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faffi, December 29, 2017 in Other Bikes
Kawi is like the CopyKat machine to make sales on popular bikes
1965 W1 the BSA A10 Remake
There's Kawasaki, riding on the coat tails of other companies again, ha!
I want a Triumph, not a faux Triumph, thank you Kawi!
What is a true Triumph, anyway? The current ones only have the name in common; none of the technology or people behind have anything to do with the original. Also, current Triumphs are mostly made in Asia. And what about the Yamaha XT500, which took the old British scrambler concept to Japan?
IMO, copying is the sincerest form of flattery, and not to be scoffed at. Virtually every product, be that a TV set or a motorcycle or a razor, is a copy of some sort. If nobody copied an idea or a style and made their own version of it, we would have precious little to choose from.
As to the W1 - Kawasaki bought Meguro, and the already rather old BSA copy came with the buy. From Wikipedia: "In the 1950s Meguro entered racing and built its first twin cylindered design, the 651 cc (39.7 cu in) T1 "Senior" with a pre-unit parallel twin engine inspired by British practice and later the K-series "Stamina" model copied from the BSA A7, one of which Meguro had bought in 1953."
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