1979 Kawasaki Z1000 Z1-R Frame no. KZT00D015614 Engine no. KZT00DE015624
Lot 212
1979 Kawasaki Z1000 Z1-R
Frame no. KZT00D015614 Engine no. KZT00DE015624
Sold for €5,750 (US$ 7,298) inc. premium

Lot Details
1979 Kawasaki Z1000 Z1-R Frame no. KZT00D015614 Engine no. KZT00DE015624
1979 Kawasaki Z1000 Z1-R
Frame no. KZT00D015614
Engine no. KZT00DE015624
The first major revision of Kawasaki's trend-setting Z1/Z900 arrived in 1977 in the form of the Z1000, which, as its name suggests, was a bored-out version of the original double-overhead-cam four. Power went up - marginally - to 83bhp, while there was more torque delivered further down the rev range than before. 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! A much-revised frame meant that the Z1000 had lost some of its predecessors' wayward handling while remaining every bit as refined. Introduced soon afterwards and intended to appeal to European tastes, the more expensive Z1-R version featured a cockpit fairing, lower 'bars and a coffin-shaped fuel tank, while the more obvious mechanical changes amounted to cast wheels, drilled brake discs and callipers mounted behind the fork legs. The chassis was mildly revised (again) and power went up to 90bhp, which was good enough for a top speed of 133mph. We are advised that this un-restored Z1-R was in generally very good, running condition when last used 2 years ago, since when it has been on display as part of a private collection. The machine is offered with Italian export document copy. After-market silencers are the only notified deviation from factory specification.

Footnotes

  • Kawasaki Z1000 Z1-R 1979
    Cadre n° KZT00D015614
    Moteur n° KZT00DE015624

    La première refonte importante de la Kawasaki Z1/Z900 pionnière d'un nouveau concept, apparut en 1977 sous la forme de la Z1000 qui, comme son nom l'indique, était une version suralésée du moteur quatre cylindres double arbre original. La puissance grimpa – modérément – à 83 ch , mais le couple maximal supérieur était obtenu à un régime plus bas. Essayant la nouvelle Z1000 en février 1977, le magazine Bike, malgré une piste mouillée qui imposa une action prudente sur la poignée de gaz, réussit néanmoins à abattre le 400 m DA en 12,76 secondes pour atteindre l'étonnante vitesse maximale de 188 km/h, pilote en position normale ! La révision de la partie cycle se traduisait par le disparition du comportement un peu flou de la précédente version sans rien perdre de ses raffinements. Introduite peu après et destinée à séduire les Européens, la version Z1-R plus coûteuse se distinguait par un carénage, un guidon surbaissé et un réservoir en forme de cercueil, tandis que les modifications mécaniques les plus notables concernaient les roues en alliage léger, les disques de frein perforés et les étriers montés en arrière des tubes de fourche. La partie cycle était encore modérément retouchée et la puissance – 90 ch – suffisait à assurer une vitesse de pointe de 213 km/h. Nous savons que cette Z1-R non restaurée était en très bon état général et de fonctionnement lorsqu'elle a été utilisée il y a 12 ou 15 mois avant d'être exposée dans le cadre d'une collection privée. La machine est accompagnée d'une copie de ses documents d'exportation italiens. Les silencieux installés en après-vente constituent la seule modification par rapport aux spécifications d'usine.

Saleroom notices

  • This machine was last used over two years ago and has been in storage for the last 6 months. Therefore buyers should satisfy themselves as to the mechanical/running condition of the machine prior to bidding. The engine number is K2TOOD-015617. Cette machine, qui a roulé il y a un peu plus de deux ans, est restée stockée ces six derniers mois. En conséquence, les acheteurs potentiels sont invités à s'assurer de l'état mécanique et de fonctionnement de la machine avant d'enchérir.
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