The Kawasaki Z series has been around since 1972, but Pirelli reckons the new Z H2 is the “most radical” model to join the range in the last 48 years. The most powerful too, thanks to a supercharged 998 cc engine that delivers 147.1 kW (197 hp). This power reaches the road via Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres, Kawasaki’s original equipment tyre of choice for its latest naked bike.
No less than nine motorcycle manufacturers have selected Pirelli tyres as original equipment for their 2020 ranges. In total, seven different Pirelli motorcycle tyre lines will be supplied to 34 new models.
The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX sport tourer motorcycle will come with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tyres as original equipment. Bridgestone Corporation will supply the S22 in size 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W) for the front wheel and 190/50ZR17 M/C (73W) for the rear.
The Bridgestone Battlax Racing Street RS11 has been selected as an original equipment tyre for the 2019 models of the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja H2 Carbon. The super sport motorcycles will wear the Bridgestone rubber in size 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W) on the front and 200/55ZR17 M/C (78W) on the rear.
At the start of the 2012 FIM World Motocross Grand Prix (MXGP) Championship, Dunlop began working with Kawasaki Racing Team, developing its Geomax range of tyres around the needs of the team’s top-level riders. Now, 11 MXGP wins later, the relationship continues with the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s signing of an extended Technical Partnership with Dunlop for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 MXGP seasons.
Qatar’s Losail International circuit hosted the last round of the eni FIM World Superbike Championship season, with Aprilia riders triumphing in both races, World champion Jonathan Rea, of Kawasaki Racing Team, capped his overall victory with a Pirelli Best Lap award in the first of two races in Qatar, and helped his team to complete its Manufacturer Championship winning season in style. In Supersport, Kyle Smith claimed victory on his Honda, but Kawasaki claimed the overall Manufacturer title too. Pirelli said its tyres performed well, despite the difficult conditions caused by sand on the track.
A number of big motocross names have visited Worcester’s Apex Motocross to try Bridgestone’s new X30 tyre. Multiple British champion Paul Malin appeared as a star guest, with guest appearances by Motors TV commentator Amy Dargan and Bike Channel presenter Suzy Taylor. Two Kawasaki KX250Fs and a pair of Kawasaki KX450s were available to ride on the day, and the tyre was given a tricky workout in torrential rain. The manufacturer will add the new X20 soft terrain tyre to its 2015 motocross range in April.
Bridgestone has announced a free day of testing for motocross riders to try out the brand’s latest X30 and X40 motocross tyres. Open to riders of all abilities, Bridgestone teases that a “legend of the sport” will also attend the event at Apex Motocross in Worcester on 19 February (10am to 3pm). The manufacturer says […]
Japanese tyre maker Bridgestone has teamed up with a couple of Ninjas in order to help maximise their performance. The Ninjas in question are the Kawasaki Ninja H2R and H2 supersport bikes, respectively launched on 30 September and 4 November; the pair will be fitted with Bridgestone’s Battlax tyres as original equipment. The Ninja H2R receives the Racing Battlax V01 in size 120/600R17 for the front wheel and size 190/650R17 on the rear, while the Ninja H2 comes with the Battlax Racing Street RS10 in size 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W) as standard on the front and size 200/55ZR17 M/C (78W) on the rear wheel.