Up for sale, we have a reader’s ride, a lovingly built race-replica that features some seriously trick bits. If only there were more photos of said trick bits! Just take a look at that swingarm…
The Kawasaki KZ1000 was an evolution of the earlier Z900, sporting an air-cooled mill punched out to 1015cc that produced 90hp. The KZ1000 was the basis for the famous “CHiP’s” police bikes and also featured in the iconic “Mad Max”: most of The Toecutter’s gang members ride them, as Kawasaki donated 14 bikes to the production, including the “MFP” police bike ridden by Jim Goose.
The featured bike is built to mimic the Racecrafters Kawasaki Superbike. From the original eBay listing: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 for Sale
The list is so long its crazy but here is some of what it has; gusseted frame w/alloy mounts, caged swing arm, Racetech fork springs w/gold emulator valves (adjustable), Black Tracker Works shocks custom valved canted forward, Superbike bars, Keihin CR Special carbs, Kerker black megaphone exhaust (modified), rearsets, fork brace, steering damper, custom seat, 18″ Morris alloy wheels w/Avon AM22/23 tires, iconic to this bike is the tail mounted Lockhart oil cooler, fiberglass front fender and of course the beautiful Racecrafters paint theme.
The Superbike series has been run, in one form or another, between 1973 and the present day but the bikes of the late 1970’s hold a special place in fans’ hearts. Unlike Moto GP, whose bikes have always been pure prototypes, the Superbike series rides were based on big-bore production motorcycles, and competition between the Big Three Japanese was fierce for the win on Sunday, sell on Monday dollars the series generated. Race teams struggled with the limited suspension technology of the day and riders wrestled the big, hairy bikes around the tracks.
Four-pot Hondas have been a favorite choice for a while now in the café scene, but big Kawasakis and Suzukis are beginning to rise in popularity and pop up from time to time on bikeexif.com and at local bike-nights. This looks like a very cool, usable ride that should be able to do more than just keep up with modern machinery.