Frank Sizer’s Chopper

Twisted Iron is a community for bikers who share the same passion. Mostly amateur builders who spend every spare minute in their shed or garage creating their own unique motorcycle, a place to find inspiration for or showcase your next project.

Starting 3 years ago with a Facebook page and Custom Bike Event called ‘The Happening’, they have now been running a monthly bike meet for the last year at a place called ‘This Is Your Garage’ near Oxford, a very cool venue indeed.

This Is Your Garage’ (TIYG), is a great place. It’s somewhere to meet like-minded car and bike enthusiasts and work on your own vehicle in fully kitted out work bays; there’s even a place to store your pride and joy.

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If there was an award for coolest arrival and exit from a venue, Frank Sizer would have won it hands down. He rocked up at Twisted Iron in the coolest ‘53 Ford stepside pickup, on air, with a stretched out, chromed and black ‘59 Triumph chopper in the back. The pickup looked like it had driven straight out of the Mojave desert.

Frank’s an old school cool guy with petrol running through his veins. He has a garage stacked with big boys toys. His collection is a petrolheads nirvana with headlines from drag bikes to a roof chopped, full race Volvo Amazon drag car, to a classic street driven 700bhp Camaro.

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Frank got his hands on the chopper quite recently and when i asked him why it hadn’t been in use all these years he explained that the original front end was made from poor quality steel and there was too much flex which made the bike an event to ride, and by ‘an event’ I mean down right dangerous.

M.C.Cycles in Watford put together a complete new springer front end, manufactured in high quality EN20 tool steel. Frank says the bike is a joy to ride now.

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Frank’s chopper is a true survivor bike. Created in 1985 by a custom shop in Northampton, It’s had it’s 15 minutes of fame and in 1987 was even featured in an edition of Back Street Heroes.

Then in 1987 the chopper pretty much vanished from the scene, it went dark, under the radar, it’s hardly turned a wheel or been heard of. It’s spent most of it’s life since ‘87 in bars and restaurants being used as a show piece to entertain the punters. I expect if they listened carefully they would have heard it gently weeping in the corner.

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The Twisted Turnouts occur every third Sunday of the month, from 10am-2pm at

‘This is Your Garage’, Unit 120, No.1 Site, Culham. Oxon. OX14 3DA

Website: thisisyourgarage.com

‘The Happening’ next year is on 15th-16th September 2017, in a field at Mill Lane, Chalgrove. Oxon. OX44 7SL

Further details available from:

Facebook: TwistedIronTheHappening

Website: twistediron.co.uk

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Wena Customs R80ST Cafe Racer

‘Wena Customs is a bunch of friends, who are not afraid to dream and consequently make dreams come true.’

That’s a hell of an introduction but tells you everything you need to know.
You may know them for their award winning bike ‘Twister’ based on a CX500. What you see here is their latest commission, there follow up.

This low slung, stretched out, sleek missile started its life as a BMW R80ST which at some point in its life had received some café racer love.

Sven, The bikes owner, had seen the award winning Twister and thought it would be a good idea to drop in on Wena customs. He was soon amongst friends and received the very best of attention.
The team at Wena took time to carefully understand what makes Sven tick, and the result was this.

They focused on a sleek, low stance with a smooth, understated look.
To make this happen, the oversized standard tank had to go. Its replacement came in the form of a small but perfectly formed Yamaha RD50 tank.

Next on the list was the seat unit and subframe. To flatter the lines of the narrow, stretched out RD50 tank, a new, fully upholstered seat unit was designed and the diagonal subframe supports removed. A stronger subframe was fabricated and the end result looks like the seat unit is unsupported, floating.
After the large cosmetic changes were done and the true attitude of the build had been realised, Wena  started with some of the detailed changes that really separate the men from the boys in this kind of build.

The large, ugly, plastic airbox had to go as a matter of urgency and a seductive, aluminium replacement was sourced.
Stance was high on the list of priorities so the front forks were shortened and mounted in a custom made top yoke while the rear is suspended on an adjustable rear shock. The bike sits low, straight and purposeful. The forks also received special attention, having the reflector mouldings machined back, further enhancing the clean, minimalist look.

The frame has been cleaned with unnecessary items such as the centre stand removed and the entire frame has been smoothed and powder coated.
Power comes from the strong 797cc, 4 valve, flat twin boxer engine which has been disassembled, cleaned, powder coated and reassembled in better than new condition.

With such a dramatic and striking look, it’s easy to overlook the details and there are lots.

Check out the motogadged bar end indicators and beautiful rizoma levers and mirrors. Look at that elegant Custom Chrome exhaust. Take a moment to drink in the brushed aluminium speedo basket machined from an aluminium billet.


Just about every nut, bolt and component has been replaced along the way; new brake lines, new clutch link, new grips, switches, master cylinder and many many more details.
The tank has been expertly painted to replicate the patina of an old tank and there’s even a tribute to its Yamaha origins with a subtle, patina’d speed block design.

Wena have created something very special for Sven, he’s a very lucky guy. He rolled in with a perfectly acceptable R80ST Café racer and rolled out with this exquisite, seductive realization.


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‘The Heartbreaker’ BMW R75/5 by Ironwood Customs

Ironwood Customs are based in Amsterdam and epitomise the custom bike scene in our opinion. The guys never seem to go home, spending late evenings working on the latest and greatest creation, loving every minute. Passion for motorcycling runs through their veins and their work is awesome.

We’ve written about a couple of their projects with more to come.

This is ‘The Heartbreaker’ based on a R75/5, although it’s clear that not much remains in the finished bike, with an R80 front end and an R65 tank just for starters.

The article was written by our big dog Mark Turner for Pipeburn so feel free to click on any of the images or logo below to read the full article…..you won’t be disappointed.

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Ducati Bevel – Merlin Engineers

Chris from Merlin Engineers in the UK is quite a guy. To say he is talented doesn’t begin to get close to describing him and what he is capable of.

Chris built this beautiful Ducati around a spare ‘beval’ engine he had lying around. He’s a biker at heart and a craftsman by nature and the fruits of his labour are exquisite. The finished bike is just gorgeous.

This article was written by our big dog Mark Turner for Pipeburn magazine so feel free to click on the images or logo below to read the full article.

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You’ll kick yourself if you don’t go to Kickback

 

OLYMPIA LONDON: 29th – 30th OCTOBER 2016

RARE CLASSICS & CUSTOMISED GEMS

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OPEN TIMES:
SAT 29 OCT FROM 2PM – 7PM
SUN 30 OCT FROM 10AM – 4PM

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SO WHAT EXACTLY IS KICKBACK?

KICKBACK is an expression of nonconformity, and in a world saturated with second-rate copies, a display of rebellion and individuality rocks. Do not confuse KICKBACK with other larger motorcycle shows.


KICKBACK is an independent, grass-roots motorcycle exhibition dedicated to real DIY shed builds. It was built with autonomy, grit and determination from the bottom up – just like the bikes we celebrate.


No big corporate money men with deep pockets and clean hands – this is the sting-in-the tail industry platform for young builders and craftsmen with wild imaginations and dirty fingernails.


KICKBACK is a celebration of engineering and design excellence which embraces the modern custom scene and the new wave. KICKBACK is a definitive showcase for rare classics and customised gems; built in sheds, garages and workshops by young engineers as well as experienced professionals.


KICKBACK may not be considered mainstream, or for wealthy city people; it’s a cool and subversive event that champions the offbeat and loves bringing like-minded people together to discuss anything from frame modifications and flat trackers to café racers.


KICKBACK is run by thrill-seekers not millionaires, so don’t expect soulless, shiny venues crammed with the same old T shirts and gear. There will be a considered edit of select traders, a breath-taking private collection of motorcycles on display, just 2,500 or so bike lovers attending over the weekend, a fair entry price and great online booking deals.


If a profit is made from an event it gets recycled back into the business to grow industry innovation and support local charities such as the Midlands Air Ambulance.

 

WHAT’S ON – GUIDE TO THE KICKBACK WEEKEND

Indoor exhibition featuring rare classics and customised gems
Cafe Racers, Brats, Trackers, Choppers and Bobbers
Guy Martin’s *wall of death record breaking Trident (below)
Flawless steam powered drag bike (below)

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Damien’s unique customised electric bike (below)
Sinroja modified BMWs (below)

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Sinnis Motorcycles
Stile Italiano exquisite motorbike display
Righteous Motorcycles (below)
Vintage Bicycle Showcase (below)

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Krazy Horse London Shop
Dickies Motorcycle Outfitters
& Sons Limited
Brooklands Birthplace of Motorsport & Aviation
MV Agusta dealer BMG Scooters
Paul Hewitt founder AONO pop up barber shop (below)
PACTO handmade helmets
Lions Den Motorcycles (below)

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Street Cub display
ValeSpeed workshop
Monkey Bikes display
The Art Space & speakers (below)
Royal Enfield
Hermann Bikes
Reverb Motorcycles

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Plus more trade stands
Vintage Movies showing over the weekend
Live music with:
The band 3am playing on Sat 29th
Ronnie Ripple & The Ripchords on Sun 30th
Cafe Bar Food

BUY CHEAPER TICKETS HERE IN ADVANCE
TICKETS ARE VALID FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND!
ADULT TICKETS ARE JUST £8.95 FOR WEEKEND OR SINGLE DAY
KIDS UNDER 15 GO FOR £1 WHEN YOU BOOK ONLINE
UNDER 5 GO FREE
CLICK BELOW FOR CHEAPEST TICKETS

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EXHIBITION. LIFESTYLE GEAR. ART. MOVIES.
ENGINEERING. DESIGN.

“Don’t let profit get in the way of creativity”

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“KICKBACK: Great bikes and great people” Classic Bike Guidemagazine June 2016

29-30th October 2016
Olympia (Central – Level Two), Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX.
Saturday 29th October 2pm – 7pm
Sunday 30th October 10am – 4pm

Live music on Saturday from the band ‘3am’ (Below)
and Ronnie Ripple & The Ripchords playing on the Sunday

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*Guy Martin has kindly agreed that the Bike Bus, operated by the Caledonian Motorcycle Transport Company, can transport the record breaking Wall of Death Trident to the show.  It will form part of the Bike Bus display where they will demonstrate how to secure bikes for transport in their fully customised vehicles

BOOK YOUR SPECIAL PRICE HOTEL HERE
www.Trivago.co.uk
or www.corporateteam.com/Events/2278kbl

KICKBACK is the UK’s most prestigious and established indoor exhibition dedicated to individually crafted and custom engineered motorbikes.

Over the two days at Olympia there will be a wonderful selection of exhibitors ranging from ‘custom’ bike dealers, parts, accessories and a quality lifestyle products…

A weekend gathering of like-minded motorbike lovers providing a great chance to catch up and discuss everything from fenders and forks to frame modifications!

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On show will be a stunning collection and showcase of modern retro, custom-made masterpieces, ranging from stripped back urban cafe bikes, street trackers and brat style motorbikes to classic style choppers, bobbers and street cubs…

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KICKBACK is for the trade also; perfect for sourcing manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors.

Come and visit KICKBACK in LONDON from 29-30th October 2016.

KICKBACK LONDON is in association with our kind sponsors Dickies Motorcycle Outfitters, Michelin, Bull-it Jeans, Sinroja Motorcycles, Oily Rag Clothing and  100% Biker.

“KICKBACK: You can’t put a price on ingenuity or expertise…such was the quality of workmanship and engineering skill.” Classic Bike Guide magazine June 2016

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For onsite car parking for cars and vans etc please click below link

https://secure.olympia.co.uk/olympianewbooking/CarParking/CarParkingAvailabilityPage.aspx?cpno=01

For information on exhibiting please call Zoe on 07949 690 041 or email bijoulatina@hotmail.com

If you would like to display your motorcycle please send good quality photos to lorne@rwrw.co.uk

Please call Lorne on 07758 368 072 if you would like to receive a sponsorship package / proposal

 

 

The UK’s most prestigious and influential event dedicated to custom-made motorbikes showcasing a stunning collection of modern and retro masterpieces. Get inspired by everything from urban cafe bikes to classic style choppers. Featuring vintage biker films, art, lifestyle gear and art….

 

 

 

Royal Enfield Sees A Record 42% Increase In Sales.

Royal Enfield has just released its latest set of record breaking results.
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CEO Siddhartha Lal has overseen a monumental transformation of the brand since taking over in the early 2000s when Royal Enfield was selling around 25,000 bikes per year. For the financial year ending April 2015, over 500,000 motorcycles were sold and demand for the new Royal Enfield bikes continues to increase.

In order to meet demand, Royal Enfield aims to manufacturer 675,000 motorcycles in the financial year ending April 2017.
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Royal Enfield recorded its highest ever increase in sales, showing a 42% year on year growth. Outstanding.

In addition, Royal Enfield plans for UK expansion continue to progress as the new R&D facility in Leicestershire is on course to be fully operational by early 2017.

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Commenting on Royal Enfield’s performance, Mr. Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director & CEO Eicher Motors Ltd said said, “Royal Enfield has maintained its strong volume growth in the first quarter of FY 2016-17 and we continue to take more orders than our monthly supply. The response to Himalayan- Royal Enfield’s first adventure-tourer, has been extremely encouraging and it is now available for booking across the country. We continue to expand our footprint in India with 566 dealerships now open across the country. Our immediate business outlook remains strong and Royal Enfield continues to grow consistently, competitively and profitably towards leading and expanding the mid-sized motorcycle segment globally.”

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In June 2016, Royal Enfield opened its store in Manila, Philippines. Phlippines is among the largest two-wheeler markets in the world. With a large chunk of the population using commuter motorcycles, there is an enormous potential for customers to upgrade to mid-sized motorcycles, perfect hunting ground for Royal Enfield.

In Europe, Royal Enfield participated in Wheels & Waves, one of the most popular motorcycle customisation and surfing festival organised in Biarritz, France.DSC_0542b

 

In India, Royal Enfield successfully conducted the 13th edition of the Himalayan Odyssey where it introduced the first ever women only edition of the epic ride. Riders from nine different nationalities, including 20 women riders participated in this year’s ride. In June 2016, Royal Enfield announced its tie-up with Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce marketplace to sell Royal Enfield Gear and accessories. This partnership allows Royal Enfield to sell its apparel and accessories outside its network, to a much wider audience.Royal Enfield Classic Squadron Blue

What next for Royal Enfield? How do you top 42% growth? Have a look at the great new range of bikes and you tell us. http://royalenfield.com/uk/Royal Enfield Classic Desert Storm

 

 

Royal Enfield – Mo Powa

DSC_0505Royal Enfield’s have been standard fair on the menu of motorcycle custom houses for decades.
Think of a flavour and someone, somewhere will probably have made it out of a Royal Enfield.
Fast, slow, off road, on road, low, high and everything in between, to say the Royal Enfield brand is versatile doesn’t do it justice.

Royal Enfield have been manufacturing motorcycles of various kinds since 1899 and are credited with the longest production run of any motorcycle, the Bullet, which has been in continuous production since 1931.

DSC_0583bThey say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but they don’t say anything about an old dog teaching us new tricks. Royal Enfield have taken the opportunity to do just that. Prepare to be educated.

The basis for this lesson is the Classic 500, a post war styled bike, traditional, sedate, pretty and unassuming.

From front to back, there is little that hasn’t been uprated, upgraded or modified to transform this post war cruiser in to a drag inspired, post-apocalyptic machine.

DSC_0542bWith what was to come, the standard front brake was junked and replaced with a funky Brembo calliper with billet calliper mount. This bites hard into a floating wave disc.

To create the drag bike stance, the standard front forks have been lowered and stiffened and the standard, classic style raised bars have be re-worked and flattened, tracker style. The standard classic style, comfortable, wide sprung seat has been reworked and upholstered in deer skin with racing foam accents.

The stock single downtube frame with the engine as a stressed member was retained and was subtly reworked with the rear foot peg hangers removed and the rear shock mounts extended to improve the geometry of the rear suspension.
That weedy, Classic 500 swing arm was resigned to the skip and in it’s place Royal Enfield have slotted in a stretched swing arm from the Continental GT, resulting in a longer wheelbase.

DSC_0528To strengthen the attitude, the lower shock mounts were flipped and re-located from the top of the swing arm to underneath, giving the bike that slammed, drag bike stance. The rear rides on a pair of K-Tec, remote reservoir, fully adjustable shocks and a wide Excel rim. Both front and rear rims are fitted with knobblies for that post apocalyptic look.

Stance, attitude & style are all essential characteristics for a modern custom bike but one of the stand out features of Mo Powa is it’s heart.
Royal Enfield have taken the dramatic step of turbocharging the standard 499cc engine.
It sucks air through a carb, with the standard efi and airbox junked and the gases exit through a gorgeous Harris Performance, MotoGP inspired, hand crafted exhaust.

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Today’s lesson……’Mo Powa’

Hard Core Yamaha XSR700 by AdHoc Cafe Racers

2016_YAM_XSR700ADHOC_EU_CUSTOM_STA_006_preview_tcm269-660223Yamaha’s ‘Yard Built’ series of custom bike builds has reached Spain. They dropped on to the doorstep of acclaimed custome builder David Gonzalez of AdHoc Cafe Racers.

If you’re unfamiliar with AdHocs work, take a few minutes to check it out. It is a wild and breathtaking interpretation of the Cafe Racer genre. http://www.adhocaferacers.com

This build starts with a standard Yamaha XSR700 and AdHoc transform it in something truly unique. May I introduce…….Otokomae.

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AdHoc’s relationship with Yamaha is a well trodden path. His XJ650 & XJ750 builds have received international recognition.

This build sees a standard XSR700, a cool street bike in standard trim, stripped and reinvented as the ‘Otokomae’, a mash up of cafe racer cool, street fighter tough and track bike hard that refuses to conform.

“I really like this crazy style David has created,” commented Yamaha Motor Europe Marketing Coordinator Cristian Barelli. “The tough ‘street tracker’ feel really fits well with the XSR750 and the paint job is something totally unique. He made sure to follow our golden rule of no cutting or welding to the frame of the bike, so it really does prove with this build that you can customise your XSR to really stand out from the crowd without any major fabrication work. The custom detail is very well crafted without compromising the rideability of the XSR700, keeping the fun factor!”

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The AdHoc transformation borrowes from the extensive Yamaha parts bin, from the track focused YZF-R6 front end to the MT-01 front light and the MT-09 bars.

Otokomae rolls on Borrani rims with Michelin rubber and has had the bulky air box removed and replaced with ‘power filters’ to further enhance the street fighter look.

The original fuel tank is retained and disguised by a custome built four piece shell and the standard XSR700 exhaust is long gone, instead, in it’s place sits a full SC Project system.

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Adhering to the Yamaha top brass’s instructions of ‘no cutting or welding to the frame’ a custom bolt on rear subframe has been fabricated, allowing access to tools and battery.

A Gears Racing shock lifts the ride height 15mm and the hand made seat is upholstered in high quality cowhide. Appropriately, this hard core bike wears the old school blue and yellow Yamaha Racing colours.

The covers come off Kawasaki Ninja H2 road model

Kawasaki-H2-profileA quick glance at the specification sheets reveals a list of components and design features that underpin the high quality approach to the creation of the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R. In terms of firsts, there is a formidable list including KYB AOS-II Air-Oil separate inverted 43mm front forks and dog ring transmission  – both only previously used on racing machines. Equally, the exquisite and complex single sided swinging arm is a first on any Kawasaki production motorcycle, so too items such as KEBC engine braking control, the KLCM launch control feature, the use of an electronic quick-shifter plus, on a more visual level, the incredible Mirror Coated Black paint on the Ninja H2 the result of an induced chemical reaction that creates a layer of real silver as a base coat. For the track-only Ninja H2R, the wide use of carbon fibre not only saves weight but creates the look and feel of a stealth aircraft.

The quality of design and components does not end there; in fact it is just the start of the process which Kawasaki refers to as “craftsmanship-led”. As series production motorcycles, each Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R are created from start to finish in a dedicated area only for these machines at Kawasaki’s famous Akashi factory in Japan. In an area of the facility set aside for construction, a single person creates each supercharged machine ensuring the highest levels of quality control. Incorporating numerous craftsmanship details such as specially manufactured fixings, new welding techniques for the innovative trellis style chassis and the adoption of top end quality Brembo braking and clutch operating components, both machines in the Ninja H2 stable are destined to be coveted by potential owners and sought after by discerning enthusiasts across the globe.
With limited numbers of Ninja H2 machines available for the 2015 sales season and the Ninja H2R expected in the course of spring 2015, order books are filling fast. The inevitable talk is of both machines being seen in the very near future as Kawasaki icons to be mentioned in the same breath as the 1969 H1 500, the H2 750 Mach IV and Super Four Z1 of 1972 as well as the game-changing GPz900R Ninja of 1984.

Using an entirely “in-house” designed and constructed centrifugal type supercharger, the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R are the result of cooperation between some of the major business areas of Kawasaki Heavy Industries including the Aerospace, Gas Turbine and Corporate Technology divisions. Not bound by design or engineering limitations, the company first show-cased the concept of a supercharger at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now the idea has become reality with the launch of both machines at Milan’s EICMA show featuring many engineering and technology innovations and with a focus very much on a craftsmanship-led look and feel.

With a power figure rated at 200PS for the Ninja H2 and 310PS for the Ninja H2R, each machine is capable of class leading levels of Supersport performance – the Ninja H2 on the street and the Ninja H2R in its closed course only environment. What sets these machines aside from other motorcycles in the litre category is the huge wave of torque it is possible to create by use of a supercharger. Delivering a considerable advantage in terms of phenomenal acceleration across the power range from tick-over to the red line, the supercharger has been tuned to offer the widest spread of available urge at any revs and in any gear while a host of electronic rider aids such as KTRC traction control, advanced KIBS anti-lock brakes and even switchable engine braking functions, create the best possible environment in which to enjoy each supercharged Ninja.

A quick glance at the specification sheets reveals a list of components and design features that underpin the high quality approach to the creation of the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R. In terms of firsts, there is a formidable list including KYB AOS-II Air-Oil separate inverted 43mm front forks and dog ring transmission  – both only previously used on racing machines. Equally, the exquisite and complex single sided swinging arm is a first on any Kawasaki production motorcycle, so too items such as KEBC engine braking control, the KLCM launch control feature, the use of an electronic quick-shifter plus, on a more visual level, the incredible Mirror Coated Black paint on the Ninja H2 the result of an induced chemical reaction that creates a layer of real silver as a base coat. For the track-only Ninja H2R, the wide use of carbon fibre not only saves weight but creates the look and feel of a stealth aircraft.

The quality of design and components does not end there; in fact it is just the start of the process which Kawasaki refers to as “craftsmanship-led”. As series production motorcycles, each Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R are created from start to finish in a dedicated area only for these machines at Kawasaki’s famous Akashi factory in Japan. In an area of the facility set aside for construction, a single person creates each supercharged machine ensuring the highest levels of quality control. Incorporating numerous craftsmanship details such as specially manufactured fixings, new welding techniques for the innovative trellis style chassis and the adoption of top end quality Brembo braking and clutch operating components, both machines in the Ninja H2 stable are destined to be coveted by potential owners and sought after by discerning enthusiasts across the globe.

With limited numbers of Ninja H2 machines available for the 2015 sales season and the Ninja H2R expected in the course of spring 2015, order books are filling fast. The inevitable talk is of both machines being seen in the very near future as Kawasaki icons to be mentioned in the same breath as the 1969 H1 500, the H2 750 Mach IV and Super Four Z1 of 1972 as well as the game-changing GPz900R Ninja of 1984.

 

Kawasaki H2R Supercharged Awesomeness

hi_H2R_40SGRYSLFA00D_C (800x600)When Kawasaki first conceived the Ninja H2R, the driving development concept was to offer the kind of acceleration no rider had experienced before.

That a motorcycle be “Fun to Ride” is one of Kawasaki’s guiding principles.  But while there are many ways for a motorcycle to be enjoyed, it was felt that having incredible acceleration was a major factor in delivering ultimate riding exhilaration.

Powering the Ninja H2R is a supercharged engine with a design target of 295 bhp allied to a compact design on par with power units found in supersport litre-class models.  The key to achieving this incredible performance lies in the engine’s supercharger — a motorcycle-specific unit designed completely in-house with technology from other companies within the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Group: the Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company and Corporate Technology Division.hi_H2R_40SGRYSFA00D_C (800x600)

KHI Group technology was not limited to the supercharger.  Advanced technological know-how shared from other group companies is found throughout the all-new engine and chassis design.  For example, the carbon-fibre upper and lower wings that ensure stability when riding in the ultra-high speed range were designed with assistance from Kawasaki’s Aerospace Company.  This is but one example, and this inter-group collaboration combined with the level of technology poured into this model is the reason the Kawasaki River Mark* is displayed prominently on the front of the Ninja H2R.

hi_Top2 (800x382)When it came time to name this model, using “Ninja”—a name synonymous with Kawasaki performance and shared by many legendary models over three historic decades —was an obvious choice.  But this model is also named for another epoch-making model, whose 2-stroke 748.2 cm3 Triple gave it an intense acceleration that made it a sensation around the world: the Mach IV 750, also known as the “H2.”  For a model designed to offer “the kind of acceleration no rider has experienced before” we can think of no better name.

Built Beyond Belief. In 2014, Kawasaki is once again ready to unleash a new sensation upon the world.

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*The Kawasaki River Mark is a long-time symbol of the KHI Group dating back to the 1870s.  As a policy, its use on products is rare and limited to models with historical significance.  But for the Ninja H2R permission to use this symbol was granted. 

 

KEY FEATURES

Never-before-experienced Acceleration
In order to be able to offer intense acceleration and a top speed in a range that most riders never have a chance to experience, it was essential that the engine be able to produce big power.  While a large-displacement engine could easily provide a high engine output, to ensure a lightweight, compact overall package a compact engine was also desired.  Using a supercharged engine—essentially enabling a high-performance engine to be downsized—allowed both of these engine design requirements to be met: maximum power output has been targeted at 295 bhp, and the engine size of the 998 cm3 In-Line Four is on par with other supersport litre-class power units.hi_H2R_40SGRYSRBB00D_C (800x600)

In-house-designed Supercharger
The supercharger used in the Ninja H2R was designed by Kawasaki motorcycle engine designers with assistance from other companies within the KHI Group, namely the Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company, and the Corporate Technology Division.  Designing the supercharger in-house allowed it to be developed to perfectly match the engine characteristics of the Ninja H2R.  The highly efficient, motorcycle-specific supercharger was the key to achieving the maximum power and the intense acceleration that engineers wanted to offer.
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The objectives for the Ninja H2R’s chassis were to ensure supreme stability at ultra-high speeds, offer cornering performance to be able to enjoy riding on a closed course, and finally to have a highly accommodating character.  Ordinarily, high-speed stability can easily be achieved with a long wheelbase, but a shorter wheelbase was selected to achieve the compact overall package and sharp handling that were also desired.  The frame needed not only to be stiff, but also to be able to absorb external disturbances—which, when encountered while riding in the ultra-high speed range, could easily unsettle a lesser chassis.  A new trellis frame developed using the latest analysis technology provided both the strength to harness the incredible power of the supercharged engine, and the balanced flex to ensure the stability and feedback for high-speed riding.

 

hi_Wing Top copy (800x533)Frontbrake (800x533)Aerodynamics
As speed increases, wind resistance increases exponentially.  To be able to operate in the ultra-high speed range, a combination of high power and slippery aerodynamics is needed.  With power requirements taken care of by the supercharged engine, the next step was to design bodywork that both minimised drag and ensured control when riding at ultra-high speed.  Assistance from Kawasaki’s Aerospace Company was enlisted in creating the aerodynamically sculpted bodywork to ensure maximum aerodynamic efficiency.

hi_H2R_40SGRYSRBA00D_C (800x600)Intense-Force Design & Craftsmanship
Wanting to ensure a bold design worthy of a model that carried both the “Ninja” and “H2” names, the prime styling concept chosen for the Ninja H2R was “Intense Force Design.”  As a flagship for the Kawasaki brand, it required presence, and a styling that reflected its incredible performance.  But the design is much more than cosmetic.  While it certainly looks the part, the Ninja H2R also possesses a functional beauty: each piece of its bodywork was aerodynamically sculpted to ensure stability at ultra-high speeds; the cowling design also maximises cooling performance and heat dissipation, aiding in achieving the engine’s roughly 295 bhp output; and the Ram Air duct is ideally positioned to bring fresh air to the supercharger.  More than any motorcycle Kawasaki has built to date, the Ninja H2R is a showcase of craftsmanship, build quality and superb fit and finish—right down to the high-tech mirrored-finish black chrome paint specially developed for this model.

 

hi_Rearwheel2 (800x622)SPECIFICATIONS – Ninja H2R

Engine Type:  Supercharged liquid-cooled In-Line Four
Displacement:  998 cm3
Supercharger Type:  Centrifugal, scroll-type
Maximum Power:  Design target 295 bhp
Frame Type:  Trellis, high-tensile steel

Tyres, Front: 120/600R17 (racing slick tyre)
Tyres, Rear: 190/650R17 (racing slick tyre)hi_Super Charged (800x533)Fueltank (800x533)hi_Tubular frame (800x533)hi_Special Bolt Joke (800x533)hi_Logo (800x533)hi_H2R_40SGRYSLFB00D_C (800x600)

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