Kawasaki Aircraft initially manufactured motorcycles under the Meguro name. In 1963, Kawasaki and Meguro merged to form Kawasaki Motorcycle Co. Kawasaki motorcycles from 1962 through 1967 used an emblem which can be described as a flag within a wing. Kawasaki was late to arrive on the motorcycle scene and needed some name recognition. They started in the motocross scene in Japan. That helped, but to break into the US market they needed more. They tried in 1966 with the 650cc W1 but it was down on power compared to the British bikes at the time. The Kawasaki H1 Mach III was released in 1968 and that was a game changer.