Twist of the throttlle

schnowz schnowz at
Thu Jun 4 17:19:44 PDT 2009

          I find the history and the manufacturing clips to be fascinating. 
Big difference in automation between the Japs and MV Agusta. Those Japanese 
workers are really hustling as the bike moves down the line. The MV seems 
more handcrafted - heating the head to insert valve guides etc.
      I think they gave Kawasaki short shrift though - no mention of the 
KLR, yet several sections they spend on the Goldwing. Didn't realize Kawi 
motorcyles started in 1960.. They've come a long way in short time.
Also to see Kawi and Suzuki both claiming to have the most powerful 
production bike ZX14 vs GSXR but we know the truth. Also Beemer and ?? both 
claiming to have the 1st production disc brake when in fact I don't think it 
was either.
    Must be a bummer to have those guys jobs though  - to be paid to tour 
the world  M/C factories and being forced to ride those bikes around those 
tracks and the Alps..

    Pete S

> Interesting Pete, thanks for sharing.
> Charles S.
>>Interesting stuff - didn't realize some of the Jap bikes
>>companies were formed  so recently - just thought they
>>didn't bother exporting til the 60's

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