What Happened to Kawasaki Snowmobiles?

Hey there, snowmobile enthusiasts! It’s Jonathan here, your go-to guy for all things snowmobiles. Let’s take a frosty ride back in time and explore the legacy of Kawasaki snowmobiles.

The Intriguing Tale of Kawasaki Snowmobiles

The Glory Days of Kawasaki Snowmobiles

Kawasaki, originally known for aircrafts and motorcycles, ventured into the snowmobile industry back in the 1970s. Capitalizing on the snowmobile boom in the US and Canada, they set up shop in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1974. But hold on! Their presence in the snowscape was pretty short-lived. From 1977 to 1982, the brand produced snowmobiles, a quick five-year winter whirlwind!

Why Kawasaki Bid Farewell to Snowmobiles

So, why did Kawasaki retreat from the snowy tracks? The oil crisis of 1973 played a huge role! Gas prices shot up and, combined with two snow-scarce winters, led to a dip in the snowmobile demand. Not seeing much profit, Kawasaki made the business call to halt production.

Kawasaki & Sno-Jet: A Snowy Partnership

Ever heard of Sno-Jet snowmobiles? Popular in the 60s and 70s, Sno-Jet faced declining sales due to a saturated market. Initially owned by Glastron Boat Company, Kawasaki acquired the brand in 1976. For two years, Kawasaki rode under the Sno-Jet name before switching exclusively to Kawasaki.

Kawasaki’s Snowmobile Lineup

Though their time was short, Kawasaki did grace us with some iconic models:

  • 1977: Astro 340, Astro 440, SST 340, SST 440
  • 1978: Inviter, Intriguer, Invader 340, Invader 440, Intruder 440
  • … and many more up to 1982!

Find Your Vintage Kawasaki Snowmobile!

Yearning for that old-school Kawasaki snowmobile vibe? ️ While they’re rare finds, a dedicated search might just land you one. Here’s a tip: Kawasaki Trax forum is a great place to start. Local classifieds, snowmobile communities, or even snowmobile repair shops might also have leads. Remember, it’s all about the thrill of the chase!

On the Hunt for Kawasaki Snowmobile Parts?

Finding parts for these vintage beauties can be a challenge. But don’t fret! Check out Kawasaki Parts Nation or even eBay for a start. Local junkyards or snowmobile repair shops might have what you need. Sure, it’s a bit like piecing together a snowy puzzle, but isn’t that part of the fun?

Quick Recap: Kawasaki Snowmobiles

Detail Information
Time in Production 1977-1982
Main Cause for Exit Oil Crisis of 1973 & Decreased Demand
Relation with Sno-Jet Acquired in 1976


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