Kawasaki Motorcycles To Be All Electric by 2035

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10/9/2021 8:19 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/9/2021 8:43 AM

KHI (Kawasaki Heavy Industries) and Kawasaki Motors are now two separate entities as of October 2. Now the motorcycle/powersports company has committed to 10 new electric models by 2025 and their ENTIRE range will be electric by 2035.

Ready to rumble? Kawasaki motorcycles to go all electric by 2035

Braaap...er Zaaap!

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10/9/2021 8:32 AM

Well…crap…

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10/9/2021 8:35 AM

Lame.

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10/9/2021 8:40 AM

Never happen

We went to 4 strokes how long ago because smokers were gonna be banned???

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10/9/2021 8:41 AM

gt80rider wrote:

Never happen

We went to 4 strokes how long ago because smokers were gonna be banned???

It’s going to happen weather you like it or not…

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10/9/2021 8:43 AM

The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that we got crappy sounding 4 strokes shoved down our throats just so we wouldn't be as mad losing that beautiful 2 stroke sound.

The reality is a 4 stroke is a better powerplant for dirt bikes than a 2 stroke and an electric motor will be better than a 4 stroke. Doesn't mean we have to like it. The guy in me that wants to go as fast as he can never wants to shift again and wants all torque off idle can't wait for an electric dirt bike. The guy in me that is a gearhead and loves the machine-ness and visceral thill of an internal combustion engine wants electric bikes to die.

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Volusia/Flagler Counties

10/9/2021 9:00 AM

bayodome wrote:

KHI (Kawasaki Heavy Industries) and Kawasaki Motors are now two separate entities as of October 2. Now the ...more

To me, When a company spins off a unit to be an independent entity, it is to allow it to wind down slowly, without financially injuring the parent companies bottom line.

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10/9/2021 9:01 AM

And the truth finally comes out, Davi was let go because they found a bottle of 927 in his locker. Wasn’t good for the “green” image

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10/9/2021 9:04 AM

That really sucks.

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10/9/2021 9:05 AM

Tomac knew this before they disclosed it, that's why he signed with Yamaha.

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10/9/2021 9:07 AM

McG194 wrote:

The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that we got crappy sounding 4 strokes shoved down our throats just so we wouldn't be as ...more

Good Points

I'm still wondering if Kawi can be successful by turning themselves(theirselves?) into 'The Tesla of Motorcycling' in 13 model years from now? (2022 is already a done deal). That means probably only 3 new gen's of KXs (or 2...or less... if they decide to ramp down the use of ICEs progressively).

Does 'going electric' help the brand?
Sell more bikes?
Get new people?

One things for sure, those "Loud Pipes Save Lives" dudes are gonna be PISSED! laughing

Still, how long 'til we see "Electric" at SX...and then MX...?

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10/9/2021 9:11 AM

FerCzD wrote:

Tomac knew this before they disclosed it, that's why he signed with Yamaha.

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but every company will be forced to do this. Europe is banning all new gas engine sales way before 2035. California has legislation to ban new gas engines by 2035.

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10/9/2021 9:13 AM

gt80rider wrote:

Never happen

We went to 4 strokes how long ago because smokers were gonna be banned???

Manufacturers preemptively made the switch because of an EPA regulation change. The rule basically said that if 2-strokes were found to be operating on public lands illegally, the US Gov't had the right to revoke that OEMs ability to sell said motorcycle in the country.

ex. If Joe Schmoe was caught riding a YZ250 at Hollister Hills without the proper stickers, the US authorities could say that Yamaha was no longer allow to sell the YZ250 in the United States anymore. Period.

I don't think that rule has ever been enforced but it lit a fire under the OEMs and the YZ400 was born. Then lo and behold, 4-strokes were suddenly better performing bikes anyway and easier to ride, so here we are in this modern era.

They cost more, cost more to fix and have more parts which all equals more revenue for the industry. Why wouldn't they go in that direction. Electric bikes will also cost even more, require even more specialty parts and training for mechanics and will (and already are) open entirely new markets for OEMs. Again, why wouldn't they make the switch?

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10/9/2021 9:13 AM

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - "The European Union on Wednesday proposed an effective ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035, aiming to speed up the switch to zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs) as part of a broad package of measures to combat global warming."

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10/9/2021 9:13 AM

Great news! Finally we will get proper E-MX bikes. Would be not too long when Honda makes same PR.
If you are riding -89 2-stroke today you could do it after 2035 as well?

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10/9/2021 9:14 AM

JamesReed wrote:

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but every company will be forced to do this. Europe is banning all new gas ...more

This is the real reason they are doing this. It's pretty hard for a company to ignore that kind of pressure.

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10/9/2021 9:15 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/9/2021 9:16 AM

JamesReed wrote:

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but every company will be forced to do this. Europe is banning all new gas ...more

I'm nobody and don't know anything or any Insider. I was being sarcastic in a pathetic shot to be funny. Now back in all seriously, other OEM's might follow Kawasaki's footsteps, and I'm wondering if some moto-dads after reading this, are considering go all in in electric riding with their kids. Will be interesting to follow the development of talent in the next years.

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10/9/2021 9:16 AM

The Dutch and a few others are trying to ban gas vehicles by 2025 though.

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10/9/2021 9:25 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/9/2021 9:26 AM

Everything moving to electric dirt bikes does not scare me. The government / "Karens" of the world shutting down every track and riding spot is what scares me.

I just hope that there* is still off road bikes in the lineup in 2035.

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10/9/2021 9:30 AM

Jardo wrote:

Everything moving to electric dirt bikes does not scare me. The government / "Karens" of the world shutting down every track ...more

My KLR has a 6 gallon tank...stock. I can pull-off 250-300 miles quite easily. I'm gonna be interested in seeing "how" they fulfill the ADV & Touring segments. Battery tech is slowly improving and maybe, just maybe...the can make some decent "range" improvements; but, I don't see ANY of it being "affordable".

Time, and technology, will tell.

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Nobody ever told me, I found out for myself. You've got to believe in foolish miracles. It's not how you play the game, it's if you win or lose. You can choose. Don't confuse. Win or lose. It's up to you!

10/9/2021 9:55 AM

Nothing like switching to all electric bikes to be more green so we can use our gas generators to charge our battery at the track.

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

Thanks to : Factory Effex, Simi Valley Cycles, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, Mika Metals

10/9/2021 10:30 AM

For the e-haters out there, the first electric car was built over a hundred years ago. Today, there are almost 300 million *registered* cars in the US and 6 million are electric. So....calm your "the world is closing in on me!" tits. You'll be long dead before you're ever inconvenienced.

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10/9/2021 10:33 AM

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10/9/2021 10:39 AM

McG194 wrote:

The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that we got crappy sounding 4 strokes shoved down our throats just so we wouldn't be as ...more

TeamGreen wrote:

Good Points

I'm still wondering if Kawi can be successful by turning themselves(theirselves?) into 'The Tesla of ...more

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10/9/2021 10:50 AM

How weird will it be to be in a packed stadium, watch the gate drop and hear the sound of 22 chains whirring around the sprockets?

The bigger question may be how long until we can audibly hear a top rider yelling "FUCKIN A-RAY!!!"

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Volusia/Flagler Counties

10/9/2021 11:02 AM

California has rolling black outs now because they cant handle all the ACs running in the summer then you throw in all the electric cars and then motorcycles and they will only let you drive two days a week and no unnecessary events that use electric motors, no way they will be allowed to expand the power grid to keep up with all the EPA requirements laughing laughing

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10/9/2021 11:17 AM

As someone who works on upgrading and maintaining our current electrical grid and natural gas lines, I’d say that’s a wee bit optimistic. Our company just spent the last 10 years replacing natural gas lines in Chicago and suburbs. Still not completely done. Water mains and services are 70 years old in some neighborhoods. Even if we were to abandon these projects and go all in on electric, I’d say we’re looking at 15-20 years before every house on the block can have 2 electric cars and electric heat. The miles of high-line wires and towers alone will take years. Land battles, environmental concerns, etc will stall these aspirations. I’m working on pipelines right now that are 15 years in the making.

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10/9/2021 11:31 AM

"I really think it's possible to make very, extremely safe nuclear."- Elon Musk July 2021

It will be interesting to see if Elon's comments spark new debate and legislation on this topic. He seems to have a rather large cult like following these days.

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10/9/2021 11:37 AM

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10/9/2021 11:41 AM

JamesReed wrote:

"I really think it's possible to make very, extremely safe nuclear."- Elon Musk July 2021

It will be interesting to see if ...more

It is really interesting the reason a lot of people think we are going electric is for the environment. Plugging in your car every night and using a ton of electricity that comes from where? I just bought my son a KTM E 5 and I’m all for it. I think it will make things safer and more consistent. But it won’t do shit for the environment.

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