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KAWASAKI TESTIMONIALS

2015 Kawasaki Z100SX
John, What can I say, the bike feels completely different. I've had a cheesy grin on my face since I got home. The ride home was the best I've had out on the bike in 12 months, I wish I'd of come to you directly from the dealer!The front feels planted and I've got my cornering confidence back. That's worth more than £30! Best money I've ever spent. Thanks again, I'll be recommending you to anyone who'll listen! Regards, Phil 

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Kawasaki ZZR 1400  2011
The transformation with my bike is amazing. Having bought the bike a couple of months ago I was very pleased with the straight line speed and power but disappointed with the in –corner stability and was also being bounced around in the bumps. After John had worked his magic while we chatted away for half an hour I rode the bike home about 50 miles in the freezing cold….. but even though I was freezing I didn’t want to get off the bike ! The bike just feels totally different….completely planted and much more comfortable too. The front end is now giving me more information about what is going on and much more feel than any other bike I have ever ridden. It is also holding a line superbly through the bends and as a result my confidence in the bends has increased significantly. In addition the improvements John made to the rear end have made the bike far more comfortable and much better under acceleration out of bends and far less disturbed by bumps within the bends. Amazing . If I had had spent hundreds of pounds on after-market mods I don’t believe the bike would have been as transformed as it is. The best money I have spent on my bike ever ! JOHN, YOU ARE A GENIUS. David

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2014 Kawasaki ZZR1400
Hi John, Thanks for doing the suspension set up last night, had an hour playing when I left you and the bike feels totally different, much more planted and the wallowing at the rear has gone. Well worth having it done. Regards Patrick

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Kawasaki Versys 1000
Hi John, Just wanted to say thanks for sorting my bike yesterday. It feels like a completely different bike (in a good way!). It tracks better, I'm not bouncing around and when I brake there's no sudden diving, what diving there is is very linear. Over the years I've chucked lots of cash at my bikes but this is definitely the best £30 I've spent in a long while! I'll be sure to recommend your services. Kind regards Jeff

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2008 Z1000 (On line set-up)
Hi John. Great improvements on the suspension.  Sharper turn in, front doesn't wiggle anymore when accelerating in first and feels more stable in mid corner.  Also the seating position has changed to my liking.  Front is lower and rear higher. Cheers, Sam (Belgium)

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Kawasaki ZX9R 1999
First, your approachability encouraged me to engage with you. Your quiet confidence and calmness gave me the impression you knew what you were doing and that I could trust you. The fact that you asked me what I thought was wrong with the handling told me how you were going to approach the bike. The way you explained things calmly, quietly and patiently to me also inspired confidence. It was in large part your demeanour that made the sale.
The way you did the work, methodically, calmly, and with your partner told me you knew what you were doing. You showed no doubts but also no over-confidence and there was a distinct lack of bull-shit about you, something common in people selling services/goods.
The result was a tauter bike, more comfortable to ride, at a better angle, and with better handling. I'd thoroughly recommend your services. For £30, to know my bike is set up the best it can be, tailored to my weight and riding preferences, leaving no doubts on my part, is well worth the cost. It's money well-spent and well-invested. Cheers John, Dr. David

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Kawasaki ZX9R 2001
Hi John, The bike feels so much more planted and confident now. Before, I would unknowingly tend to fight the bars and bike into a line.  The bike just drops in and feels so much smoother now. Thanks for the Set Up John. I would certainly recommend you to other riders looking to get more out of their riding. Cheers, Simon

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Kawasaki ZX7R
Hi (John) great to meet you to. After you adjusted my bike it's fantastic, when riding the bike to you I was thinking how uncomfortable it was and that it felt really heavy and unbalanced. After you altered it and I rode it the 50 miles home it was brilliant literally like a new bike, I was thinking of getting rid of it but now you have given it a new lease of life and all this for less than the price of an oil change. Thanks again, Cheers, Kev
 
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Kawasaki ZX6R
I have to say, the difference is nothing short of incredible. So many characteristics of the bike that I’ve just learned to live with over the last few years have now gone and it’s behaving like I always knew that it should (but, of course, blamed myself for).
It is amazingly stable under rapid deceleration, whether engine braking or slamming on the brakes, the bike just doesn’t ‘wallow’ any more. I never even noticed it doing it before but now the front is nowhere near as ‘squirrely’ under heavy braking, makes me feel like I can control an emergency stop one hell of a lot better! That leads me nicely onto the point around braking into corners. I’ve always been taught not to do that but am aware that racers often ‘trail’ their brakes into the beginning of a corner and definitely well in to the lean angle that they set. I’ve always got my braking out of the way and don’t start any acceleration until I’m fully leaned over into a corner/roundabout. Now I can trail the front brakes whilst leaning over and carry (what feels like) a ridiculous amount of speed into a corner, it’s so confidence inspiring and I’m nothing short of astounded!
The overall smoothness and quality of cornering has improved dramatically. I no longer feel like I’m fighting the bike to counter steer it into a corner. It’s all just very, very smooth and responsive. The feedback that I’m getting through the front end is telling me all sorts of things that I’ve never really felt before; available grip, adjustment of line etc. etc. How on earth did I cope before?!? Simon. (Simons full write up is on bikerforum.co.uk)

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Kawasaki ZRX1200
Hi John, I noticed the difference in the overall feeling of the bike as soon as I left you on Friday evening. Gave the bike a proper ride Saturday all day and was like riding a completely new bike, its amazing how altering a few things makes all the difference. Cheers Ian.

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Kawasaki ZZR1400 2011
Hi John Just got back to Oldham and my what a difference, it feels like I have a new bike, it now feels like it should of done when it left the factory, all the wobbly bits seem to have gone and feels way more planted than it did before. Really good enjoyable ride home over the tops and have to say after a short blast home I'm really pleased with the results. Mike

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Kawasaki Z1000
I've done 400 mile in the past 2 days making sure I used roads that have previously been an issue from the bike bouncing about. All I can say is whatever you have done has transformed the bike immensely. The bike feels firm to the road, seems to pull tighter into bends easier and hold the lines smoothly, even when the road surface is bumpy the feedback and smoothness of the bike increases confidence massively. That handling of the bike is second to none I have to say I've fallen in love with the bike all over again and can't thank you enough for what you have done. Definitely be recommending you to other bikers.  Peter.

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Kawasaki ZX6R
Hi John, I took the bike out today, and it felt a lot better. Before I came to see you the front felt a little unsure mid corner, now it feels like its on rails. Really transformed the feel of the bike. Without a doubt the best money I could have spent on my bike. Cheers, Tom.

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Kawasaki ZX12R
Hi John, well the bike is transformed, it feels like a bike half it’s size, you can now feel what the front is doing, before I said up hill round a bend it felt vague on the front not any more, just seems so planted all round. Thanks very much Steve.

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Kawasaki ZX9R
Hello John, The ride is greatly improved! Far smoother when riding in a straight line. In the corners the bike feels as if it steers faster into the bend and also holds a line through the bend far better than before. There is now far more feedback as to what is happening beneath me! When comparing the before and after settings it is clearly evident that the bike was too 'stiff' and masking what was happening. I was clearly adjusting things the wrong way!! Once again thank you very much. Best Regards
 Trevor

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Kawasaki Z1000 2007
John, John, John what can I say about the suspension set-up you did on Sunday @ Ridewell. To simply say that you have transformed my bike, in a very positive way making it feel completely different and an absolute pleasure to ride! Does not feel worthy enough of just how good it feels, the resulting performance of my bike has lead me to pass on your details to several friends in anticipation of you being able to help them too! On returning from Ridewell the improvement was instantly noticeable, the steering felt feather light and far more settled and the bike just feels so stable in corners almost begging me to lean it further and further, the confidence that I have in the bike is greatly increased and I thought I was happy with stock settings. You are a true master at your trade John and I am immensely thankful that you took the time out to attend Ridewell, others in the ZedOC club are raving about your handiwork too! Once again, Thank You for a job very well done. Malcolm aka Haggis, (Black Zed1000, 2007 model)

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Kawasaki ZZR1400
Hi John, Just to say that the Bike I rode back home today was not the same bike I rode down. The handling and feel was so much better on the way home. He front forks are not bottoming out now either. This has given me so much more confidence when riding into and out of bends, as the bike seems to be so much more planted. I only wish I’d heard of your service earlier  (and you say you could improve it if it had better springs) guess what’s on my Christmas list lol. Will be in touch early in the New Year. Thanks again. Del

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Kawasaki ZX10R
Hi John, thanks for the setting sheet, and it was nice to meet you Sunday. Well where to begin my zx10r suspension was set up by myself to start with I thought it was ok but how wrong I was I’m a pretty fast rider and love the twisties. After having you set up my bike suspension properly all I can say in one word WICKED more speed going in to the corners, and a more comfortable ride all round. Thanks again John. A few of my mates got there bikes done as well zx6 Paul zx6 swampy Ducati Shawn Triumph Andy and they all like there settings. Any one that needs their bike suspension set up needs to be coming to you.  Thanks again, John     YOUR THE MAN

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Kawasaki ZX6R
John, just to let you know the bike is 100% better handling, steering, feel, all round a lot, lot better bike. If you remember I didn’t tell you what it felt like before you made the adjustments but you gave me your explanation of how the bike was handling and you was spot on with what you said, it was like a heavy piece of wood, slow steering and so on. But I’m glad to say the bike is 100% better all round. John, thank you very much for that well pleased. Regards Paul

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Kawasaki ZZR1400 2011
Hi John, WOW!! Only managed to cover about 40 miles on ride home but the difference was amazing. Thank You so much for your time and efforts, it really was worth meeting with you, so much more composed, and as you said 'it looks after you in the corners' so confidence inspiring.
I wondered if you had some time next week to do another ZZR1400 for the touring friend of mine who I told about. Kind Regards. Paul

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Kawasaki ZX7R
Hi John, Had a good ride out today 200 miles + in the welsh countryside Suspension works a treat great to have feel in the front end and long sweepers are now a dream I have got a lot more confidence and feel now in the bike. Thanks for your help and advice. Dave

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Kawasaki Z1000
Hi John, I have a complaint............... I am now spending a fortune on fuel as I am getting out on the bike every chance I get, totally transformed the handling. Prior to you working your magic on it, my bike would easily become un-settled over uneven surface, almost a "pogo" sensation, not a great feeling whilst cornering etc. It now feels so stable and steady at speed, and has given me new found confidence in my ability to corner faster, the whole riding experience has improved. Any thoughts I had re changing to a sports bike have been binned, So the money saved by not changing can fund my fuel.........................Enough time spent typing, I am off out on my bike. Cheers Calvo.

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Kawasaki Z1000
Just a quick thank you John, you sorted my Z1000 at Ridewell on Sunday and I must say, the bike has been transformed. Ripples/overbanding and the general crap state of English motorways and roads are no longer an issue, the bike rode over everything without any rocking or kicking me out of the seat. I should have had this done years ago. Without a doubt the best money I have ever spent! Once again, thanks, I will tell all my mates about your service. Cheers, Peter.

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Kawasaki ZX9R
Hi John. Although the changes were fairly small you did to the bike it felt really well planted on my trackday at Snetterton yesterday and at no point did it feel like letting go even braking into the corners more than I really wanted to after going in a bit hot. The tyres wore very even too, so well happy with the changes. Thanks again Jon

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Kawasaki Z1000
Hi John, Took the z1000 to Assen last week after you'd done your stuff and the improvement was obvious right from the off.  Steering is sharper and the back end has some feel now compared to the vagueness that was there previously. Most importantly, it's much more stable now through the fast sweepers and that was my main goal from having you look at it. Many thanks, best money I've spent in a long time. Best regards, Richard

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Kawasaki ZZR1400
Hi John, I've taken my baby out several times since Squire's, deliberately ridden along bad surfaces and potholes etc that would normally upset the handling and there is definitely an improvement. The bike feels a lot more planted and I'm a better rider now as I'm not watching the surface so much on corners but can concentrate on my lines into and through a bend. Much obliged for your expertise. Si.
 
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Taken from ZX-9R.net Forum .Kawasaki ZX9R
Was at squires on Saturday & this dude was there, Alpha suspension set up, so I thought "f**k it" & had him take a look at my 9, he sits me on it, measures this n that & proceeds to tell me how my bike is running wide, getting squirrely on turn in etc... I agreed with him so he twats on with it then says "take it for a spin"   NEW BIKE  !!!!!!!!!!!! best money I've spent for a long time, top bloke. Locky
 
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Taken From mcnninjas.co.uk
I'd had a respring & revalve on the front & the same on the back & set up for my weight,but the back still did not feel right, front was a lot better but i was still getting bounced out of the seat on bumpy roads.This guy was at sherburn 1 sunday afternoon, I took the bike over & for a small fee he measured the static sag, checked all the settings with me on & off the bike,made a few adjustments. I  took it for a blast up the road & there is a part of the road going back to sherburn that is really bumpy, went on it giving it a bit of stick & the rear felt so much better in that it was doing what it is was supposed to & absorb the bumps. bike felt a hell of a lot better & it really was a joy to ride out in france.So if you want your bike set up defo give this guy a try

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Kawasaki ZX12R
Hi John, Not been off bike since u sorted suspension out, words cannot describe how much better it feels. In fact it feels like a different bike mate, cant believe what I’ve put up with all this time. I’m so much more confident its un true, I now pass the point where I know I used to start braking, lean in round she goes, never had such a big smile coming out of a corner. On the way home from yours I was riding over every bump I could see, I just could not believe the difference from now on each time I buy a new bike you will be the 1st person I will go see. Told all the lads they want you’re your number so u should be getting some calls soon. Thank you Paul zx12r.

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Kawasaki Z1000 2005
Hi John, thanks again. The bikes so much easier to ride now, before the rear would feel skittish and spun up under hard acceleration with the front end feeling light and twitchy, now when I give it some I feel the rear tuck, grip and go, no bouncing and spinning up, the front feels planted and dips nicely under hard braking. Riding around town it feels a lot more plush too. Great results overall recommend to anyone with any gripes about their bike! Liam

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Kawasaki ZX9R
Dear John , Just a quick note to say thank you for sorting out the suspension on my ZX900 last week, I finally had a chance to have a good ride on it today and it is like a different bike, much smoother, controlled and faster in corners. When I think that I was going to send it to Maxton and spend a small fortune to get the same effect this was the best value service I have ever had.   
I have just bought a TUONO and I would like you to have a look at the suspension on that too so could you please` let me know when you are open so I can arrange an appointment. Many Thanks, Robert    
 
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Kawasaki ZZR1400
Cheers John the best money I ever spent your magic has totally transformed the handling of my bike I only wish I’d seen you much sooner.
Thanks Terri
 
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Kawasaki Z1000
Hi  John  Just letting you know that the set up you did on my Z1000 on sat at Sherburn has transformed the bike thanks for that if I know anyone that is interested in having it done I will definitely recommend your services. Regards Simon

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Kawasaki ZX9R
Hi John, the bike is much better now, I managed 120miles after leaving Squires & it was like a new bike, I have recommended you to my friends, Regards, Darryn
 
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Kawasaki ZX7R
Just to give you some feedback regarding the bike since you set it up. Feels a lot more stable and stiffer whereas the tendency before was for it to 'wallow' a little when putting the power on coming out of bends. All in all much improved. ! ! Chris
 
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Kawasaki ZX10R
I visited you today (Sat) and you adjusted the suspension on my Green ZX10R. I am happy to say that on my journey home, the bike’s handling was improved. Better line holding in the corners and plusher ride quality over the bumps. Many thanks Kevin Valley