Kawasaki Powered Racers….. Kawasaki’s small engine division was doing alright making engines for Arctic Cat snowmobiles, which were being successfully raced, but they wanted to expand further. In 1972, as a way to gain positive exposure for their engines, while generating a bit of new demand, they came up with the idea of using these engines in a race car for a whole new special race series, sort of a summer continuation of the winter snowmobile racing. Darrel Krause hired a racer and car builder by the name of Harvey Aschenbrenner to build a car using Kawasaki’s 440cc two stroke two cylinder snowmobile engine. The design concept they had in mind was along the lines of a mini version of the Can Am racers which were very popular in those years. There was a snowmobile show coming up in just over 3 months and they wanted a show car, using the engine, ready for display. When Harvey was told what they wanted, he sketched a “blueprint” on the back of a time card, showed Darrel the sketch and got an immediate go ahead…..www.thekneeslider.com
Okay, so its not motocross, but its sorta related…
The return of the River Mark Emblem of Kawasaki on the new Ninja H2. I think this is a good step for the brand. Right now Kawasaki uses the “Flying K” as their emblem. It very simple, but has very little meaning other than the first letter of their name. The “River Mark” emblem has some good history with KHI and was used on a lot of their ships, planes, helicopters, and even used on some of their motorcycles in the 1960’s. I hope they continue to build their brand around this emblem with the rest of their machines.
Photoshopped the new supercharged Ninja H2 with a little green. I am suspecting it will be a 1000cc bike and if so, my ZX-10R and ZX-14 will be up for sale.
My first toy. My dad got it for me when I was born and still have it. #tbt #throwbackthursday #baby #quad #startthemoutyoung
I dig this CB550. I like how he took the seat line and painted the bottom of the tank to match and the subtle orange accent.
RCM-200 Z1-R Turbo by Sanctuary
I think I have a new favorite bike from Sanctuary! 1978 Kawasaki with all the modern goodies. OZ wheels, Brembo brakes, Ohlins front end, Mr. Turbo kit, big oil cooler, Sculpture swingarm and rear sets. Their custom Nitro Racing titanium dump pipe out the side looks great too. Would have loved to to see the bold “TC” on the side covers. Just a beautiful bike!
Saw this at the Gilmore motorcycle show this weekend and I think I need it for my #zx14 #kawaski #busa #fukyourbusa #suzuki
Bonneville Salt Flats with my dad. 2001 I think. #tbt #bonneville #kawasaki #gpz1100 #1981 #gpz #saltflats