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Re: HOW MANY DRIFTERS MADE - Finally an answer!
« Reply #75 on: August 20, 2013, 13:10:23 PM »
  thought that would be 49's new paint scheme.....
....not fond of purple polka-dots.........pick a different color.....
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« Reply #76 on: August 20, 2013, 18:08:57 PM »
Through contacts [various other forums] I can place roughly 26 Drifters scattered across Australia. Then others pop up but there is no definitive list. When I get some time I might try to track them all down.
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« Reply #77 on: January 25, 2014, 11:50:19 AM »
I am up here in Canada and there was a reply here said that the Kawasaki Drifter 800 was only available in 2000....well I own a 1999 Kawasaki Drifter 800  and from what I have found when researching this bike is that the 1999 were not available in the States, only Canada for that year. 
I have no idea about the 1500's and when they were first introduced, (actually the 800's were made first).
I have changed over my Drifter to suit my tastes, but everything I changed out, I kept the original parts incase I ever thought to sell my baby!
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« Reply #78 on: January 25, 2014, 12:47:41 PM »
Welcome aboard!. I have to warn you, though: sooner or later, (sooner, or I missmy guess) someone is gonna say;

IT AIN'T REAL WITHOUT PICS!!!!!! ;D ;D ;D
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Re: HOW MANY DRIFTERS MADE - Finally an answer!
« Reply #79 on: January 25, 2014, 13:54:19 PM »
  What a post and no pics, ah but he is from North Battleford that explains a lot, the 99's in both 800 and 1500 were available in Canada as a test market. Even in Canada the 800's were not sought after  like the 1500s, the province with the highest number of Drifters seems to be QC for some reason.
  Just my own personal opinion about this is that a lot of people think an 800 is not big enough to tour on, if you ride solo, and ride the speed limit it will more then meet the expectations you are looking for.
  Smart idea to keep all the original parts for if you ever return the bike to stock or if not to sell parts to people who are looking for them. Parts are really hard to find and really hard up here north of the 49th.
  So cool to met badasscdn54 now another stopping point when I go to visit 49 in the mountains..........
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Re: HOW MANY DRIFTERS MADE - Finally an answer!
« Reply #80 on: January 25, 2014, 15:00:26 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  Did anybody mention,  WE LIKE PICS....
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« Reply #81 on: February 12, 2014, 00:42:40 AM »
Well!, I'm glad to hear that I purchased a rare bike, as well as a cool one!
I've always wanted one of these Drifters, so when I found this one('02 1500)within 100 miles of me, with Roadhouse Doolies.........I just had to have it!!!! Like the Troll, I'm kinda sorta a recovering Harley Rider. Still got mine, but a few years back I bought a used 1500 Classic for 2up riding and ended up riding it more than my Softail when I was alone. It was just so comfortable.........and reliable......there you have it!!!! Nuff said......So here is my new to me Drifter(found here in the classifieds) and my Softail. The Softail is not even a Harley.......it's a handbuilt, all after-market.
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« Reply #82 on: February 12, 2014, 08:18:13 AM »
Nice bikes! And if I haven't said it yet, Welcome Aboard!!
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« Reply #83 on: February 12, 2014, 08:48:31 AM »
And, besides the ultra rare (now) Roadhouse exhaust, it has the much coveted and unobtainable solo seat rail!!!
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« Reply #84 on: February 12, 2014, 09:26:54 AM »
I missed out on the Roadhouse Dooleys, by 3 months. Did manage to score a seat rail, though. And now that I have my V&H "Dooleys" (Longshots, one down each side) I'm not disappointed about the Roadhouse. Didn't know the seat rails were going to become extinct when I bought mine or would have bought more of them.
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« Reply #85 on: February 27, 2014, 00:34:30 AM »
Thank You for the Welcome!  I've got two 1500 Classics too.....one is down with a bad bearing, a 1998........and a 2001.........with Roadhouse 2into1 Classic. I just got spoiled by the 1500's and the rest is history!!!.............and here I am!!!!
So far.......I like it here......I've gotten nothing but good vibes from this place....and good advice and info.  Thanks everyone.........
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« Reply #86 on: February 27, 2014, 08:24:24 AM »
Hello Iowa from frozen Wisconsin
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« Reply #87 on: February 27, 2014, 14:46:53 PM »
Semper Fi..............Troll......you're not that far from me......a nice day ride and then a trip down 35 to Prairie Du Chein......back across the Big River.........and a nice evening ride home............I'll keep that in mind for the Summer.......I like to visit and wander
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« Reply #88 on: February 27, 2014, 15:09:07 PM »
I make that trip a lot when I have no place else to go...I like the Blackhawk bridge @ Lansing, too...I hope they have both lanes open this year....
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« Reply #89 on: February 27, 2014, 16:59:33 PM »
Yea..........I like it over by the River..........BTW I like the use of the word, "coveted".........it makes me feel so cheap!!!..................LOL, next thing you know I'll be writing bad checks................
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« Reply #90 on: February 27, 2014, 17:05:30 PM »
I don't write checks anymore, I use a bad debit card...it looks more official and it fools 'em better....You need to check out the Vulcan riders in Boscobel..they have a ride and a meeting on Father's day weekend...nice  ride for you. I'll see if I can find a link.
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« Reply #91 on: February 27, 2014, 17:18:04 PM »
Boscobel?.......isn't there a Big Mouse on the road somewhere around there.....and ad for a cheese place(in Wisconsin!?!?!)
Lots of twisty roads around there. The Wife wants to go to Spring Green(House on the Rock) this Summer. I like up North, .....Tomahawk........areas up there....above Wausau.
Now that is God's country! (along with Montana) Lived there for awhile quite a few years ago......Man!,............if only the Californians hadn't discovered the Rockies..........what a shame.
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« Reply #92 on: February 27, 2014, 18:13:12 PM »
Here's a link to the web site: http://www.boscobelvroc.net/index.html
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« Reply #93 on: October 05, 2014, 14:58:35 PM »
glad my bike is rare as well as badass 03 1500
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« Reply #94 on: May 22, 2016, 08:26:40 AM »
I've always wanted one of these Drifters
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« Reply #95 on: March 03, 2021, 13:38:54 PM »
Does anyone know a way to get a letter from Kawasaki confirming the number of Drifters made?
I asked their customer help line and they say "because of the competitive motorcycle industry we don't release that information."
TIA
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« Reply #96 on: March 06, 2021, 15:03:05 PM »

This information is directly from KHI - Kawasaki.

1. ALL Drifters were made at the Akashi plant in Japan.
2. Global Total:  18,000
3. 1500 cc: 9000
4  800: 9000

Canada:
1. Total: 1200
2. 1500: 600
3. 800: 600

Australia:

1. Total: 50 (1999-2000)
2. 1999 - 49
3 2000 -1

The Kawasaki Drifter was imported in to Australia for the 1999 Model Year. There were approx 50 units sold in 1999-2000. There was one 2000 Model Year unit sold, sales were slow of the Vulcan 1500 Drifter model and it was not imported again after 1999.


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Took a quick look through this thread but didn't find an answer to this ....

Does anyone have a break down of the world wide numbers by model year - i.e. how many 1500's were produced for each model year for 1999 to 1995?
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« Reply #97 on: March 07, 2021, 15:34:43 PM »
I had a momentary lapse of reason a few weeks ago, almost sold Black Bettie. The sale fell through. Returned to my senses. She's not going anywhere,

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« Reply #98 on: June 10, 2021, 11:56:04 AM »
Does anyone know a way to get a letter from Kawasaki confirming the number of Drifters made?
I asked their customer help line and they say "because of the competitive motorcycle industry we don't release that information."
TIA

I'm really interested in this as well.  BC's collector vehicle program provides a huge insurance discount for applicable vehicles, typically for vehicles 25 years and older, but they have special provision for vehicles 15 years old where world wide production was less than 1500 units per model year.  I approached Kawasaki Canada for the numbers but they could only provide the Canadian numbers.  Anyone have a official contact at Kawasaki Japan?
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« Reply #99 on: June 11, 2021, 13:48:27 PM »
Read the thread... the total was 18000 globally.
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