Kawasaki selling motorcycle division!

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11/3/2020 8:59 AM

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I like dirtbikes and dirtbike accessories.

11/3/2020 9:01 AM

2020 is the worst year ever

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KTM 350 XC-F

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11/3/2020 9:01 AM

Yeah no for sure no

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11/3/2020 9:02 AM

A green ktm huh? Seems legit

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11/3/2020 9:03 AM

Yikes. Hopefully no severe repercussions for MXGP and American SX/MX.

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11/3/2020 9:03 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/3/2020 9:08 AM

Spin off ≠ sell

Yamaha spun off it's motor division decades ago.

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11/3/2020 9:05 AM

Dirty Points wrote:

Spin off ≠ sell

Yamaha spun off it's motor division decades ago.

Im guessing spinoff means form a separate corporation for kawasaki motorcycles

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11/3/2020 9:13 AM

Big if true

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11/3/2020 9:32 AM

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11/3/2020 9:45 AM

I was not sure of this strange link so I searched and found that it is true.

Official press release is here:

https://global.kawasaki.com/news_201102-2e.pdf

That is quite a big news, no drama but they will for sure look more at the bottom line rather than as a part of their branding effort.

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11/3/2020 10:37 AM

They are not selling anything but some stock....

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11/3/2020 10:39 AM

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11/3/2020 10:43 AM

Dumgeon stuff posted in moto...

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11/3/2020 11:41 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/3/2020 11:43 AM

They aren't selling anything. It sounds like there will be a separate business entity, operating outside of the Heavy Industries structure. A "spin off," not a sell off.

Google restructured itself as Alphabet. It did this for financial purposes and to move assets, debts, operating expenses, and the myriad of other financial machinations into a new business entity.

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11/3/2020 11:54 AM

Reading the fine print, it seems like this will streamline the production of dirtbikes for Kawasaki, and eliminate some of the red-tape of having to go to corporate to make final decisions.

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11/3/2020 12:20 PM

You guys want to pool our money and buy it? I’ve got about $12.00 in my wallet. Who’s in?

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11/3/2020 12:20 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/3/2020 12:24 PM

TBH something like this could open the door for new 2 strokes. If you read into it KHI is very environMENTALly positioned.

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11/3/2020 1:49 PM

MudPup545 wrote:

You guys want to pool our money and buy it? I’ve got about $12.00 in my wallet. Who’s in?

8k to put there.
But i want purple plastics

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rarararaataatatatata

11/3/2020 2:03 PM

Interesting, but my $0.02 as a news analyst is this is likely a zero-burger. The big takeaway here is Kawi isn't super bullish on the longer term outlook for the sport. That may move money into other places, like (just speculating) e-bike development, little dude(ette) e-dirt bikes and God knows what else.

Overall however, this is more of an internal change, not a top down change.

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11/3/2020 2:47 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/3/2020 2:51 PM

This should be good news for us consumers of their motorcycles. From their press release...

"The Power Sports Business which comprises a part of the Motorcycle & Engine Business, includes motorcycles and off-road four wheelers, and is Kawasaki's only mass-production consumer-facing business. Spinning off this business will speed up decision making, and by offering products and services in sync with customers - including new lifestyle offerings - Power Sports will further enhance its role as the flagship Group business building the strong Kawasaki brand.
In the short term, we will continue working to improve our financial situation. However, when taking a broad view of the industry as a whole, it faces significant issues such as an aging customer base and compliance with environmental regulations. Kawasaki is strengthening intra- industry cooperation - such as through joint development of electric drive and advanced safety technologies as well as greater commonality of functional parts - in order to catalyze growth in the Power Sports Business and achieve market revitalization."

Oh and they aren't selling anything as other have pointed out. They're basically refocusing the business which should be a positive change for the moto industry.

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11/3/2020 6:49 PM

kb228 wrote:

A green ktm huh? Seems legit

At the rate KTM is buying motorcycle companies to rebrand their own bike in a different color it's no longer impossible to see a green KTM laughing laughing laughing laughing

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11/5/2020 8:59 PM

You will never see a Japanese brand bought by KTM.

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11/6/2020 8:13 AM

motoarmageddon wrote:

You will never see a Japanese brand bought by KTM.

Well. I wouldn't bet against it. They're a fast growing company with plenty of "vision".

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I ripped a start from Egypt and I was happy about that.

11/6/2020 10:53 AM

its just being spun off as a stand alone entity it seems. alot of holding companies (like berkshirehathaway for example) operate like this. they own the companies outright but they operate independently and im sure when/if there is an issue, daddy warbucks can come in and help out

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11/6/2020 12:23 PM

KHI is large. So increased autonomy for the small bike and engine department should be good.

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11/6/2020 12:56 PM

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11/6/2020 6:02 PM

motoarmageddon wrote:

You will never see a Japanese brand bought by KTM.

A yellow ktm could be feasible

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11/6/2020 6:12 PM
Edited Date/Time: 11/6/2020 6:54 PM

Enough with the freaking KTMs. Great bikes but there’s enough already. We need more choices, not less.

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11/7/2020 2:25 AM

Here comes the KX 2 stroke and the KDX 350

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