Kawasaki Heavy Industries Motorcycle & Engine is a division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries; one of Japan’s largest major corporations that is active in multiple fields including robotics, industrial machines, aerospace, military defense systems, and powersports vehicles. Kawasaki’s motorcycle effort came as a result of the buyout of a once-famed national brand called Meguro. Kawasaki’s first motorcycles under the Meguro name wore the Kawasaki Aircraft insignia; which was the founding division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries that first got into vehicle production. From 1949 to 1952, Kawasaki developed their first ever motorcycle engine and by 1953, it was being mass produced. Success with Kawasaki/Meguro motorcycles allowed Kawasaki to drop the Meguro branding in 1963. The Kawasaki W1 was based on classic English cafe racers from BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) and proved popular enough the succeeding model, the Kawasaki K2, to be exported to the United States as an inexpensive and more reliable alternative to the costlier--and seemingly temperamental English-made bikes. Kawasaki soon found themselves deep in heavy competition from fellow countrymen Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Suzuki as well as from England’s Norton and Triumph brands and America’s Harley-Davidson in the high-performance motorcycle segment. In 1981, Kawasaki entered the ATV market with the three-wheeled KLT200. The first four-wheel ATV from Kawasaki debuted in 1985 called the Bayou 185. The Bayou evolved throughout the years, spawning the company’s first ATV with four-wheel-drive, the Bayou 300 4X4 in 1989. Their first side-by-side was introduced in 1988, called the MULE (Multi-Use Light Equipment). Like the other Japanese contemporaries, Kawasaki’s vast motorcycle experience has given them the fundamentals to create powerful and rugged all-terrain utility and recreational vehicles that are in high-demand with powersports enthusiasts as well as professionals.
Suspension bushings are used to provide a sort of cushioning between two metal objects while allowing only a certain amount of movement. Over time, rubber bushings will wear out. They can shrink, crack, or start to dry rot. This severely decreases (or, in the worst case scenario, completely eliminates) the bushings’ ability to absorb shock energy and vibration, which can lead to steering slop, poor wheel alignment, and other serious drivability issues. ATV bushings are vulnerable to worn bushings from the style of riding and the environments they endure. That’s why we at Race Driven have developed a superior series of heavy duty polyurethane bushings for Kawasaki ATVs. Polyurethane bushings replace the stock OEM rubber bushings supplied by Kawasaki. Polyurethane does not rot or experience the same degradation as rubber; it’s stiffer structure also helps to improve steering feel and accuracy. Race Driven A-arm bushings are made to far exceed typical OEM and OEM-type rubber bushings. Upper and lower A-arm bushings include bearings to maximize the handling performance of your Kawasaki utility ATV. Browse our online inventory and find polyurethane Race Driven bushings for Kawasaki Prairie, Bayou, and other high-performance utility vehicles.