Lean, mean and lime green Volume Two – Racing with Kawasaki The Superbike Years 1978-1983

Nigel Devereux
January 7, 2020

The books in the Lean, mean and lime green series are without doubt the most complete story ever told of racing with Kawasaki in the USA and the long-awaited Volume Two covers the important years from 1978 until 1983 that saw the emergence of the Superbike class.

It was this class in which the talents were developed of future grand prix superstars Eddie Lawson, Freddie Spencer and Wayne Rainey, all three of whom were talent-spotted and signed for Team Kawasaki USA by Randy Hall, the author of both books in this series.

As team manager and development engineer he was always at the heart of the action, whether at the racetrack or behind the scenes.

In this book, he describes in detail the development and racing of the Kawasaki Superbikes to three successive national championships as well as racing in the USA with the two-times champion KR250 two-stroke.

Lean, mean and lime green – volume one is also available and is easily the most in-depth story ever told of racing with Kawasaki in the unforgettable 1970s decade of Formula 750 racing.

In the book, Randy Hall remembers the great races in America, Canada and Europe as well as the star riders and the technical development of the awesomely powerful 180mph machines that made the team so successful in its time.

Both books are superbly illustrated, with hundreds of images ranging from full colour studio photography and technical line drawings to rare pictures from the archives of top racing photographers.

Priced at £32 each plus shipping costs, they are available from

Read more News and Features in the January/February 2020 issue of Classic Racer – on sale now!

About the Author

Nigel Devereux

Nigel Devereux is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, working in the School of English and Journalism. He has worked within the print publishing industry for 38 years. Nigel was editor of his hometown newspaper - The Horncastle News - from 1998-2001. Nigel is currently the Production Editor on The Railway Magazine, the UK’s biggest selling magazine for railway enthusiasts. He is also responsible for maintaining and updating several websites across the Mortons portfolio. 01507 529529 |

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