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I once read a thread on this Forum that a few members would not buy a Kawasaki built in Brazil. I bought a 2010 Versys assembled here in Brazil and I love it.

Here is a list of the 9 Kawa bikes assembled presently in Manaus (due to tax exemptions):

Ninja 250R
Ninja 650R
ER-6N
Z750
Vulcan 900 Classic
Vulcan Custom
Vulcan Classic LT
Z1000
and the Versys

Two more models will be released in the second half of the year, they are:

Ninja ZX-6R
Ninja ZX-10R

The major brands are also building or assembling in Brazil. They are Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, KTM (starting), BMW G650 GS (others to come). Brazil is the second largest motorcycle in the world, expected to be at 2 million units this year.

Don't rule out bikes built or assembled in Brazil. Most of you are already flying Brazilian Embraer ERJ airplanes!
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Sorry!!! I meant to say "Kawasaki in Brazil" not is Brazil!
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Doesn't make a differance to me where its built as long as its a quality product who cares. Some guys are hung up on that stuff. I'm not one of them....

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I once read a thread on this Forum that a few members would not buy a Kawasaki built in Brazil. I bought a 2010 Versys assembled here in Brazil and I love it.
What is the 11th character in your VIN (vehicle identification number)?

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I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would be prejudiced about where any product is built....if you trust the brand then it shouldn't really matter.
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What is the 11th character in your VIN (vehicle identification number)?

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The 11th character is A. From your previous explanation on the other thread this character designates the assembly unit.......which in this case would be Japan!

I called Kawasaki and they guarantee these bikes are assembled in Manaus, Brazil. They are not manufactured but assembled.

Which of these 17 characters would represent that?

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Mine was assembled in Thailand. If you get it too hot this strange smelling smoke comes out of it.
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"I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would be prejudiced about where any product is built....if you trust the brand then it shouldn't really matter."

Some of us care whether the products we buy were manufactured in a country with fair labor laws. Call me what you want, but using children and/or quasi-slaves for cheap labor, only to make a larger profit for the stock holders and CEO, seems wrong to me.

But take a walk through any Walmart and you'll see I'm obviously in the minority with that opinion. Hmmm....I wonder if I'd find some agreement if I visited the local unemployment office?
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The 11th character is A. From your previous explanation on the other thread this character designates the assembly unit.......which in this case would be Japan!

I called Kawasaki and they guarantee these bikes are assembled in Manaus, Brazil. They are not manufactured but assembled.

Which of these 17 characters would represent that?

Luiz
1st character denotes where the manufacturer is based, and the 11th character is where it was assembled... Yours was assembled in Japan before they started assembling Versys' in Brazil. That's if they even started to assemble them there yet.
Did you call Kawasaki KHI Japan, or the assembly plant in Brazil?

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Local dealer in São Paulo. They are obviously passing the wrong information or are wrongly being informed by Kawasaki.
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Tokyo, October 8, 2009 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that operations have started up at a new motorcycle production plant at its Brazilian subsidiary, Kawasaki Motores do Brasil Ltda. (KMB). The plant’s launch was celebrated with a special ceremony on October 7.

Built in Manaus, Amazonas with a total investment of some 17 million reals*, the new plant boasts a site area of approximately 13,000 m2 and an annual production capacity of 25,000 units. The plant will start with producing the Z750 and Ninja 250R sportbikes (2010 models) before eventually expanding production to include other models.

KMB began selling imported motorcycles in October 2008. The launch of local production operations is expected to bring the sales volume up to 7,000 units for 2010.

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"I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would be prejudiced about where any product is built....if you trust the brand then it shouldn't really matter."

Some of us care whether the products we buy were manufactured in a country with fair labor laws. Call me what you want, but using children and/or quasi-slaves for cheap labor, only to make a larger profit for the stock holders and CEO, seems wrong to me.

But take a walk through any Walmart and you'll see I'm obviously in the minority with that opinion. Hmmm....I wonder if I'd find some agreement if I visited the local unemployment office?
Point taken. (one wonders if your implying that Brazil condones unfair labor practices). regardless; That's why I don't buy LEVI products...but I was taking the reference as referring to build quality. heck, many Ford cars and GMC trucks are assembled in Mexico but I am sure the build quality is the same as it would be here in the states ( and some of that work has started to return to the USA because shipping costs are (Ironically) out weighting labor cost savings! Go figure!
as for the walmart...do you really think Macy's, JC Penney, Target, Sacks 5th ave., Nordstroms, et-all are squeaky clean in that regard?
I think not!
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You mean "conscientious" ?, or aware of all the Chinese made products, wherever you go.
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You mean "conscientious" ?, or aware of all the Chinese made products, wherever you go.
Thanks Invader for the spell check....and yes.


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"I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would be prejudiced about where any product is built....if you trust the brand then it shouldn't really matter."

Some of us care whether the products we buy were manufactured in a country with fair labor laws. Call me what you want, but using children and/or quasi-slaves for cheap labor, only to make a larger profit for the stock holders and CEO, seems wrong to me.

But take a walk through any Walmart and you'll see I'm obviously in the minority with that opinion. Hmmm....I wonder if I'd find some agreement if I visited the local unemployment office?
+1 on that Bluegenes and you too Stagehand.. It's an awful long drive to work in China.
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Who cares where they are assembled as long as they ride well and don't suffer from mechanical issues. So far 13,000 miles no problems; regular maint/oilchanges, replace chain, and keeps on going.
My Triumph Bonneville is assembled in thailand, Runs great, no crazy Lucas electric issues, doesn't leak fluid, starts every time I push the button.
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