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Kawasaki Heavy Industries started as a shipbuilding company in 1896, and makes a huge number of diverse products, with the ‘Motorcycles & Engine’ division creating bikes, ATVs and other vehicles. The first Kawasaki motocycle began development in 1949, and was released in 1954 under the Meihatsu brand name. It was only in the 1960s that Kawasaki merged with Merguro to create Kawasaki Motorcycle Co Ltd in 1963.
1969 saw the Kawasaki H1 March III arrive with a powerful 500cc three-cylinder two-stroke engine, and in 1973, the Kawasaki Z1 is released and later evolves into the original Z-1000. The GPz550 is notable in launching the 600cc class when it’s launched in 1981, and it’s later joined by the GPz900R ‘Ninja’ in 1983.
The two classic modern Kawasaki ranges launch in 1989 and 1990, with the ZXR750 and ZXR400 arriving first, and the ZZ-R1100 launching the following year as the fastest production motorcycle available. In addition to the current ZZR1400 ZX10R Ninja, and Ninja ZX-6R, Kawasaki also continue to produce the VN range of customs, KLX off-road bikes, and the naked Z1000 and Z750.
Kawasaki have had some racing success, with a first title for Dave Simmonds in the 1969 125cc GP class. Kork Ballington took consecutive championships in 1978 and 1979 in 350cc and 250cc with Anton Mang achieving multiple successes in the same classes from 1980 to 1982. Since then, Kawasaki have been unfortunate in the GP classes, but managed the 1993 World Superbikes title with Scott Russell, and a 750cc/TT F1 title for John Reynolds in 1992. The main source of road racing success has been in AMA Superbikes, which saw 9 championships for Kawasaki riders from 1977 to 1997, second only to Suzuki in the history of the series.