1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

SOLD FOR: $11,770

Out of stock

Sold on January 18, 2021


Additional photos of this ELR are available here for your perusal.

We know it here in the US as the KZ1000R ELR, but in South Africa this machine was sold as the Z1000R ELR. Either way, the ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica) is a legend.

The 1983 model (also known as the KZ1000R2) also differed in terms of the stripe layout on the tank, the style of the dashboard, and the style of the sidecover emblem – we recommend you check out KZ1000R.com for all the information you could want about these fantastic motorcycles. That’s where you can also find that for the 1983 model year 1,200 were built for the US, with another 4,300 for the rest of the world.

This example (VIN: KZT00R004227, Engine #: KZT00JE043796) is currently located in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The seller acquired it five years ago in dry storage for display purposes. “I kept it in the same way in my entire ownership and never used the bike, it was stored without fuel. When I had it recommissioned with the intent on putting it up for sale, the bike started right up.”

The odometer shows 52,969 kilometers (32,913 miles).

The seller has previously sold a green 1983 ELR and a white 1983 ELR through Iconic Motorbike Auctions – in his words, “this is a very good example of a very correct Eddie Lawson. I own a few examples of these special bikes and this one ranks up there as one of best ones I own. It is a great example of this special marque and presents like a bike that could easily attend a bike gathering and would not look out of place.”

This bike was restored by the previous owner, which included a repaint of the frame and bodywork. We note that the top of the tank decal is from a 1982 model.

“The paint work is great, the seat is good, the paint on the frame is nice too and also the black paint on the motor is good too. It starts right up and revs nice and clean.”

Cosmetically, the seller says that there are no issues that “would detract from the bike, given its age of 38 years. It really presents well.” There are no mechanical issues.

Have any ELR stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments below!

Iconic’s White Glove process for an auction winner that requires shipping out of South Africa:
We release money to the seller once it’s dropped at our transport company. From there we get the necessary clearances and in this case, we’ll include it in one of our containers as we currently have approximately 40 bikes in South Africa that are ready to ship (which drastically amortizes your cost). We handle Customs and receipt into the port of Los Angeles. We can also help with the USA title process.

As Adam says, “we pretty much do it all. It does take a little time but typically but it’s worth the wait as the examples we’ve seen so far from this particular Seller are all quite excellent!”

Additional Information






KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica


32, 913


Bill of Sale Only

Private Party/Dealership

Not Applicable



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Shipping Information

Continental US:
Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.

Please note:

  • spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
  • the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.
  • additional details can be found here

Southern California
On a case-by-case basis, we can transport motorcycles in our van.

We are located in Santa Monica, California 90405.
Local Rates (one way):
0-50 miles: $150
50-150 miles: $300

Please contact concierge@iconicmotorbikes.com for a quote.

We recommend TFX

$1,500 for Los Angeles, CA to Canada is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact TFX for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

Europe and Asia:
We recommend Shippio

$5,000 for US to Europe/Asia is a VERY ROUGH ballpark which includes transport as well as customs fees and duties. Please contact Shippio for an exact quote.

Australia/New Zealand:
We recommend Bikes Abroad

$1,500 for US to Australia is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact Bikes Abroad for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

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