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Kawasaki Motorcycles is Japan based motorcycle, ATV, Watercraft and Side x Side manufacturer. The company is managed by its parent group, Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The consortium has production plants in Japan, USA, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. The history of Kawasaki Motorcycles starts in 1878, when the founder of the company, Shozo Kawasaki established a factory named Kawasaki Tsukiji Shipyard in Tokyo, Japan. The company engaged in vast array of industries such shipbuilding, railroad rolling stock, and electrical generating plants, which altered new technological magics what the world hadn't seen until then. Its devices ranged from motorcycles to satellites appreciated its bravery and spread out to the whole land, sea, air and outer space of the entire universe. The consortium provided LNG and LPG carriers, submarines and other vessels by shipbuilding class. Kawasaki has a great heritage in railway segment as well. Japan's Shinkansen trains and New York City's subway cars are just two good examples of its good sake. The company also had major roles in gas turbines, biomass power plants, renowned engineering skills in industrial plants, environmental protection facilities, industrial equipment, construction machinery and steel structures.
In 1896, the company was re-branded and incorporated as Kawasaki Dockyard Co. Ltd. By the mid of 20th century, Kawasaki Heavy Industries signed up in a contract with Meguro Motorcycles, an old Japanese motorcycle manufacturing firm to take over the consortium. In 1952, Kawasaki Machine Industry produced its first motorcycle engine, the KE-1. It was a 148cc, Single air-cooled, OHV, 4-stroke engine generated a maximum power of 4 PS at 4,000 rpm. In 1953, Kawasaki began the mass production. In 1956, Kawasaki launched its first motorcycle, the KB -5A, with the brand logo 'Kawasaki'. In 1960, Kawasaki founded a dedicated factory with all facilities to build motorcycles and commenced sales of Kawasaki 12 New Ace. The Pet and the 125B7 were unveiled in 1961.
In the same year, Kawasaki set a benchmark by introducing its first fully made motorcycle, the 125B8, exclusively manufactured by Kawasaki Aircraft Company. Then it was introduced into the market in 1962. In 1963, the B8M won the top 6 positions in the Hyogo Prefecture Motocross Tournament. In 1966, a 650 cc displaced motorcycle, the W1 won million hearts for Kawasaki in US and the company became a world-wide recognized big bike manufacturer. In 1972, after a lot of researches and studies, the world's most powerful bike was born, the Z1. It was also the world's first air-cooled, DOHC, In-Line Four cylinder engine. The Z1 was equipped with a giant 900 cc engine.
In 1983, Kawasaki scribed something very new and special to the motorcycle world by launching the most famous super bike ever, the GPZ900R (Ninja 900), at Monterey, in California. This premium motorcycle caused several unlimited talks on it. The whole year was immersed at the debut of the Ninja. It was the world's first 16-valve liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder motorcycle engine. Equipped with a 908 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, the Ninja mounted a maximum power up to 115 bhp @ 9,500 rpm. The GPZ900R is the first road bike to cross a speed mark of 151 mph (243 km/h). With the launch of the ZZ-R1100 in 1990, the GPZ900R lost its flagship brand tag. Then the company stopped the production of the GPZ900R in 1996, in US and in 2003, in Japan.
Collaborating with Bajaj Auto, Kawasaki established its motorcycle business in Indian in 1986. The KB100 was the first motorcycle to be introduced in the, Bajaj - Kawasaki joint venture. Almost 6 bikes were given birth in this relationship. At present, Kawasaki motorcycles are distributed by Bajaj Auto across the country. The Ninja 250R and the Ninja 650R are the only 2 available Kawasaki variants in India.
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