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1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R

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1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R - Tough guys from the eighties...

This is a all original Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R. It currently has 13k miles and its in very nice condition for its age. The gas tank is rust free. I purchased it from the original owner about 10 years ago. I rode it only from his house back to mine (about 40 miles) and then I drained the fuel and stuck it in my climate control museum to enjoy as a piece of moto art. Everything is stock on the bike except the Vance and Hines 4 into 1 exhaust. Tank has a 1 inch scratch on the left hand side but it is not dented. All the body panels are in great shape so there are no indications that this big boy has ever went unexpectedly surfing. Suprising because this thing is an absolute tank. It probably weighs close to 550 lbs with fuel. The front brake system is a unique mix of cable and hydrolic components. I have never seen anything like this any other bike. One of the special features of the Z1R. These bikes were the true sledgehammers of their day. If you owned one of these back in the early eighties you were definately singled out as a bad boy. Here’s what CYCLE magazine said about the Z1R BACK IN 1980:

This is no ordinary, run-to-the-store-for-a-loaf-of-bread-and-quart-of-milk Kawasaki here. No, sir. This is 1000 cc of rolling Probable Cause. This is an open-and-shut case of Profiling In The First Degree With Apparent Intent To Exceed The Posted Limits. This is a motorcycle which radiates the essence of motion so effectively that the cop hiding behind the billboard might suspect you were speeding when you came. past at ten miles per hour under the limit.

Make no mistake about it: the local Citizenry—including the guys in the black-and-white car with the red lights on the roof—will make a number of assumptions when they see you tooling past on a Z1-R, one of which is that as soon as you get out of their sight, the throttle will be thrust wide open, and you and your sleek, silvery motorcycle will disappear in one thunderous onslaught of ear-splitting noise and blinding speed. Joe Average hasn’t the foggiest idea why anyone would buy such a motorcycle, but he’s damned sure that whatever the reason, it has nothing to do with practicality, gas economy or around-town commuting.

The Zl-R will assuredly be termed “Café racer” by the motorcycling public, even though none of Kawasaki’s advertisements proclaim it as such, probably because of the possible legal ramifications of calling a street bike a “racer.” But the Z1-R is much more than just another pseudo-roadracer, anyway. It is, in our opinion, a masterpiece of styling integrity, a tidy, up-to-date design exercise that leaves previous Café attempts standing in the dust.

The R has what most bikes of its type do not—a styling theme, a common design thread which runs from one end of the bike to the other. The R’s theme is straight sides and sharp corners, and the execution is with graceful, angular lines that flow so naturally from one area to the next that the bodywork sometimes appears to be all one piece.

Engine: 1000cc in-line 4 cylinder
Chassis: stock Kawasaki Z1R
Electronics: stock
Special Modifications: Real nice original patina ice blue metalic paint, small scrath on lower left hand side of tank

Price (USD): $13500

Mileage: 13600
Stock # 49
Type: Street


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