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    94-95 Kawasaki X-1 Hardtail - Anybody know something about these?

    Hello, haven't been on here in so long I forgot my username and the email address I had registered. So first post, but not really...


    I got this bike that was originally purchased through a Kawasaki motorcycle dealership in the mid-90s. Limited info online exists, but I found one UK forum thread referencing a steel frame Kawasaki model with RST fork and STX components that was a model number KMB-450 introduced in 1994. That same thread referenced this X-1 model being top of the Kawi MTB line. It has a Rockshox Mag 21 fork and mostly LX components. This frame is built from 7000 series aluminum.


    I am interested to know more about who manufactured these. Perhaps a keen and knowledgeable member recognizes certain traits and can guess as to who welded this thing up. I was thinking something like Kinesis.


    I don't expect it has a lot of value, nor do I care of it does. As a motorcycle enthusiast, I dig its connection to the industry I currently work in. As a bicycle enthusiast, I appreciate the era this came out of. The 90s was a decade of great advancement and transition in the industry. I was still a kid, but I was interested in high end bikes. I had to ride the Huffys and Murrays that my parents could afford, but I still enjoyed visiting the bike shop where I could dream about suspension forked aluminum framed bike.

    The gentleman who owned it used to be my boss and back in the 80s-90s, co-owned a motorcycle shop with NHRA drag racer Eddie Hill. He acquired it then. I am friends with his son who owns a local bicycle shop. My former boss recently dumped the bike on his son after getting a new bike. My friend didn't want it and let me take it on the condition I offer it back to him if I ever decide to let it go. My plan for now is to display it in my office at work.



    I thought it was a neat story, wanted to share the bike, and see if anybody knows anything.

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    that's super cool! I didn't know those existed. Thanks for sharing. I have wondered about what would have happened if one or more of the big motorcycle companies had gotten into mtb way back, this shows somebody thought about it.
    That's a good looking bike for that time, and apparently built at that moment in time where cantis where almost over, and the aheadset was pretty new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimPacNW View Post
    that's super cool! I didn't know those existed. Thanks for sharing. I have wondered about what would have happened if one or more of the big motorcycle companies had gotten into mtb way back, this shows somebody thought about it.
    That's a good looking bike for that time, and apparently built at that moment in time where cantis where almost over, and the aheadset was pretty new.
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    Those beefy welds and that odd shaped rear dropout makes me think American. Reminds me of an American frame I had quite some time ago..
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    Back in about '78-80 or so, my older cousin had a Kawasaki bmx style bike with working rear suspension, and fake front suspension, the rear shocks were motorcycle style near vertical with coil springs. I remember the oval oversize aluminum tubing and big welds (similar looking to the subject as I recall). His dad had a friend with a motorcycle shop, I don't think they sold many of those. Another local kid around that time had the Yamaha full squish bmx type bike. I rode it once, -very squishy and plush. So long ago...
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    Found a few other examples online in Ireland and the US, but little to no info. Definitely not something common. Looks like a quality bike, which is rare for promo stuff, but that rear dropout doesn't look familiar at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lugged View Post
    Those beefy welds and that odd shaped rear dropout makes me think American. Reminds me of an American frame I had quite some time ago..
    absolutely no way that overwrought tube joinery and clunky one-piece dropout/hanger was fab'd by American.
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    Made in Taiwan sticker on the head tube

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