Kawasaki Aircraft initially ventured into motorcycle manufacturing by acquiring the struggling Meguro Manufacturing, with whom they had a prior partnership. The acquired company was rebranded as Kawasaki Motor Sales, and early motorcycles bore the “Kawasaki Aircraft” emblem on the fuel tank.

In 1962, Kawasaki engineers, originally working on a four-stroke engine for small cars, transitioned to the Meguro factory. There, they contributed to the development of the Meguro K1 and SG, a single-cylinder 250 cc OHV motorcycle. The merger of Kawasaki and Meguro took place in 1963, giving rise to Kawasaki Motorcycle Co., Ltd. During the period from 1962 to 1967, Kawasaki motorcycles featured an emblem characterized by a flag within a wing.

Development efforts persisted, with a focus on the Meguro K1—a replica of the BSA A7 500 cc vertical twin—and the W1. The K2 underwent testing in the U.S. to address the growing American demand for four-stroke motorcycles, initially facing rejection due to insufficient power. However, by the mid-1960s, Kawasaki successfully began exporting a substantial number of motorcycles.

The introduction of the Kawasaki H1 Mach III in 1968, alongside a range of enduro-styled motorcycles designed to compete with Yamaha, Suzuki, and Honda, led to a notable increase in Kawasaki’s motorcycle sales. This strategic move strengthened Kawasaki’s position in the market and solidified its presence in the evolving landscape of motorcycle manufacturing.

Kawasaki 250 A1 SamuraiClassic1966 – 1968
Kawasaki G3-SSClassic1969 – 1973
Kawasaki H1 500 Mach IIIClassic1969 – 1975
Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IVClassic1971 – 1975
Kawasaki S2 350SS MKIIClassic1971 – 1972
Kawasaki F9 350 BighornEnduro1972 – 1975
Kawasaki Z1 900Classic1972 – 1975
Kawasaki Z2 750RSClassic1973
Kawasaki KL 250Enduro1974 – 1975
Kawasaki S3 400SS MKIIClassic1974
Kawasaki Z 400Classic1974 – 1975
Kawasaki Z1-AClassic1974
Kawasaki Z1-BClassic1975
Kawasaki KE 125Enduro1975 – 1976
Kawasaki KH400Classic1975
Kawasaki KE 175Enduro1976 – 1979
Kawasaki KH 250Classic1976 – 1977
Kawasaki KH 500Classic1976 – 1977
Kawasaki Z 1000 A1Classic1976
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