Tuesday, 4 October 2016

New Kawasaki Models for 2017

The Intermot Bike Show in Germany saw Kawasaki launch several new models for 2017, starting with the new Ninja 650 with the new trellis style frame, twin-cylinder water-cooled engine tuned for low and mid-range power and distinct Ninja style. 

As a stylish and practical answer to those customers new to two wheels or moving from either a smaller or larger capacity machine, the Ninja 650 offers both sporting performance and weekday in-town versatility.

Moving to high-performance machines, Kawasaki unveiled a third machine in its highly commended line of Supercharged motorcycles, the Ninja H2 Carbon as well as updates for the road focussed Ninja H2 and track-only Ninja H2R.

The Carbon edition, which is limited to 120 units world-wide and 10 in the UK, features a carbon fibre upper cowl, a new paint treatment and – like its H2 and H2R stablemates for the 2017 season - an IMU measuring 6 degrees of machine attitude and a raft of electronic rider aids such as Kawasaki’s innovative cornering management function. In addition, each machine in the new three bike range is now equipped with a bank angle display that records and displays lean angle when riding.

The Ninja ZX-10RR will number a maximum of 500 units in Europe and has special features focussed on the racing paddock and podium success. With a modified cylinder head ready to accept racing camshafts, a new crankcase arrangement made more durable for racing rigours and the kit part accessory option of adjustable head pipe and rear pivot point, the ZX-10RR is predicted to sell well to numerous Superstock and Superbike teams.  Guide pricing is around £17,000 but to be confirmed in January. 

With the addition of specially commissioned Marchesini lightweight forged aluminium wheels and the impressive Brembo M50 calipers and braking package, plus a down as well as up facility of the electronic quick shifter, the ZX-10RR will attract discerning “must-have” road riders as well as racers looking for an extra competitive edge.

The Ninja influence was maintained with the introduction of a third machine, that being the much anticipated new iteration of the Z1000SX. Another example of a machine which has at a stroke created and then gone on to dominate a new class of motorcycling, the machine that is equally adept at hard sports riding as it is as a weekend tourer is further refined for 2017.  We'll be getting the first deliveries in January 2017.

Working hard to increase both its sporting and touring credentials, Kawasaki have examined the SX package in detail and produced a new machine with silky smooth power delivery, more rider protection thanks to a wider cowling and higher screen plus plusher seating for both rider and passenger.

Revised suspension settings and such additions as LED headlamps and an adjustable gear shift light enhance the sporting prowess of the SX, while the assist and slipper clutch and easily adjustable rear pre-load mean that all day riding either alone or with passenger is simplicity itself. With the addition of clean mount panniers, the SX is transformed into a consummate weekend tourer able to cross continents and yet ready for sporting fun upon arrival.  2017 is looking good for Kawasaki

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Copdock Motorcycle Show - Sunday 2nd October 2016

Come and celebrate the 25th Copdock Motorcycle Show at Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road in Ipswich on Sunday 2nd October 2016 from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Once again, motorcyclists will descend upon Copdock for a fun filled day out for bike lovers. Sponsored by CAM Rider, the one and only Dougie Lampkin MBE will be there along with some favourites such as Moto-Stunts International (MSI) motorcycle display team, Ken Fox's Wall Of Death and the Vintage Speedway Cavalcade, not forgetting this year's Guest of Honour - Jim Redman MBE and six times World Champion and six times TT winner.

All this in addition to the annual undercover Bike Show, trade stands and auto jumble and as always you can relax and sit back with some real ale and listen to the live music and entertainment throughout the day.

We'll be there with both Kawasaki and Ducati showcasing the stunning range from Ducati and Kawasaki motorcycles. You should be able to find us as we'll have our mobile dyno there, just look for the giant yellow Ducati Scrambler truck. You can get your bike on the dyno for just £20 - no need to book first come first served basis.

To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Copdock Show, you can also be in with the chance to win a special custom Triumph Flat Tracker!

There really is something for all the family, with adults just £10 and children under 14 free on the day. If you buy an adult advance eTicket here it's £8.50 but make sure you buy before the 1 October.

We'll see you there, come and say hello.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Ducati Summer Offers - 0% Finance on Scrambler & £1000 Accessory Voucher on Multistrada Enduro

Summer is definitely here and to celebrate Ducati have two great deals on the Ducati Scrambler Icon and Sixty2 models, not forgetting the new Multistrada Enduro offer!

The Land of Joy has arrived this summer as two models from the Scrambler range are now available with 0% APR.  The Ducati ScramblerIcon and Sixty2, two of the most affordable bikes in the Scrambler range are now even more affordable. 

The Icon's comfortable riding position and steel teardrop tank with interchangable aluminium side panels has proved very popular. The 790mm seat height ensures comfort for both the rider and passenger and the stand-out features include the wide handlebar, the headlight with glass lense and LED guide-light, and the 10-spoke Dual Sport wheels. 

Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 - £6,554
The Icon's little brother, the Sixty2 features an air-cooled 399cc L-twin, two valve engine delivering 41hp. This makes the bike perfect for those seeking an accessible bike that is easy to handle and has low running costs, but not wanting to miss out on the unique Scrambler spirit. The Sixty2 is also A2 license compliant, helping those new to motorcycling own a Ducati.

The Multistrada 1200 Enduro is the most adventurous version ever of the renowned multi-bike built and designed to satisfy even the most demanding globetrotter.

This new adventure bike is already packed with features, but now thanks to this £1000 offer new owners can decide between enhancing their new Enduro with a multitude of accessories or investing in some of the dedicated off road apparel and safety gear.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro - £16,827
The Multistrada 1200 Enduro is available with a number of accessory packages that would be an obvious choice to use with the £1000 offer.  These include:

  • Enduro pack: crash bars, radiator grill, LED lights, brake disc and chain guard protector
  • Touring pack: Touratech 85 litre side panniers, heated grips and handlebar bag.
  • Sport pack: Homologated Termignoni titanium exhaust, brake and clutch fluid tank covers and black pump cover.
  • Urban pack: 38 litre Touratech aluminium top case and tank pocket bag and charger.

Both of these offers are available now and end on September 30th 2016.   Contact Tony or Toby in Sales on 01508 471919 or email Sales@seastarsuperbikes.co.uk.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Top 3 Motorcycle Touring Destinations in Europe

If you're looking for inspiration to get away this summer on the bike, take a look at our top 3 motorcycle touring destinations in Europe.

1. The Stelvio Pass, Italy

Usually open from June to the beginning of November, the Stelvio Pass starts in Prato allo Stelvio and takes you to Bormio. This world renowned zig zag road is also called the queen of alpine routes, the motorcycle Promised Land and the most winding road in Europe.

When it comes to motorcycle touring in Europe, it has to be on the list, with its sharp corners and high altitude it requires accuracy and the riders undivided attention. At 2.757 meters above sea level, it's the highest road pass to ride in Italy, near the Switzerland border.

It's also among the top 10 most dangerous roads on the earth, so certainly deserves some respect. When Top Gear featured the Stelvio Pass in 2008 they announced it to be the best driving road in the world but its been an epic route for bikers and motorcyclists for a lot longer than that! 

2. D618 / 918, France

Another popular route amongst bikers is the D618 in France in the St Girons region of Southern France. While you climb to the summit some 1569 metres you can take in the stunning French scenery and views as you pass through villages along the way.

If you're looking for maximum enjoyment on a motorcycle tour then, the D618 leaves Bouleternere and winds it way through mountains and greenery, perfect for sports touring. You can experience the French countryside on a challenging and fascinating ride and be rewarded with peak views when you reach the top. 

3. Cat & Fiddle Run, Macclesfield

We had to include a UK tour and whilst Brexit has seen us leave the European Union, geographically we're still part of Europe.

There are many great UK motorcycle roads and coastlines, but one good example is the Cat and Fiddle run in Macclesfield in East Midlands. You may not always find the sunshine, but you will find long stretching paths which are perfect for cruising and seeing some rural English countryside. 

You'll also be rewarded with the road's namesake when you reach the summit of the ride, being the Cat & Fiddle Inn public house – for a soft drink only of course!

Feel free to add and share your own top European motorcycle touring destinations in the comments section.

Have you been away on a motorcycle tour this year or planning one? Then we'd love to hear where you got to, why not send us your photos too and we'll add them to our Facebook and Twitter pages.  

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Motorcycle Airbag Suits – Gimmick or Innovative Safety Gear?

As a Ducati dealership, we've been involved with motorcycle airbag suits since 2014 when Ducati introduced the first ever production motorcycle wirelessly integrated with airbag riding jackets. The Ducati Multistrada D-Air® featured a fully integrated, intelligent system of sensors wirelessly connected to Ducati airbag jackets made by Dainese.

This was a ‘world's first' in the motorcycle industry and brought together two innovative designs from two famous Italian brands.

Jumping forward to 2016, we've taken on the Dainese brand within our motorcycle clothing department. One of the factors in this decision is that alongside the great range of leathers and motorcycle gear produced by Dainese, we wanted to be able to offer the D-Air suits and jackets.

To us, it all makes sense when it comes to two wheel safety, airbag suits are a significant step forward, but that does come at a cost. There is now airbag motorcycle clothing which works totally independently on a standalone system and doesn't rely on any sensors on the bike.  An example, is the Dainese D-Air Racing Misano suit priced at £1739, and the Misano jacket at £1199.

Since the introduction of the D'Air airbag suit there has been zero collar bone breaks during incidents. In addition to the protection, the Misano suit also offers 12 channels of telemetry with every race track available, riders are able to plug the suit into a laptop to see speeds, forces etc. as they progress around the circuit. This type of telemetry alone would cost you in excess of £1000.

Remember when airbags in cars were first introduced, now they are the norm, and whilst the motorbike airbag jacket patent was first registered in 1976, it is only recently that inflatable safety wear and systems have started to really catch on for motorcycles and riders.

With racers such as Rossi and Guy Martin wearing airbag motorcycle suits, and having seen some high speed crashes where these suits have certainly proven themselves, there is no question whether they work.

Whilst still more expensive that your average set of leathers, the price of airbag clothing has dropped over the last few years and there are now more options to choose from.

Undoubtedly, we'll see more of this type of safety motorcycle clothing becoming more the norm over the next few years, after all it was only 1973 that motorcycle helmets became compulsory! 

If you're interested in finding out more about the Dainese D'Air range, then contact Julie in our Motorcycle Clothing department on 01508 471919 or email clothing@seastarsuperbikes.co.uk.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Ride to Work Week 2016 - 20-26 June

This year, International Ride to Work Day is on Monday 20 June 2016 with Ride to Work Week the 20 to 26 June 2016. 

Whatever bike you ride from a scooter to a superbike, why not swap four wheels for two and take your daily commute on your motorcycle and demonstrate just how great it is to ride. 

During Ride to Work Week, motorbike and scooter riders around the world will show that life would be better if more people rode motorcycles every day, with time savings, less congestion and reduced travel costs. 

If you already commute on two wheels thats great, and by taking part in National Ride to Work Week you’ll encourage others to as well.  It's also a good reminder to other road users that we all share our daily journey to work, and to look out for one another.  

Think about how much time you could save and the hassle of not sitting in traffic, plus you might be surprised at the savings you could make too.  Ride to Work Week gives the motorcycling industry the chance to show policymakers what a vital part of the transport mix us motorcyclists really are.

So why not share the fun and give a friend a lift into work on your bike and don't forget to share your Ride to Work photos with us, we'd love to see them. 

Ride to Work Week - 20-26 June 2016

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

K-World at Silverstone on Saturday 18 June 2016

Kawasaki’s free annual live event is back with a new name – K-World Live 2016 will take place at Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire on Saturday 18 June and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The event is completely FREE and open to all two-wheeled fans, Kawasaki owners or otherwise. Those who pre-register their attendance at the event at www.kworldlive.co.uk will be entered into a prize draw for a pair of VIP tickets to the British Superbike Championship.

K-World 2016 will see the elite Team Green Ambassadors, including stunt rider Lee Bowers, stunt driver and 23-time World Record holder Terry Grant and various freestyle MX riders showcasing their skills.

There will be plenty to see and do for all ages, including Team Green rider interviews, ride-outs on Kawasaki’s 2016 models and track sessions on the National Circuit.

A dedicated Kids’ Zone will play host to a bouncy castle, party games, face painting and a Kiddimoto experience for those budding two-wheel fanatics.

Kawasaki Motors UK, said: “The World of Kawasaki event last year was a great success, but this year we’re making it even bigger and better. We have lots of exciting things planned and hope everyone can make it. There’s a new name, K-World Live and we’re introducing the new arena experience for visitors. We can’t wait for June now…”

Kawasaki Rider Club members will be welcomed into an exclusive hospitality area with refreshments available throughout the day and also receive can receive a complimentary track session.

K-World Live 2016 takes place at Silverstone Circuit on Saturday 18 June with the gates opening at 9am.  Track sessions can be booked in advance through No Limits here: http://bit.ly/KWorldLiveTrackSession and cost £20 each for a 15-20 minute session. 

Why not download the brand new Kawasaki K-World App available on iOS or Android