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Old 10-07-2013, 09:15 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 10-07-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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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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Old 10-07-2013, 10:39 AM   #4
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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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Old 10-07-2013, 10:45 AM   #5
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I agree I never thought Kawasaki would ever sell a scooter in the U.S. Looks a lot like a Ninja. May even have the Ninja 300 engine in it. Kawasaki has a thing for performance. Definitely looks better than the Forza to me.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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^yeah, my first thought was that a ninja and burgman had a baby. I kindof like it. I assume we'll hear more over the next couple months if it's coming to the US in 2014.
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:36 AM   #7
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May even have the Ninja 300 engine in it.
Now that would be nice!
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:25 PM   #8
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Interesting.
I wish one of the Japanese companies would clone the Vespa style in a 300cc to 400cc scooter.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:43 PM   #9
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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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Yeah I can agree on the aging population being a factor on why scooters seem to be increasing in popularity. Also the Japanese brands have been around long enough now for this aging demographic to want to stick with the brands they trust. In the past aging demographics went straight to Harley and that is why I think Harley had such a good run the past 15 years give or take.

One nice thing about Kawasaki is they usually move pretty fast compared to Honda. Kawasaki has been known to release a few spy photos and within a few months the new bike shows up on dealer lots. Unlike Honda that teases and finely gets around to releasing it 12 to 18 months down the road. So its just possible this new Kawasaki scooter will show up sooner then we think.

I also agree that its pretty likely this scooter is using a version of the Ninja 300 motor in it. This sort of parts sharing is becoming the norm. In a related note I heard Yamaha has big plans on the new triple power plant they just released in the FZ09. Over the coming years they plan a who slate of different styles of bikes using this engine. Honda is already doing it with the new 500cc and 700cc twins.
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Old 10-07-2013, 12:59 PM   #10
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Interesting.
I wish one of the Japanese companies would clone the Vespa style in a 300cc to 400cc scooter.
Gets my vote
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:22 PM   #11
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I would love to see a kawasaki scooter, but these maxi scooters do absolutely nothing for me.
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:56 PM   #12
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Interesting.
I wish one of the Japanese companies would clone the Vespa style in a 300cc to 400cc scooter.
Me too. Most maxi scooters look like space ships to me and I don't like them. Now a classic looking 400-500 would be perfect for me. The closest thing I've seen recently is the Scarabeo 500ie, but they don't import those anymore to the States.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:08 PM   #13
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Yeah, we've pretty much got the Maxi covered before this hits the states. I'd be more interested if it were along the lines of the Honda SH300 of the KYMCO 300i.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:13 PM   #14
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The only maxi I ever rode was a BMW C600 during a demo day event. I liked it. Heated seat and grips were appreciated.

I'd be curious to try one of these. Looks ok.

I'm pretty sure my next scoot will be a PCX150. I don't do any highway riding, mostly in town and coastal roads. A maxi scoot would be overkill for the kinda riding I do.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:17 PM   #15
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Me too. Most maxi scooters look like space ships to me and I don't like them. Now a classic looking 400-500 would be perfect for me. The closest thing I've seen recently is the Scarabeo 500ie, but they don't import those anymore to the States.
For some reason the powers in the Far East believe we want scooters that look like a small boat from the 50's. I'll never understand.

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