1973 Kawasaki 903cc Z1 — Auction Lot — Motorbase

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Kawasaki Square Four 2 Stroke Prototype

Lot 301: 1973 Kawasaki Z1

A Sale of Important Motorcycles and Bonhams (25 October 2008)

It was in 1972 that the 2-wheel of Kawasaki Heavy Industries considerable vision by diversifying from a not unsuccessful range of пїЅ personified by the rapidly accelerating 500 пїЅ with a move that, to be was partly prompted by the advent of US pollution regulations. That introduction of the new dohc 903cc Z1 virtually everyone by surprise, Honda, who suddenly found swift-selling CB750 to be faced some genuine marketplace

Up until then HondaпїЅs had been the recognized leader in the arena for in an expanding market, and a state-of-the-art specification, the CB750 was a far attractive proposition пїЅ both in the of consumers and dealers пїЅ than YamahaпїЅs 650cc ohc vertical or SuzukiпїЅs 750cc 3-cylinder At the time of its launch there was doubt but that the Z1 ticked all the specification, styling, performance, and the only weakness, perhaps, its handling didnпїЅt always with a 130mph maximum From a public perception, there was little doubt Kawasaki had hit the Superbike BullпїЅs (Several years later it was to learn how after

the CB750пїЅs release in 1969 R D engineers had deliberately delayed own new Four, the Z1, which was then in as a 750. The ensuing delay Kawasaki the luxury of sufficient to revise the prototype, and to be certain new 900Z1 would be technically advanced than Honda’s

Kawasaki Square Four 2 Stroke Prototype

Kawasaki took especial that the cosmetics were not as a copy of the Honda, an objective пїЅ thanks to a beautifully styled gas and other subtle tweaks пїЅ clearly achieved; in fact Day One the Z1 has always appeared no heavier Honda’s smaller displacement The Z1’s two main features, (on this occasion, anyway), Honda, were the use of double camshafts for the all-square (66mm x motor, and the fitment of a twin front brake.

The Z1 established a fine foundation for in the 4-… arena, while the itself spawned a number of — Z900, KZ900LTD, Z1RTC, and so on — remaining in the in various configurations, until Today though, as so often it is the earlier examples that out from the pack. Thirty-five down the road few would that the Z1 was one of the Milestone Motorcycles.

Subject to an older restoration minor blemishes, this Z1 presents itself well. The reads just over miles.

Kawasaki Square Four 2 Stroke Prototype
Kawasaki Square Four 2 Stroke Prototype

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