Kawasaki motorbikes are made by a Japanese manufacturer called Kawasaki Heavy Industries who have plants around the world and have made iconic machines including the Z900 and Z1, a range of Ninjas as well as off-road bikes.
The brand was born when Kawasaki Aircraft bought the struggling Meguro Manufacturing with whom they had been in partnership.
When the Z1 was released it was the fastest production bike money could buy with a 900cc engine, launched to compete with the all-conquering Honda CB750.
Kawasaki have continued this trend of pushing the boat out and many of their bikes over the years have been renowned for their impressive power and speed stats. The ZX-10R crashed onto the scene in the mid-noughties and was instantly known for its mind-boggling performance figures.
In recent years, they have explored the use of superchargers in their H2 family and the H2R is a non road-legal track missile producing 231bhp. The brand has enjoyed racing success over the years, and Jonathan Rea has dominated WSB in recent seasons riding for them.