Category: Kawasaki

Rocket Man: 1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC for Sale

  Lots of sportbikes, even vintage sportbikes do many things well: handling is almost always part of the package. Many are very fast, some are reliable, and a few will even take you on...

Mean, Green, and Canadian: 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100R ELR for Sale

Mean, Green, and Canadian: 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100R ELR for Sale

Big, brash, and charismatic, big superbike replicas like the KZ1100R put paid to the stereotype that a UJM is doomed to be some sort of boring appliance. Sure, the “Universal Japanese Motorcycle” does sound...

Sparkly Two-Stroke Terror: 1974 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III for Sale

Sparkly Two-Stroke Terror: 1974 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III for Sale

In the early 1970s, Kawasaki’s two-stroke triples like this H1 500 Mach III ruled the quarter-mile drag strips here in America. 60hp and a 115mph top speed may not sound like that much, but...

Original Axe Murderer: Unrestored 1974 Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV for Sale

Original Axe Murderer: Unrestored 1974 Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV for Sale

There’d been plenty of fast bikes prior to the Kawasaki two-stroke triples, of course, but while those were “introduced” in a conventional sense, the H1 and H2 were more accurately “unleashed on an unsuspecting...

Hang On For Dear Life: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R Turbo for Sale

Hang On For Dear Life: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R Turbo for Sale

Today’s one-owner Kawasaki Z1R-TC is a potentially combustible combination of explosive power, unpredictable handling, and overtaxed mechanical components, a milestone in the Japanese motorcycling industry’s efforts to distinguish itself and find a truly distinctive...

Nickel-Plated Rarity: 1978 Rickman CR900 for Sale

Nickel-Plated Rarity: 1978 Rickman CR900 for Sale

Today’s Kawasaki-powered Rickman CR900’s most distinguishing feature, aside from its overall impressive condition, is that stunning paint. Colors like this can be difficult to photograph, but I think the seller has done an excellent...

Pristine Japanese Superbike: 1974 Kawasaki Z1 for Sale

Pristine Japanese Superbike: 1974 Kawasaki Z1 for Sale

 The muscular Kawasaki Z1 almost started its life as an “also ran.” It must be frustrating to spend years working on a new motorcycle [Codename: “New York Steak”] in secret, only to have your...

Cheap Speed: 1975 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III

Cheap Speed: 1975 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III

Although “Mach III” is a pretty ambitious name for a motorcycle that can only just top 115mph, it probably felt much faster to test riders of Kawasaki’s two-stroke three-cylinder rocket, given the questionable brakes...

Last of the Breed: 1980 Rickman CRE 1000 Predator

Last of the Breed: 1980 Rickman CRE 1000 Predator

While plenty of Rickman motorcycles have graced this site, this one’s a first for me: a CRE 1000 Predator. Rickman made their name building lightweight, nickel-plated frames to wrap around existing powertrain packages. Their...

Even Better Than the Real Thing? 1982 Kawasaki GPz 1100 Eddie Lawson Replica Replica

Even Better Than the Real Thing? 1982 Kawasaki GPz 1100 Eddie Lawson Replica Replica

At the tail-end of the twin-shock era, bikes like the Kawasaki GPz1100 were king on both road and track, although the writing was on the wall and lightweight, monoshock sportbikes like the GSX-R would...