Gympie Tafe engineering teacher Bob Partridge, Kawasaki state sales manager Martin Kypr ,and campus manager Corrie McColl with the $12,000 KX 450 Kawasaki donated to the Tafe.
Gympie Tafe engineering teacher Bob Partridge, Kawasaki state sales manager Martin Kypr ,and campus manager Corrie McColl with the $12,000 KX 450 Kawasaki donated to the Tafe. Craig Warhurst

Kawasaki teams up with Gympie Tafe

A $12,000 motorbike donated to the Gympie Tafe will make sure Gympie-trained apprentices stay ahead of the pack.

Kawasaki’s Queensland sales manager Martin Kypr delivered the KX 450 to the Gympie campus of the Wide Bay Tafe yesterday and said the donation of state-of-the-art motocross bike would allow apprentices to work on the latest motorbike technology.

The KX450 is the same model bike Chad Reid won last year’s Australian Super Motocross title on.

Mr Kypr said Kawasaki had teamed up with Gympie Tafe to allow students access to new technology. “It’s great for us, for apprentices to have hands-on experience with our product before they’re let out as a mechanic,” Mr Kypr said.

“It’s our way of helping out and improving students’ technical knowledge.

“The bike has the latest fuel injection technology.

“It’s the next generation of motocross,” he said.

Gympie Tafe motorcycle mechanic teacher Bob Partridge said the donation was greatly appreciated and would add another dimension to the 40 motorcycles the Tafe had in its workshop.

Mr Partridge has built up good relationships with motorbike manufacturers and said all donated bikes were put to good use.

He said Kawasaki had also donated all the diagnostic equipment and service manuals needed to repair the bike.

“We will teach the apprentices to run diagnostic checks on the bike and isolate what parts may be failing,” Mr Partridge said.

Gympie Tafe is the only motorcycle institute in Queensland and teaches more than100 apprentices from all over the state.

Gympie Tafe campus manager Corrie McColl said the donation would help keep the training they were offering modern and relevant.

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