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Old 10-07-2013, 10:15 AM   #1
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Kawasaki J300 Scooter

Apparently there are rumors that Kawasaki is making a 300cc Maxi-Scoot. There's even a spy shot at the link below. Seems like they're interested in the same market as the Forza and Downtown 300. I'll be paying attention to see how it turns out.

http://blog.motorcycle.com/2013/10/0...hoto-surfaces/
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:17 AM   #2
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The largest market for scooters in Europe, namely Italy, is still in the middle of a horrific recession (sales down 46% from 2012). That scooter market is completely tied down by Honda, Piaggio and Yamaha.

So I would assume that this scooter is destined for the Asian and Indian markets and will probably be produced locally rather than in Japan.

Re the USA: Can anyone here imagine members of the general public (rather than members of this forum) going to a Kawasaki dealer for a scooter?
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:14 AM   #3
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I don't see this as an issue. Seems like most of the dealers in the US sell Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki. Or some combination of this group. The Kawasaki scooter would be on the floor right next to the Honda Scooter.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:23 AM   #4
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I don't see this as an issue. Seems like most of the dealers in the US sell Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki. Or some combination of this group. The Kawasaki scooter would be on the floor right next to the Honda Scooter.
That's my thought. I know of a few Honda dealers that only sell Hondas, but I can't say I've ever noticed a Yamaha or Suzuki dealership that didn't sell Kawasakis. If you put this thing on the floor between a Forza and a Burgman it'll get some attention.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:59 AM   #5
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I wish it could come to Mexico.. but California is close enough!

Looks nice, we will wait and see

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Old 10-08-2013, 09:12 AM   #6
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I think it looks a bit like the old Gilera Nexus. Looks pretty good to me.
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Old 10-08-2013, 02:01 PM   #7
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The largest market for scooters in Europe, namely Italy, is still in the middle of a horrific recession (sales down 46% from 2012). That scooter market is completely tied down by Honda, Piaggio and Yamaha.

So I would assume that this scooter is destined for the Asian and Indian markets and will probably be produced locally rather than in Japan.

Re the USA: Can anyone here imagine members of the general public (rather than members of this forum) going to a Kawasaki dealer for a scooter?
I was talking earlier about the Italian scooter market. Here are the latest statistics for 2013 year-to-date:
http://www.ancma.it/uploads/Statisti...embre-2013.pdf

Hope you find it interesting....

BMW were going to attack the T-Max in its home territory with the "C" series scoots...so where are they on the list?

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Old 10-08-2013, 02:07 PM   #8
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Because of the recession in Europe, Spain and Italy have seen their 2 wheeled sales crumble. As a result, France is now the number one European country for sales of motorcycles and scooters. The Tmax is the best selling maxi scooter over there. Piaggio 3-wheelers (MP3) out sell motorcycles and scooters.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:17 PM   #9
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Piaggio 3-wheelers (MP3) out sell motorcycles and scooters.
??? Really
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??? Really
Yes because you don't need a motorcycle license to ride them. You just need a regular driver's license.
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Because of the recession in Europe, Spain and Italy have seen their 2 wheeled sales crumble. As a result, France is now the number one European country for sales of motorcycles and scooters. The Tmax is the best selling maxi scooter over there. Piaggio 3-wheelers (MP3) out sell motorcycles and scooters.
He's right about the popularity of the MP3s in France

http://www.csiam-fr.org/documents/20130911_6.pdf

Take no notice that the R1200GS is in the under 125cc category.....
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He's right about the popularity of the MP3s in France

http://www.csiam-fr.org/documents/20130911_6.pdf

Take no notice that the R1200GS is in the under 125cc category.....
Cool! Looks like the PCX is # 8 and the Grom is # 43. Not bad considering it came out in the Spring.
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As the late George Carlin said, we love to carry all our "stuff". The J300, in stock trim, has a lot more storage space than a Ninja.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:25 AM   #14
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Interesting........

Honestly I thought Kawasaki would be the last Japanese manufacture to consider the scooter market. They must know something we don't. Are we right on the edge of even higher gasoline prices?

It looks a lot like the Yamaha T-Max. Kind of on the sporty side of the scooter equation.

My guess is before this new Kawasaki scooter even sees the light of day in the US market they will sit back and see how the Forza 300 does.
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Interesting........

Honestly I thought Kawasaki would be the last Japanese manufacture to consider the scooter market. They must know something we don't. Are we right on the edge of even higher gasoline prices?

It looks a lot like the Yamaha T-Max. Kind of on the sporty side of the scooter equation.

My guess is before this new Kawasaki scooter even sees the light of day in the US market they will sit back and see how the Forza 300 does.
Could be the gas or could be they are targeting an aging western population. Almost 13000 Americans turn 65 everyday and many that rode cycles won't be able to swing a leg or work the shiter. But will still want to ride.

Who knows I don't see a big reversal in fuel so that could be a driving force.
We shall see.

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