Has Kawasaki’s macho image prevented it from entering the lucrative scooter market in Europe and the United States? I don’t know the answer to that, but the J300 recently revealed by Kawasaki (the official unveiling is at EICMA in a couple of weeks) is Kawasaki’s first effort to establish itself in the huge European scooter market (we have no idea about potential U.S. availability at this point).
By all accounts, the new Kawasaki is a re-styled version of partner Kymco’s Downtown 300i, which MD has already tested. If you follow the link, you will see that Gabe thoroughly enjoyed the 33 hp scoot with its nimble, confident handling and huge underseat storage. This is a high performing 300, and a sensible base for Kawasaki to work from.
EICMA will see at least one other new Kawasaki revealed, of course, which is the naked Z1000 teased by a somewhat obscure photo and press release.