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Used Kawasaki Motorcycle
Looking for a used Kawasaki Motorcycle? You’ve come to the right place. Teasdale of Thirsk, Yorkshire stock a range of used motorcycles including used Kawasaki motorcycles. All our used motorcycles are stringently tested to make sure they of the highest quality. We stock a variety of models and makes, not just used Kawasaki motorcycles, such as used Honda, used BMW, used Yamaha, Used Ducati and more.
History of Kawasaki Motorcycles
Kawasaki was founded by Shozo Kawasaki in 1896. He started the company as a manufacturer and a production of heavy industrial equipment; it specialized in ship building, tractors and trains. The headquarters that was based in Nishi-ku province began as a main manufacturer of making fire extinguishers for airplane fuel tanks.
They decided to scope into different markets and into different products which range from medical gas pipelines to motorcycle engines. The first engine that was produced and manufactured by the Kawasaki group that was made in 1953 was the development of the KE-1 motorcycle engine. This was a 148cc single cylinder OHV 4-stroke motor which produced 4 horse power at 4000 revs per minute.
Kawasaki entered into the burgeoning scooter market in the early 1950s. They introduced this as their first production motorcycle in 1954. They called the motorbike the Meihatsu 125 Deluxe. The bike used a KB-5A engine. It was built throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s. They also built some 60cc two stroke mopeds to compete with the popular bike that was the Mitsubishi Silver Pigeon Scooter and also the fuji Rabbit motorbike.
In the early 1960s, Kawasaki introduced a full line of motorcycles by using its company name. “Kawasaki Motor Sales Co” was introduced to the world. Earlier models that the Company produced were the 125 Ace, 125B7, 125B8 and the Kawasaki Pet. The early model years when Kawasaki was in business they used a mirrored “M” or “MW” on the tank which was to stand for “Meguro Works”
By the time 1965 came around Kawasaki was ready to now enter into the larger displacement arena. They launched the “W1” model. The W1 copied and competed with the styling cues of the British big twins including Triumph and the BSA A7 that Meguro copied for the “K1” model.
The W1 model used a 624cc 4 stroke OHV vertical twin cylinder engine which used a Meguro designed tube frame chassis. Kawasaki’s W1 bike was unsuccessful in the US markets because of its high derivative and imitative BSA style. This made the company think up of a completely new design to try and get back in with the bigger and already very successful motorbike producers. They came up with the new Kawasaki Mach-III
Kawasaki still remains as one of the world’s largest producers of the Cruiser, Sport and racing motorcycles in the world. The Kawasaki Ninja, with its signature racing teams neon green colour and the Vulcan cruiser are two of the companies very best selling models. Kawasaki is a major team in the superbike and Grand Prix racing scene. Kawasaki now has their headquarters in Chuo ku, Kobe, Japan.