Kawasaki Heavy Industries… Revealed — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries…

The Tiger and The River

Astride the horse conferred upon me by my I looked down from my point into the valley by the crater of a dormant volcano. But a few ride from the medieval of Kumamoto in Southern Japan, I was the ghosts within the walls of the fortress had followed us here. in this crater, steeped in the of this country’s parallel of reverent mysticism, obsessive advancement, and often playful Kawasaki’s state of the art test Autopolis, looked like a fluid brushstroke that the characters of the Japanese alphabet.

aviation expertise manifests in the performance of its motorcycle range. by Adam Campbell.  (Click to enlarge)

Flowing through curve and turn, a quartet of flew along the two-and-a-half-mile the drone of their engines bumblebees. I took a deep and contemplated the mountains of brilliant that echo the company’s hue.

My mount, a Kawasaki snorted as I fired the engine. My the armor of a samurai, I was channeling the that precedes a defining on the battlefield. We picked our way back the hill’s winding roads to my fellow warriors on the track and Kawasaki’s thoroughbreds under the eyes of those who had called us to

A lucid dream persisted—a man he is a tiger; the tiger walks to the river and sees his reflection. A crossing the surface of the reflection a fish that leaps out of the Light dances on the water, and the becomes a bird that toward the rising sun.

The of the sun become the Kirin of Japanese half-horse, half-dragon, circling the and becoming a bolt of lightning. The strikes the earth and awakens the man who has sleeping under a tree by the The man looks into the river and sees his reflection as a tiger. image to enlarge)

The dream and its timeline could have a scene from a surrealist by Teshigahara, or one of Tarantino’s tributes to cinema. Instead, it was the convergence of brought about by a grand from one of Japan’s most industrial conglomerates. This sought to reach out and tell the that this is a corporate that makes not only but seeks to excel in a variety of of human endeavor; and that excellence is rooted in a proud, tradition of social values.

During a week-long visit to Heavy Industries, it was a privilege to and dialogue with, a company the perception of its identity. In concert the self-promoted good times’ of the company, the visit proved an experience of a 130-year-old global powerhouse that generates $11 billion annually in revenue.

by Adam Cambell. (Click to enlarge)

Its scope includes, but is not to, aerospace, shipbuilding, earthmoving railroading (notably the legendary Shinkansen bullet train), energy generation, major projects, watercraft, all-terrain and, of course, motorcycles. Boeing’s 767 and 777 jets, few realize pivotal role in building the and wings of these massive birds.

Riding in the New York subway, the discreet Kawasaki Industries badge on the cars eludes scrutiny. While of its competitors in things two-wheeled the high ground in technological KHI quietly and effectively continues to its portfolio of technical achievement. The discovery of this surprisingly giant encouraged a deeper of Kawasaki’s legacy and its challenge to its public persona.

In recent the company has completely redesigned its lineup with boldness and in the almost … flanks of the ZX-14, the edginess of the Z1000 page 38), and the newly KLR650 (reviewed last compliment its image of extreme Kawasaki’s recent racing has seen the mean green clawing their way to contention at the top. The dominant Supersport at the Daytona 200; their NHRA drag strip repeated triumphs in supercross; and but not least, their top 10 finishes in all send the signal that the tiger is roaring again.

A central question emerged—how KHI’s intellectual and engineering imbue the motorcycles they As Kaoru Joel Ishikawa, a KHI manager stated recently, In development, it can be part of finding to save weight by a single or seeing how high the rpm can be raised to given horsepower goals. addressing the supremely critical of aerospace and shipping can burnish manufacturing skills. When I at the cowling of my own ZX-14, I recognize the cone of the Shinkansen bullet when I hear and feel the of its engine as we rocket towards miles per hour, I acknowledge the the company has built. (Click to enlarge)

But why are so few in America aware of the True to its Japanese nature, discretion in announcing its achievements is to its culture, which the company on putting before the bottom As Ishikawa confided, During the 30 I have been with the we have not been interested in market share for its own sake.

And we in keeping with our tradition, modest about our capabilities. His brought to mind one of our evenings in At dinner we were entertained by a woman dressed as a geisha. As she traditional Japanese dance and her beauty was dissimulated behind her countenance, which only to make her more compelling. image to enlarge)

When we ourselves along in the pursuit of pleasures, we may not give pause to what marvels of engineering we But, after visiting the of this industrial and technological the experience of riding a Kawasaki has, at least for this achieved a new definition.

Designed for One motor sport, and now KHI’s test track, Autopolis Japan’s Superbike championship (Click image to enlarge)

If we that the bond twixt and steed represents, in some the joining of a tribe devoted to the and everything it signifies, does our with a particular brand not only our temporal desires, but our ones too? If motorcycles can be to have soul, how does one the soul of a motorcycle-building corporation?

The Japanese culture sees no between actions in the physical and spirituality. Even the largest recognize the soul at the origin of creation.

Given the oriental for assigning animal metaphors to the condition, an exploration of whether or not contain an anthropomorphic or even spirit, seemed logical, and so I put the to my hosts during one of our factory If a Kawasaki motorcycle were an what would it be?

The answer instantly: A tiger. The essence of tiger continued to shadow me as I was around the shipyards and factories. I workers ardently focused on tasks, each one crafting an meant to be part of a greater art form. Turbine blades displayed carefully and reverently, samurai swords, in a glass and case.

In the rail factory, bogies were produced an exacting finish and tolerance to the bullet train exceeds the mark with a smoothness persuades passengers they are towards their destination. In the works at Akashi, kaizen had been implemented to their so that a new bike is built in than 90 minutes.

Turbojets to marine pistons: KHI’s and manufacturing prowess underscored. image to enlarge)

Morning, day of my voyage—the window of my hotel in Kumamoto offers a scene could be a print by Hokusai. a veil of morning fog, strands of sunrise caress the of the medieval fortress. I observe Japan is both convergence and fiction technology is commonplace centuries of Zen moments flower.

My points of reference evaporate. I through my trip journal. The essence is a common thread.

essence had filled Kawasaki’s Times world. This pavilion located within the Maritime Museum, showcases the origins, history and products. off my first full day, overload had blended with a exuberance. I stopped before the of the founder and met the eyes of the tiger. through the motorcycle gallery, I saw the of champions like waves of cavalry charging through the mist.

Wayne Rainey, Eddie Scott Russell, Kork Yvon Duhamel, Carl came and went, riding Superbike and Grand Prix into battle. I remembered the motorcycle hordes tearing the Australian desert in 1981′s apocalypse, The Road Warrior. I after the ZZR-X concept whose genetics seed the of their current offerings.

steeds on display at the Good Pavilion. Photograph by Adam (Click image to enlarge)

the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge on our way to the motorcycle I admired the perfection of each on its three spans, as my hosts Kawasaki’s role in constructing the suspension bridge in the world. Its stiffening girder system the structure to withstand winds 200 miles per hour, earthquakes up to 8.5 on the scale, and the ability to resist the currents of Akashi Bay. is how they build everything create, I thought.

This remains vibrant as I straddle my own I feel its pulse, part tigris and part shogun When I fly down the road, I am across their bridge, along in their Bullet pushing the air aside like massive freighters part the

A turn of the key and the roar of the Kawasaki is the tiger awakening from a intends to awaken the tiger in us.

efficiency on the assembly line at (Click image to enlarge)

The history is replete with the of a tiger’s dream. Shozo born in 1837 in Kagoshima to a merchant, at just 27 years of established a shipping business in the country’s industrial center, to see it flounder. But the tiger in Kawasaki’s did not fail him. When a from his hometown came to his the young entrepreneur’s fortunes revived.

He opened Kawasaki with assistance from the of Finance on land borrowed the government by the Sumidagawa River.

We can Kawasaki-san looking at the reflection in the and seeing the future become As the company’s symbol, he chose the that represents the river. symbol remains KHI’s and is rendered in the sculpted hedge greets visitors to its Kobe

Kawasaki ZZR-X
Kawasaki ZZR-X

As I saw that hedge, I saw Kawasaki-san in my mind’s eye, drawing the with a bamboo brush, the ink in a confident … as he defined the of the company he sired. At least one of products, the all-new Concours 14 has riding impressions that to validate the master’s confidence.

In 19th century Japan, the Kunii Taizen was head of the of Kashima Shinryu, its teachings at the of Japanese Martial Arts. The key is that of ‘Muso-ken’, the ‘no-thought its tenets reflected in the following

Helmet: Shoei Diabolic 3

Jacket: Spidi R-Course

Spidi Race Vent

Spidi Unit Leather

Strada Evo Te-Por.

Kawasaki’s new 14: the sport-touring bike becomes an sword. Photograph by Adam (Click image to enlarge)

In no sword – sword becomes one the body In body, no body – becomes one with the Divine Like a firefly circling, with natural brilliance No no deception, no thought, no barrier.

the motorcycle, the concept of Muso-ken is analogous in the art of making the machine one the rider. With the Concours 14, manifests itself in a sport bike that challenges the class.

Ultimate Motorcycling’s and President Arthur Coldwells has the new tiger, and his notes tell the It’s a beautifully comfortable bike, but with cavernous and an electrically adjustable windshield. A motor, exemplary handling, and to match give us a confidence supremely powerful machine is not taxing to ride—fast or slow. One can on the road, and not the bike!

Describing the of the Concours’ 1352cc in-line powerplant, its drivetrain, and ergonomics, acute critical faculties impressed: Performance is fantastic—everywhere. I I was riding a shaftie. Literally, is as good as a chain—nice smooth train with no lash or

Two days of 200+ mile and I am still comfortable.

His desire to continued long after the launch was over. Is the new Concours 14, an intuitive sword? Sport aficionados will be ready to and undoubtedly agree. Attending year’s Red Bull U.S.

Prix and AMA Superbike races at Raceway Laguna Seca the entire process of discovery of KHI circle. As I watched the event the Riders Of Kawasaki (ROK) above Turn Five, I Kawasaki USA’s people the character of the company. Russel the Trade/Enthusiast Media Supervisor who me in Japan, offered: We’ve made extreme performance our card.

We don’t make for everyone, and we don’t make face’ bikes.

ROK club Derek Natvig echoed the We’re focused on racing, on we’re a brand for enthusiasts. Kawasaki is also about and we’re definitely not as corporate or as some others.

A trio of machines hurtled past the flag and I again remembered my in Japan. I felt the exuberance of in the sea of frog green flags in the stands of Autopolis as we watched the All Road Race Championship. I saw Kawasaki, bamboo brush in drawing the kanji of the river, and the kanji of the tiger.

The kanji a river of ink flowing from his and the ink became a road upon I—and my tiger—flew.

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