Despite cold and rainy weather, the 2016 event went ahead after a healthy number of around forty dedicated Kawasaki enthusiasts lined up at the designated meeting places.
Owner and Director of Hands-On Kawasaki, Bryan Hands was pleased to see the turnout of committed Kawasaki owners, which consisted of both off-road and road motorcycle pilots.
“The whole purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for our customers and Kawasaki riders alike to get together and experience an enjoyable environment with their beloved Kawasaki motorcycles,” said Bryan.
“The event is organised by us and there aren’t any hooks or catches, we just want to give back to our customers. We welcome all Kawasaki riders to the event.”
Road motorcycle riders welcomed the approximately 205 kilometres of breathtaking and twisty mountain roads, starting from the Hands-On Kawasaki dealership in Lilydale and ending in Reefton. The hardy off-road squad left from Gladysdale and travelled through the challenging Yarra Ranges National Park to meet up with the road motorcycle riders in Reefton.
“Like we’ve done in previous years, both groups met for lunch and this year it was very close, the road riders beat us by 2 minutes! It isn’t a competition or race, but it adds a little bit of fun to the day. There were some serious obstacles in the off-road leg and the bikes and bodies were tested. I’m glad to say that everyone came through with flying colours,” commented Bryan.
Renowned Australian V8 Supercar driver, Todd Kelly joined the excitement of the day as he has done since the first event held in 2011. As an avid off-road motorcycle rider and Kawasaki brand ambassador, Todd put his tastefully modified Kawasaki KLX450R through its paces, while the crew from MXTV also got their feet muddy.
Notable road going Kawasaki motorcycles in attendance included an iconic Kawasaki KR-1, loaned by a trusting associate of Bryan’s to one of his dealership staff members to ride for the day.
“We had a lot of legendary Kawasaki motorcycles lined up to attend over the weekend, including a H1, H2, Z900, GPZ900R and more, but unfortunately the weather had an effect on attendance. One year we had up to 150 people attend and it goes without saying that the event makes attendees feel like they are a part of something and builds on the Kawasaki experience in a non-competitive and enjoyable environment,” Bryan commented.
Bryan and Hands-On Kawasaki plan to keep running the yearly event based on demand from participants saying, “Stay tuned for 2017. We are going to spice things up with a change of destination and course!”