Kawasaki Heavy Industries Consumer Products and Machinery Company


Kawasaki Heavy Industries Consumer Products and Machinery Company

Infobox_Company
company_name = Kawasaki Consumer Products and Machinery Company
company_
company_type = Division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries
slogan = Let the good times roll
foundation =
location = Minato, Tokyo Japan
Chūō-ku, Kobe, Japan
industry = motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle manufacturing
products = Motorcycles, ATVs, Utility vehicles, Jet Ski personal watercrafts, General-purpose gasoline engines
homepage = [http://www.khi.co.jp/mcycle/eng/ Kawasaki Consumer Products and Macchinery Global Site]
footnotes =

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Consumer Products and Machinery Company is the Consumer Products and Machinery production division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries. It produces Motorcycles, ATVs, Utility vehicles, Jet Ski personal watercrafts, General-purpose gasoline engines. It's slogan is "Let the good times roll!"."

Motorcycles

Kawasaki's Aircraft Company began the development of a motorcycle engine in 1949. The development was completed in 1952 and mass production started in 1953. The engine was an air-cooled, 148cc, OHV, 4-stroke single cylinder with a maximum power of auto PS|4|1 at 4,000 rpm.

In 1954 the first complete Kawasaki Motorcycle was produced under the name of Meihatsu, a subsidiary of Kawasaki Aircraft.

In 1960 Kawasaki completed construction of a factory dedicated exclusively to motorcycle production and bought Meguro Motorcycles.

Kawasaki has since then become one of the world's major motorcycle manufacturers

All-Terrain Vehicles and utility vehicles

Kawasaki's first ATV was the three-wheeled KLT200, which debuted in 1981. Its first four-wheel ATV, the Bayou 185, was introduced in 1985 and in 1989 its first model with four-wheel-drive, the Bayou 300 4x4. Today, Kawasaki’s ATV line-up includes a wide range of recreational and utility ATVs.

Kawasaki's MULE (Multi-Use Light Equipment) utility vehicle combines an ATV with a pick-up truck, The first MULE was produced in 1988

Watercrafts

In 1973, Kawasaki introduced a limited production of stand-up models as designed by the recognized inventor of jet skis, Clayton Jacobsen II. [cite book | author = Action, Johnny | coauthors = Adams, Tania; Packer, Matt | date = 2006 |title = Origin of Everyday Things | publisher = Sterling Publishing | id = ISBN 1402743025 | pages = 124] In 1976, Kawasaki then began mass production of the JS400-A. JS400s came with 400 cc two-stroke engines and hulls based upon the previous limited release models. It became the harbinger of the success Jet-Skis would see in the market up through the 1990s. In 1986 Kawasaki broadened the world of Jet Skis by introducing a two person model with lean-in "sport" style handling and a 650cc engine, dubbed the X-2. Then in 1989, they introduced their first two passenger "sit-down" model, the Tandem Sport (TS) with a step-through seating area.In 2003, Kawasaki celebrated the Jet Ski brand by releasing a special 30th anniversary edition of its current stand-up model, the SX-R, which has seen a revival of interest in stand-up jetskiing. The X-2 has also been updated, based on the SX-R platform and re-released in Japan. Kawasaki continues to produce three models of sit-downs, including many four-stroke models.The four stroke engines have come on since the late 1990s; with the help of superchargers and the like the engines can output up to 250 horsepower as seen in the Kawasaki ultra 250x.

Jet Ski is the brand name of personal watercraft manufactured by Kawasaki. The name, however, has become a genericized trademark for any type of personal watercraft.

Racing

Kawasaki's first title was with Dave Simmonds in 1969 when they won the 125cc World Championship.

Kawasaki dominated the 250cc and 350cc grand prix classes from 1978 to 1982 winning 4 titles in each category.

Kawasaki has also won several superbike racing championships. They won the rider's Superbike World Championship in SBK|1993 with Scott Russell and several AMA Superbike Championships with riders such as Eddie Lawson and Wayne Rainey. During the 1990s they also dominated the Endurance World Championship.

With the introduction of the four stroke engines into MotoGP in 2002, Kawasaki decided to take part in the new MotoGP World Championship. Kawasaki entered the championship in 2003 with 250cc Grand Prix racer Harald Eckl's Team Eckl.

In 2007 Kawasaki split from Harald Eckl because of Eckl’s involvement with a competitor's MotoGP activities, which forced Kawasaki to terminate the relationship immediately. [Cite web|url=http://www.kawasaki-motogp.com/press/index.asp?saction=Article&sSection=press&id=490|title=Kawasaki: A new beginning in 2007|publisher=kawasaki-motogp.com|date = 2006-11-29 | accessdate =2008-01-24] Kawasaki formed Kawasaki Motors Racing, a European subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries responsible for managing the racing activities of the MotoGP team and any other motorcycle racing activities Kawasaki may enter in the future. For the first time since Kawasaki returned to the premier class of motorcycle racing, the team became a complete ‘in house’ factory team.

Kawasaki's traditional racing colour is green

* Grand Prix motorcycle racing

ee also

* Kawasaki Motors Racing
* List of Kawasaki motorcycles

References

External links

* [http://www.khi.co.jp/mcycle/eng/ Kawasaki Consumer Products and Machinery Global Site]


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