By Simon Williams | March 03, 2018 05:31:54More than 10 years ago, the NSW Government set up a Motorcycle Harness Carrier Fund to fund motorcycle exhaust pipe production.
In 2016, it was announced the Fund would be worth $2.6 million a year.
But a few months later, the Fund was revealed to be worth far less than that.
The Fund has been used to fund the production of exhaust pipes for only a small number of motorcycles.
The largest, and possibly the only, motorcycle exhausts are from the Kawasaki ZX-10R, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Ducati Scrambler.
In a press release from November 2017, Kaw was said to be “re-releasing” the last of its exhaust pipes.
The company did not confirm that it was the last remaining Kawasaki exhaust pipe factory, which it said would be in production by early 2018.
A Kawasaki spokesman told Business Insider the last Kawasaki motorcycle exhaust factory had not yet been re-released.
“As of today, the Kaw-Kawasaki exhaust plant in Japan has not produced a Kawasaki model motorcycle exhaust,” the spokesman said.
“There are no plans for Kawasaki’s remaining exhaust pipes production to restart at any time.”
The spokesman added that Kaw’s exhaust pipe manufacturing capacity is currently over 80,000 units.
When asked about the lack of Kawasaki production, a Kaw spokesperson said it was too early to comment on the subject.
The Kawasaki spokesperson said Kaw would make a “significant investment” in new, improved, and upgraded Kawasaki engines for its next generation motorcycles.
“We will continue to invest in and produce the Kaw Kawasaki brand and its products,” the spokesperson said.
When contacted by Business Insider, Kaw confirmed it had not been reacquired.
The statement also said it had no plans to re-produce Kawasaki motorcycles in Australia.
“The Kaw-kawasaki motorcycle production facility in Japan is expected to close in the first half of 2018,” it said.
“This will mean that Kawasaki will be producing only the Kawasumi and Kawasumis, the only Kawasaki models in Australia.”
When contacted again, Kaw said the company did “not have any plans to produce Kawasaki bikes in Australia”.
“The final assembly of the Kawashima motorcycle production plant in Kobe, Japan, is still ongoing,” the company said.
Kaw said it would provide further details when it was ready.
The motorcycle industry has been a key driver of the carbon fibre economy in recent years, which has resulted in an increase in the number of people on bikes.