1978 Kawasaki Z1000 A1
Registration no. UYL 304S
Frame no. KZ100A 024289
Engine no. KZ100AE 037774
The first major revision of Kawasaki's trend-setting Z1/Z900 arrived for 1977 in the form of the Z1000. Power went up - marginally - to 83bhp, while there was more torque delivered further down the rev range than before. A much-revised frame meant that the Z1000 had lost some of its predecessors' wayward handling while remaining every bit as refined. Testing the new Z1000 in February 1977, Bike magazine had to contend with a wet track but nevertheless recorded a 12.76-second standing quarter-mile time, despite an enforced half-throttle take-off, and a staggering terminal velocity of 117mph with rider normally seated!
We are advised that this Z1000 has had five owners in total, the previous keeping the machine from 1981 to 2001 when it passed to the current vendor. Currently displaying a believed genuine total of 22,480 miles on the odometer, the machine is described as in generally good condition and offered with Swansea V5. The shock absorbers, chrome-plated frame, Harris 4-into-1 exhaust and Giuliari seat are obvious non-standard features.
- Please note that the frame number recorded on the V5 does not match that on the motorcycle. The frame number is KZT00A033207. The engine number is KZT00AE 037774.