For Sale: 1980 Kawasaki Z1R
When the Z1 was first introduced by Kawasaki in 1972, many regarded it as the first real superbike. Four cylinders, 1000cc and disc brakes absolutely trumped the much heralded Honda CB750 at the time. As the Z1 evolved, it gained better componentry, a sportier seating position and a bikini fairing to complete the cafe racer look. The Z1R was the last of the Z1 series, and also was the basis for the very rare Z1R TC, a turbo charged model posted on RSBFS here and CSBFS here
From the seller:
Original owner has maintained and pampered this beauty like a baby since riding away from the dealer! Totally stock and original, smooth as silk with new front fork seals, suuuuper fast!, and absolutely totally perrrrrrfect!!!! This is truly a rare and classic gem!
With 43,000 original owner miles on the clock, this is one pretty well-loved bike. And while the mileage might be just a little high for a collector bike, it is perfect for a sharp-looking rider. At least you know it was used and not hidden away in a corner to rot. Chances are that this bike is in better functional condition than the museum queens that you might be lucky enough to find…
The Z1 was never what you might call a rare motorcycle. It is, after all, a mass produced Japanese bike from an era when fewer models were being cranked out over longer periods of time. Even so, the Z1R stands out as being the best of a very significant model run, and as such can stand tall amongst bikes built in far fewer numbers. Parts are still readily available and there are some devoted fans and forums to be drawn on as resources for restoration or repair.
This bike is looking for its next loving home. The seller has posted it with a BIN of $10,000. That is a LOT of money for a high mileage bike like this, but you only ever get one chance at a one owner bike. For more info and details, click on the link and jump over to the auction. And don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on CSBFS!