Kawasaki Good Times World Reopens to the public after being closed for renovations the past few years. If you happen to be in Kobe swing by and check it out
Kawasaki has always been a performance-oriented company. In 1972 they released the 900 Super Four (Z1), effectively the debut of the modern Superbike era. Fast forward to 2015, and Kawasaki presented the Ninja H2R/H2 sportbike, with a supercharged engine that set a new performance standard. These two models are products of a philosophy and approach to technology that aims for top speed dating back over 70 years, to the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (“Flying Swallow") Type 3 fighter plane (Check that out i the final image of this article).
The Kawasaki philosophy evolves today in their commitment to the ideal ride as "RIDEOLOGY" (Ride & Ideology). This term embodies the pride and passion it takes to be fastest in the world, and the goal to enrich the lives of people around the world through the joy of motorcycle riding.
Good Times World in Kobe, Japan, puts Kawasaki’s past and present on graphic display to the public. The exhibits include Kawasaki's legendary 900cc Z1 and legends-in-the-making Ninja H2 and stripped-stock model Ninja H2R. A 46-foot curved screen theater shows Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ many products for land, sea and air in action.
Kawasaki Good Times World reopens on the 14th of October 2016 with new inspiration from the Kawasaki Philosophy.
The showcase includes a number of famous Kawasaki bikes that were pioneers in their time. A two-story space allows visitors to see a large number of models. For some models, both the street and race bikes are on display together. Included are:
KR500 (Kork Ballington model)
Ninja ZX-RR (Shinya Nakano model)
Kawasaki 125 B8
ZXR-7 (winner of the 1993 Suzuka 8hours)
KX450F (Ryan Villopoto model)
Ninja ZX-10R (Jonathan Rea model)
In the Hands-On Zone, visitors can sit on actual two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles to get a physical feel for the ride.
1. Ninja ZX-14R ABS High Grade
2. Ninja 250SL
3. MULE PRO-DXT (multi-function utility vehicle)
Autumn 2016 Exhibition
Kawasaki's 2017 models just exhibited at INTERMOT in Germany will be on display as an opening exhibition in the space reserved for specially themed exhibits.
RidEX Riding Simulator
This riding simulator lets you take two simulated laps on a Ninja ZX-10R sportbike around a circuit whose scenery is shown on the spherical screen in front of you. Both children and adults can enjoy this ride.
The Good Times World exhibition opens Friday, Oct. 14, at the Kobe Maritime Museum, 2-2 Hatoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan.