like the Z1 and GPz900R, the Z1300 remains an important example of the streak of individualism emanating from Akashi.

A later addition was the inclusion of fuel injection in 1984
A later addition was the inclusion of fuel injection in 1984 with a power boost to match

By the end of the 70s, the era of the giant musclebike was already over. Already, the Japanese were developing a new wave of lighter, more compact Superbikes with more power and handling to match. In this context, critics have often dismissed the Z1300 as an irrelevant example of excess, but they have missed the point.

More than a high-performance Superbike, the Z1300 was an example of a company willing to drastically deviate from the norm. Motorcycle builders aren’t as eager to invest in risky alternatives anymore, and classic, individual machines from the late 1970s and early 1980s, like the Z1300, will probably never be seen again.

The Z1300 also ran a front axle style setup on the front forks
The Z1300 also ran a front axle style setup on the front forks

Six facts about the Kawasaki Z1300

  1. Initial guidelines for the six were established as early as June 1973, codenamed “Model 203”. With the first drawings completed in April 1974 and the working prototype drawing in December 1974, a prototype was working in September 1975
  2. After considering the V and square four, an inline six-cylinder engine was chosen. The initial size was 1200cc and the first prototype was a supersport with a small bikini fairing.
  3. With the release of Harley-Davidson’s 1340cc Evolution engine, Kawasaki decided to increase the displacement to 1286cc. The debut of the Z1300 took place at the Cologne Motor Show in September 1978.
  4. Gary Thomas and Clive Knight faced the Z1300s in the 1979 Unlimited Production Race at Bathurst. Thomas rolled the dice for the lead, eventually finishing second. The Z1300 was fastest in the speed trap, at 241.6 km/h
  5. The engine was so powerful that two turbocharged Z1300 engines powered Don Vesco’s 1980 record-breaking 513 km/h (318.598 mph) motorcycle.
  6. In December 1982 Ross Atkin set a new round of Australia record, covering 15,000 kilometers from Melbourne to Melbourne in six days, 22 hours and 51 minutes in a Z1300A4.

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