We all know the challenge of owning older machinery. Many parts are no longer available, and intimate knowledge of the bikes unique traits of the GPz900r are understandably often long forgotten at a modern Kawasaki service centre – here in Adelaide that is a total of two….
The Kawasaki service manual is a really important resource for owning & maintaining the bike, however it doesn’t contain any corporate secrets and most of us already own it. But it’s also no longer available from Kawasaki and will undoubtedly get harder & harder to find as time goes by.
Having it freely available simply allows more owners to get access to the information and helps us all keep these bikes running.
So I am trying to get authorisation from Kawasaki to scan the service manual & post online.
First attempt was to contact Kawasaki Australia, who advised sending through an email to: email@example.com. I did ask whether anyone would actually read this but was assured someone would. Well 3 weeks later no reply, so I called again and was told by Karen (!) that it was proprietary information and I could get into a lot of trouble if I posted it online.
Duh – that’s why I’m politely asking isn’t it?
OK forget Australia, to be brutally honest I wasn’t expecting them to consider this request seriously anyway. Both times I’ve called the phone operators attitude clearly suggested I was wasting her precious time. So sorry for the interruption to your important work 🙂
16/10/2020: I’ve now posted a corporate request directly on the Kawasaki Japan site.
I’ve purchased a couple of original sales brochures for the GPz900r from the fantastic folks at Lloyd Chapman Motorcycles. They even threw in a couple of other bike brochures for free – how good is that!
The copyright for these fantastic memories only expires in 2034 – so again I would really like to get consent from Kawasaki to share these with everyone online.
Cynically I often feel that the role of first responders in large organisation’s is to hinder & deflect, rather than actually help or assist. And getting big organisations to think outside the box is difficult – ironically one of the reasons the GPz900r design is so special.
So the key here will be to locate Kawasaki employees who are passionate about Kawasaki history, know the legacy of the GPz900r and are prepared to give up some of their time to champion the idea of publicly sharing this information. This will only gain traction if there is a push from within the organisation.
So if anyone has any potential contacts at Kawasaki please feel free to send the details through.