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A reunion of the development includes (left to right): Farnsworth, Sadaichi Saito, Sam Yukio Otsuki, Yoji and Alan Maseki.

A reunion of the team includes (left to Bryon Farnsworth, Sadaichi Sam Tanegashima, Yukio Otsuki, Hamawaki, and Alan Maseki.

Hamawaki leans across the at a posh eatery near the headquarters of Kawasaki Motors and says, “You know we called the Z1 project ‘New Steak,’ but do you know why?” The Kawasaki Motors president wait for a response. “We knew in America the best meal on the was New York steak. In our minds, the Z1 was to be the best motorcycle we could the top of the menu.” His eyes shine as he remembers the time, 40 years when small Kawasaki hard and swung for the fences.

“We already had a prototype of a 750cc road bike,” Hamawaki He’s seated in a line of colleagues including Sadaichi former head of RD, Yukio engineering lead, Sam Tanegashima, leader, Alan Masek, manager of the U.S. importer, and Farnsworth, factory test

They’re in Southern California for a four decades after the Z1 “We had a big project, but then Honda the CB750,” he continues,“and we knew we had to do more. But there was a problem. We had a agreement’ to keep [displacement] at or less.”

By limiting engine size, the manufacturers were trying to run the radar of Harley-Davidson and the European To step outside that producing a large-displacement bike to on the world, presented a frightening yet possibility. Could they get strong cultural inclinations to back? “There was a lot of debate,” says, “but we decided it was for our survival…to make the Z1.”

Kawasaki started over the bones of the 750 project, took the as large as it would go. It turned out a 66mm x 66mm configuration was with the cases, whose had been set. Added up, the engine displaced 903cc. “We had information that Honda was on a larger engine than the recalls Alan Masek, we realized that this was our to leap frog. If we waited, did a 750 we might be beaten twice.”

“We had decided on the double overhead cam says Hamawaki, “because its was in racing. Some [inside objected to putting ‘DOHC’ on the but it was important to say how advanced it was.”

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The Z1 prototype in Japan (above).

management also knew it was better known for explosive, fragile two-… engines. How do you the durability of your new design? Set a Kawasaki took to Daytona in the of 1973, claiming a 24-hour of 109.641 mph with mostly bikes.

One of those survivors in Kawasaki’s U.S. museum; the obvious differences are Clubman and odd-looking Goodyear tires. “We had a lot of with tires in early says Bryon Farnsworth. Goodyear used the rubber from a NASCAR tire and we fine.” The 24-hr. record the old one by almost 10 mph and was among 46 world and records set.

The Z1’s combination of speed and and smooth where the CB750 was molded—was matched by proven It was a huge success for the company a fifth of Honda’s production the last true offspring of the Z1 engine was sold as recently as in the KZ1000P.

A half hour lunch, the men gathered to remember the Z1 the conversation to enjoy a succulent New steak and dare to show pride in a gamble taken—and a victory over Honda.

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