1978 Kawasaki Z1-R

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Post Sale Update: After 16 bids on eBay, this Z1-R sold for $11,099.

Wayne Moulton has had quite a career in the motorcycling industry, including roles as President for Triumph Motorcycles America and Vetter Fairings, as well as Vice President of Kawasaki. He was known for a philosophy that “a popular motorcycle can have four different variations – a standard, a limited, a cafe racer and a touring bike.” He’s also known as the “father of the Japanese cruiser” because he created Kawi’s LTD line…and he created the Z1-R, a sport-tourer with a smaller front wheel and a cockpit fairing.


Unfortunately, the Z1-R was a bit of a commercial failure. It seems that over a 3 year period, only about 500 were made. Kawasaki had excess inventory so Moulton got creative with the leftovers and partnered with American Turbo-Pak to add turbocharging – and the Z1R-TC was born. It was the first turbocharged production bike.


This example (VIN: KZT00D011631) is highly original and looks to be in great shape. It shows 10,988 miles on the odometer and everything is said to be working except for the fuel gauge. The seller says the body work has probably been repainted. It just got a full service. It was originally sold in Canada so the speedo and odometer display kilometers. Find this Kawi for sale in Auburn, Washington with bidding up to $10,501 and the reserve not yet met

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