A week ago we announced the launch of Yamaha’s dirt and trail bikes, something that apparently determined Kawasaki to step up and offer the best it can, under the name of KX.
Pilots can now start training for the two most important classes in the AMA Championships and it is terrible important for them to do so as the bikes are completely revised and will perform with even more brilliancy out where it all depends on speed, balance, weight and sharpness.
We also mentioned about a few Yamaha models the fact that they have pretty much no competition as the other 2009’s weren’t on the scene yet so we would have to take that back.
Purely designed for racing, the KX450F and KX250F make the most important entry after their launch a few years back and we must take them in consideration and give them the credit they need. Reshaped, restyled and reengineered, these two will be on the scene for a long time, and it is always good to start with the right foot even with each revision, not necessarily brand new introductions.
Here’s a lesson that all of us could take: it’s the rider not the bike that makes the difference and you can have a blast on a mid-size motorcycle too. To convince you, here’s a video where a Kawasaki ZX-R ...400 competes against three other bikes but the weird thing is that the 400cc is far from its place in this pile of cubic centimeters and watts.
Before you watch this video I must remind you that the 400cc has a maximum power output around 57HP while the other three at least three times more.
This is what happens when the desire to obtain a good or even the best place is too big. A fast approach towards a large and relatively easy to deal with corner results in a high side and immediately after one of the worst crashes I’ve ever seen during the famous 24 hours race.
I invite you to see the first video featuring the Ninja ZX-RR engine configuration with “screamer”.
At Jerez, the man in green took the opportunity and made a few tests to the new engine and what better persons to do so than the official riders John Hopkins and Anthony West, as well as Olivier Jacque.