President of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Motorcycle & Engine Company, Yuji Horiuchi spoke at EICMA of not just a commitment to the European market, but of a company with a global mission to lead the evolution of two-wheel excitement while recognising a corporate responsibility towards the health of the planet and a sustainable future for everyone.
Further highlights were mention of an Electric Vehicle (EV) in research form that was on show at the impressive Kawasaki booth plus news that Kawasaki would be the first Japanese manufacturer to work alongside Bosch helping to adapt their Advanced Rider Assistance Systems for future Kawasaki motorcycles.
And to underpin Kawasaki's current technology, Horiuchi-san personally unveiled the latest in the Kawasaki supercharged line the awesome Z H2 machine that looks set to lead the field in the naked class in 2020.
Here is the speech:
“It is good to be here in Europe, one of the most important markets for Kawasaki. The passion and loyalty of Kawasaki fans here has a worldwide effect and we at KHI challenge ourselves to continue to surprise these fans rewarding their deep appreciation of motorcycling.
Our models unveiled today show the strength of our commitment to the European market combining the excitement of control allied to safety features and care for the environment. At Kawasaki we are uniquely able to lead the evolution of two-wheel excitement by utilizing our in-house technologies outside of normal automotive technology. Answering this kind of challenge is what Kawasaki engineers live for.
As a worldwide company we have a responsibility towards the health of the planet and a sustainable future for everyone. We believe that powered two wheelers form a core part of our mission to bring fun and excitement to Transport.
Today – at EICMA – we want to deliver an exclusive preview of one such technology with future potential. We have been researching EV – so called Electric Vehicles - for many years and our approach has been typically Kawasaki.
KHI research has so far been based on a mid-capacity donor machine with let us say more “rider features” than current EV machines in the market. We have focused on the riding sensation during road testing combining electric power source - which enables high level of flexibility in torque/power delivery - with gear-shifting capability. The result is a machine delivering good rider feeling in line with our overall mission of Rideology. Rest assured though, we are finding many more avenues to explore to expand the excitement of control on two wheels.
At Kawasaki we also embrace relevant cutting edge market technology. Today I am proud to announce that Kawasaki is the first Japanese manufacturer to work alongside Bosch helping to adapt their Advanced Rider Assistance Systems for future Kawasaki motorcycles. This represents a next step along the path towards accident-free riding – one that can expand and increase riding enjoyment without taking away rider responsibility. Thank you.”