1972 Kawasaki 903cc Z1 Frame no. Z1F 00213 Engine no. Z1E 00244

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Lot 11
1972 Kawasaki 903cc Z1

Sold for £ 28,175 (US$ 37,011) inc. premium
1972 Kawasaki 903cc Z1
Registration no. RBY 881K
Frame no. Z1F 00213
Engine no. Z1E 00244
Having established its performance credentials with the Mach III two-stroke triple, Kawasaki went on to ace the opposition again with the awe-inspiring Z1. The model had been planned in 750cc form in the late 1960s but was beaten to the showroom by Honda's CB750. Kawasaki's proposed superbike already had two overhead camshafts to the Honda's one, so its designers redrew the motor as a 900. Launched in 1972 at the Cologne Show, the big 'Zed' set new road-bike performance standards, at least as far as straight line speed was concerned. With 82bhp on tap, top speed was around 130mph, but if the rider used all that power on twisty roads, things could get exciting. As a fast tourer though, the Z1 excelled. Mildly revised, the model was renamed Z900 for 1976. Charismatic in the extreme, these early 'Big Zeds' are served by an enthusiastic owners club and are increasingly sought after today. Few bikes from Japan have had as big an impact on the motorcycling world.

An imported model, this very early Z1 was first registered in the UK on 6th June 2013. The machine is offered with a V5C Registration Certificate. Incidentally, its frame number is only one digit away from that of Lot 10.

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1972 Kawasaki 903cc Z1 Frame no. Z1F 00213 Engine no. Z1E 00244
1972 Kawasaki 903cc Z1 Frame no. Z1F 00213 Engine no. Z1E 00244
1972 Kawasaki 903cc Z1 Frame no. Z1F 00213 Engine no. Z1E 00244
1972 Kawasaki 903cc Z1 Frame no. Z1F 00213 Engine no. Z1E 00244
1972 Kawasaki 903cc Z1 Frame no. Z1F 00213 Engine no. Z1E 00244
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