1980 Kawasaki Z1R

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!


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3 Responses

  1. crazy phil; says:

    If I might be so bold as to correct you,,, The ’72 Z-1 was a 900 (903 cc). The 1000 (1015cc) came out in ’77 and there were also 900s in ’77. I had a ’77 1000 LTD. It had the white Windjammer and matching Califilia (??) panniers. What a blast! Roaring down the interstates at 90 or so and all the traffic parted for you! I guess a few probably got pissed, when some guy with a ponytail blew by and not a stater! I’ll warn you though, that bike and a ’79 Goldwing I had, were notorious for the tank slappers. I just about sh*t my pants the first time I experienced one. I was racing a Camaro into a corner approaching the ton. Probably the worst one I ever had due to the cornering! Once you’ve had ’em a few times, you know what to expect. I’d just run the old Goldwing hard thru the shaky spot from about an indicated 104 and it would smooth out real sweetly before 110! Anyways, dems da’ facts and I’m stickin’ to ’em!!
    Peace and Blessings from seattle!

  2. Mike says:

    Too right Crazy Phil! We knew the Z1 started life out as a 900cc bike, but sure didn’t get those facts right in the post. Thanks for correcting us with the facts. Keep this up and we will have to drop the “crazy” part of your handle. πŸ™‚

  3. Crazy Phil says:

    Thanks Mike!
    I thought I had subscibed to your letter before. Don’t know what happened! I subscribe to RFB4S. What I know about Bimotas, 90s 2-stroke racers and Ducatis, I could write on the head with a crayon! Some fun pictures of some cool bikes, and I am Learning! But know that I have subscribed to your fine letter I am where my real passion is and where I belong!
    Thanks Brother! I’m looking forward to receiving your letter!
    Peace and Blessings from Seattle! Crazy Phil