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Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer, Kawasaki, has unveiled the Meguro K3 modern-classic motorcycle internationally. Kawasaki has brought back the Meguro nameplate, who also manufactured motorcycle until the early 1960s.
The Meguro motorcycles were one among the first Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer in the country. The company made motorcycles under the Meguro brand name starting from the year 1937 to the year 1960.
The Meguro motorcycles were available in varying engine capacities with single and twin-cylinder setup. The Meguro T2 Senior which was sold between 1957 and 1960 was the last model to come out as while it was still a standalone brand.
Later in the year 1964, the Meguro brand name was absorbed completely by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. It marked one of the most successful mergers in automotive history to create some of the amazing retro looking motorcycles by the brands.
In fact, some believe that the Meguro T1 Senior which was produced between 1955 and 1960 paved the way for Kawasaki's ‘W' line-up of old-school modern-retro motorcycles sold by the brand across the world.
Speaking about the Kawasaki Meguro K3 motorcycle, it bears the ‘Meguro' badging on the fuel-tank paying homage to the brand. The K3 features retro styling with a round-shaped headlamp, taillamp and turn-signal indicators. It also features a twin-pod semi-digital instrument cluster adding to the retro looks of the motorcycle.
The Kawasaki Meguro K3 is powered by an air-cooled, parallel-twin-cylinder, SOHC 773cc engine. It produces a maximum of 51bhp at 6500rpm and a peak torque of 62Nm at 4,800rpm. The engine comes mated to a standard five-speed gearbox.
The Meguro K3 is a simple and bare-bones motorcycle which uses a double-cradle frame along with a conventional swing-arm setup. The motorcycle weighs 227kgs and features a 15-litre fuel tank along with a single-piece seat and most trim pieces finished in Chrome.
Suspension duties on the motorcycle are handled by a conventional 41mm telescopic fork at the front and a twin-shock setup at the rear. Braking on the motorcycle is done via a 320mm and a 270mm disc brakes at the front and rear, respectively.
Despite being a bare-bones motorcycle, the Meguro K3 comes equipped with a couple of electronic rider aids. This includes the standard dual-channel ABS and a multiple-level traction control system, which can be toggled using the switchgear on the handlebar.
Kawasaki is expected to launch the motorcycle sometime during February 2021 in Japan. However, the company is yet to announce the launch plans for Meguro K3 for other international markets including India.
Thoughts About The Kawasaki Meguro K3 Unveiled
The Meguro motorcycles were responsible for revolutionizing the two-wheeler industry in Japan during its operational years as a standalone brand. Kawasaki is bringing back the Meguro name after serval decades to remind us about the brand, which made some fabulous motorcycles back in the day.