Still on the Kawasaki 248cc motorcycles available in USA
Come on Kawasaki, USA...Get onboard and real with your Products! We have many great bikes available from Kawasaki, yet we find that some of them are not available to us here in the USA. IS it the FEAR of walking up to the CEO of Kawasaki USA and talking to him as a Dealer, or an Executive within the Corporation that makes them afraid to suggest that the Outdated Ninja250R, that will live on for decades, be replaced with something like the ZZR-250? Is it right that countries ALL around the world and even in our own contenent have the bike yet we can't? We put the Kawasaki name on the Suzuki for a cruiser/battleship, why not look at other Foriegn countries and ask them about performance, fuel economy , repair costs, efficiency, and differences between very similar bikes. Why bring an old bike into the USA the ZX-6 and call it the New ZZR-600 for 2005? Is Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, hysong(?), anyone holding back on the market in the USA?
This part is a reproduction of something I wrote earlier, but is the RANT and a RAVE BOTH:
Look at our own "Kawasaki USA" as an example for adding the product...they won't even add another 250 (ZZR-250, ZZ-R250) 248cc to our own country and support it as a genuine sportbike...With an aluminum chassis, better tail light, and even 17" wheels, better fairing...c'mon...we have the same old rolled cold steel tube frames that we have had since the begining. You want to change the big buck "ticket" items, then sure thay are interested in selling them to the "General Public". Tell me that the general public is able to use all the power of a ZX-6RR or ZX-6R, or anything larger in a Sportbike and I will argue with you. I know hundreds of people out on the forum that are riding that would tell you that their riding skills are less than what the bike is capapble of performing. I'm not picking on our Forum, PLEASE don't misunderstand my direction here, it is just that sportbikes are capable of things that most of us are not allowed or capable of doing on our streets, highways or even Interstates with a 70MPH Federally Set MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT that is posted every so many yards, or miles. Perhaps on the tracks we might be able to use some of this awesome power...come on, 80MPH in first and then you still have 5 more gears(?), but them why would Kawasaki put on lights, turnsignals, horns, centerstands, sidestands...come on...Please understand that this 250 issue is as big for me as it is for those that HAVE to have a ZX-10, ZX-6R, a Harley, or just have to have a Cruiser. I want a serious 250 motorcycle; and Kawasaki has the equipment, the technology, the parts, everything it needs already in place to bring one to the USA and still they refuse to do so. I'm UPSET beyond words! Still I won't buy anything new unless it has the Kawasaki Label on it. So what if they share R&D with Suzuki, or even IF it was YAMAHA/HONDA/SUZUKI/URAL/APIRILIA/DUCATI?Whatever...Put it out and we...we citizens of the USA will absolutely buy them...They might as well sell the Ninja250R/EX250's to all the beginners and leave the new and improved 250's to the more experienced riders. AS you can see by my RANTS&RAVES the 250 NOT OFFERED in the USA, I believe it is superior to what we have. It is a better machine at least in fact that it already has advanced well beyond our 250 that is available for us right now. It has an Aluminum Chassis, 17" wheels, a better rear lighting system, a nicer looking fairing, and all the parts are already made for it...it is already on the market, not only around the world and different contenents but even on our own...look no farther than Canada...just look on the Official Kawasaki Website... The RAVE...It's a bike that seriously gets your attention. the flowing lines of the fairing, the taillight has the red center tail/brake lens and the outer portions of the same tail-light assembly has the amber lenses (see the 2004 ZZR-600)...so you don't have those ugly mole like protrusions hanging out ther to get broken off, or upsetting the airflow, and creating further aerodynamic (parasitic) drag. It's a very nice looking Sportbike that WE deserve to have here in the USA! Sure Kawasaki won't miss a chance to mark them up beyond what the intro is on the Ninja250R, but just look at the difference! It LOOKS faster just setting still! OH, I'd give up a few of my doorstop computers, just to have one, and buy it from Beartooth Kawasaki. I'd fly up and I'd personally ride the thing back to Kansas and be tickled with every bump that I hit on the way home... Come on Beartooth, Kawasaki step in and send us some PM's or bulk out an Email so you are not getting into trouble with Kawasaki USA, or tell me in a personal phone call so nothing can be traced back to you...HOW do we get this bike into the USA Market? FORUM FRIENDS...UNITE!!! Flood Beartooth Kawasaki, with phone calls, emails, forum space asking the same question...send them snail mail, UNITE...Make this happen...do we have the power? DO WE HAVE THE POWER??? Or does Kawasaki USA just get to set around and not believe that the bike just won't sell here like it does in every other country?
I'm the FORUM Rants&Raves Specialist, now you know why!
Why send this through Beartooth Kawasaki; because Beartooth can step up to the plate with a platform, with the international forum in place and present the facts and figures to Kawasaki USA in California. Maybe Beartooth isn't the largest dealer in the country, but it controls the entire forum that is used around the world...literally. Perhaps Kawasaki USA isn't as capable as some small town (Red Lodge, MT.) dealership and its use of an international website!
Still waiting for a Kawasaki