Motorcycle Industry Legend Passes

Cycle News Staff | December 23, 2020

Don Graves, a member of the Trailblazers Hall of Fame, passed away December 12, 2020, at the age of 89.

Don Graves-Motorcycle Industry Legend

Graves was an icon in the motorcycle industry who helped get the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers established in the U.S. in the early-1960s and later played a variety of important roles in many U.S. motorcycle aftermarket companies, including S&W Shocks and K&N. He also worked with companies such as Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties. Graves was also inducted into the Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2007.

Graves was also partly responsible for Kawasaki’s iconic corporate green color. If you want to know more about that, check out this video which was produced and directed by Ken Boyko and edited by Todd Huffman and Pipeline Digital Media:



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