Posts by tag: ELR

Kawasaki July 21, 2014 posted by

Canadian Green: 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100R

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We recently posted a US-based ELR here on Rare, and now find this good looking Canadian example. These bikes are somewhat rare in the US, although they had a longer life span in Canada. Celebrating multiple AMA Superbike championships under the wrist of California-born Eddie Lawson, Kawasaki built a real bad-boy replica racer with components and looks unique to anything in the Kawi lineup. Sure, some basic parts were borrowed and bolted on, but the result was a striking statement of Team Green. With the larger 1100cc motor and some shiny new paintwork, this 1984 model is looking for a new caretaker for the next phase of its life.

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1984 Kawasaki ELR 1100 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
While the body work on this recent find has been professionally re-painted, the rest all but qualifies as a "SURVIVOR". Bike runs great and had a favourable leak down test done on it.

Original dash cluster was changed at 10786km due to a failed fuel gauge and is included with this bike. New Metzler tires and Kerker megaphone similiar to orignial.

There is some minor touch-up paint on frame and the seat has the typical issue at the bottom front corners. Yes the 6th & 7th digits of the VIN are "R's"

Please look at pictures carefully

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While the larger 1100cc engine is desirable, the seller's recommendation to look at the pictures carefully is indeed wise. We at RSBFS always recommend that prospective buyers ask a lot of questions, and scrutinize pictures with care. The seller is up front that this is not an all original bike - it has been repainted and has "period correct" pieces on it. That should not necessarily scare you away. Buyers looking for a museum quality "just-off-the-showroom-floor" purchase might want to pass. For everyone else enamored by these brutal rockets of the past, check it out here and then let us know what you think!

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Canadian Green: 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100R
Kawasaki February 12, 2014 posted by

A lot of green for a lot of green: 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R1 Eddie Lawson Replica

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ELR models are retro-cool, retro-rare, and retro expensive. We have watched the prices climb on these Eddie Lawson Replica bikes over the past few years. This particular example is a ONE owner bike, however it looks like it might need a bit of loving to bring it back to its former glory.

1982 Kawasaki ELR for sale on eBay

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From the seller:


Original owner will sell #400. It runs, but has been sitting for 15 years and I think the valve seals have cracked. It blows a lot of smoke. The chain has a sticky link. Needs TLC but is very complete. It still has the original break-in sticker on the tach!

I have uploaded more pictures including:
the serial number.
the owners manual (slightly worn but plastic coated since 1983) in
the complete tool kit (including a 5mm wrench for the cap screw I added)
the damage to the tank paint caused by the seat rubbing on it
the left and rear views

I have the Kerker sticker and button, still in the original plastic.

The title is from California but was re-issued in 1992. The title is clear, but since it hasn't been registered since 1998 the DMV has no record of the bike. They told me that I would have to take the bike to the Highway Patrol to verify the serial numbers and such. Shouldn't be any problems here, just the effort to do it.

I don't think that the tank has any rust in it but I didn't check thoroughly. I have only run it for a few minutes at a time, and only 3 or 4 times. Each time I had to put the petcock on 'prime', so I haven't made sure that the vacuum petcock is working properly. It might need a new diaphragm. It might need many things!

There aren't any dents or big scratches or broken cooling fins but there are a few nicks here and there. This bike has had an intimate relationship with the road, you know.

The intake manifolds are currently soaking in WD-40, but they aren't getting any softer. They do fit but it's a struggle. It was a struggle when they were pliable!

I have just rebuilt the carbs for the 3rd time now. It seems that the new rebuild kits have parts that are different from the original parts, so I used the originals where possible. They should be nice and clean, but I just didn't want to keep running it with it smoking because of neighboring garages. You'll have to wait until after the valve job to see, or find a place to burn a quart of oil to find out! It did warm up to idle with the choke off but I turned it off right away.

I'm sorry to see my baby go. I picked her up on a beautiful April 12, 1982 at Santa Ana Kawasaki. It was raining like mad but I rode all day anyway.
I have stripped it to the frame 4 or 5 times and cleaned it with a toothbrush. Hard to tell now that I've ignored it for so long.

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With high-tech nitrogen filled "piggyback" shocks, a stout 1000cc four cylinder mill (air cooled with 2 valves per cylinder - and borrowed from the GPz lineup), triple disk brakes and enough green paint to make you visible from miles away, the ELR was really a unique bike in the day. It still is today. This particular bike is available on eBay with a starting bid of $16,000 (!). That would set some kind of record for an ELR, and this is not the nicest we have seen....by far. Check it out here, and then let us know what you think!

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A lot of green for a lot of green: 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R1 Eddie Lawson Replica
Kawasaki October 23, 2013 posted by

Another Green Monster: 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100R1 ELR

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Hot on the heels of this very clean ZX7-R we find this striking ELR - the Superbike from a previous generation. If Nirvana-style Seattle grunge was hot when you were in high school, chances are you missed some of the most epic factory racing efforts on two wheels. This ELR - or Eddie Lawson Replica - celebrated Kawasaki's success at the top step back in the early 1980s.

1984 Kawasaki ELR 1100 for sale on eBay

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Before liquid cooling, four valves per cylinder, fuel injection, slipper clutches, quick shifters, mono-shock swingarms with rising rate linkages or 320 mm font discs, this was state of motorcycle racing art. A lot has changed since that time - it was nearly 30 years ago, after all - but fast still looks good. Especially in green.

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From the seller:
Up for sale is a 1984 Z1100R1 ELR super bike replica. ( European sale only) This is One of approximately six known in the in the U.S. Number 1128 out of 1300. Everything works as it should. Paint is in really nice condition on fenders, body panels , rims, tank and engine. Frame powder coat is just as nice. Mechanically, the engine runs extremely strong. Bored to 1260cc .425 lift cams, welded crank, ported head, Wisco high compression pistons and external oil feed to the head. New clutch. Since the addition of 10% alcohol in gasoline I found that using avgas or race gas is by far better to use. I did a 530 chain/sprocket conversion from the 630 oem New bearings , bushings and seals . Valves were lapped and new valve seals. Forks and shocks rebuilt as well. Since the restoration I have noticed two things that should be addressed. One is a real slight oil seep from the copper head gasket and the starter clutch is a bit weaker than it should be. This is a rear opportunity to own one of these bikes. Very few of these bikes are on this side of the pond. Buyer is responsible for coordination and shipping. Cash or pay pal. Check or money order will be held until cleared through bank.

Kerker header has 2" racing baffle, not the standard one in pictures.

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Pristine, museum quality ELRs are getting harder to find, and more expensive than ever. This bike is not stock, and has some modifications done to it. The big bore kit improves performance and is largely period correct for the era, but will detract from the collector value. There is a fair number of miles on the bike as well. Again, heavy usage detracts from collector value.... but for those of us who would rather ride than imprison these mighty steeds to a life of being parked in a corner, I value a runner.

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The auction on this Texas-based bike is moving slowly - but it is still early days. The current bid is only $5,100 with reserve still in place. We have seen ELR models eclipse double that number in the right conditions, but time (and the reserve) will tell us if this is such a bike. It's still in bargain basement territory for the moment, so put a watch on it and let's see what happens! Click the link to jump over to the auction. Good Luck!

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Another Green Monster: 1984 Kawasaki KZ1100R1 ELR
Kawasaki May 23, 2013 posted by

The best way to go green: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R ELR

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Forget your Prius, electric car, recycling, composting and general conservatism. This is the REAL way to go green: a 1983 Kawasaki ELR model. Built to commemorate Eddie Lawson's Superbike titles with Kawasaki, the ELR shows off its cutting edge race-spec stuff, including twin piggy-back shocks, and a mighty 1000cc air cooled inline four.

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But let's face it: what really sets ELR models apart is the brilliant green finish. Look beyond that and you will start to notice the GPz-like bikini fairing, the cast alloy wheels, triple disk brakes, fork brace, factory Kerker exhaust and more. This is no simple KZ; this was the top of the Big K heap in 1983.

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From the seller:
I am selling my 1983 Eddie Lawson Replica (R2) with 22, 377 miles, which is in excellent running order and in very good overall condition. The frame and engine do not match. The original engine was heavily modified for a Cycle Magazine article and the engine was subsequently damaged beyond repair (over rev'ed). It was replaced with a Police 1000J engine.

The bike has new Dunlop tires, a new clutch cable, and new front shock seals installed with less than 2,000 miles. The brakes, battery, chain, and original seat are in very good condition. All of the electrical works (with the exception of intermittent flashing to the oil pressure warning light). All of the turn signals, hazard lights, and the "hi and low beams" of the headlight are working.

This bike comes with: Works rear shocks, a "newish" Kerker exhaust, tuned Mikuni flatside carbs w/ 4 High flow air filters, and an "aftermarket" Dyna electronic adjustable ignition.

Bike has been repainted…but there are a few chips and scrapes. Paint scheme is the "S1 Racing" scheme. Stickers can be removed…no scratches underneath.

Spare parts: stock front and back turn signals, racing oil cooler, stock air box, and the black chromed grab rail that fits around the rear of the seat.

Purchase includes the original Owner's Manual (pristine condition), the Service Manual, and the Cycle Magazine article + 2 framed photos.

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The ELR models we have posted here in the past have been in varying condition. Some have been absolutely concours condition and destined for museums, while others were riders or slightly worse. This bike looks to be a bit cleaner than most of the riders we have seen, but is far from stock or original. Will that matter to buyers? Given that pristine examples run in the $12k and above ranges, the BIN for this bike is set for a more reasonable $8,000. The opening ask is $6,500, with a reserve in place.

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Will the bidders turn out for this one? If this was the actual magazine testing bike (and documented), that could make it an interesting find. I would love to know more of the back story on that one; could the historical aspect of this bike have any bearing on the final sale price? Click the link to jump over to the auction and check it out. Going green is easy on an ELR!

MI

Kawasaki March 18, 2013 posted by

Printing Green: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R2 ELR

Big mean green machines from Kawasaki are worth big bucks these days, and we have seen a number of attempts to cash in on the ELR trend. This bike is the latest ELR we have come across, and it comes to us from Arkansas with 14,150 on the clock.

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Unlike many of the pristine and restored examples, this bike has been ridden and shows some age. The Kerker exhaust is stock, but the black chrome has been worn off over time. The paintwork is not exactly perfect, the rear shocks have been swapped out for shorter units to accommodate a rider without sufficient inseam, and the seller notes numerous "fixes" and mods to the bike.

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From the seller:
For your consideration is this 1983 ELR in Mostly Original Running Condition!
Much of the bike is original, but does have some damage, plenty of wear, and amateur touch-up & alteration - please read the entire listing.

The tank, seat fairing, side covers and front fender have original paint; the front fairing and a few black parts are poorly re-sprayed. It looks like all the stock plastic (air box, chain guard, tool tray, etc.) is there and uncut. Even has the Original Owners Manual and Took Kit!

The motor runs fine, with no smoke, knocks, rattles or slaps. There are no broken fins, scuffed covers, welds or repairs other than a generous application of silicone sealer on the valve cover gasket; it still leaks some. The clutch and gearbox operate smoothly, the "Neutral Finder" works, and the bike handles well. Case guards have been installed. The stock exhaust has been repainted, but turned grey at the header.

The Stock Rear Shocks are Missing. The bike has been short-shocked for a vertically challenged rider, resulting in the rear tire wearing a hole through the plastic inner fender. The bars and mirrors have been changed. The tank has 6 dents ranging from shallow 'silver dollar+' diameter (on the lower right front) to hard-to-find tiny, and the petcock will not shut off (inline valve installed); the inside of the tank is very clean, but there are plenty of chips in the green.

The lights, signals and charging system are functional; the kill switch and fuel gauge do not work. Wheels, brakes, disks and hydraulics look original - the chain and tires are good. The chassis and body paint has nicks, marks and scratches, the mounting tabs on the grab rail are broken, and there are welded repairs on the signal brackets. The visible part of the seat cover looks great, but the bottom edge has a few splits.

A quick road test around the block revealed no apparent issues. It makes good power, shifts through all 5 gears, and stops well using either front or rear brakes. No high speed wheelie passes though; the test ride was not far or overly aggressive.

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ELRs can be cash machines - but only clean and original - or fully restored - bikes need apply. The opening bid for this one is $7,500, which is very steep for a bike in this condition. If you are jonesing for an ELR and have been unable to find one, here is a good foundation for a restoration. If you are looking to show, you might want to look elsewhere; this one will need some work. Good Luck!

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Kawasaki November 9, 2012 posted by

Eddie in Texas: 1983 KAWASAKI KZ1000R ELR

1983 KAWASAKI KZ1000R ELR for sale on eBay

These original ELR machines are not exactly the Hope diamond in terms of rarity, but they are limited in numbers and the general consensus around the breakroom in the RSBFS headquarters indicates that most wouldn't mind one in their garage. We have seen these bikes offered across the US and Canada, and even found one for you in Budapest. This one is located in Texas, and looks to be a solid find.

From the seller:
UP FOR AUCTION IS A US MODEL 1983 KAWASAKI KZ1000R ELR EDDIE LAWSON REPLICA WITH 17K.MILES ON THE ODOMETER AND ONLY FEW HUNDRED MILES ON THE ENGINE WITH NEW 0.50 OVERSIZE KAWASAKI PISTONS,RINGS AND VALVE SEALS,NO OTHER MODIFICATIONS.

IT IS THE ORIGINAL ENGINE SERIAL NUMBER KZT00JE041466. FRAME IS STRAIGHT NEVER BEEN DAMAGED, CUT OR MODIFIED IN ANY WAY. SERIAL NUMBER JKAKZCR1CA0002004. THIS IS AN ADULT RIDDEN,VERY WELL TAKEN CARE OF BIKE THAT IN GREAT SHAPE. IT HAS GOOD
BRAKES,TIRES,NEW BATTERY,CHAIN AND SPROCKETS.ALL GAUGES AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT FUNCTION PROPERLY. DOESN'T SMOKE OR LEAK ANY FLUIDS. I HAVE ALL THE ORIGINAL STUFF THAT CAN'T BE SEEN IN THE PICTURES.(ORIGINAL AIR FILTER HOUSING WITH RUBBERS,GRAB BAR,OWNERS MANUAL IN THE PLASTIC COMPARTMENT,NEVER BEEN USED TOOLS IN THE TOOL TRAY.)

Finding a clean ELR in nice condition is not an every day occurrence. We do run across a few ratty examples, and a few rebuilt and restored bikes that look better than factory new. This one is a well cared for example that has some miles but is otherwise a looker and a rider. Check out the photos.

Prices on these ELRs tend to support the "everybody wants one" theory. This auction is at $13,000 at time of writing, with moderate bidding. There are still a few days to play out, so you have not missed your chance. To check out this bike and all of the pics, click the link and jump over to the auction.

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