I have been patiently waiting for this video from OnTheThrottle.tv to show up in my inbox, ever since I saw Chris Matye filming the project at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as there is a great story to be told about the pair of Kawasaki ZRX1224RR superbikes that SBK Factory campaigned at the latest Race to the Clouds.

Riding the two Kawasakis were Jake Holden and James Compton, and both riders put down impressive times up the 12.42 mile Pikes Peak course — Holden was the third quickest motorcycle up the mountain overall, and Compton sixth. The pair were second and third fastest in their Exhibition Powersports class, behind only the current record holder, Carlin Dunne.

With now four installments to the series, “Taking Performance to New Heights” features two men who found themselves the victims of the new economy that is currently at play in AMA Pro Road Racing, and follows their quest to race then at Pikes Peak.

The videos also tells the story behind the development, building, and racing of a very special and unique pair of race bikes, and I can tell you from examining these ZRX’s up-close in person, and watching them race at Pikes Peak, SBK Factory’s Kawasaki ZRX1224RR looks as good as it goes (Holden’s bike is for sale, by the way).

If you planned on getting any work done today, you should probably not continue reading this post. We have all four installments of SBK Factory’s Pikes Peak story on video for you here.

Part One – The Bike

Part Two – The Test

Part Three – The Team

Part Four – The Race

Source: OnTheThrottle; Photo: © 2013 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Stony Crane

    Great job James, Jake and OTT!

  • fateddy

    This is extremely good. Most engaging and unpretentious motorcycle video I’ve watched in a long time. More more more.

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  • Andres

    Man next year I’ll for sure make it to the mountains to see the racers… Looks amazing.

  • mxs

    Amazing bunch of guys and amazing video as well.

  • TooClose Racing

    A great job (bike builds and racing) by this team and an excellent video production! I watched the last 15 minutes of the last video with a big smile on my face. And kudos for adding the Lightning, Ducati, and Honda riders/efforts to the video – it really helped build the tension as well as provide the viewer with a good cross-section of the bike technologies that are showing up at the Peak. I’m fairly slack-jawed at the accomplishment of Lightning motorcycles. Sure – you couldn’t design a better race for an electric bike, but it is still an incredible achievement by the company and the rider (in terms of moving from the Duck to the Electric).