Flashback To 1983: Kawasaki Ninja 900R Worldwide Press Intro At Laguna Seca
A local TV show covers the worldwide press intro for the 1984 Kawasaki Ninja 900R, held at Laguna Seca Raceway on December 15-17, 1983.
Among the magazine editors present is John Ulrich, at the time working for Cycle World, and he is interviewed during the video.
Two months earlier, racer Ulrich and his teammates had clinched the 1983 Overall WERA National Endurance Championship. About seven years later, he would found Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology magazine.
Also seen in the video is 1983 AMA Superbike Champion Wayne Rainey. He would be out of a job two weeks later, following Kawasaki's decision to withdraw from AMA road racing despite winning the title. The company blamed a decline in streetbike sales.