THIS MONTH I HAVE MOSTLY BEEN… “Drink­ing gravy ooop north...”

Fast Bikes - - LONGTERMERS -

Hope­fully, if you read mag­a­zines log­i­cally, you will have di­gested our RR mega test by now and clocked my longter­mer. The Kawasaki cer­tainly held its own and proved to be a pop­u­lar sad­dle for all four testers, and pop­u­lar eye candy for the on­slaught of avid su­per­bike nuts up norf. Re­gard­less of the flamboyant shades on dis­play (with the ex­cep­tion of the Suzuki), the ZX-10RR en­ticed plenty of at­ten­tion through­out the day. There’s an air of fac­tory racer about it, which only the Aprilia could em­u­late.

There was ab­so­lutely no shame in fin­ish­ing third and it was a proper chance to bond, al­beit shared with three other Gareths. I first jumped on the RR af­ter leav­ing Whitby as we headed down to Oliver’s Mount, which was shortly af­ter our first fuel stop of the day. In­ter­est­ingly – if you find these kinds of things in­ter­est­ing – the Kawasaki was the most fru­gal in fuel con­sump­tion of the bunch.

Whether this was down to the ECU’s fu­elling strate­gies, or the oth­ers were suf­fer­ing from trig­ger-happy fuel lights, we’ll prob­a­bly never know. Hav­ing never vis­ited Scar­bor­ough pre­vi­ously, I was shocked at how tight and nar­row the roads are in the flesh. Given the num­ber of op­tions of roads to take (they were ob­vi­ously still open), I had no clue where I was go­ing, let alone have the go­nads to ex­ploit the RR’s po­ten­tial. How Dean Har­ri­son and them boys pedal 200bhp round there is be­yond be­lief...

Af­ter clock­ing well over 200 miles dur­ing the test, I even­tu­ally notched the magic 500 miles and took a trip to Kawasaki UK for its first ser­vice. This meant fresh oil and a new fil­ter, plus a good look around in the work­shop. What this nowmeans is I can go carte blanche with the throt­tle and slot in some dyno time at JHS Rac­ing.

Talk­ing of power, the RR’s en­gine is prob­a­bly its weak­est link. Not so much top-end power but ev­ery­day us­able grunt. I’m hop­ing some shorter gear­ing will go some way to al­le­vi­at­ing its wheezy bot­tom-end and liven­ing up the de­liv­ery. I’ve also got some GB Rac­ing crash pro­tec­tion that has been sat in the FB of­fice for a few weeks now, and other mods in­clude rip­ping those hideous re­flec­tors sit­u­ated un­der the pil­lion seat. Thank­fully there are no pil­lion pegs to rip off…

Fun lov­ing scamp, en­joys bikes, movies, walks in the park...

That RR sure looks naughty!

We knew it...

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