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Kawasaki Motorcycles

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Founded: 1896
Age: 124 years
Country: Japan
Website: www.kawasaki.com
Total series: 111
Active series: 21
Discontinued series: 90
The Kawasaki Company is the leader in the world power sports industry manufacturing the best motorcycles be it for sport, supersport, supersport touring, touring, dual purpose, cruises, off-road or motocross. The secret behind the success of the label is the outstanding performance it delivers along with high reliability, sophisticated design and incorporation of the latest technologies in the industry. The motorcycles manufactured by Kawasaki are perfect down to the last detail to give riders the best journey of their lives.

Active series

Series
Produced
Variations
2009 - 2020
52
2005 - 2020
20
2020
1
2014 - 2020
16
2020
1
2020
1
1984 - 2020
64
1980 - 2020
132
2020
1
2020
1
1975 - 2020
128
1994 - 2020
251
2020
2
2007 - 2020
63
2017 - 2020
10
1985 - 2020
178
2011 - 2020
19
1974 - 2020
296
2020
1
1990 - 2020
63

Discontinued series

Series
Produced
Variations
1972 - 1974
4
1972 - 1974
2
1972 - 2014
10
1971 - 1973
5
1974
1
1969 - 1974
6
1997
1
1978
1
1972 - 1974
3
1972 - 1974
3
1967 - 1971
5
1967 - 1971
5
2017
1
2009 - 2012
4
1970
1
1982
1
2010 - 2018
15
1988 - 2010
24
1990 - 2002
17
2011 - 2014
7
1997 - 2006
9
2006 - 2017
13
2006 - 2017
16
1997 - 2018
14
1991
1
1975
1
1989
1
1972
1
1975
1
1986 - 1999
16
1981 - 2004
135
1995
1
2006
2
1990
1
1990 - 2017
25
1983
1
1986
1
1980 - 2006
8
1975 - 1983
17
1977
1
2009 - 2017
26
2009
1
1975 - 1980
15
1978 - 2003
11
1991 - 2007
14
2009
2
2009
1
2004 - 2008
2
1978 - 1981
4
1986 - 2001
12
1992
1
1975 - 1977
3
2016 - 2017
3
1989
1
2009 - 2014
18
2013
1
1977 - 2000
18
1978
1
1969
1
1969
1
2009 - 2014
11
2017
1
2016
1
2012 - 2018
4
2009 - 2010
2
1989 - 1992
8
1986 - 2017
114
1987 - 1992
14
1998 - 2001
2
1999 - 2018
9
1965 - 1969
10
1965 - 1969
5
1976
1
1976
1
1991 - 1999
24
1985 - 1997
19
1984
1
1990
1
1999 - 2003
8
1997 - 2017
26
1988 - 2016
7
2000 - 2003
4
1995 - 2003
10
1996 - 2003
11
1994 - 2003
10
1989 - 2003
19
1991
1
2004
1

Company timeline

1896
  • Company founded by Shozo Kawasaki dealing in ships, railroad and electrical plants
1960
  • Company takes over Meguro Motorcycles
1961
  • First motorcycle 125cc B7
1963
  • B8 takes 1-6th place in Aonogahara race
1964
  • Meguro merged into Kawasaki Aircraft Industry
1966
  • Company changes name to Kawasaki Autoby Hanbai
1968
  • US company changes name to Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
1969
  • First world Championship in the 125cc class
1970
  • Kawasaki Motors founded in Netherlands
1974
  • UK branch founded
1978
  • Kork Ballington wins Road Racing World Championship GP250 & GP350
1981
  • First ATV KLT200 released
1993
  • Name change to Kawasaki Motors Corporation Japan
1994
  • Release of Ninja ZX-9R
1997
  • Kawasaki Thailand founded
2009
  • Company suspends MotoGP racing
2016
  • 50th anniversary of Kawasaki US