Safe Driving Tips for Motorists

About half of all motorcycle crashes involve a collision with another vehicle. In many crashes, the driver never saw the motorcyclist - or didn't see him or her until it was too late. There are many reasons why other drivers do not see motorcyclists.

  • Most car drivers aren't familiar with motorcycles, so they don't think to look for them in traffic.
  • Motorcycle riders typically wear dark colors and can easily blend into the background and "disappear."
  • Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, so they are more difficult to spot in traffic and can be hidden by other vehicles or roadside features.
  • Daytime headlight use does not give motorcycle riders much of an advantage anymore, due to the widespread use of daytime running lights on cars.
  • The smaller size and single headlight on the motorcycle makes it more difficult for other drivers to judge a rider's speed and distance.

The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center encourages everyone--car drivers and motorcyclists--to practice these techniques to make motorcycling safer for everyone.

1. WHEN TURNING LEFT Most crashes between cars and motorcycles involve turning left at an intersection. If you plan to cross traffic or turn left, please LOOK TWICE for motorcycles before you turn.
2. BLIND SPOTS Motorcycles are easily hidden in traffic. Always take a second look over your shoulder—don’t rely solely on your mirrors for information.

3. WEATHER Rain and sun glare can make a motorcycle invisible. Take an extra moment to make sure the way is clear.

4. SIGNALS Use turn signals to indicate your next move. This allows the rider to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.

5. LARGER VEHICLES Cars and trucks can conceal a motorcycle traveling behind it. Take an extra moment after a larger vehicle passes before you begin your turn behind it.

6. EYE CONTACT Motorcyclists make eye contact often to feel confident that other drivers see them. Please give a nod back to acknowledge them.

7. DISTANCE Motorcyclists prefer to use a large space cushion, allowing them more time to react. Please do not cut in front of a motorcycle and eliminate the safe following distance.

8. SIGNALS Most motorcycle turn signals do not cancel automatically. If you see a cycle coming, and the signal is flashing, please wait a moment for the cycle to pass.


How to Lift a Fallen Motorcycle

Picking up a motorcycle can be dangerous and cause serious injury if done incorrectly or under poor footing. A simple back injury could wreck your life! Always, always, always try to get help first—and remember, you don't want anybody else to get hurt, either. You need to think clearly, use common sense, and be in good physical condition. Keep your body and back straight, and lift only with your legs. Maintain control of the motorcycle and never twist your body while lifting. Check the motorcycle for damage prior to riding it again. 

The majority of picking up a motorcycle is mental: Work smarter, not harder. Motorcycles are heavy machines. Think about how you want to do it first—if you were going to lift a 300-pound refrigerator, would you just run up and grab it and start muscling it around, or would you plan your attack? What would you do if you were going to lift an 800-pound refrigerator?

Review Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R is a sports motorcycle manufactured by Kawasaki Motors. Before the introduction of ZX-14 (ZZR1400), ZX-12R which is the flagship sports bike and the Kawasaki Suzuki Hayabusa competitors. The ZX-12R is a fuel injection (4 x 46 mm throttle body) hypersport 1200 cc motorcycle, producing around 178 hp and 190 hp at the stop at 300 km / hour based on its ram air system.

Handling and braking in accordance with the power of the engine produces an obedient motorcycle at low speed and very easy to handle heavy traffic, but has strong acceleration and speed limited to 186 mph (300 km / h).

Pre-production models of the ZX-12R revealed a bike that was faster and more powerful than the Suzuki Hayabusa. Several important publications motorcycles were tested pre-production ZX-12R and found it to be more superior than the Hayabusa in the case of straight-line performance. In Japan, the pre-production tests showed a top speed near 200 mph. However, the ZX-12R released in 2000 proved to be quite disappointed, because the production version of the ZX-12R delayed for several weeks without notification.

Many industries in the reports that European governments have threatened to ban the ZX-12R entirely due to peculiar velocity and acceleration statistics. The threats were apparently serious, and Kawasaki bikes released by slightly de-tuned machine that failed to topple the throne Hayabusa (in terms of top speed and acceleration tests). Adjustments are not sufficient to meet the relevant parties with the ability ZX-12R's performance. Starting with 2001 models, including speed limiters to reduce peak velocity ZX-12R to 300 km / h. This is caused by the fact that governments (especially in Europe) are concerned with the ongoing search among Japanese manufacturers that the higher maximum speed, which viewed as a powerful marketing tool in most markets around the world (although the unfettered presence in markets where many cars boasting a top speed close to, or exceeds 200 mph).

Producers were told they could voluntarily limit the speed of their bikes, or there will be laws that limit the speed. Japanese manufacturers agreed on a gentlemen's agreement to limit the maximum speed to 299 km / h (186 mp / h). Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R was discontinued in 2006.

Although not very popular in terms of sales as the Suzuki Hayabusa, ZX-12R enjoys a strong following among riders and fans. Many sports bike magazine praised the ZX-12R sportbike to overall performance. It is designed to be a sportbike all-around in addition to being extremely fast, unlike the Hayabusa is designed more for straight line speed.

Many magazines Kawasaki comparisons prove to be a bike faster and faster in the head to head comparison with the Hayabusa, but it should be noted that the bike was very close in terms of straight line performance that many factors could play into the bike faster on a particular day. However, most round magazine felt the ZX-12R is the bike "song better" than the Hayabusa, who is given logical design.

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Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7R

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR Review

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR is a race bike from Kawasaki, who raced in the MotoGP world championship. The motorcycle made its debut at the season-ending MotoGP in 2002 with Australian rider Andrew Pitt.

In 2004, Shinya Nakano joined the team and managed to get the ZX-RR's first podium with third place in the Grand Prix of Japan. In 2005, Olivier Jacque scored the second position in the Chinese Grand Prix. The next year Nakano finished second at the Dutch TT. In 2007, Randy de Puniet scored second place in the Grand Prix of Japan. In 2008, is governed by the John Hopkins and Anthony West.

Ninja ZX-RR who fought in the year 2008, with best results in half finished fifth place in Portugal from John Hopkins and Anthony West in Brno. Hopkins and West blames the lack of a sense of both front end and rear traction when exiting corners. Previously ZX-RRS has been difficult to ride, but outside the report is limited by the rider is not clear what is the problem with the bike in 2008.

At the end of the season in 2008, Kawasaki announced his retirement from MotoGP world championship.

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2010 Kawasaki Versys Review

Kawasaki Versys specifications

After Kawasaki Versys first appeared in late 2006, sales were not quite as strong as the Kawasaki hopes, especially after that gathering good reviews.

Marketing people decided that this was because they would claim too much for the bike, suggested at that time shall be in accordance with anyone of the passengers for the Superbike riders.

It's more likely that the limp-looking tongue working against it, and while many motorists became convinced by the large capacity adventure bikes, the middle class version of this "high-rounders" still has some work to do to become fully accepted.

The loser not only a Kawasaki, but the raft riders who will get more than a Versys - and probably for less money - than they ended up buying a bike, because a motorcycle is always a good crack. I, for one, loved it and are happy to live with the Versys as the one my motorcycle, doing-everything.

Now the styling has been revised, while several other changes designed to address aspects of the Kawasaki motorcycle owners say they want to see improvements.

Now look more sharp, aggressive and confident, and less inclined to put people on the bike, and while the designers back on it they change the face of the screen to increase the wind protection and remove with the resonance annoying buzz that can happen in previous versions of the older models.

Some owners complained that suspension is too harsh, so it softened the 2009 version of the old model, and arrangements have been made to 2010, while the new rubber footrests and rear engine mounting rubber insulation has been added to reduce vibration reaching the rider and passenger, pillion also obtained wider seats.

There is a new end cap on the silencer and that was it, and everything works fine.
Sense of the motor is as it looks, tall and thin with a comfortable, ergonomic nature, underscoring why the types of bikes are becoming more and more popular as tourers, in addition to other tasks.
Rose upright position this is a good start, offering a good view of the commander to admire the scenery like that to see more from the roof of the car in traffic snarled-up.

The smoothness of the newly discovered at the cruising speed is a boon as well, especially power over anything from 55mph to 80mph, where nothing can pass through barriers intrusive vibration rubber.

There was a small increase in tingles at 4000 rpm on light throttle, but that's of concern.

This new model is significantly smoother than the old one - if nothing else to persuade owners of existing Versys, this alone makes it worth the upgrade.

Continue to produce its new screen as well, creating a wind shadow bigger than before with more smooth air flow, especially up to the highest position where the old is too volatile.

Mirrors are also new and offers a better view, partly because their area is larger at the outer edge but also because they are less blur with vibrations. You can still see the passenger's elbow in it but that's just as well, as the man behind can feel a little difficult.

This chair may be wider, but overall it is still quite short and ridership was perched right at the back with nothing behind to provide support - on the side grab handles and the footrests are too far forward, aggravate the sensation.

A top box will assist in this, but then you can not enter the panniers, which means that the Versys is more suitable for a solo tour.

Additional mass will begin to stretch the ability of a bicycle brake as well. Stopper the solo adequate, with some sharpness to tame them intentionally to terminate the suspension rebounds from a long trip up and down too much when the brakes are often used. With more than their weight requires squeezing hard, so will be eligible for optional ABS.

Go alone down the winding road back, however, and not only brake to work, so is the rest of the bike.

It's nimble enough to throw around easily and where will the suspension soaked up the bumpy roughness with impressive capabilities - it lends to ride a bike excellent quality and speed when erect.

Rotating motor 10 500 rpm past the red line pretty fast bike ready and drive forward, but most owners will let him dwell in the low and mid range where there is enough performance for most situations and throttle response to give real pleasure.

It is important for all-round, 19-liter tank is good for 210 miles or more before the lead, thanks to the real world economy of about 50mpg.

It's unrealistic to go the distance and match the BMW GS (if not a cave-drunk GS Adventure), and soft rider will do better.

Two-up touring, then, is stretching the ability of the bike a little too far, but for other things that are very capable machine, with more than enough capability for most motorists who currently choose to GS. In fact, more obedient in the city and in general the situation closely.

It's also much cheaper, and with Honda Kawasaki to compete with the top spot in the league reliability, no doubt more reliable than German bike as well.

Versys If you missed the first time around, it's really worth seeing a second - that's what gave the Kawasaki, so hopefully it will register on the radar more riders. Via: Kawasaki Versys Review

Specifications 2010 Kawasaki Versys | Kawasaki Sport

2010 Kawasaki Versys Specifications:
  • Machine Type Four-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, parallel twin
  • Displacement 649 cc
  • Bore & Stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
  • Compression ratio 10.6:1
  • Liquid Cooling
  • Fuel Injection Digital fuel injection with two 38mm Keihin throttle body
  • Digital CDI Ignition
  • 6-Speed Transmission
  • Final Drive O-Ring Chain
  • Frame Semi-double cradle, high tensile steel
  • Rake / Trail 25 degrees/4.3 entry
  • 120/70-17 front tire size
  • Rear Tire Size 160/60-17
  • Wheelbase 55.7
  • Front Suspension / Wheel Travel 41mm telescopic hydraulic fork with stepless rebound and preload adjusted / 5.9 in
  • Rear Suspension / wheel travel Single offset laydown shock with 13-position adjustable rebound damping and adjustable spring preload / 5.7 in
  • Front Brake Type Dual 300mm petal discs with two-piston caliper
  • Rear Brake Type Single 220mm petal disc with single-piston caliper
  • Fuel Tank Capacity 5.0 gal.
  • Seat Height 33.1
  • 454.1 pounds curb weight.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX 6R Specifications And Pictures

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Specifications:
Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head, Transverse In-Line 4-Cylinder
Displacement: 636 cc
Bore & Stroke 68.0 x 43.8 mm
Maximum torque: 52.0 pounds-ft @ 11 500 rpm
Compression ratio: 12.9:1
Carburetor: DFI with Keihin 38mm Throttle Bodies (4)
Transmission: six-speed
Final Drive: X-Ring Chain
Rake / Trail: 25 ° / 4.2 in
Front Wheel Travel: 4.7 in
Rear Wheel Travel: 5.3 in
Tire size front: 120/65-ZR17
Rear Tire Size: 180/55-ZR17
Wheelbase: 54.7 ins
Front Suspension: 41mm Inverted Cartridge Fork with Adjustable
Preload, Stepless Rebound and Compression damping
Rear Suspension: Uni-contract with Adjustable Preload,
Stepless rebound and Compression damping

Kawasaki Ninja ZX 6R photos and model girls

Kawasaki Concourse 14 Supersport Touring | Specifications

Kawasaki Concourse 14 pictures from the front of the Supersport Touring

2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 Specifications:
  • Engine Type Four-stroke, liquid cooling, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four with VVT
  • 1352 cc displacement
  • Bore and Stroke 84.0 x 61.0mm
  • The maximum torque of 102.0 pounds-ft @ 6200 rpm
  • Compression ratio 10.7:1
  • Fuel Ignition Digital Fuel Injection w / 40mm throttle body
  • TCBI Ignition with Digital Advance

Kawasaki Concourse 14 pictures from the side Supersport Touring
  • 6-Speed Transmission
  • Final Drive Tetra-Lever shaft
  • Rake / Trail 26.1 degrees/4.4 entry
  • Front tire size 120/70 ZR-17
  • Rear Tire Size 190/50 ZR-17
  • Suspension 43mm Front Wheel / travel inverted telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload / 4.4 in
  • Rear Suspension / wheel travel Tetra-Lever with stepless rebound damping adjustment and remote spring preload adjuster / 5.4 in
  • Front Brake Type Dual floating 310mm petal discs with four-piston caliper (optional ABS)
  • Rear Brake Type Single 270mm petal disc
  • Fuel Tank Capacity 5.8 gal.
  • Seat Height 32.1 "
  • Curb weight 670.3
  • Wheelbase 59.8

2010 Kawasaki KX450F Specifications Kawasaki Off-Road/Motorcross

Kawasaki Concourse 14 images from the rear Supersport Touring

Kawasaki Ninja 250 Custom With Flame Stickers

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Kawasaki ninja 250 custom with flame stickers

Kawasaki ninja 250 modifications with flame stickers

2010 Kawasaki KX450F Specifications-Kawasaki Off-Road/Motorcross

Kawasaki KX450F specifications:
  • Engine Liquid-cooled, four-stroke single with DOHC and four valves
  • Displacement 449cc
  • Bore x stroke 96.0 x 62.1mm
  • Compression ratio 12.5:1
  • Fuel Injection 43mm Keihin Throttle body
  • Ignition Digital DC-CDI
  • Five-speed Transmission
  • Rake / trail 26.7 degrees / 4.6 ins.
  • Front suspension / wheel travel 48mm inverted, GS AOS with DLC coated sliders, 22-position compression and 20-position rebound dampening adjustments / 04.12 ins.
  • Rear suspension / wheel travel contract UNI-GS ® linkage system and shock with 22-position low-speed and stepless high-speed compression dampening, 22-position rebound dampening and fully adjustable spring preload / 12.4 ins.
  • Front tire 90/100-21
  • Rear tire 120/80-19
  • Front brake Single semi-floating 250mm petal discs with dual piston caliper
  • Rear brake Single 240mm petal disc with single-piston caliper
  • Overall length is 86.0 ins.
  • Overall width 32.3 ins.
  • Overall height 50.4 ins.