Restored – 1973 Kawasaki Z1

In Japan, Sport by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Z1 sold for $19,699 after 30 bids.

This Kawasaki Z1 was recently given a “frame and cases up” restoration and now it’s ready for another 40+ years of terrorizing the street. Or maybe you’ll add this to your collection on static display and put miles on your new Z900RS instead?

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-13401) shows 137 miles on the odometer since the restoration was completed – the work included a rebuild of the motor (which has been bored to the first oversize), a repaint of all the bodywork, powdercoating of the frame, and lots of new pats like the tires, chain, battery, cables, and more. According to the seller, the restorer has previously rebuilt over 100 Z1s, H1s, and H2s.

Fidnd this Z1 for sale in Springfield, Illinois with bidding up to $13,000 and the reserve not yet met or a weirdly-specific BIN of $22,567.89