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    Blog — Model History

    Mini Bike Madness: The Honda Z50

    Mini Bike Madness: The Honda Z50

    There are some ideas that are simply too good to not pursue, and the Honda Z series of motorcycles is exactly that.

    Originally created for Japanese amusement park Tama Tech, a park that was owned by none other than Honda themselves. Yes, that's right, Honda owned an amusement park that featured motorsports-focused rides and attractions, and the Z50 was a result of an attraction at that park! 

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    The Bigger Minibike: The Honda Trail 70

    The Bigger Minibike: The Honda Trail 70
    To those that grew up in the 1970s, and loved motorcycles, this meant amazing creations from the legends at Honda like the Z50 mini bike and its bigger brother the Trail 70. See, Honda knew they had a hit on their hands when the “monkey bike” that first debuted as a children’s ride in Tama Tech park was a hit with not only the kiddies, but the adults as well. Within a few years of this concept, the Z50 was a hit in not only the home market of Japan but in markets all over the world.

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    From Concept to Legend: The Suzuki Katana

    From Concept to Legend: The Suzuki Katana
    When Suzuki dropped the Katana on the world in 1979, everything changed. 
    The 1970s saw the rise of the universal Japanese motorcycle (UJM), however, by the end of the decade, manufacturers and consumers were growing tired of this conservative design language. Suzuki, the creator of the fantastic GSX series of motorcycles and superbikes, decided to try a design experiment that would take the creation of their new motorcycle to an outside design firm. 

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    From Copycat to Ground Breaking: The history of the Kawasaki W1 & W2

    From Copycat to Ground Breaking: The history of the Kawasaki W1 & W2
    For Kawasaki Motorcycle & Engine Company, the dream of achieving success in the ever-competitive arena of motorcycles started with wings and not wheels. Prior to 1962, Kawasaki was more known for making aircraft than making motorcycles but after requiring struggling company Meguro Motorcycle Company in 1963, Kawasaki was well on its way to producing some iconic motorcycles. Well, sort of. 

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