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Kawasaki Motorcycles

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Founded: 1896
Age: 124 years
Country: Japan
Website: www.kawasaki.com
Total models: 51
Active models: 33
Discontinued models: 18
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 models

Models
Produced
Variations
2005 - now
4
1996 - now
4
2008 - now
27
2018 - now
1
1985 - now
9
2009 - now
6
1996 - now
6
1986 - now
6
2009 - now
5
1986 - now
4
2016 - now
2
1983 - now
2
2003 - now
24
1978 - now
13
2000 - now
8
2005 - now
42
1982 - now
77
2003 - now
76
2003 - now
13
1995 - now
77
2004 - now
10
2008 - now
33
2006 - now
28
2005 - now
23
1984 - now
65
1965 - now
6
2010 - now
7
2003 - now
21
1972 - now
41
2018 - now
1
1993 - now
5
2018 - now
2
1988 - now
34

Discontinued models

Models
Produced
Variations
1991 - 2008
2
1992 - 1997
1
2003 - 2006
3
2005 - 2013
8
1994 - 1998
1
1981 - 2008
17
2014 - 2015
1
1975 - 1982
1
2004 - 2007
3
2003 - 2013
23
2004 - 2005
1
2001 - 2006
1
1994 - 2001
4
1968 - 1982
5
2007 - 2008
1
1989 - 1998
4
1999 - 2004
1
1991 - 2003
5

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