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#1 2017-01-16 9:22am

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1975 Kawasaki BX-200

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1975 Kawasaki BX-200

Super clean aluminum jumper!

When this bike was found it was in sad shape. Most of the chrome components were rusted bad. Someone had the springs and other hardware zinc plated. They also recovered the seat with an incorrect vinyl color. Still a fund rider that looked cool!


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#2 2017-01-19 6:26am

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

Cool bike, nice job.


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#3 2017-04-12 9:20am

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

Very nice.
Did you recover your seat?

I'm in the middle of restoring a BX200. Mine turned our to be one of the rare non-recalled bikes and still has the original aluminum fork and rascal handle bars.

Still search for a few parts.
Anyone know where I might be able to find a set of original wheels?

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#4 2017-10-09 7:44pm

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

How do you know if your (anyones) Kawasaki was recalled? I never researched much on my bike. I think the bars are Rascal, how can I be certain?

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#5 2017-10-10 8:26am

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

Racer wrote:

How do you know if your (anyones) Kawasaki was recalled? I never researched much on my bike. I think the bars are Rascal, how can I be certain?

The recall affected BX200's from Serial B2-05001 and on. No sure of the total production run but Serial B2-17897 is the highest I have seen so far
I have a copy (digital) of the Kawasaki BX200 Specification Change Notice dated May 1, 1976.

The aluminum bars are Rascal style from what I can determine but not actually certain who actually produced them or who produced the steel bars which were a different shape.
There was a post a while back on a Vintage BMX Forum from a fellow who worked at Triple A welding these bikes together and he mentioned one of his jobs along with welding the aluminum frames was to bend the tubing for the handlebars.

Interesting note on these bikes, the original model names were the MX Model (steel frame) and the MX Professional Model (aluminum frame). This is what was shown in the original owners manual issues in early 1975. The second issue owners manual show the models as the BX100-A1 (steel) and the BX200-A1 (aluminum).

https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/21586448_10155415409737631_3375790070703118870_o.jpg?oh=04f2f1abb3bf56bb1a391063004cf2bb&oe=5A3CDCBF

This is what the aluminum bars look like.

https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22050933_10155459176192631_2470424354163687157_o.jpg?oh=aab92a62a36ec4aa4ef5a5f559bb2466&oe=5A81CE3D

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#6 2017-10-10 8:33am

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

The first owners manual dated 1975 along with the second version dated August 1975.
https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/20248311_10211211067644789_6677439598545232453_o.jpg?oh=154ead86365b0aa58d5e7416df0d0cd3&oe=5A756326

MX Model
https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/20280470_10211244880690094_4339644412998876251_o.jpg?oh=7a893e9d2119bc7f9866f0b94b43b8f2&oe=5A7F066C


MX Professional

https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/20248368_10211244918611042_7841772848694196009_o.jpg?oh=14ddaca65d4cf081d85ce19f52b5dcb3&oe=5A443EF0

Model name change BX100 and BX200
https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/20286768_10211252027788767_6301830579200936300_o.jpg?oh=1e1d09ad2557208bd970a5b741d4642c&oe=5A87567A

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#7 2017-10-10 9:52pm

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

wow pubcrawl, some good stuff, thanks. Now I have to look for my serial number. I think my bars are steel so likely my bike is a later one. I have the second owners manual i found online, never even seen that earlier version. Since Triple A made the rascal and the Kawasaki's I think, wouldnt be surprised at all if the bars Kawasaki used are just Rascals.
In the two manuals I dont spot the difference in the bars or forks, but did notice a change in the sprocket. I think my bike has the newer sprocket. Interesting stuff.

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#8 2017-10-11 5:49am

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

Racer wrote:

wow pubcrawl, some good stuff, thanks. Now I have to look for my serial number. I think my bars are steel so likely my bike is a later one. I have the second owners manual i found online, never even seen that earlier version. Since Triple A made the rascal and the Kawasaki's I think, wouldnt be surprised at all if the bars Kawasaki used are just Rascals.
In the two manuals I dont spot the difference in the bars or forks, but did notice a change in the sprocket. I think my bike has the newer sprocket. Interesting stuff.

No problem.
I've been trying to research as much as possible on these bikes and how they come to be.
Some interesting stuff out there.

I found this photo reportedly taken in Taiwan with who is believed to be Bill Bastion on the left and the fellow that ran the Motocross Bicycle Division for Kawasaki Darrel Krause on the right with the Taiwan factory folks.
https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/20286762_10155295684007631_5391706661479979622_o.jpg?oh=ff1f8974f520d9ebcad685d84ca523fc&oe=5A7C7F97

Yes Triple A was the ones that made the aluminum framed bikes and some of the steel framed ones.
It appears that some steel framed bikes were also made in Taiwan and there are slight variations of the frame.

The bikes specification changed several times as documented on the Kawasaki publications.
I've attached images of what I have. There is still a Kawasaki sales brochure that I need to scan that is from middle of 1976 with more changes showing the steel bars and steel forks on both the BX100 and BX200, probably put out after the recall/spec change.

The specs for the MX Model and Professional MX Models from original owners manual dated 1975.
https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22426241_10155494036547631_1237711266893938807_o.jpg?oh=dd71e76d9c3562445bbc2e15109257b5&oe=5A7232D4
https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22339461_10155494036532631_5626913097321748490_o.jpg?oh=7cc0ac139cfadb1f7a9fa61883d723db&oe=5A7A1F43

These are the specs in a Kawasaki sales brochure dated April 1975.
https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22467462_10155494032752631_1951058187956862052_o.jpg?oh=b9f0037dc0705df60a2eaee1c85a5f39&oe=5A7B7937

These are the specs in the second issue owners manual from August 1975.
https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22384129_10155494016712631_4601990587391197635_o.jpg?oh=14f30543bc45b700ad7e4475a331db20&oe=5A80DE93
https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22384227_10155494016707631_2073382833378183542_o.jpg?oh=a50318082c60e316037d059a84939d8e&oe=5A73ECDA

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#9 2017-10-11 6:01am

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

Racer wrote:

Now I have to look for my serial number.

Your serial number should be stamped on the bottom bracket gusset area on the drive-side.
If not than it was a late model that originally had a decal on the head-tube with the serial number on it.
Not sure when this change was done and it does appears to be only done on the BX200 some time at or around the serial number range B2-17000.

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#10 2017-10-11 2:54pm

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

NICE work!

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#11 2017-10-11 8:56pm

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

more awesome sauce, thanks. My serial is 16345. I bet they didnt make 17,000 Kawasakis but split the numbers to differentiate the steel from the aluminum.

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#12 2017-10-10 5:00am

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

Racer wrote:

How do you know if your (anyones) Kawasaki was recalled? I never researched much on my bike. I think the bars are Rascal, how can I be certain?

I know because I have a copy (digital) of the notice Kawasaki put out May 1, 1976.
It affected BX200's starting with Serial B2-05001 and was to replace the bars and forks with Steel parts.

https://i.imgur.com/cZy8GAwh.jpg

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#13 2017-10-12 10:56am

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

Racer wrote:

My serial is 16345. I bet they didnt make 17,000 Kawasakis but split the numbers to differentiate the steel from the aluminum.

There is no evidence showing Kawasaki split the serial numbers to differentiate between the two models.

The documentation suggests that the BX100 (MX Model) and BX200 (Pro MX Model) started with B1-00001 for the BX100's and B2-00001 for the BX200's.
I have several BX200 and a BX100.
My BX100 is serial B1-00###.

The recall for the BX200's shows the they started the serial numbers with a zero as well and not a one as the recall range listed is B2-05001 and onward.

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#14 2017-10-12 9:33pm

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

Maybe we could start a serial number registry.  I would be shocked if they made 17,000 Kawasaki's wouldnt you? Still your info is amazing. I cant imagine anyone knows more bout Kawasaki then you, well maybe David Clinton himself lol. Again thanks for sharing.

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#15 2017-10-13 6:19am

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Re: 1975 Kawasaki BX-200

Racer wrote:

Maybe we could start a serial number registry.  I would be shocked if they made 17,000 Kawasaki's wouldnt you? Still your info is amazing. I cant imagine anyone knows more bout Kawasaki then you, well maybe David Clinton himself lol. Again thanks for sharing.

Thanks for the compliment but no I am not an expert on these bikes, I've just been digging around the past couple of years looking for as much information as I can on them.
Hope to gather it all up and put a website together one day, I already have a domain name registered for it.

Funny you mention Dave Clinton, I have chatted a little with him on facebook along with several others that have been around these bikes since the beginning and know a lot about them.
Much of the information that I've gather has come from these fellows and from searching online.

A Serial Number registry would be cool, I've sort of started that on facebook and have gathered a few Serials Numbers, this might be something I could add to the website.
The lowest BX200 Serial Number so far is B2-10003 with the highest being B2-17897. The lowest BX100 Serial Number so far is B1-00172 and the highest is B1-00945.

I wouldn't surprise me if Kawasaki made 18,000 BX200's over the three year run of these bikes. It would be slightly less than the number of Yamaha Moto Bikes which I believe was around 20,000 over its 3 year run of the A, B and C Models.

Remember that 18,000 would have been Worldwide, not sure what all the Countries were that they sold then in but they most definitely were sold in USA and Canada and there is little to no information on those possibly made in Taiwan and where they ended up. It does appear that far less BX100's were made and that model would be far more rare and harder to find than the BX200's.

If anyone has a BX100 or BX200 on here I would love to hear from you about your bike and the Serial Number(s) that you have.


Here's the reproduction frame decals I've been making up based on the originals.
The Top ones are made up from two NOS examples that I have. The others are for the MX and Pro MX models and the large ones are the style used by the fellows who raced them back in the day like Dave Clinton.

https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22219658_10155481489642631_2074004431757617728_o.jpg?oh=af606fd4d4b7ee0ed38027db088d9cd6&oe=5A731D96

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