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The Kawasaki Aircraft Co. decides to stick a toe into the waters of the Japanese motorcycle business around 1950, and produces some small 148cc engines. But it will take another ten years before the giant Kawasaki organization will begin making its own bikes.


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This is a 1952 version of the Kawasaki KE-1 engine that has been around for a couple years.

With company roots traced back to the 19th century, Kawasaki's ealiest endeavor is shipbuilding. The ship above is a Kawasaki 1942 destroyer, used by Japan's empire-building emperor. Earlier in the 1900s, Kawasaki begins making locomotives, coaches and freight cars, and in 1937 Kawasaki Aircraft Co. goes wheels-up with warplane production.