This is an all-new bike from BMW, so I thought it would be the ‘BMs-knees’, right? Well, wrong actually, because my first thoughts after my initial ride were, err, not good, and that’s being kind. But wait, let me finish the article and things might make more sense.
One of the best superbikes to ever to come from Japan is the legendary Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5/K6. Why is that you ask, and so you should? Well, it was always one of the most reliable, if not ‘the’ most reliable superbikes to ever venture onto the track, or road for that matter, seeing as many were indeed seen on the road. No over-complicated electronics, hypersensitive chassis components, or an unnecessarily uncomfortable riding position were its virtues, and still are. They’re still sold and sought after even in 2019 and, due the strong motor, many engine tuners absorbed the infinite tuning possibilities, including the good ol’ turbo conversion.
If you think of the words big-head you’ll certainly direct your tiny/large brain towards an arrogant show-off, right? Well, in the world of motorcycling, there’re not many bikes that show-off more than a big, bright green Kawasaki superbike. The extra-green ZX-10 is instantly recognizable from any distance and adored, for many years, by fanatical brand-loyal Kawasaki enthusiasts. All well and good but my specific title has another meaning because the 2019 ZX-10R has ‘stolen’ the WSBK cylinder head from Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki race bike. Oh yes, the Japanese engineers have bolted on their race winning cylinder head in a quest for more power and torque. You can instantly see the new heads on all three models by its ‘Ferrari-like’ red cam cover, very flash. I say three models because there’s an RR and SE version that might arrive in SA in the near future, but that’s up to Kawasaki SA. Check out those two options and why they’re different on the Internet.
If anyone is asked to name an off-road, or hardcore enduro bike to be more precise, they’ll undoubtedly point at the orange bikes with the famous KTM label stuck on the side. Fair enough because they are, without doubt, the biggest selling brand of off-road motorcycles in South Africa. And, with their ‘2020 Vision’ for next year, no one will argue that they’ll dominate the SA dirt market once again, right?