Thursday, January 15

NIPPY KAWASAKI TRAILLIE...

It took a while but finally we have unpacked all the accessories
that come with the KLX150S and some of them
look pretty useful ...
While Editor-at-large Michael Esdaile was in Malaysia recently, he came across some interesting Kawasaki trail bikes.  So, quick as a flash he traded a bunch of old Kiwi Rider stickers, pulled one of the Kawasakis apart, loaded it into his luggage and whisked it back to New Zealand.  

It took a while for him to put it all back together, but we can report it is now running around West Auckland clocking up staggering performance.  

Who would have thought that it over 206 kilometres it would burn just 5.31 litres of petrol?  That works out at 2.58 litres/100 kilometres or 38.79 km/litre.  For the old duffers out there in classic land, that is 109.59 mpg.  

We have also discovered that in perfectly still air it will wind out to a staggering 110 km/h, with 120 km/h coming up on a gentle downhill stretch.

The IRC Trail GP tyres stick to the tarmac extremely well
and worked just fine in the paddocks...
The ‘test loop’ involves a section of 50 km/h suburban streets, a 70 km/h stretch, then an almost wide open motorway blast for 10 km, then another 50 km/h stretch.

The KLX150S is hardly an aerodynamic package so we wonder what that SOHC two valve, air-cooled motor would achieve if it was in a street frame with a small nose fairing and narrower handlebars…