Restored – 1973 Kawasaki Z1

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Post Sale Update: This Z1 sold for $23,000 after 51 bids on eBay.


One of the most important bikes of the 70s, the Kawasaki Z1 set all sorts of speed records at Daytona within a year of its debut. This example is ready to flirt with top speed again after a restoration.

The Z1 has a fun story – Kawasaki thought they were going to be first to market with a 4 cylinder 750cc sport bike…and then Honda blew them away with the CB750. Kawi wisely decided to go bigger instead, and the 903cc powerplant impressed the press and customers with 82 horsepower. In their home market of Japan, the government mandated a displacement limit of 750cc, so Kawasaki created the smaller Z2 instead. For more on this motorcycle, check out this “Memorable Motorcycle” profile on Motorcycle-USA.

This example (VIN: Z1F-17655) was restored to what the seller calls “original factory condition”. He or she notes that “All factory codes, and year specific parts match exactly. We made sure that all parts are 100% period correct to the 1973 Kawasaki z1 specifications, right down to period correct tires and every bolt, nut, and washer.” The seller provides lots of details about the work that was completed – highlights include repainted bodywork, a repainted engine, rebuilt carb, full service, rebuilt calipers, rebuilt front forks, and plenty more.

Find this Z1 for sale in Auburn, Washington with bidding up to $17,400 and the reserve not yet met

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