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Old 12-30-2008, 11:59 PM   #21
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:01 AM   #22
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I hope so, They dont have but . Everything they make, honda or suzuki make cheaper. The only good thing to come from kawi is scott russel.


Is that right?

2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R $11,799
2009 Honda CBR1000RR $11,999
2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 $12,199
2009 Yamaha R1 $12,490

Looks like they're the cheapest out of the big four. Quite the opposite of what you're saying to be true don't ya think?

In something as competitive as SS bikes, no one is on top for long at all(BTW, dollar for dollar your 749 is a shitbox compared to any of the big 4) Honda puts 'CBR' on ALL their sportbikes, Suzuki puts 'GSX-R' on the sides of ALL of theirs, and Yamaha throws an 'R' on the side of ALL of theirs as well. Why cry about Kawi throwing 'Ninja' on theirs when it's not ANY different from any other manufacturer?

Funny how 'we're' the ignorant ones because we buy Kawasakis, yet any and every reason you list for disliking the company as a whole is about the most ignorant thing I've read on this forum in a loooooong while. You sir, are a tool.
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Just saw you have a 2006 600RR. That bike wasn't exactly raking in awards man. As a matter of fact, the word I remember most from any and all tests is the word boring.
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The only reason kawi has any decent sales numbers is becouse of ignorant people who know nothing about motorcycles who think becouse the bike says ninja on the side, its the fastest thing out there.
You are a babiling idiot................fu&%in moron
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gett'em David. Princess just drop some .
Just a few facts an observations from your neighborhood 'Ninjabike' rider.
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They did, just not all in MotoGP.
Honda and Zook out of AMA, I think Subaru pulled from Rally or something.
Subaru from WRC and Honda from F1 are the big movers and shakers
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i wonder if they will stop making bikes sooner or later
IMO they'll be around for years, they produce some decent street bikes but just can't build a World championship race bike for as hard as they try.
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Shhh, it was the battery, not the bike!
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i was going to ask that. James didn't you say something like "her bike turns better"? Pretty sure I overheard you say that a few times that day
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John Hopkins has not given up hope of Kawasaki until an official announcement is made regarding their withdrawal.

John Hopkins insists he hasn't confirmed the withdrawal of Kawasaki from MotoGP and that it remains ‘up in the air' as to whether he will be competing with the team in 2009.

The news that Kawasaki is on the verge of quitting MotoGP this week has rocked the sport, not least because of its sudden nature and the fact it will leave just four manufacturers and 17 bikes on the 2009 grid.

Even so, no official word has been made by the Japanese team as of yet, and until there is Hopkins insists he is unwilling to comment on the rumours.

Posting a message on his personal website, Hopkins, who endured a torrid maiden season with Kawasaki in 2008 following a series of injuries, played down the reports that stated him as confirming their departure.

“As you all know, everything is up in the air and people want answers. Everything from here is now in my managers hands. I have read nearly all articles posted and find it absolutely crazy how people are stating that I have announced this/or said that. when in fact I have avoided ALL phone-calls from the media until time permits.

“There will be an official press release held very soon, where we can confirm or deny all rumours. I will let you all now as soon as I get the go ahead. I just wanted to say thank you for all your support through this year and now. Will keep you posted…”

Marco Melandri, who only rode the Kawasaki for the first time last month, has reportedly been notified of the team's exit via a letter. Kawasaki had spent several months attempting to free Melandri from a multi-year contract with Ducati.

Should they withdraw, Kawasaki will become the fourth Japanese brand to quit a major series following on from Honda in Formula 1, as well as Suzuki and Subaru in the World Rally Championship.
Not looking good for the men in green
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I believe there's more to Kawasaki pulling the plug on their MotoGP racing effort than a slowing global economy. They had spotty results at best in the class and were never a solid contender for the championship since entering the MotoGP wars in 2002. The riders they had were MotoGP enigmas yet still relatively pricey, too. Don't forget that the company hadn't raced a GP class since the early 1980s when they decided to join the MotoGP fray in 2002, a hiatus of almost 20 years. Without results, which never came, it's hard to justify the presence in the class. On paper and based on recent history, it didn't look like 2009 was going to be their year in the premier class, so bam! Perfect storm! , I don't even think this was a tough decision to make for top brass.

Long live Anton Mang and Kork Ballington! (I don't bleed green, , I'm not even close to brand specific, but in Kawasaki GP lingo, these guys are gods.)
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That I doubt. Kawasaki still enjoys a fair share of the consumer motorcycle market. Which is surprising seeing as they have not won a superbike race in 5+ years.
Chris Walker won a WSBK race on a ZX-10R a couple of years ago in the rain. I understand your point though. Kawasaki has not had good success in racing but has built good street bikes.
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I believe there's more to Kawasaki pulling the plug on their MotoGP racing effort than a slowing global economy. They had spotty results at best in the class and were never a solid contender for the championship since entering the MotoGP wars in 2002. The riders they had were MotoGP enigmas yet still relatively pricey, too. Don't forget that the company hadn't raced a GP class since the early 1980s when they decided to join the MotoGP fray in 2002, a hiatus of almost 20 years. Without results, which never came, it's hard to justify the presence in the class. On paper and based on recent history, it didn't look like 2009 was going to be their year in the premier class, so bam! Perfect storm! , I don't even think this was a tough decision to make for top brass.

Long live Anton Mang and Kork Ballington! (I don't bleed green, , I'm not even close to brand specific, but in Kawasaki GP lingo, these guys are gods.)
such a shame Mang's move up to the 500's was blighted by injury. I watched him at Silverstone on the RGV500 Suzuki and he was special, just abit green at the time.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:41 AM   #36
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Chris Walker won a WSBK race on a ZX-10R a couple of years ago in the rain. I understand your point though. Kawasaki has not had good success in racing but has built good street bikes.
Now that you said that I do remember that race, jeez people were falling like flies. IMHO, the ZX7rr was the best SBK they ever build. Heavy and outdated by todays standards, but in it's day it was a real contender. I think it was 2002 that was the last year Eric Bostrom rode for Kawasaki? He won quite a few races on that bike. Always on the podium. That bike design was close to 10 years old at that time.
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Kawasaki could still be involved in MotoGP this season after Aspar manager Jorge Martinez revealed he is in talks with series organisers Dorna to revive his stillborn project.

Aspar were close to graduating to the premier class in 2009 with a third Kawasaki entry, but the deal fell through after disagreeing on the manufacturer's choice of Shinya Nakano, rather than the Spanish rider Martinez's sponsors desired.

Nonetheless, Martinez claims to have been contacted by Dorna, who are desperate to retain a fifth manufacturer presence on the 2009 grid as it looks increasingly likely the series will start the season with a somewhat paltry 17 bike line-up.

Speaking to Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport, Martinez admits he is interested in reviving the project and keep Kawasaki racing as a privateer entry.

"Negotiations to take over the two Kawasaki (bikes) have started,” he said. “I don't know with certainty when or if this opportunity will become reality. I'm willing to negotiate. We'll see."

Although Aspar could face the same issues as last time if their sponsors demand a Spanish rider again, both John Hopkins and Marco Melandri would be tempting propositions for the team nonetheless.

Hopkins alone comes with extensive backing from energy drinks company Monster, while Melandri comes with experience that would prove tempting for a burgeoning team.
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quite why you'd want to run an already relatively uncompetitive bike which I imagine will receive very limited development in the near future is beyond me but here's hoping.....................
all down to the wonga I guess
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I'm with you, , I'd go with 'Zook before Kawi, at least they were semi-respectable last season. Sounds like they must go with Kawi, or nothing at all though

'Twould be nice if this worked out, but I ain't holdin' my breath!
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I'm with you, , I'd go with 'Zook before Kawi, at least they were semi-respectable last season. Sounds like they must go with Kawi, or nothing at all though

'Twould be nice if this worked out, but I ain't holdin' my breath!
me neither,
sad to see such a depleted grid................. only 17
going to go the way of F1 if they're not careful
the costs need to be addressed even if it means taking a step back with electronics etc IMO
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me neither,
sad to see such a depleted grid................. only 17
going to go the way of F1 if they're not careful
the costs need to be addressed even if it means taking a step back with electronics etc IMO
Which is apparently what most of the top riders want anyway.

They can't do away with electronics though, then Casey Stoner wouldn't win another race and Nicky Hayden would be battling with Rossi while the rest of the field is +20 seconds or more back!
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