Back in Japan's "bubble era" of the late '80s a combination of Japanese license laws and an insatiable demand for technology led to a brief spate of exotic 250cc four-cylinder sportbikes. The Honda CBR250R, Suzuki GSX-R250, Yamaha FZR250R, and Kawasaki ZXR250 were only offered for a few, short years, briefly giving road-going riders the experience of bikes that revved as high as 20,000 rpm. Now Kawasaki is bringing those days back with the newly launched Ninja ZX-25R.
Revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show, the bike is a production model, but at the moment Kawasaki is still reticent when it comes to announcing key performance details. The firm has confirmed that it's powered by a 249cc, DOHC, four-cylinder engine with modern technology including traction control, multiple power modes, and a quickshifter.
We understand the new ZX-25 is to be built at Kawasaki’s plant in Indonesia, and that’s also the bike’s main target market. Whether it will be sold elsewhere depends on two things. One is demand; will riders be prepared to pay four-cylinder money for a bike with 250cc performance? The other is emissions. High revving, small-capacity engines are particularly hard to get past the latest generation of pollution laws, so it will be interesting to find out how Kawasaki has addressed that problem. Since Indonesia’s emissions rules are some years behind those in places like Europe, Japan, and the US, there’s no guarantee the ZX-25 will be able to meet our limits, despite the appearance of a hefty catalytic converter in the belly-mounted exhaust. We certainly hope it will meet the requirements.
In association with 'Holiday House' and 'Kenosha Good Fellows', Metz Machines is glad to help out Kenosha by holding our 1st annual Coat Drive. We'll be accepting gently used clothing as well as new toys for the kids.
If you get a chance, check your closets for these items and drop them off at the shop. We'll have bins ready for you. We're at 979-88th Ave (Hwy H) in Kenosha.
Please share this post as much as you can so we have a good turnout.
It's been nearly 40 years since we first saw the original and almost a year since Suzuki announced its return, but in just over a month you'll finally have the opportunity to buy a Katana.
Suzuki officials announced the price and availability of the new Katana (as well as a second color). The bike will be in dealerships in November and the MSRP will be $13,499.
So, what can we expect from the RS? For certain, better hardware and a higher price tag. Ohlins will likely replace the Showa front and rear units; The engine will be re-tuned (possibly with high lift cams), and if we’re lucky the end cans will be aftermarket. It appears that much of the paneling will remain the same, but a new stealthy color scheme will be available.
We suspect the RS will feature a super cafe racer styled bubble fairing, similar to that featured on the stunning carbon fiber Thruxton TFC. In short, the RS will bridge the gap between the ‘R’ and ‘TFC’.
So, we got a 2005 HD Sportster 1200 Trike today. This thing had been in a minor front-end collision which bent the handlebars and front rim. This bike started right up!
The kits (looks like a Frankenstein) run around $5K by themselves. This bike is a steal at $2500!
The bike unfortunately doesn't have a title since the insurance co. junked it and would also need, at the least, a new front wheel and set of handlebars. If anyone's interested in this beast, whether to repair or start a cool project, let us know. The bike's currently up for sale at Metz Machines. Our phone # is: 262-995-5797, and we're located at 979-88th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144.
Harley-Davidson Inc. has stopped production and deliveries of its first electric motorcycle after discovering a problem related to the vehicle’s charging equipment. The motorcycle maker said it has suspended production of the LiveWire model as it conducts tests to investigate the problem. The company said Monday that the tests were progressing well but didn’t say when production would resume.
The company asked customers and dealers to only use a professional type of charger available at its dealerships rather than electrical outlets at their homes.
The company said the bikes, with a suggested retail price of $30,000, are still safe to ride.
LiveWire owners had been able to charge their bikes through standard wall outlets at their homes, a process that takes about 10 hours. Direct-current charging stations at Harley dealerships can reload the bike’s battery in about an hour. The bike can handle about 140 miles of urban riding on a full charge.
Welcome to our new blog on our old website.
We're going to try something a little different here. The shop's updates (service, sales, etc.) will be posted here as well as some of the latest news and products of the powersports industry. This is a learning experience, so if you have an idea please let us know in the comments.
Hey guys...exciting news!
From October 22nd at 8am until October 26th at 5pm, Metz Machines is running a 25% off EVERY part we have. This includes all ENGINES and bike parts. If you were waiting to purchase an item, get it now.
The only catch is......you must pick it up at our shop. No shipping or payments via PayPal. Our address (if you didn't already know) is 979-88th Ave in Kenosha, WI.
We accept credit & debit cards as well as cash.
If you find a part you want on our eBay store, just give the shop a call at 262-995-5797 and tell us, we'll have it ready for you to pick up. Our eBay store is located here: https://www.ebay.com/str/metzmachines