KA-1125 GP, Year: 1969
The first Kawasaki was not green it was two-cylinder, liquid cooled, made its debut in the GP in 1965 in Japan, however, this bike was very fragile. Simmonds, a very good rider and technician, was then hired in 1967, but the results were poor, the same in ’68, for continuous breakdowns. Then Kawasaki retires and leaves the 125 to the England, which dramatically wins the world title and then leads the 125 race up to ’72 (with only one podium).
H1R 500, Year:1970
The presentation of the Kawasaki H1R 500 occurred in 1970 with Ginger Molloy at the 200 Miglia of Daytona, and in the big showdown with a few drivers.
Just fifty brought into production, in 1970 and 1971. Motor got from the standard, three-cylinder two-stroke, in a period when the predominant innovation was that of the “four stroke”: the 500 opens a time that will most recent thirty ‘years. It has an intensity of 75 hp at 9,000 rpm. The marginally inflexible casing gave steadiness issues (amended without progress with the H1RA of ’71), 134 kg dry weight.
The outcomes were thin, aside from the triumph in the GP (second 2T after the private Jada Suzuki) acquired by Dave Simmonds in Spain 1971 (with undercarriage of the English pro Sprayson). In the race until 1975, with a triumph of Grant at the TT (with changed cooling, fluid).
H2R 750, Year : 1972
To adjust itself in the marvelous 200 Miles and the races of the new Formula 750, Kawasaki utilized until 1974 the three-cylinder motor got from the arrangement and air-cooled. The primary model, called H2R, was later supplanted in 1975 by the lovely fluid cooled KR 750 (105 strength at 9,500 rpm), which kept running until 1979.
The new motor was anyway delicate and less incredible than the challenge, particularly in examination with the Yamaha matter. The H2R went to the platform just with Villa in the 200 Miglia of Imola 1973, winning four triumphs in five seasons: with the Canadian Yvon “Superfrog” DuHamel in 1975 , in Holland and with the American Gary Nixon in 1976 (second in the 750 big showdown with two different platform); at that point with two different accomplishments of the Australian Gregg Hansford.
The 750 has never won the 200 miles of Daytona.
1000 Endurance, Year: 1974
The 1000 Endurance permitted the affectionate pair George Godier (French ) and Alain Genoud (Swiss) to end up European victors in 1974 and 1975. The Kawasaki 900 four-barrel and four-stroke adjusted and driven by the well known couple twice wins the Endurance Championship (and double the Bol d’Or at Le Mans), at that point European FIM.
The big showdown was brought into the world just in 80, finishing with the triumph of the Honda Japauto of Marc Fontan and Hervé Moineau: yet the following two years will be Raimond Roche and Jean Lafond to triumph with the Kawasaki 1000 arranged by the equivalent Godier and Genoud. Various will be trailed by victors on Kawasaki, from Fogarty to Vieira, Morrison, Morillas. The standard twin-shaft four-cylinder motor (smash hit of the market in the period) has advanced with authority pieces.
KR250 /350, Year: 1975
The KR 250/350 were outright dominators in the big showdowns from ’78 to ’82: eight titles and 72 GPs! The task is in 1974, with the 250 twin-cylinder couple motor , two-stroke, turning plate, fluid cooling, wrenches at 180 °.
The KR250 made its introduction in 1975 at the 100 Miglia Daytona with Yvon DuHamel and Ron Pierce , then in the World Championships from the Dutch GP.
The main focused arrive, however there were huge issues in the bikes: cooling, vibrations and poor execution. At that point comes a time of stop, 1976, to address and develop.
Kawasaki restored the next year with the new Uni-Trak back suspension and drivers Barry Ditchburn and Akyhiko Kiyohara : quickly two platform, at that point came the English Mick Grant , who won two GPs.
From ’78 the defining moment: the 350 likewise arrives , Kork Ballington and Gregg Hansford are the official drivers, Toni Mang and Jean Françoise Baldé the semi-official. The world twofold of Ballington arrives promptly , then the reprise of 1979, lastly the four authoritative titles of Toni Mang.
The KR 500, four-cylinder GP, appeared at the Nations of Misano Adriatico in 1980 with Kork Ballington (resigned).
The motor is a two-stroke four-cylinder in square with pivoting circle , acquired with the coupling of two KR 250 twin barrels : control 110 hp at 11.400 rpm, weight 133 kg dry.
The specific monocoque aluminum outline is enlivened by that of the Spanish single-barrel Ossa 250, however ends up being excessively inflexible. From the 81 lighter edge (still monocoque), magnesium crankcase , fork with hostile to jump ; two platform with Ballington, and two quick laps.
The ZXR 750 is SBK best on the planet in 1993 with Scott Russell .
Kawasaki was available in the association of subordinates since the primary year, 1988, winning a few races. At that point, in ’93, the apotheosis with the American Scott Russell, who won five rounds and furthermore, combined with the New Zealand Aaron Slight , likewise triumphs in the 8 Hours of Suzuka .
The accompanying season the halfway triumphs are nine, yet the title goes to Carl Fogarty (Ducati). It must be said that the standard four-cylinder motor of the ZXR 750, controlled by four 38 mm Keihin carburettors, as of now bragged the excellence 120 hp and 76 Nm at 10,000 rpm, which ensured a best speed of around 260 hours. What’s more, that the undercarriage was likewise complex, with the twofold boxed aluminum box casing and Uni-Trak back suspension.
It is the bike that of officially came back to the MotoGP races following twenty years, amid the second period of the MotoGP: it is 2003, with drivers Garry McCoy and Andrew Pitt .
The verdona is infrequently the hero: first platform in Japan, 2004 ( Nakano third), at that point some second spot with Oliver Jacques behind Rossi, in China in 2005, Nakano in Assen and De Puniet in Japan in 2006. First with 990 cc motor, four chambers in line like Yamaha, and with the pneumatic call of the 16 valves, from 2007 diminished to 798 cc according to specialized guideline.
After the principal world title of 2001 by Andrew Pitt (without fractional triumphs) with the ZX-6R, from 2012 starts the genuine area Kawasaki in the 600 class with the turkish Kenan Sofuoğlu (effectively titled with Honda): three world titles and drivers land the same number of valuable titles in five years, with the ZX-6R entirely got from the creation show.
With this bike, always developed yet dedicated to its setting, Jonathan Rea got his fourth back to back title in 2018 is still toward the beginning of the 2019 season as the driver – and obviously the bike – to beat.
Rea is the principal rider to have won four titles consecutively in SBK, after the title of Tom Sykes procured in 2013, continually riding the ZX-10R
The in-line four-chamber motor (76×56 mm trademark sizes) conveys more than 230 strength, for a best speed of more than 330 hours. The aluminum outline has a twin-shaft structure, fork and mono are Showa, the wheels are Marchesini and the Brembo brakes. The weight is 170 kg dry, and the electronic administration of the motor uses a progressed inertial stage.
Source : Moto GP