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Vn 750 HISTORY Question?

I have heard that Kawasaki was the 1st Japanese manufactor to introduce a metric V Twin to the US market, that being the Vulacan 700/750. Correct?
Allso hear the bike is still in prodution but no longer sold in US. Being made for other world markets, not bad for a 29 year run. Anyone Know?
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what I can find the first Jap "v twin" was Yamaha Virago 1981. Kaw's vn700 was made in 1985.
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what I can find the first Jap "v twin" was Yamaha Virago 1981. Kaw's vn700 was made in 1985.
And that is correct. The Vulcan is no longer being made...anywhere.

(did you know they were made here in the US and not in Japan sometime after the 700cc imports?)


So if anyone calls it a "jap bike" please correct them, they were put together in Lincoln NE.


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KM, isn't Kawasaki a very large manufactoring Co., much more than motorcycles, Heavy industries etc. ...???
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KM, isn't Kawasaki a very large manufactoring Co., much more than motorcycles, Heavy industries etc. ...???
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Yes, they are most known it Japan for building ships. I think they also built planes durring WW2.
See here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_Heavy_Industries

Yamaha , as many might know, also makes high end pianos, keyboards, and other musical instruments.

Ducati started out making vacuum tubes and radio parts.

BMW first produced aircraft, then contrary to what some think, they started making motorcycles.........before they started making cars.

Suzuki first built weaving looms for Japan's giant silk industry...then started building cars.
intresting history here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki

Laverda is an Italian manufacturer of Combine harvesters and one-time a manufacturer of high performance motorcycles.

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I think that the vn700 was the first internally balanced v twin made. Please correct me if wrong.

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Both HD and Indian made a V-Twin in 1907. Controversy on who made one first. Ohh yeah, don't hit me for typing HD in here. DOH! There I go again.


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Yes, they are most known it Japan for building ships. I think they also built planes durring WW2.
See here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_Heavy_Industries
Yamaha , as many might know, also makes high end pianos, keyboards, and other musical instruments.

Ducati started out making vacuum tubes and radio parts.

BMW first produced aircraft, then contrary to what some think, they started making motorcycles.........before they started making cars.

Suzuki first built weaving looms for Japan's giant silk industry...then started building cars.
intresting history here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki

Laverda is an Italian manufacturer of Combine harvesters and one-time a manufacturer of high performance motorcycles.
KM
I remembered reading years ago that they built submarines, rail cars, and several other things, one of the biggest manufactors in Japan all things being considered at the time I think...
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I have heard that Kawasaki was the 1st Japanese manufactor to introduce a metric V Twin to the US market, that being the Vulacan 700/750. Correct?
Allso hear the bike is still in prodution but no longer sold in US. Being made for other world markets, not bad for a 29 year run. Anyone Know?
PS; sometimes I get on an anal trivial kick!!!!!
It was only 21 years. 85 to 06.

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Kawasaki also makes large trucks and buses.

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