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  • Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

    Dear Kawasaki,

    As a life-long Kawasaki rider and racer, it is great to see the success that the ZX10R is having in World Superbike, Australian Superbike, British Superbike, and Spanish Superbike, to name a few of the series the green bikes are winning in. Not to mention a recent win at the Isle of Mann (Superstock). Well done- the ZX10R has proven to be an excellent and reliable racing machine, delivered to racers at a reasonable price.

    However, let's turn to the struggling Moto-America series, where a guy who once won a US Superbike title for you, Wayne Rainey, is trying to save and rebuild our sport in this country. It is impossible to not notice that there is ZERO support of this series by Kawasaki. No factory Superbike team, no satellite team with some factory support, not even any privateers on Kawasaki's. Same story in Supersport- no sign of any ZX6R's, a bike that is winning the World Supersport championship, again.

    Since it is obvious that the bikes are very good, affordable and available everywhere, it must also be true that the only reason Americans aren't racing them is that Kawasaki provides absolutely no support. No contingency money, no technological assistance, nothing. What a waste of all the expertise and knowledge gained in making the bikes fast EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. I do not understand. I know you guys were angry and disappointed with the absurd actions of the DMG group a few years back, but those idiots are gone now and we need you to help rebuild racing in America.

    It probably makes no difference to you at KHI, but I am far from the only guy who notices the utter void of green bikes on US racing grids, and we are getting increasingly frustrated. What gives?

    Greg Settle
    Olympia WA
    2015 ZX14R
    "The Price of Speed is Eternal Vigilance" 2015 ZX14R 30th, Four Kids

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    Re: Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

    Yep...this has made me crazy for years. I had hoped once they got their foot hold in WSBK, they would return to MotoGP also.....

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    • #3
      Re: Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

      Very well stated Greg...also totally agree with you too Jeff. Come on Team Green! Let the Good Times Roll beyond WSBK!
      My ol' ZZR1200 pics:
      http://zzrbikes.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=156883

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      • #4
        Re: Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

        well written and truenbk

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        • #5
          Re: Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

          So I wrote this and put it in the "Tell Kawasaki" forum on the off chance that someone at Kawasaki might actually see it. On that remote chance, if you have an "amen" or a "Right fkng on" to add to the thread it might carry a little more weight... I will be bumping it a couple of more times for this reason.

          G
          "The Price of Speed is Eternal Vigilance" 2015 ZX14R 30th, Four Kids

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          • #6
            Re: Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

            Kawi has been dominant in every class they compete in. Heck yes do Moto GP. Throw Nicky on the thing.
            KN, this ride's for You.

            http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps2ecwj35m.jpg

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            • #7
              Re: Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

              I agree it was a crazy year and hope that next year would be a better year.

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              • #8
                Re: Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

                Well, here we are two years after I started this thread, and not a damn thing has changed. Oh, except that a privateer named Bobby Fong is lapping his Superstock spec ZX10R with the factory Yamaha and Yoshimura Suzuki superbikes, with NO help from Kawasaki. And, the rules have been changed so that all the knowledge and parts developed for WSBK are a DIRECT FIT to legal AMA Superbikes...

                Hello, Kawasaki? McFly? Buehler? Anybody listening?



                I guess not.

                G
                "The Price of Speed is Eternal Vigilance" 2015 ZX14R 30th, Four Kids

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                • #9
                  Re: Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

                  Originally posted by gregness View Post
                  Well, here we are two years after I started this thread, and not a damn thing has changed. Oh, except that a privateer named Bobby Fong is lapping his Superstock spec ZX10R with the factory Yamaha and Yoshimura Suzuki superbikes, with NO help from Kawasaki. And, the rules have been changed so that all the knowledge and parts developed for WSBK are a DIRECT FIT to legal AMA Superbikes...

                  Hello, Kawasaki? McFly? Buehler? Anybody listening?



                  I guess not.

                  G
                  Unfortunately, they don't have to win on Sunday to sell on Monday.

                  As you said, he's doing great on a privateer bike, why would Kawi spend money on a team if they don't have to?

                  I'm with you in that I wish they would


                  Or


                  Road Racing in the U.S. sucks and they don't want to waste their money on it?
                  I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I'd rather you just say 'thank you' and go on your way.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

                    I agree on the more support for Moto America if not a factory team but I seriously wish the Big K would get back into MotoGP.

                    I've written to Kawasaki a couple of times, basically asking things like are they going to bring the fuel injected version of the KLX250S to Canada and other basic questions. Now I understand their not willing to give away any secrets......but I never receive a reply of any kind!
                    2002 ZZR1200
                    2009 KLR650
                    1986 GPz900R
                    1984 GPz750 Turbo

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                    • #11
                      Re: Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

                      Kawi put their money into WSBK and seem quite happy to keep doing that. But every man and his dog are in MotoGP now, so that may change in future. I'm sure that Rea would go well on the right bike.

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                      "You don't get slower with age, you just get more cautious." Michael Rutter

                      06 Ocean Blue ZZR1200, the coolest colour.
                      99 Yamaha R1

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                      • #12
                        Re: Kawasaki, Why Don't You Care About US Road Racing?

                        I gave up....

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                        • #13
                          Well, here we are four years after this thread was started... and I guess I kind of gave up too. And, the now-obvious answer to the question in the title of this thread is... because Americans don't care about US Road Racing either!

                          Sadly, motorcycle road racing in the US has drifted steadily down from its peaks of popularity in the 80's-90's to its present minimal status, and the culture seems to be leaving it even further behind. The fact that the glory days of American dominance in Gran Prix and WSBK racing were about 30 years ago is one reason. The fact that kids no longer ride mini-bikes and go dirt-bike riding is another, as electronic games, instant communications and U-Tube have replaced riding in the endless bid for the attention of boys and young men.

                          In parallel, the number buyers and riders of sport-bikes have declined, and the number of riders on the ultimate Sports-GT bikes (Hyabusa, ZX14R, etc.) are really shrinking. We, the riders of the ultimate road-blasters, are an aging and endangered species. Check the average age of the guys on this forum. When was the last time you saw a 30-something guy on one of these bikes?

                          But I digress. The bottom line is that in this environment, Kawasaki would be foolish to spend money on a sport that most Americans now ave to pay to see on the web, as it is no longer televised on many cable or satellite services. And that does not look likely to change anytime soon...

                          G
                          "The Price of Speed is Eternal Vigilance" 2015 ZX14R 30th, Four Kids

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                          • #14
                            You are right in so many ways. When I first got the Zed (April 02) I would see tons of bikes out on any
                            Sunday afternoon around these parts. Now I can ride for 3 or 4 hours on the best roads in the area
                            and might see 25 bikes all day. We are a seemingly thin breed these days. There were charity rides
                            all over the place (I rarely did those because I don't like large group rides) but hell, a bunch of guys did.
                            Maybe it'll make a comeback before I have to sit on the porch and just watch. As far as racing, shit
                            who knows?
                            "If it ain't broke, don't fix it...
                            but sometimes it just needs a mod"

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                            • #15
                              Here in Oz, SBK racing is alive and well. Each of our more populous states has a series of local rounds, with racing of all types, including SBK. There are usually 6 race meets per season per state.
                              In addition, there is the National SBK round, I believe there are 5 such meets, held in different states. These are usually shown on regular TV (but not live).
                              Furthermore, when MotoGP and WSBK are held at Phillip Island, support races include SBK.
                              Kawasaki figures prominently in all of those.
                              I suffer from kleptomania. When it gets bad, I take something for it.

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