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1974 Kawasaki Z1A 900 Superbike Classic - $22,975 (bayview)

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motor: gas
odometer: 17000
title status: clean
transmission: manual

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1974 Kawasaki Z1A 900
# D228
Asking Price $22,975

Kawasaki’s original 4 cylinder superbike in superb collectable condition.

Full cosmetic and mechanical restoration of an Italian market model to a very high standard. Presents as new in all regards. Sourced in northern Italy in the Brescia area from a well-known and regarded restorer and mechanic specializing in large displacement machines.  Restored and refreshed in every necessary aspect and tested before being released.  Project commenced with a very clean and straight original Z1 with only 17k miles. Ready for show, investment value or a thrilling riding experience this machine offers all the excitement generated by the debut of the first edition in 1972.

MODEL HISTORY :
Kawasaki was not prepared for the impact of the ground breaking Honda CB750 in 1969 and decided to go back to the drawing board instead of releasing the 750 they had in development. To upstage the Honda, Kawasaki upped displacement to 903cc and added a DOHC valve train, the first in a mass produced 4-cylinder motorcycle. Introduced in 1972, the Z1 quickly set new benchmarks for power and performance. In 1972 the Z1 set a new world record for 24-hour endurance at Daytona with an average speed of 109.64 mph. A specially tuned Z1 ridden by Yvon Duhamel set a one lap record of an astonishing 160.29 mph. The consumer version pulled to a top speed of 130 mph and ran the 1/4 mile in 12.5 seconds.

With a reasonable list price of just $1895 market success followed the glowing performance reputation. The Z1 came to be known as the “King”, the world’s fastest production motorcycle, taking the title from the legendary Vincent Black Shadow. Production figures estimate 85,000 units built from 1972 thru 1975. Production versions boasted a full 82 hp, smooth and vibration-free ride, excellent steering, solid brakes and good handling. The Z1 was a hefty machine with a wet weight of 542 lbs on a 59” wheelbase. Features included full instrumentation, comfortable seating, electric starting, front disc brake, 5-speed transmission and a 4 into 4 exhaust system. Overbuilt is all regards, the production Z1 gained a reputation for reliability. Tuners, drag and roadracers were able to boost output considerably without issues and the “King” wrote many competition success stories.

The Z1A was superseded by the Z1B in 1975 featuring minor updates to power, suspension, brakes, frame and revised colors and graphics. Ongoing development included the KZ900 of 1976, KZ1000 of 1977 and further models closely based on the original Z1 for many years. The original Z1A has proven to be one of the most popular models with collectors and Kawasaki enthusiasts. Despite the fairly large production numbers first series Kawasaki Z1s were often ridden hard and long, and clean examples are very hard to find.

The Kawasaki Z1 900 is a true legend that defined the top echelon of the UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle) class for many years.

1974 KAWASKI Z1A 900
Engine : 903 cc 8 Valve, DOHC air-cooled inline-4
4 carburetors 28mm
Top speed : 130 mph
Power : 82 hp
Transmission : 5-speed
Suspension
Front: Telescopic Fork
Rear: Twin Shock
Brakes
Front: Disc
Rear: Drum
Tires
Front 3.25 x 19” Rear 4.00 x 18"
Wheelbase : 59.0 in
Seat Height : 32 in
Weight : 546 lb wet
Fuel capacity 4.7 US gal

post id: 7758818626

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