Kapi-Mana News : July 12th 2011
43 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 12, 2011 MOTORING SH1 Cobham Drive to Buckle Street transport improvements The inner-city transport network: improvements for a successful capital city Keeping our people moving Have your say about Wellington's inner-city transport improvements between Cobham Drive and Buckle Street. The NZ Transport Agency is presenting its proposals on these improvements for public engagement until 26 August 2011. An information brochure containing details of the proposed improvements and why they are needed for our growing city can be downloaded from our website or if you prefer please phone or email us your details and we'll pop one in the mail for you. Open Days are an opportunity for you to find out more about the proposals by talking to our technical specialists and to o er your comments to the project team. Your views are important and will help us to develop an improved design for the inner-city transport network. We hope you can join us at one of the following sessions: Saturday 16 July 2011 10am -- 4pm RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve Sunday 17 July 2011 10am -- 4pm RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve A feedback form is at the back of the brochure and on our website. Tell us what you think - we're looking forward to hearing from you. If you aren't able to make one of the open days, the brochure and all display material will be on www.nzta.govt.nz/witi and at our information centre at the RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve which will be open Monday -- Friday (10am -- 3pm) Thursday -- (3pm -- 8pm). What's proposed • A bridge to the north of the Basin Reserve to improve tra c ows and reduce journey times for public transport • A second Mt Victoria Tunnel • Widening Ruahine Street and Wellington Road • A new pedestrian and cycle path between Cobham Drive and the Basin Reserve For further information please contact the Project Team: Tel: 0508 WITI INFO (0508 9484 4636) Email: email@example.com Web: www.nzta.govt.nz/witi Information centre: RA Vance Stand, Basin Reserve KM108240-Q Unit 9, 73 Kenepuru Drive, Porirua Just along from Moore Wilson's Ph 237 6836 Wayne Montague Sole Owner & Operator Vehicle Servicing Transmission Servicing Mechanical Repairs Brake & Clutch Repairs Tune Ups Suspension WOF When your vehicle needs servicing or repairs, you need a service centre you can trust to keep you safely on the road. At Vehicle Service 2000 Ltd, YOUR vehicle comes first. Bring your vehicle in and give us a chance to show you the 1st class service we offer you. 3524122AA Sportsbike with comfort and speed Kawasaki ZX1000SX: The sportsbike that is comfortable to ride. Meet the sportsbike you won't tire of riding, invites PAUL OWEN. AT A GLANCE Engine: 1043cc liquid-cooled dohc 16-valve inline four stoked by electronic fuel injection to develop 96kW at 9800rpm and 103Nm at 7900rpm. Transmission: Six-speed sequential gearbox, chain final drive. Frame: Alloy twin-spar with fully- adjustable 41mm inverted front forks, and a fully-adjustable monoshock controlling the alloy swingarm via rising- rate linkages. Price: $22,995 (ABS standard). TOSUMUP: Hot: The sportsbike that can do everything and that older folk can comfortably ride. Not: Not quite the handling dynamics and firepower of the ZX-10R, but close. The new Kawasaki ZX1000SX is the anti-sportsbike. By that I mean it s comfy and plush, and won t cramp you into a womb-like riding position, yet it is just as fast and exciting to ride on the road as the average sports machine. Finally, after years of sportsbikes slowly mutating into racebikes-with-registration- labels, here is one that cries enough is enough and bucks the trend. My personal hope is that SX will be such a success that other manufacturers will fol- low Kawasaki s track, and lead sportsbikes in a more versatile and less politically-risky direction. So consider yourself duty-bound to go out and buy one. For at the other end of the sportsbike spectrum to the Kawasaki sits the BMW S1000RR, a finely-focused racer- with-lights that, in my opinion, only exhibits its true worth when ridden in the safer and more clinical environment of the track. Meanwhile the Kawasaki is a bike that you can appreciate every day on the road, whether you re short-term commuting, touring over long distances, or taking it out for a quick fang on the weekend. And when the opportunity to ride at a track day beckons, any dicing with a S1000RR is more likely to be settled by the abilities of the riders than the dynamic differences between the two machines. The Kawasaki might give away about 45kW of extreme top-end power to the BMW, but its plumper torque curve and potent midrange delivery that will have you exclaiming OMG! make excellent compensations. The Kawasaki s lack of any need to dial up lots of revs to experience its performance highlights its streetbike origins. For years, bike makers have developed a sportsbike then spun a streetbike off from it by remov- ing the fairing, relaxing the riding position, and retuning the engine and suspension. However, the ZX1000SX comes to us from the opposite direction, for it is essentially the ZX1000 streetbike distilled into a sportsbike. It s an approach that has several advantages, and one of the better ones is cost. At $22,995, the price of the ABS- equipped SX is just $1500 more than the naked Kawasaki that donated its power- train, alloy frame, and suspension. Many bike brands would charge that much just for the brilliant ABS brakes. With the SX you get a lot more: more expansive bodywork that isolates the rider better from the weather, complete with a height-adjustable windscreen; a larger 19-litre fuel tank that allows the gauge on the instrument panel to still show full at travelling distances where the naked bike s is screaming to its rider to refuel; and expanded pillion accommodation for couples with wanderlust. The latter comes courtesy of the thicker, longer seat of the SX. This relaxes the rider s knees nicely in a riding position tilted slightly into the wind. Add narrower handlebars and wind-cleaving fairing, and you have a bike that remains comfortable over long periods in the saddle. Not only is the SX the anti-sportsbike, its also the anti-Gold Wing. The power delivery of the Kawasa- ki s long-stroke engine might be similar to that of the Triumph Sprint GT, but with 25 kilograms less weight to haul there s an extra edge to the dynamic abilities of the Kawasaki. It totally overpowers slower traffic on the open road where the Triumph merely overtakes it. Meanwhile the chassis of the SX closely resembles that of the ZX-10R sportsbikes. It therefore handles with a similar willingness to turn corners as the more traditional 1000cc sportsbike in the Kawasaki range. The rear shock doesn t quite offer the damping quality of the ZX- R s, resulting in increased wheel chatter. These minor dynamic differences between the SX and the pukka 1000cc sportsbike in the Kawasaki lineup are compensated for by the rider comfort, pillion accommodation and weather protection the cheaper bike offers. The 96kW ZX1000SX might be the anti-sportsbike, but in no way is it evil.
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