CRAZY DOGS KAWASAKI MX MASTER CLASS: A CLASS ABOVE THE REST!

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The Crazy Dogs Kawasaki MX Master Class was a huge success judging by the size of the crowd which showed up for the two hour session at the Caboolture based motorcycle dealership last weekend. Chairs in the pop-up classroom were filled to the brim with local riders, keen to learn more about maintaining their dirt bikes.

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The concept for the MX Master Class resulted from demand within the local community from riders, who for various reasons don’t have direction from someone to show them how to look after their bikes. “We reasoned that if we can teach our customers how to look after their bikes then we’ll hopefully have more people enjoying the sport who otherwise may not get the chance,” said Rebecca Baker, who along with husband Richard has run their Kawasaki motorcycle dealership for over 15 years. “It was our chance to give something back to the community,” she said.

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The MX Master Class was organised specifically in mind to teach young people and was open to all ages and levels of ability. “There was a lot of interest coming from parents who’ve been doing all the maintenance up until now and are keen for their kids to start getting involved,” said Rebecca.

The class gave participants the opportunity to learn the basics of two and four stroke dirt bike maintenance from industry experts who willingly gave up their time and knowledge. The guys from Link International were also on hand to go through their oil and filter product range.

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Some parents such as local mum Beverley earnestly took notes, while others filmed the class with their mobile devices for future reference. “I found it useful and amazing!” exclaimed Bev. “As a single mum dealing with a MX child I learnt so much! We went straight home afterwards and got out my notes,” she said. “My son had the confidence to service his KX85 on his own!”

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There’s nothing else quite like this type of forum on offer for free currently in South East Qld. “We held the presentation so that participants got the chance to get their hands dirty. They learnt all the basics as well as some helpful tips, things you just can’t pick up by watching online tutorials,” explained Sam, Crazy Dogs Head Technician, who was in charge of technical education for the event.

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Kawasaki Motors Australia came on board to offer their support, sending Nathan Crawford from the Mega Bulk Fuels Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team to meet with the class. One fan brought along his number plate for Nathan to sign, which appears to be the start of a new pastime. “He’s a motox freak and wants to fill it with pro rider signatures,” said his dad Brad.

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“It was an awesome opportunity for young fans to meet with Nathan and grab an autograph and a selfie with him. For some of these kids it could be the defining moment that transforms a passion for their sport into a potential career. Anything is possible with the right support!” exclaimed Rebecca.

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Crazy Dogs Kawasaki offer workshop services and spare parts for all makes and models, including discount prices on riding gear plus all the essentials you need for your next day out on the track! You can check out their online store on their website www.crazydogs.com.au or visit 39 Lear Jet Drive, Caboolture.

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The Long Ride 2017

Crazy Dogs patron Brett is joining in The Long Ride 2017 along with RAAF Base Amberley personnel who have gotten together to participate in this year’s event as ‘Team Amberley’. Team Amberley is a group of personnel from both the Army and Air Force who are raising funds with a team target of $5,000.

The Long Ride is a charity event held to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia where motorcyclists from all over the country converge on one destination to raise awareness and much needed funds to support research into a cure for Prostate Cancer.

“We look at this as a great opportunity to spend some time with mates, see beautiful scenery, ride amazing roads and raise awareness and funds for the PCFA and I’m sure we’ll have plenty of fun along the way,” said Brett.

“There are 9 other riders in Team Amberley consisting of Kawasaki, BMW, and Yamaha motorcycles. Basically the only thing I’ve had to do in preparation is to get my bike serviced by the techs at Crazy Dogs Kawasaki. I think my 2017 Ninja 1000 is perfectly suited to this kind of long ride,” said Brett.

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Team Amberley is setting out from Amberley to Melbourne and then over Bass Straight to spend a week traveling around Tasmania between the 13th and 20th of October. Previous years have gone to Darwin NT, Margaret River WA and Uluru. “We’ve set aside three days for the first leg of the journey with a support vehicle to carry the majority of our gear,” Brett explained.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia (except for non-melanoma skin cancers) and the second greatest cause of cancer deaths in men.

Tragically, more than 2,900 Australian men each year die from prostate cancer. In the early stages, there are few symptoms of prostate cancer; however, if detected early, prostate cancer is often treatable and curable. This is why men aged 50 and over, or 40 if there is a family history of prostate cancer should not wait for symptoms; they should talk to their doctor about prostate cancer – a simple step that could save a life.

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“While I’ve been fortunate that prostate cancer hasn’t affected my life personally, I’m looking forward to this ride for a number of reasons. In addition to our team goal of raising money to help find a cure for the disease, I’ll also be meeting new likeminded people and I’m really looking forward to riding around Tassie which has some of the best motorcycling road in Australia,” said Brett.

To help Brett raise his individual target of $1,000 click here and donate to “Brett’s Long Ride” https://thelongride2017.everydayhero.com/au/team-amberley-2017-1

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Crazy Dogs Receive National Top Kawasaki Dealer Award

Crazy Dogs Kawasaki have been awarded the prestigious “Ichiban National Number 1 Kawasaki Exclusive Dealer” award for the 2016/17 Fiscal Year. The Ichiban award recognises the significant effort and results achieved by the dealership over the past 12 months and places Crazy Dogs Kawasaki at the top of all exclusive Kawasaki dealerships across the country which is truly something to aspire to and be proud of.

It’s been a long road to success for owner Richard Baker who with wife Rebecca started the business thirteen years ago as a humble accessories shop. “It’s always been our ultimate goal to reach Number 1. Beck and I are elated with our achievement and recognize the importance and high-regard of this coveted award by Kawasaki Motors in recognising their ‘best of the best’,” he said.

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“As a family owned business we strive to treat our customers with the same level of excellence that we’d expect. We take pride in our customer service and this has been a major factor in Crazy Dogs Kawasaki’s customer retention and satisfaction levels,” he said.

Moving to their prominent new Superstore in Caboolture has been instrumental to their success. “We’ve had more room to store & display the full Kawasaki suite of products including Road & Off Road bikes, Mules, RUVs and ATVs since we moved to our new location 18 months ago,” he said.

Rebecca is part of the small but efficient team at Crazy Dogs Kawasaki, offering competitive services as an agent for Kawasaki Motors Finance and Kawasaki Insurances. “As the only family owned independent Kawasaki dealership in South East Qld Crazy Dogs is an attractive alternative in comparison to some of the more ‘corporate style’ dealerships,” she said. “Customers really feel part of the Crazy Dogs family and appreciate the personal touch, including special VIP discounts and Netflix in the customer lounge.”

Crazy Dogs Kawasaki is your One Stop Shop offering everything you need to get on two wheels including road and off road riding gear, Kawasaki genuine spare parts and accessories including an online store which delivers Australia-wide. Their qualified technicians service all makes and models as well as road worthies. Crazy Dogs are the experts at putting bikes through their paces in their approved Dyno Jet facility.

“We’ve hosted a number of Dyno Shoot Out Competitions offering free entry and prizes with real-time dyno reading displays,” said Richard. “Based on the feedback we’ve received there is nothing else like this event in South East Qld for motorcycle enthusiasts and people come from far and wide to participate.” The Dyno Shoot Out event is scheduled again for this winter so keep an eye on the Crazy Dogs Kawasaki Facebook page or their website for updates and early entry details.

Did you know?

Ichiban (一番?) means ‘number 1’ in Japanese. The Japanese language has numerous numeric suffixes that are used depending on the subject matter;[1] “-ban” is only one of many ways to turn “ichi” (“one“) into “first”. From Japanese, ichiban translates to “number one.”

Crazy Dogs Kawasaki – Your NUMBER ONE choice for Kawasaki!

The Ducati

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Buying or selling a motorcycle can often prove to be an emotional experience for people. I recently met a lovely couple when they came into my office to draw up paperwork to buy a new Kawasaki KLR650. They were trading in their Ducati 900SS. It was a stunning bike, quite rare and in immaculate condition. It’s the kind of bike that’s timeless and will be a classic forever; the kind of bike that could tell a story about its owners.

I sensed that the wife was a bit hesitant, asking her husband, “Are you sure you’re ready to sell the Duke?” Then the husband explained to me that the Ducati was originally bought many years ago, almost in pieces. It was intended as a project for himself and his Dad to work on. And work on it they did, eventually restoring the old bike to its former glory. They meticulously sourced each part over the course of several years, with hundreds of hours spent together toiling away at their masterpiece. The father and son team cherished the bike and rode often together, as good mates tend to do.

Sadly the father passed away and as time went on the son managed to sell some of his Dad’s belongings, but he could never bear to part with the Ducati, until now. He told me, “I’ve come to the time in my life when I’ve finally realised that the only thing you can take with you are memories. I’m happy to trade in the Ducati so I can have some off-road adventures with my wife.”

Yes there were tears, the tissues were brought out as the wife and husband reminisced about their loss and prepared to say goodbye to their Ducati. As they were leaving he turned to me and asked me to promise that I would make sure the Ducati went to a good home. I made the promise, not really sure how I would do that, I mean I’m a motor dealer. Selling bikes is what I do, I can’t very well do a background check to make sure that a customer is going to look after a bike and love it can I? But the promise was made and I was hopeful I would somehow keep my word.

It wasn’t long before the Ducati was sold. The new owner was overjoyed to find a Ducati in such fine condition and told me he’d been looking for one just like it for a long time. We were discussing his insurance quote when the conversation turned to driving fines. He told me he’d never use a mobile phone if he was driving, in fact he would tell everyone he met not to text when in control of a vehicle. It turned out the reason was because his son was tragically killed in a motorcar accident caused by the driver of an oncoming car who was preoccupied texting.

He then elaborated on the reason why he was buying the Ducati. He and his son were the best of mates and used to ride together. You guessed it; his son used to ride a Ducati 900SS just like the one he was getting now! He told me it was time for him to stop grieving and start living; that his son would want him to get back on the road and live his life to the full.

I couldn’t believe it; my promise was kept! The Ducati was not only going to a loving new owner, it was going to exactly THE perfect new owner! The father son bond wasn’t broken! On the surface the Ducati was made of metal, rubber and plastic but it was so much more than that; it brought people together! It helped create lasting memories for one owner and peace for another. And that’s why we ride: for the joy, elation and fun! And sometimes; just sometimes if only for a minute, to help us forget the sad times.

Crazy Dogs Turn the Heat Up at their Winter Dyno Shoot Out Comp

Due to the success of their inaugural Dyno Shoot Out Competition in January 2016, Crazy Dogs Motorcycles recently hosted the Winter Dyno Shoot Out Comp. With over thirty bikes competing during the 4 hour event there was plenty of entertainment for motorcycle enthusiasts, including a sausage sizzle and giveaways for young and old alike. The Crazy Dogs Dynojet 250i ran LAMS bikes, Harleys, Sport bikes, Cruisers, Naked bikes, Tourers, a Nitrous and a Turbo bike and last but not least – a 125cc Grom!  “Winter is an ideal time for this sort of event as the bikes always run better on a cooler day and it’s more comfortable for the spectators,” said Richard Baker, owner of Crazy Dogs.IMG_9322

IMG_0095There was plenty to check out on the day including some of the fastest road bikes in South East Qld battling it out for the top prize. The action was played live on a 55 inch screen. “Having access to the screen added a whole new element to the spectator experience. Not only could they view the bike on the dyno, the onlookers watched the results in real-time as well. This is a one-of-a-kind comp in that we don’t charge entry fees & it’s an open-air dyno, so the audience can see the whole event,” explained Richard.IMG_9320

Entrants came from far and wide, with one Rockhampton couple braving a freezing 9 hour ride on their 2010 V-Max the night before in order to compete. Thankfully their trip wasn’t in vain as they came away 2nd in the Open class; having only just missed out on 1st place by 0.42 H/p.

When asked about the Dyno day, V-Max owner Mike G. said, “The techs got everybody through with time to spare and there were some very nice awards given out to the winners in each class. Not just decals or coupons for discounted purchases. These guys gave away real merchandise! Backpacks, 4 litre kits of oils, massive cans of premium chain lube, detailing products, tee shirts and the coolest custom made trophies! We each also got a printout of our best run of the day for keepsakes. The service techs went even further for me and emailed me the dyno run files upon request.”

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Winner of the LAMS category on her Kawasaki Vulcan S, Roben F. said, “I ended up having a wonderful afternoon with many likeminded people. I was impressed with the professional way all the bikes were handled. Being able to see the results on the big screen TV was great. Thank you to everyone at Crazy Dogs for a well organised fun afternoon. I can’t wait for the next one!”

The trophy presentation included 4 categories: LAMS, Under 750cc, Open and Unlimited. The overall winner of the comp was a turbo charged GSX-R 1000 at 386.72 H/p which thrilled the spectators, most were obliged to use their complimentary ear plugs for the first time that session. Richard says, “We added the Unlimited category for turbos and supercharged bikes especially for the Winter Comp and there were so many V-Twins and Cruisers in this round that we’ll be adding a separate category just for them next time.”

12418090_1015594481841579_8368285839617283837_nThe next Crazy Dogs Dyno Shoot Out Comp is scheduled for January 2017. Keep an eye out for registration details on the Crazy Dogs Facebook page if you’d like to compete for the next title, or come along as an onlooker for what promises to be another thrilling spectator event.

 

Ladies take the reins: Kawasaki Vulcan S LAMS ABS

Kim (left) and Donna (right) are loving life in the riders seat.

I recently met two friends when they came in to Crazy Dogs to buy their first motorcycle, the learner friendly Kawasaki Vulcan S LAMS ABS. Their enthusiasm was contagious and it wasn’t long until we started chatting.

Meeting through mutual friends within the Oz Boulevard Group Donna (50) and Kim (49), up until recently were both pillions on their husband’s bikes. While they were thrilled being on the back, they soon decided that they wanted to take the reins and get their own ride.

Donna explained, “It’s always been a ‘bucket list’ item for me. It will take a while for me to get enough confidence to ride in a large group.  But I really look forward to riding away for weekends with just me and my man.”

Kim, with two grown up children and now a Nanna of a beautiful two week old girl says, “I still enjoy being the pillion occasionally but also I’m enjoying all the new experiences of being the rider of my own bike.”

When asked why they chose the Kawasaki brand in particular the Vulcan S LAMS ABS, Kim said, “We looked at other bikes, but they all looked old or too heavy. The Vulcan S looked good, was lighter, had ABS brakes and most importantly sounded good. Another feature that was high on the list was the fact the Vulcan S didn’t look like a LAMS bike.”

The reaction from family and friends when they found out about Kim and Donna’s new motorcycles was mixed. “The majority were very happy that I was giving it a go. As I’m a fresh brand new rider at 50, I haven’t experienced any challenges as such.” said Donna.

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Kim & Donna wanted to take the reins and get their own ride.

Kim added, “My friend’s reaction was great and very supportive, family was a little different. My mother thought I was having a mid-life crisis and my daughter thought I was crazy. To be honest I haven’t experienced any challenges as yet being a female rider. My experience with other riders male and female have been great.”

They ride as often as possible with a group throughout South East Qld and northern NSW. “We’ve done a number of rides to Coffs Harbour, Newcastle and even the Blue Mountains. We’re heading on a trip out to Stanthorpe in June with around 20 other people.” They’re also planning a Cairns trek early next year.

Their advice to other ladies who want to learn to ride? Kim tells them, “Do your research on the bike of your choice, ask people who do ride plenty of questions. Get out there riding and you will not regret it.” Donna agrees, “Do it! Don’t regret not giving it a go.”

Explaining more about their journey so far and the decision to purchase their first bike now, Kim and Donna’s insights into the timing of their purchase are touching.

Kim says, “I always enjoyed being a pillion passenger, going for day trips or weekends away. It was now time for me to take that next step and be a rider myself. I really want to thank Crazy Dogs for the great service and help. I would recommend them to anyone who is interested in buying a bike.”

Donna shares her poignant message, “In a nutshell life is too short. Don’t wait for tomorrow. You may miss it. Our twenty-four year old son James passed away suddenly whilst on holiday in Canada last year. Life can change in the blink of an eye. I have always wanted to ‘get off the back’ of the bike, but was never brave enough. I just feel now is my time.”

“I chose the purple Vulcan S as purple was my son’s favourite colour. My angel rides with me. Some days are harder than others for my husband Ken and I but something we have found about people who ride bikes. They become family.”

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The thrill seekers are planning a Cairns trek early next year.

For more information regarding Kawasaki motorcycles, including new bike prices please click here:  http://www.crazydogs.com.au/product-category/new-bikes/

Rebecca Baker is Dealer Principal at Crazy Dogs Kawasaki and is the author of “Beck’s Blog”. She has eleven years’ experience in the finance sector working in the motorcycle industry for the past 7 years as co-owner of “Crazy Dogs Kawasaki” a family-run Kawasaki dealership located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Corporate Bullying: Our Response

 

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According to research by the University of Wollongong half of all Australian employees will experience workplace bullying during their careers. We’ve all heard about someone who’s had a hard time from a fellow employee, but did you know that this kind of thing also goes on in the corporate world?

Bullying is on the rise and big business is no exception. By definition kickblly.com  tell us that a workplace bully is “someone who is habitually overbearing, harsh or cruel, typically using manipulation, intimidation or harassment to overwhelm, dominate or control others.” And the same is true for companies whose employees engage in similar behaviour; otherwise known as Corporate Bullying.

It’s unfortunate that Crazy Dogs Kawasaki  have also been exposed to this type of abuse. Over the years we’ve received feedback from our loyal customers reporting many strange (and sometimes amusing) rumours which have been designed by our competitors in an attempt to tarnish our otherwise good name.

So we’d like to take this opportunity to clear the air and dispel any myths about the Crazy Dogs Kawasaki  dealership right here – right now and proudly publish our latest Customer Satisfaction Index Report independently sourced from Kawasaki Motors Australia.

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