One owner from new,1979 Kawasaki Z1300
Lot 580
One owner from new,1979 Kawasaki Z1300
£2,200 - 2,600
US$ 3,700 - 4,400
Lot Details
One owner from new
1979 Kawasaki Z1300
Registration no. BCY 888V
Frame no. KZT30A004764
Engine no. KZT30AE004136
Having seen its Z1000 deposed as top superbike by Honda's outrageous six-cylinder CBX, it was inevitable that Kawasaki would strike back. Enter the Z1300. Launched in 1978 to a fanfare of superlatives - biggest, heaviest, most powerful, fastest - Kawasaki's new flagship was more super-tourer than outright sportsbike, its 140mph top speed notwithstanding. Weighing close to 700lb and producing an astonishing - at that time - 120bhp, the Z1300 promised to be a real handful but in fact handled "predictably and reassuringly over virtually any kind of surface" according to Bike magazine. Only the Big Zed's upright riding position and limited range - despite a six-gallon fuel tank - took the gloss off the stupendous performance afforded by that admirably smooth and torquey six-cylinder engine. Sold in limited numbers, the Z1300 today is highly sought after. This exceptional example was purchased new by the vendor and is presented in original unrestored condition. Sold only because of its owner’s ill health, this most collectible modern classic is offered with current MoT and Swansea V5.
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