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By the late 70s, Kawasaki’s Z bike platform was starting to show its age – beyond a bump in displacement it had seen little development since its introduction in 1972. So when Kawi decided to create the next model in the lineup, they decided to put an emphasis on styling to complement the 130mph performance.
What resulted was the Z1-R, a model that was the first mass-market Japanese bike to offer a handlebar-mounted fairing as a factory fitting. When combined with the “coffin” gas tank and triangular side panels, it made for a combination that proved wildly popular amongst critics. Cycle World said it best at the time of the bike’s launch: “Wow. Unlike anything Kawasaki has done, not quite a copy of anything anybody else has done, the ZR will win sales and status on looks alone.”
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us clean the carbs, rebuild the petcock, flush the hydraulic fluids, change the engine oil/filter, diagnose non-functioning turn signals/low beam, replace the left hand controls, replace the tail lamp lens, and install new Bridgestone tires. We also had GTL line the tank (shown below).
Doug did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Gas Tank Internal: Lined
Tire Year Front: 3720 / Rear: 5121
Tire life Front: 100% / Rear: 100%
Tire Press Front: 36PSI / Rear: 40PSI
Brake Life Front: 70% / Rear: 70%
Hydraulic Brake Fluid Front: Ok Rear: Ok
Oil Quality: Ok Level: Ok
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Battery: 12.3V charging 13.7V standing
Test ride: 1KM
Bike operates as designed
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Kawasaki is offered on a clean Oregon title. Please note that as an import, this bike lacks certain compliance and emissions stickers that the state of California would require to transfer a title. Have any Z1-R stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!