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Charity Ninja on TT course 30 years after historic win

In 1984 the Isle of Man production TT race for machines up to 1500cc was won by Geoff Johnson on the first ever Kawasaki in the famous Ninja line, the GPz900R.

Now, thirty years later, a rider representing  the Stroke Association Support charity is going to complete  a lap of the famous 37 ¾ mile circuit on a restored example of the same machine to raise awareness and funds.

The driving – or rather “riding force” – behind the project is 41 year old Jay McGreneghan, pictured left, who has devoted his energies over the past year to volunteering at the charity’s Sheffield  base collecting furniture and other items to sell and raise money for a cause which, for him, has close family ties.

“My father has been debilitated by a series of strokes and, for the past ten years, has been bed-bound. Being a fan of the GPz, or Ninja as it was known in America, the idea for some kind of awareness-raising activity was always going to be based around my passion for two wheels and these Kawasaki bikes in particular.

“Thanks to its Ninja 30 celebration I have support from Kawasaki Motors UK and also via GT Motorcycles and boss Mike Grainger (pictured centre with GT colleague Steve, right), the man who supported Geoff Johnson all those years ago.

“With Mike and his team assembling the bike, plus a raft of parts, advice, support and donations from across the UK motorcycle and accessory industry, we hope our goal to ride a fund-raising lap of the world famous Isle of Man mountain course during practice week of the TT in late May will be achievable”.

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