Kawasaki ZX-10R goes on tour

Michael and the ZX-10R slip across the Chan­nel for the week­end to watch su­per­mo­tos take over the streets

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - michael.neeves@motorcyclenews.com

We’re bask­ing in crisp Oc­to­ber sun­shine and in the dis­tance we can just about make out a rum­ble over the ex­cited chatter and dis­torted Nir­vana on the tan­noy.

As the roar gets closer it ex­plodes into a riotous, ear-split­ting thun­der­clap and a squadron of su­per­mo­tos charge by, inches from our feet. The deep, bass-driven roar of 450cc sin­gle-cylin­der en­gines (and one wasp-sound­ing Honda CR500 twostroke) at full throt­tle quickly blends into a blood-cur­dling shriek as 35 an­gry rac­ers, in­clud­ing for­mer World Su­per­bike man Troy Corser and cur­rent Moto2 rider Xavier Simeon, slide into the first turn in a cloud of dusty tyre smoke and dis­ap­pear off up the road.

The 30th Su­per­biker (www. su­per­biker.com) week­ender isn’t ac­tu­ally for su­per­bikes, it’s a su­per­moto fes­ti­val laced with stunt shows, beer, chips and may­on­naise, held on the closed roads of Met­tet in Bel­gium.

‘Thirty-five an­gry rac­ers, in­clud­ing Troy Corser, slide into the first turn’

As each race be­gins, the tan­noy blasts out a tacky, car­toon-es­que ‘Su­per­biker’ jun­gle track – it’s fab­u­lous and adds to the crazi­ness of it all. Su­per­mo­tos slid­ing, skid­ding and wheely­ing through a nor­mally bustling town cen­tre – what’s not to like?

I rode there with my Du­cati Street­fighter S-own­ing mate Dave. We jumped on an early Chan­nel Tun­nel cross­ing and did the 158-mile blast from Calais to Met­tet on pretty straight and unin­spir­ing mo­tor­ways, but at least they were toll-free. It would’ve been bet­ter to take the scenic route, but we wanted to get there in time to watch as much rac­ing as we could.

Not only did we get to wit­ness a two-day mas­ter­class of ‘back­ing it in’, we stayed at the Ferme Chateau de Lan­effe on the Satur­day night in nearby, sleepy vil­lage of Lan­effe – a beau­ti­ful B&B in a cas­tle and as cheap as chips (with or with­out mayo) this time of the year.

Our week­end proved you don’t need hot sun and twisty roads to have fun on a bike. It’s all about who you’re with, where you go and just en­joy­ing the ride.

An early Chun­nel and 158 mo­tor­way miles whisked Neeves to su­per­moto heaven

THE RIDER Michael Neeves, Sports­bike lover who also races in Thun­der­sport GP1 HEIGHT 6ft WEIGHT 72kg

Two wheels, four wheels, it’s a crazy day out The nor­mally po­lite town cen­tre turns ab­so­lutely bonkers Bel­gium’s lo­cal del­i­cacy goes down par­tic­u­larly nicely Two great bikes and a B&B in a cas­tle. Life doesn’t get bet­ter

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