About Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Kawasaki Heavy Industries (川崎重工業) (TYO: 7012) is a Japanese company whose businesses include Ship & Offshore Structure, Rolling Stock, Aerospace Systems, Energy System & Plant Engineering, Motorcycle & Engine, and Precision Machinery & Robot.
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Jan 18, 2023
18, 2023 9:09 am EST Kawasaki Heavy Industries is one of Japan's largest industrial companies with a long history of manufacturing aircraft and heavy equipment. Since the late 1950s, motorcycles have been one part of its manufacturing base, proving to be popular consumer products. The first motorcycle from Kawasaki came in 1963 with the W1 based on the British BSA design (via Old Bike Barn ). Since then, the company has continued to lead the field in making reliable motorcycles that excel in their purpose. Some classic bikes such as the H1 Mach III , dubbed The Widowmaker, showed the world that Kawasaki was an innovative company fully capable of producing machines that did not just meet contemporary standards, but far exceed them. Its powerful line of two-stroke triples led to the KZ line of sport bikes that dominated the early '80s and later the unbeatable Ninja. Throughout the period, Kawasaki also made economy and entry-level bikes with the same high level of quality, introducing generations to two-wheel motoring. While an H2 Mach IV can set you back 40 large in today's market, other models are much more attainable. Therefore, considering only those machines that are legal for use on the street, here are 10 Kawasaki models you can likely afford. Kawasaki KE100 For most kids growing up in the '80s or '90s, their first experience with motorized transport outside of Mom's station wagon was likely a Kawasaki KE100. It was the most basic full-size motorcycle around and it was dirt cheap. It featured a 100cc, two-stroke engine with not much power and even less style. However, it had a separate oil tank for mixing in the carburetor and a kick start, both of which meant it was easy to operate and would (almost) always start. The simple engine was easy to work on and parts were cheap if it ever needed any. The simplicity also translated into durability. According to Revzilla , Kawasaki produced these basic little indestructible bikes from 1976 until 2001. By the time it ended production, it was already a relic. Top speed is about 50 mph on a good day and on a better day, the brakes will stop the bike. In almost every respect, it is a terrible motorcycle. However, it is also an excellent bike as it introduces people to riding and it can be ridden hard all day long and take every bit of the abuse, ready for another day. Most of these were basically destroyed by 14-year-olds well before they could get their first car, which could make finding them a bit on the tougher side. But, should you find one in the wild, it should be no problem to get it for around a thousand dollars. As long as you are not expecting too much from it, you will have a great buy. [Featured image by Tommy Denham via Wikimedia Commons | Cropped and scaled | Public domain] Kawasaki LTD550 Kawasaki Ninja 250 Ninja is one of the most recognizable names among sport bikes. Kawasaki has made a name for itself with its ultra-high-performance street machines known for high-revving engines and extreme acceleration. That said, the Ninja 250 does not fit that description, but it is a good bike for what it is. The Ninja 250 is mostly a basic bike with aggressive styling and solid durability. Starting in the early '80s, Kawasaki began building and selling small versions of its sport bikes, originally for its home market only. It showed up in 1986 in North America where it proved to be a successful model, with the third generation beginning in 1988 being sold mostly unchanged until 2007. This bike has a parallel-twin engine that is water-cooled with dual camshafts and four valves per cylinder. With this arrangement, the engine is good for 37 horsepower, which will propel the bike to more than 100 mph (via 250ninja.net ). This is usually reserved for a beginner bike that has plenty of power to get around, but won't be winning many races. Scores of young riders have cut their teeth on a 250 before graduating to the much faster machines with larger engines. Because these bikes were affordable when new, Kawasaki sold a lot of them and that makes those that survived teenage motorcycle riding cheap to buy today. Later models can be found on Cycle Trader for $2,500, or, for not too much more, Kawasaki replaced this model with the current Ninja 300 for the U.S. market. [Featured image by R Balciunas via Wikimedia Commons | Cropped and scaled | Public domain] Kawasaki Z125 Pro nitinut380/Shutterstock For many years, it was assumed that the American market had no room for small motorcycles. But in 2014, Honda brought us its diminutive 125cc GROM , and sales have gone gangbusters ever since. It appears that Kawasaki took notice and released its own small bike called the Z125 Pro. Similar to the GROM but with a larger footprint and more aggressive styling, the Z125 Pro looks like a seriously downsized supermoto, but in a good way. The Kawasaki Z125 Pro has been around since 2019 and it features a 125cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled engine with four gears. It is a modern engine that uses fuel injection and makes 8.3 horsepower, which is good for about 64 mph, according to Top Speed . That means this is a good city cruiser and its size makes it easily managed in congested city centers, plus the excellent fuel mileage helps keep running costs low. The best feature of the little Z bike is that it is a blast to drive and its small wheels make it highly maneuverable. Best of all, brand new you can pick one up today for just over $3,000 from your local Kawasaki dealer. Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD Kawasaki Versys-X 300 betto rodrigues/Shutterstock The relative newcomer to the world of motorcycling is the adventure touring segment. Born out of a desire to take motorcycles on long stretches that include both pavement and dirt, riders wanted a machine that could handle both with competence. According to Motodreamer , the first bike purpose-built for this was the 1980 BMW R80 G/S, and the segment has grown consistently ever since. Kawasaki's current offering for the adventure tourer buyer is its Versys line, of which the Versys-X 300 is a part. The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is a good size bike with a tall ride height giving it clearance to tackle rough terrain. Its 300cc engine, which is fuel injected and water-cooled, provides just over 30 horsepower, making it strong enough to tackle terrain while maintaining good fuel economy. The six-speed transmission gives it tall gearing to keep up with traffic on long stretches of highway and the frame has room to stow gear for the road (via Motorcyclist ). For those wanting an affordable bike that is not restrained by concrete or asphalt, the Versys-X 300 is a good choice. It also happens to be one of the lowest-priced street bikes in the Kawasaki lineup at $5,899 , although accessories for a tour can drive that up in a hurry. Kawasaki KLX230 Kawasaki Before the adventure bike became a significant part of manufacturers' offerings, the dual-sport or enduro was a common sight in showrooms. These bikes are street-legal machines but have dirt bike bones all the way through. Dual-purpose origins stem from motorcycle makers adding lights and gauges to dirt bikes and installing tires suited for dirt but toned down to handle pavement. Many of these received 4-stroke engines in the early days until dedicated dual-sport bikes emerged from the factories and are now a standard part of any lineup. Riders on a KLX230 will find this bike to be at home on the dirt, perfect for a day out on the trails with the ability to ride home instead of trailering it, although light commuting is not out of the question. The KLX can be used as an all-around bike, as the 230cc, 4-stroke engine provides an ample 17 horsepower to keep up with traffic, and its fuel-injected engine should prove to be as reliable as any street bike from the company (via Dirt Rider ). Best of all, at $4,999 , payments will leave plenty of money for riding gear for the dirt. Kawasaki Ninja 125 Kawasaki As previously mentioned, Kawasaki has built part of its reputation on its excellent high-performance Ninja street bikes. Ninja bikes come in a range of sizes including the current 300cc entry-level bike, the discontinued 250cc, and the flagship ZX-10RR rocketship. However, for overseas customers, Kawasaki offers its Ninja sport bike in a 125cc model, the BX125. In some jurisdictions, driver licenses are offered with differing classifications for motorcycles depending on engine size, and having a 50cc or 125cc motorcycle can be advantageous for licensing reasons. For example, U.K. licensing restricts many riders to 125cc or less, depending on the age and testing level of the licensee, according to Bike Social . Only after attaining the correct certification and reaching the age of 24 can one ride any size of motorcycle unrestricted. Therefore, 125cc sport bikes are still popular and most companies will capitalize on that. Kawasaki offers its Ninja 125 with the same engine used on the Z125 Pro. Even so, it is a great-looking bike that mirrors the looks of the larger Ninja models. It comes with ABS standard along with fuel injection and a digital readout, making it feel like no less of a well-built Kawasaki motorcycle. Best of all is the price (via Motorcycle News ). The Ninja 125 retail price is about $5,000. Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Mukhorin Nikolay/Shutterstock Kawasaki's Vulcan line proved to be a successful cruiser product that endures today. Kawasaki's biggest and most expensive products bear the Vulcan badge. The Vulcan line consists of a variety of bikes with various engine sizes, from 500 to the current 1,700, and the Vulcan 1500 had a good run from 1987 to 2008. Kawasaki introduced the Vulcan line in 1985 with its 750cc cruiser . It brought distinctive cruiser styling to the market paired with Japanese reliability in a medium-sized package. With its success, Kawasaki just a couple of years later doubled the size of the engine with the Vulcan 1500 and further refined its styling to sit more in line with the American v-twin cruiser, and it did it rather well. Someone unfamiliar with motorcycles, in general, would likely have trouble differentiating between the American and the Asian bike. However, Harley-Davidson quality was in the dumps in the early '80s, and Kawasaki had always built stellar machines. The Vulcan 1500 took off and became one of the company's best sellers for years. The Vulcan 1500 is a liquid-cooled bike with overhead cams, producing 65 horsepower and a healthy 85 pound-feet of torque. Big bikes are all about low-end pulling power, and the 1500 had it. With its five-speed transmission and shaft drive, per Big Bike Reviews , it is well suited for extended journeys of trouble-free riding. Today, these bikes are real bargains. While Harleys do hold their value and some continue to climb, Vulcans can be picked up for a song. Cycle Trader shows plenty of listings for early 2000s models, some fully dressed, for around $3,000. Kawasaki KZ1000P Police
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When was Kawasaki Heavy Industries founded?
Kawasaki Heavy Industries was founded in 1896.
Where is Kawasaki Heavy Industries's headquarters?
Kawasaki Heavy Industries's headquarters is located at 1-14-5, Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
What is Kawasaki Heavy Industries's latest funding round?
Kawasaki Heavy Industries's latest funding round is IPO.
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