Kawasaki expands its U.S. Ninja model lineup with the addition of the 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR KRT Edition. (Kawasaki/)
Kawasaki Motors Corp, USA. pulls the wraps off the newest member of its 2023 Ninja sportbike lineup. Introducing the ZX-4RR KRT Edition ($9,699). Positioned above the existing parallel-twin powered Ninja 400 ($5,299-$5,899) and below the tried-and-true Ninja ZX-6R ($10,699-$11,999) supersport, the inline-four KRT Edition 400 is designed for competition-minded motorcyclists that desire a light, high-revving sportbike.
This Ninja is powered by an all-new liquid-cooled 399cc four-cylinder. It drinks fuel from a four-gallon gas tank and can run on standard 87-octane gasoline Kawasaki says. Forged pistons squeeze fuel to a ratio of 12.3:1 and a pair of forged overhead camshafts actuate the 16 valves. The engine is fed through a ram air-type airbox with spent gasses passed through a four-into-one exhaust, with cross-over tubes. Ride-by-wire throttle is present which powers the adjustable traction and engine power mode controls.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR KRT Edition weighs 414.5 pounds with its 4.0-gallon fuel tank topped off. (Kawasaki/)
Engine power is augmented via a wet, oil-cooled clutch with Kawasaki’s tried-and-true cam-type clutch that combines assist (lighter cable-pull) and slipper (back-torque limit function). Power is put back to the 160-series Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300 tire via a six speed gearbox and chain final drive. An bi-directional electronic quickshifter is also present.
The engine is fixed inside an original steel-trellis chassis with measurements loosely based on the Ninja ZX-10RR. The oversized steel swingarm appears beefy and is controlled via Kawasaki’s unique in class, horizontal back-link type rear suspension and high-end Showa BFRC (Balance Free Rear Cushion) Lite shock, with full adjustment. Front suspension duties are handled by a 37mm inverted Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork-Big Piston) which uses Showa’s tried-and-true oversized piston valving (fully adjustable) in one fork leg, and coil spring support in the other. This helps reduce sprung weight and is also less expensive to manufacture.
The Ninja ZX-4RR features a high-revving inline four engine hung inside a steel frame. (Kawasaki/)
The 414.5-pound Ninja rolls on a pair of star-pattern five-spoke 17-inch wheels (presumably cast aluminum). Braking duties are handled by a pair of 290mm disc brakes and radial-mount four-piston Nissin calipers. A 220mm disc and single-piston setup is used for rear braking. Fixed, always-on ABS is standard but it’s unknown if it includes lean-angle sensitivity (cornering ABS).
A 4.3-inch color TFT display and full LED lighting grace the ZX-4RR. The motorcycle is compatible with Kawasaki’s handy Bluetooth-enabled Rideology smartphone app. Riders can select between four riding modes (sport, road, rain and manual)— however it is unclear what these global settings indicate. Two combined engine power and throttle response settings are offered as well as three levels of traction control. Traction control can also be manually disabled.
Kawasaki’s 2023 Ninja ZX-4RR KRT Edition ($9,699) is positioned above the Ninja 400 ($5,299-$5,899) and below the Ninja ZX-6R ($10,699-$11,999). (Kawasaki/)
Styling-wise this Ninja was “designed to deliver a fierce look that contains its power and explosive action, benefitting the most powerful machine in the 400cc class,” noted Kawasaki Motors Corp, in its official press release. The Ninja ZX-4RR KRT Edition will be available in
By: Adam Waheed
Title: 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4RR KRT Edition Preview
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Published Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2023 18:07:55 +0000
BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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