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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:59 pm 
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Kawasaki had a go at selling mountain bikes through Kawasaki motorbike dealers, as part of a half baked "Go into a motorbike dealer to buy a motorbike, come out with a pushbike instead" business plan. The only reviews I ever saw for them- although there might be more- were in motorbike magazines as a "Well fancy that, Kawasaki have started building bikes with no engines" kind of way. For anybody who's interested here are the reviews from Bike magazine, October 1994 [Nice uncharacteristically subtle paint job] and then Superbike Magazine "Midsummer 1994" with re-asuringly lime green paint.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:17 pm 
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And the Superbike Magazine scan


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:55 pm 
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Is that really a picture of a former world champion training near his ranch ?
Looks a lot like Richard Allaway who rode for the UK Kawasaki mountain bike team to me !


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:32 pm 
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Magazine humour I expect. Scott Russell was 6'1" so I suppose it could have been judging by the seat height and assuming that the frame size is about 17". But if I'd won a world championship I'd want a bit more from my employer than a mountain bike that they couldn't sell. James Toseland got a grand piano from the GSE Ducati team, so that makes a 21 speed mountain bike seam a bit lame!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:19 pm 
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Here is Performance Bikes magazine's [Why did only motorbike mags take an interest?] review of a 17" KMB450 from 1995. I'd never thought of dyno'ing a pedal bike, sheer insane genius!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:25 pm 
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The advertisement carried in the same edition, note the "Let the good times roll!" slogan, I always liked that, can never remember any other motorbike co slogans:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:26 pm 
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And here is the original U.S brochure from 1994:

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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 10:26 pm 
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Well i never new they ever made mountain bikes :facepalm: and of course they were that well advertised that i mustn't of been paying attention :shock: ..


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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 7:48 am 
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Deffo Richard Allaway eh! Didn't know they did a carbon bike either!

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