Whether you’re an off-road junkie, a road nut or an on-track warrior – one of the Kawasaki partners has got something for you. If you’ve never experience two wheels or have been riding for longer than you can remember, why not take a look at what Kawasaki’s Experience Partners can offer you?
You don’t have to have the gear – or the bike – enjoy them yourself, with a group of friends, introduce the new generation of two-wheeled fanatics or give as a gift to a loved one…
A new addition to the line up
MX Tryout has just become an official Kawasaki Experience Partner and offers you the chance to give off-road riding a shot for the first time at their track in East Anglia. You’re provided with all the kit, the bike and the skills to have fun off-road and pursue a new passion.
Tuition and expert advice is provided by former British champion, Geoff Mayes and other ACU qualified instructors with over 20 years’ experience and you can choose from a fleet of KX65, KX85 or KX250F machines.
There are a number of dates throughout the year, catering for a range of experience levels – from complete novice to gold ACU licence holder. No licence is necessary; however, it’s suggested that participants are able to ride a push bike – balance is an important skill.
Get them on two-wheels young
Are you parent to an aspiring member of Team Green? Chiltern Young Riders is the only motocross school in the country focusing on children as young as four – if children can excel at swimming and football from a young age, why not get them on two wheels? It’s also a great introduction onto two wheels for adults too.
No previous experience is necessary and as long as you’re over the age of four, you can take part. The inspiring staff at Chiltern Young Riders have lobbied for the inclusion of Motocross to the GCSE Physical Education syllabus activity list and are pleased to say that the first pupils followed the criteria for the activity from January 2015. Check out www.chilternyoungriders.com for more information.
Try the rough stuff
Fancy trying off-road or trail riding? Trail and Offroad experience days use the latest Kawasaki KLX 250 and 450 bikes and there are plenty of courses catering for a range of experience levels. A full motorcycle licence is required and you must be aged 21 or over to climb aboard. To find out more, go to www.trailandoffroad.co.uk.
If you don’t have a licence, but still want to try out off-road riding or are an established motocross rider and want to try out the latest green machines, take a look at the Mick Extance Kawasaki Experience. With a new fleet of KX machines from 85cc junior bikes to the powerful KX450F, you can see what off-road riding has to offer. Enduro fans are catered for with a separate fleet of KLX machines – the KLX450R for pros and KLX125 and 250 for entry level and intermediate riders. No licence is required but height restrictors apply so give take a look at www.mickextanceexperience.com for more information.
Take a tour
Ever wanted to take a tour but weren’t sure where to start? Go along for the ride with DragonMoto Tours. Operated by Jan and Geraint, there is a wide choice of tours in the UK, Ireland and Europe to choose from – and you can choose the duration too. They take care of accommodation, Eurotunnel and StenaLine bookings – where applicable – and can either ride with you all the way, provide you with maps and meet you part way through the trip – or meet you half way.
Take advantage of their limitless knowledge of the best roads, rest stops, sights and interesting places along the route. You’ll need a full motorcycle licence and your own bike, check www.dragonmototours.com for the latest information
Improve your road riding – and have fun!
Kawasaki has partnered with BikeSafe, the motorcycle road safety arm of the Police, to teach off-road skills to road riders. The course is delivered by Kawasaki experience partners who all follow the same syllabus. Tuition includes many skills which are all directly transferable to road riding. It covers fine brake and clutch control, riding on slippery surfaces, body positioning and ascent and descent control. The scheme is available to all full licence holders at £200, BikeSafe riders and Kawasaki Riders Club members will benefit from a 10% discount.
Hone your skills
The LDR Race School is for those wanting to hone their off-road skills and reach that next level. You may be an experience rider or a novice wanting to learn how to ride correctly and safely. Topics covered include: preparation, safety and control, technique and positioning and awareness of the circuit and line choices. Group sizes can be 1-1 or small groups of people based on abilities and ages.
Lee is an ACU qualified motocross coach, the Team Green MX coach, Kawasaki UK coach and Maxxis Tyres Race School Partner. He’s the only person in history to win back to back MX2 AMCA British and MX2 IMBA European Championships in the same year, two years running – needless to say, you’re in safe hands.
For a list of training dates and locations, take a look at Lee’s website, www.leedunhamracing.com.
Get free membership to the Kawasaki Riders Club
Anyone who buys a brand new Kawasaki machine from an official Kawasaki dealer will receive 12 months free subscription to the Kawasaki Riders Club. And if you’re not lucky enough to have a brand new bike, you can join for just £29.95. As well as being part of the Kawasaki family, this opens up a whole host of additional privileges including 10% off Kawasaki Focused Events Track Days.
They have a number of dates available throughout the year at a variety of circuits including Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, Silverstone, Snetterton and Knockhill. You’ll need to hold a full motorcycle licence and be aged over the age of 17 to take part with your own bike – or over 21 for bike rental.
For more information on any of the experience days or how to join the Kawasaki Riders Club, visit: www.kawasaki-ridersclub.co.uk.