Tagged: Z1

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...

Brains and Brawn: 1978 Rickman Kawasaki for Sale

Brains and Brawn: 1978 Rickman Kawasaki for Sale

Vintage bikes often appeal to riders of “a certain age” who grew up with these bikes and have a nostalgic soft-spot for them: vintage bikers naturally relate to vintage bikes. Some are just riders...

Evolution: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R for Sale

Evolution: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R for Sale

Overshadowed by the obviously more exotic and suicidal turbocharged Z1R-TC, the Kawasaki Z1R was an evolution of Kawasaki’s Z1, a bike that is often overshadowed by the CB750 that was introduced first and stole...

Muscular Survivor: 1975 Kawasaki Z1 for Sale

Muscular Survivor: 1975 Kawasaki Z1 for Sale

Café racer-style conversions often result in bikes with more style than actual function: below-the-triple clamp clip on bars look really cool but they’re murder on the rider. Rearsets can be cramped, and those thin...

Fully-Restored 1975 Kawasaki Z1B for Sale

Fully-Restored 1975 Kawasaki Z1B for Sale

The Kawasaki Z1 was, along with the Honda CB750, a pair of final nails in the coffin of European big-bike dominance. While the Z1 will always have the stigma of “copycat” because it was...

1974 Kawasaki Z1A 900 for Sale

1974 Kawasaki Z1A 900 for Sale

Rumor has it that Honda and Kawasaki were working on their four-cylinder superbikes at the same time, shrouded in secrecy. When Honda beat them to the market, Kawasaki made a bold decision: instead of...

Original 1973 Kawasaki Z1 for Sale

Original 1973 Kawasaki Z1 for Sale

Honda may have stolen Kawasaki’s thunder when they launched the groundbreaking CB750, signalling the beginning of the end for the European manufacturers’ dominance of the large-displacement motorcycle market.  Kawasaki was already working on their...

1978 Kawasaki Z1RTC 1000 Original Turbo Bike

1978 Kawasaki Z1RTC 1000 Original Turbo Bike

With all of the weird and quirky turbo bikes that were running around in the early 80’s, it’s easy to forget the bike that started the craze: Kawasaki’s Z1RTC.  Basically a way for Kawasaki...

The Holy Grail of classic Sport bikes? First year Kawasaki Z900

The Holy Grail of classic Sport bikes? First year Kawasaki Z900

I am very excited to see one of these turn up. This year is very hard to come by. I am curious to see what the inconsistencies will do to the price. The bike...