The Kawasaki Z1 Prototype — Classic Japanese Motorcycles — Motorcycle Classics

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Introduced in 1971, classic 903cc four-cylinder Z1 was planned as a 750cc bike a launch set for 1970.But with surprise intro of the CB750 in the story goes, Kawasaki the Z1’s release, in the course the bike’s displacement in response to 750cc four. What’s missing — until now — are photos of the aborted 750cc Z1. Jeff Krause.

Jeff grew up a coporate kid of Kawasaki; his dad was involved in starting and several of Kawasaki’s divisions in the in the 1960s and 1970s. By pure in 1989, Jeff’s first job as an designer brought him to a little firm in Santa Barbara Bartlett Design Associates, had previously been called Design.

Soon after being Jeff was given a 35mm of an appearance prototype (a mockup) McFarlane had done for American in 1969. The image speaks a words to any Z1/KZ fan, and is the picture of the aborted Kawasaki superbike we’ve ever This is not Kawasaki’s Z2 750cc sold much later in but the 750cc Z1 that Kawasaki was on releasing by 1970, as evidenced by the plate (curiously, the chrome holder has the Triumph logo on

Aside from the photo’s of interest is the fact that appearance prototype obviously the styling of Kawasaki’s two-… of the mid-Seventies. Jeff says, I the image as evidence that the of Kawasaki’s whole street through the 1970s was actually right here in the good-old not Japan. And that the Z1 was always to be a DOHC, even in 1968 or when this photo was presumably at the design studio in Barbara.

McFarlane specialized in Human and vehicular design, and designed the of Universal Studios’ first busses, among many equally significant credits.

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