Eddie Lawson Rep – 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

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Post Listing Update: This ELR did not meet reserve despite 8 bids up to $12,010.


One of 750 ever built, the Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR (Eddie Lawson Replica) was a limited edition homage to the mount of Eddie Lawson, 4x winner of the World Championship (among many other titles). It was aggressively set up, and with the exception of subpar shocks, consumers and reviewers loved this bike.

The 998cc inline four produced 79 horsepower in a bike that weighed 543 pounds. Top speed was just shy of 130, but numbers don’t matter to me with this bike. I always thought this was the definitive muscle bike, and something about that styling, particularly the front fairing, will always call to me. Want to learn more about this special bike? Check out this write-up from Motorcycle Classics, who call it “A mean machine in its day and collectible classic Kawasaki motorcycle today.”

This example (VIN: JKAKZCR12DA001317) has 16,193 miles and the only known non-original parts are the fairing decals and the brand new Ohlins rear shocks, which hopefully rectify what journalists had to complain about when the bike was originally launched. The sellers (Burn Up Company) claim that every component works now that they replaced the steering head bearings, rebuilt the petcock, changed the oil, and installed a new chain. They also kindly list all of the known imperfections:
• There is touch up paint on the back of the front fender
• The mirror mount on the front brake master cylinder (right-hand side) has material missing but still functions
• Scratches on the underside of the tank with light dings on other parts of the body
• There is a light abrasion on the back side of the right fork
• Small tears along the edge of the seat

Find this ELR for sale in West Palm Beach, Florida with bidding up to $10,110 or a BIN of $19,500

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