Additional photos of this Kawasaki KZ1100ST are available here for your perusal.
In 1979, Kawasaki offered two shaft-drive touring models – the six-cylinder KZ1300 and this somewhat rare variant of the KZ1000, the ST. Similar in many ways to the big bad MkII, the ST differed in the shaft drive as well as having completely different bodywork (such as a larger fuel tank).
In their August 1979 issue, Cycle Magazine said that it’s got a great motor, lots of carrying capacity, and great straight line performance, calling it “fast, comfy, and tough.”
This example is VIN: JKAKZBA16DA011340. The seller acquired it one year ago from a private party with just 1 mile on it. Hte bike spent the first 39 years of its life sitting on display in a living room.
“I bought this Kawa with 1 mile on the clock, never ridden and never registered. Even the Kawasaki factory anti-corrosion oil was in the motor and it was on the original tires. I brought her back to life with a complete fluid flush and new tires, and then had a few issue-free tours with her. The first maintenance (very important with new bikes) was done at 400 miles – that included valve clearance checks and she’s been carefully broken in. Some pics in the album show her with the original tires and mileage.”
“It’s a 1983 A3 model produced in 1982. I have a written confirmation about this from Kawasaki Germany. The buyer will also get a proper invoice from my company. The bike is located in Germany but I can help with transportation to the US or wherever the buyer desires. This was originally a model for the US market – it shows KZ on the sidecovers instead of Z1100, has a short rear fender, the engine is not restricted, and it came with and side reflector lenses on the rear light (I exchanged it with Euro lenses for my rides in Germany but can mount the original US lenses on the bike for delivery).”
“This bike been never restored – the only thing I did was to bring her to life and touched up some minor corrosion on the front master cylinder. Even if this bike is “new” its not factory fresh. You see clearly everywhere that it’s barely used but you have a little corrosion on the front calipers and front brake master cylinder, but nothing crazy. There is slight blooming on the right side fork lower and some minor blemishes due to age.”
“My company has dealt with classic bikes for the last 10 years and we have shipped a few hundred across nearly 20 countries so far with a very good reputation. We’re also known for Kawasaki Z750 Turbo restorations and had over 60 of them in our hands so far. If you have any questions left please ask. The original tires are included in the sale for collectability reasons.”
Currently located in Nussdorf, Germany, this Kawasaki is offered on a Bill of Sale only. It has never been registered since new. Have any KZ1000 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!