1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

SOLD FOR: $15,500

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Sold on April 25, 2023


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After Eddie Lawson won the 1981 AMA Superbike Championship, Kawasaki created a limited edition model for 1982 based on the KZ1000. It was called the KZ1000R ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica), and it was an instant legend. The 1982 model had Eddie’s signature on the tank, but after Kawasaki/Kerker won the AMA Superbike Championship again that year, they updated the decal on the top of the tank to remove Lawson’s penmanship and add a second year of success.

The 1983 model (also known as the KZ1000R2) also differed in terms of the stripe layout on the tank, the style of the gauge cluster, the style of the sidecover emblem, a 10mm longer swingarm, cams from the GPz1100, and slight changes to the cylinder heads – we recommend you check out KZ1000R.com for all the information you could want about these fantastic motorcycles. They note that just 1,200 units of the ’83 model were built.

All North American-market ELRs came with a Kerker exhaust.

This example is VIN: KZT00R005634. It was imported from South Africa in 2021.

The odometer shows 9,766 kilometers (6,068 miles). However, the dash has been swapped (please see the Maintenance section below), so true mileage is unknown. When the old dash was swapped, it showed 54,215 kilometers (33,688 miles). The bike has covered less than 15 miles since during test rides.

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us clean, sync, and paint the carbs, repair the turn signal switch housing, and replace the head and fuel sender gaskets. Furthermore, we changed the oil and oil filter, replaced the battery, and rebuilt the front master cylinder as well as the rear brake caliper. Finally, we had the tank sent out for painting and lining, applied new tank decals, and installed new Metzeler Lasertec tires with date codes of 2122 and 2622.

When this bike was shipped here from South Africa, the dash, windshield, and handlebars were damaged in transit. We replaced them with parts off a ELR parts bike we have in inventory.

Steve did the work, he notes the following in his condition report:
Tire Years – Front/ Rear: 2022
Tire Life – Front/ Rear: 100%
Brake Life – Front/ Rear : 80%
Hydraulic Fluid – Front: Ok; Rear:
Oil – Level: Ok; Quality: Ok
Low Beam: Ok
High Beam: Ok
Turn Signals – Ok
Tail Light: Ok
Brake Light: Ok
Plate Light: Ok
Killswitch: Ok
Horn: Ok
Battery: 12.6V

Aftermarket replica handlebars.

Inside of the tank:

The sale includes one key.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Please note that that the color of the wheels is darker than the OEM gold, and OEM wheels also have are silver line on the spokes as well as a more pronounced silver lip.

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. Have any KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Please note:

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