Three; fire the entire PR department that was responsible for the absolute mess they created last year and hire somebody that understands the legal definition of 'deceptive marketing'. The engineers hit a home run and the PR department turned around and undid a lot of that goodwill with outright stupidity. The H2 should not have to suffer the same fate as the ZX12R because of the same crap PR mistakes.[/QUOTE said:Cliff, what is it about the marketing of this bike that you don't like? Personally, looking back I loved the teaser videos leading up to the unveiling, it was pretty exciting, and the bike lives up to every inch of the hype. I don't feel robbed at all by the fact that there is a 2016 model because I know I have one of a very few 2015 originals. The 2016 model appearance doesn't do it for me anyway.
As I've posted before I visited the UK Kawasaki HQ with three other H2 owners to discuss the bike and I recognise most of the Japanese gentlemen in the picture , the one on the right with the glasses is the engine designer and the chief stylist is also in the picture ( he was a snappy dresser with shoes so pointy I'm sure he was inspired by them when styling the H2 tail fairing ) .Some of the Southern California H2/H2R owners were contacted by Kawasaki marketing to meet with them for a hour or so bull session about their new acquisition. It turned out to be some session. I'm well acquainted with the EIC of Motorcyclist Magazine (Marc Cook) so when he found out about the visit, he asked me to write up a column/article of the event.
Thought I would share an advanced copy of the Megaphone (last page) article I wrote that will appear in the February/March issue of Motorcyclist Magazine.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
(Did anybody outside of California get these kind of factory visits?)