The Japanese muscle bike icon of the Seventies. Kawasakis' Z1 summed up the spirit of Seventies super biking. It burst on to the scene in 1972 dominating the decade with performance that put it way ahead of the opposition.
Kawasakis' Z1 summed up the spirit of Seventies super biking. It burst on to the scene in 1972 dominating the decade with performance that put it streets ahead of the opposition.
It was a landmark motorcycle that raised speed stakes to new heights and established a reputation for brute power and reliability that Kawasaki has retained to this day. The early story is one of triumph over near disaster. In 1968, Kawasaki's engineers were dismayed when, with their own plans for a radical four-cylinder 750 well advanced, they were confronted by Honda's CB750. Kawasaki considered scrapping their project but, instead, they learnt all they could from the Honda, enlarged their own twin-camshaft engine to 903cc, and returned four years later with the Z1.
This candy tone green Z1A is the second evolution and has covered only 16,700 miles with just a single owner from new. It remains completely standard and is virtually untouched. Excepting the new exhaust system that we have just fitted it is original in every detail including the mirrors and even the original clear plastic sheaths on the brake and clutch levers.
Nothing has been re-painted or re-plated since it left the factory and yet the condition throughout is so good it is hard to believe. Naturally some parts do show a little sign of their 40 year life but nothing is notably scruffy or needs attention and, in our opinion, it carries far more appeal now than if it were restored.
The history includes the all the handbooks and goes back to the original purchase invoice. In the back pocket of the service book remains the Kawasaki owners 'credit' card embossed with the buyers name which carries through all the documentation to the most recent in 2013. It was last used by its owner in 1995 but despite twenty years of idle storage it still rides beautifully.
This bike benefits from zero road tax.
A great feature about this very special motorcycle can be seen here on Silodrome - the popular petrolhead culture site.