Kawasaki Good Times World reopens on the 14th of October 2016 with new inspiration from the Kawasaki Philosophy.
October 13, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – To offer the most rewarding motorcycle ride experience, Kawasaki has constantly sought to achieve the best performance in the world. In 1972 Kawasaki released the 900 Super Four (Z1), which, featuring world-best engine performance and exceptionally light handling that belied such a large engine displacement, stood head and shoulders above other models. Fast forward to 2015, Kawasaki came out with the Ninja H2R/H2 sportbike, sporting a supercharged engine developed in-house that offers performance never before experienced. These two models, which have carved a name for themselves in motorcycle history, are products of a philosophy and approach to technology that aims for top speed dating back over 70 years to the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (“flying swallow”) Type 3 fighter plane.
The philosophy of Kawasaki today has evolved through our longtime commitment to the ideal ride as “RIDEOLOGY.” This term embodies the pride and passion it takes to be fastest in the world, and through the joy of motorcycle riding we aim to enrich the lives of people around the world.
Introducing the Reopened Kawasaki Good Times World
Curved Screen Theater
Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ many products for land, sea and air are shown through powerful visuals on a 14-meter-wide screen.
RIDEOLOGY (Ride + Ideology)
On display are Kawasaki’s legendary 900 Super Four (Z1) and the legends-in-the-making Ninja H2 and stripped-stock model Ninja H2R. These bikes clearly represent Kawasaki’s performance-oriented brand concept of RIDEOLOGY
Various famous Kawasaki bikes that were pioneers in their time are on display. A two-story space allows visitors to see a large number of models. For some models, both the street legal bike and race bikes are on display together.
- KR500 (Kork Ballington model)
- Ninja ZX-RR (Shinya Nakano model)
- Kawasaki 125 B8
- 125 B8M
- AVENGER (A7)
- ZXR-7 (winner of the 1993 Suzuka 8hours)
- KX450F (Ryan Villopoto model)
- Ninja ZX-10R (Jonathan Rea model)
Visitors can sit on actual two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles to get a physical feel for the ride.
- Ninja ZX-14R ABS High Grade
- Ninja 250SL
- MULE PRO-DXT (multi-function utility vehicle)
Autumn 2016 Exhibition
Kawasaki’s 2017 models just exhibited at INTERMOT in Germany will be on display as an opening exhibition in the space reserved for specially themed exhibits.
RidEX Riding Simulator
This riding simulator lets you take two simulated laps on a Ninja ZX-10R sportbike around a circuit whose scenery is shown on the spherical screen in front of you. Both children and adults can enjoy this ride.
Over 70 years ago, Kawasaki built a fighter plane to be the fastest in the world. Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) was reborn after WWII, carrying forward a commitment to production in its corporate DNA. Motorcycles, Jet Ski watercraft, and four-wheeled vehicles are among the many Kawasaki products that reflect this passionate corporate vision and approach to technology.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries was founded at the Tsukiji Shipyard in Tokyo by Shozo Kawasaki, whose vision was to build the company for the prosperity and advancement of Japan and the society. The company later moved to Kobe and in 1896 Kojiro Matsukata was appointed first president of the company, establishing Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Ltd. This year marks the 120th anniversary of the company.
To celebrate this occasion, a special “KHI 120th Anniversary Exhibition – Fastest in the World: the Pride and the Passion it Takes” will be held as a commemorative event.
As part of this exhibition, an actual Hien Type 3 fighter plane will be on display, recently restored at Kawasaki’s Gifu Works (Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture). The exhibit will introduce the restoration project and the history and evolution of supercharger technology.
We hope you appreciate this advance look at the restored Hien and Kawasaki’s latest motorcycle, the Ninja H2R/H2, together with our engineers’ passionate pursuit of top speed and the finest ride as passed down through Kawasaki history.
Reopening of Kawasaki Good Times World
Date and time: Friday, 14 October, 2016
Venue: Kobe Maritime Museum/Kawasaki Good Times World
2-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe
Note: There is no parking space at Kawasaki Good Times World. Please use the Meriken Park parking lot (north side of Hotel Okura or north side of Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel) or other nearby parking lot
KHI 120th Anniversary Exhibition
Kobe Port Terminal “Hall”
4 Shinko-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe
* Parking is available on the second floor of Kobe Port Terminal
KHI 120th Anniversary Exhibition will be held from Saturday, 15 October to Thursday, 3 November.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century ago. The first Kawasaki motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from the development and production of aircraft engines, and Kawasaki’s entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by the company’s constant effort to develop new technologies. Numerous new Kawasaki models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created enduring legends based on their unique engineering, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki’s commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new legends.
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, side x sides, and Jet Ski® watercraft through a network of approximately 1,100 independent retailers, with close to an additional 7,700 retailers specializing in general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with approximately 260 of them located at KMC’s Foothill Ranch, California headquarters.
Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.®”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand is synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.
Source: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.