Kawasaki Company started in 1986 by Shozo Kawasaki as shipyard where they made oceangoing steel ships.
They also manufactured locomotives, passenger carriages and steam turbines in the beginning and eventually in 1949 they started production of engines suited for motorcycles. Their first bike was rolled out in 1954 called Meihatsu until the logo of Kawasaki was stamped onto the bike.
Initially majority of development was done by Meguro Motorcycles, one of the leading Japanese motorcycle company at that time which was bought by Kawasaki.
In 1969 Kawasaki started to be noticed as the big player in the motorcycles market due to the release of new models like 500cc H1, 250cc S1 and 350cc S2. Kawasaki also introduced its first superbike Z1 that become very popular due to its good performance and price. The Ninja sportbike segment includes ZX-14(one of the most powerful bikes), ZX-6R and ZX-10R and entry level sportbike Ninja 250R that was the top seller. Kawasaki is also famous for its street bikes which includes ER-6N and Versys and dirt bikes like KX450F as well the KLX650 which was the most popular.
Kawasaki also does well in motorsports which also help them get popular thereby increasing the sales. Their first victory came in FIM World Road Racing 125cc Championship which was obtained by Dave Simmonds and have created a line of off-road bikes which helped them win many championships.
Apart from motorcycles, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd is also into shipbuilding, electrical generating plants and railroad rolling stock. In the years to come Ninja 250 and KLR650 will be given major updates with the aim of getting more customers.