Denco Engineering Speedy special, one of six built,1981 Kawasaki KZ1300 Denco Turbo Frame no. JKAKZAA15BA012468 Engine no. KZT30AE013341
Lot 142
Denco Engineering Speedy special, one of six built,1981 Kawasaki KZ1300 Denco Turbo Frame no. JKAKZAA15BA012468 Engine no. KZT30AE013341
Sold for US$ 7,020 inc. premium
Lot Details
Denco Engineering Speedy special, one of six built
1981 Kawasaki KZ1300 Denco Turbo
Frame no. JKAKZAA15BA012468
Engine no. KZT30AE013341
Wonderful wretched excess on wheels might best describe this motorcycle. Kawasaki's KZ1300, with its six liquid-cooled cylinders across the frame, was already a beast when introduced in 1979, capable of 140 mph. Cycle World magazine came away impressed after testing the bike. "There are motorcycles with more speed, but not with the same combination of power, strength, comfort and handling," wrote the editors. "The sophistication is incredible, the size enormous. What we have here is an incredible hulk."

So, of course, what was needed was even more power. Enter Dennis Dean of Denco Engineering in Columbus, Ohio, best known as a maker of aftermarket exhaust systems for Japanese superbikes. Dean figured there would be at least six hearty individuals willing to step up and buy limited-edition turbocharged KZ1300s, which is exactly how many he hand-built. This is one of the six, showing just 3,143 (no doubt, wide-eyed) miles on its odometer. The entirely believable claim was 150 horsepower at the rear wheel, probably 50 more than stock.

The Turbo 1300 went about its speedy business with discretion. A handlebar fairing, tasteful badging and that oversize high-rise exhaust pipe on the left side were the only clues that a King KZ was on the prowl.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
Exempt from tax

Zero rated for VAT, no VAT will be added to the Hammer Price or the Buyer's Premium.

Contacts
  1. David Swig
    Auction Administration - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3285
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  2. Eric Minoff
    Auction Administration - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1630
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
  3. Mark Osborne
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3353
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  4. Nick Smith
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, United States 90046
    Work +1 323 436 5470
    FaxFax: +1 323 850 5843