"In 1991 Kawasaki decided to start building a nostalgic looking motorcycle for the Japanese market, described as »New Classic Sports Model«. The market launch in Japan took place in 1992. In 2005 the Kawasaki Estrella still belongs to the motorcycles delivered by Kawasaki - unfortunately not in the european market.
In Europe, the Estrella was available in two versions - and three variants - from 1994 to 1999. It is said that selling the Estrella in Germany and some other european countries happened more or less by mistake by Kawasaki! The total amount of Estrellas ever sold in the whole of Central Europe may be less than 5.000! There were less than 1.500 Estrellas in Germany in 2005.
In Japan, the Estrella has been available in six versions and numerous variants from 1992 until today. In contrast to Central Europe (with less obstacles to get the driving licence for big bikes) the Estrella has been a big success in Japan."
The Estrella also lends itself to an array of Cafe variations: