Posts by tag: Z1R

Kawasaki July 16, 2014 posted by

Sweet Ride, Man: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC for Sale

Here's one I'd normally post up over at our sister site classicsportbikesforsale.com, but it's rare and it's a sportbike, so I thought this crowd could use a formal introduction to the Kawasaki Z1R-TC. If you’re one of those folks who equate “sportbikes” with “handling”, you may not be familiar with this hulking brute of a machine with a hand grenade for an engine and power to severely overwhelm the limited frame and suspension technology of the day. What's more exciting than that? I mean, Russian Roulette counts as a sport, right?

In the car world of the 1980’s, turbos seemed like the perfect way to increase power and performance in a world suddenly obsessed with efficiency and air quality, and they were getting slapped onto just about everything, so it was only a matter of time before the obsession with boost spilled over into the two-wheeled scene, and Kawasaki was way ahead of the curve on this particular trend.

1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC L Side

The TC was conceived as a quick way to move some lame-duck stock out of showrooms and give Kawasaki a performance feather in their cap. Collaborating with the Turbo Cycle Company, Kawasaki simply converted complete bikes with a bolt-on kit running 8-10psi of boost. Upgraded internals were available for purchase separately but were generally not installed.

In what would be an almost comical nightmare of liability today, buyers simply signed off on powertrain warranty waivers before whooshing off into the nearest wall, or blew themselves up when they ignored the sticker clearly warning them not to tamper with the wastegate to increase boost. Now who'd wanna do something like that?

1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC L Side Low

And even if you didn’t detonate your engine or wheelie into a tree, the very crude turbocharging technology led to wild, on/off boost delivery and made riding this a bit more terrifying than exciting: bendy 1970’s frame and suspension technology combined with an engine that was already plenty powerful before you stuck a honking big turbo on it to give you the worst of both worlds, and a challenge fit for the manliest of motorcyclists…

This particular machine is technically not one of the original bikes and is, according to the seller, a "tribute" built up from a regular Z1R. But honestly this probably feels pretty authentic, since the original bikes were mostly cobbled-together from completed stock bikes.

1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC Dash

I really do wish these people would roll their bikes out of the garage to take some of these pictures, though. It will probably help if you imagine Matthew McConaughey reading this out loud as his character from Dazed and Confused.

From the original eBay listing: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC for Sale

Truly awesome looking Z1R turbo with custom Molly graphics and recently painted black bodywork updates,powdercoated frame, many chrome parts on engine,kickstand,etc...very nice Z1R mag wheels,1 of a kind custom seat,early ATP turbo kit with log header pipe + "F" flow high volume compressor complimenting the 1200cc big bore motor  This is not a bike for the timid or in-experienced pilot....even with only 8-10 lbs. boost ,its very VERY fast!(of course you can ride it all day long without getting on boost,its all in your right wrist you know) This is a one of a kind bike with many tasteful updates + cool improvements...tires are in great shape..bike is very stable at high speed with  front steering dampner,fork brace and fully adjustable Marzocchi rear shocks keeping things under control...

Look, let's be clear here: I'm sure those rear shocks are an improvement, but there's no way they actually tamed this beast. You think you're all slick, using trail-braking out there, or using a bit of rear brake to settle the suspension? Try this for some fancy footwork: the power delivery for the TC was so laggy that fast passing on the road called for you to hold the throttle open to keep boost up, while dragging the brakes to keep the speed under control, waiting for an opening in traffic. Sort of like a rolling drag-strip launch...

1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC R Side Front

An exciting, hugely flawed stopgap before the much more modern GPz that followed, the Z1R-TC and the other turbo bikes of the era were an interesting footnote in motorcycling history. While not necessarily all that fast on a winding road, these are massively entertaining on the boost and could be a fun, point-and-hang-on-for-dear-life machine for scaring unsuspecting riders of modern bikes.

Ultimately, the turbo craze was a dead-end for motorcycles: they significantly increased complexity with no real upside: their power delivery was not really suitable bikes of the period and, in most cases, a simple displacement boost proved to be a more effective, reliable way of increasing performance. But whatever, man. Maybe people were just too square to get it.

-tad

1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC R Side

Sweet Ride, Man: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC for Sale
Kawasaki May 23, 2013 posted by

Memorial Day Special: 1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2

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Perfect for the long weekend coming up, this 1979 Kawasaki represents the first true factory Turbo - and will long be remembered as a fantastic factory hot rod. Sure, the colors and paintwork are straight out of the 1970s, but the performance continues to be contemporary even today. This particular bike has been restored to what appears to be a very high standard, and is an exceptional example of this rare breed.

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Outsourced by Kawasaki but sold through the Kawasaki dealer network, the Z1R Turbo is a bit of a legend. Power for the day was astounding - and reportedly much more than the frame, brakes or tires from the time could truly manage. As a result the bike gained a bit of a bad boy reputation. In certain angles it still looks mean and menacing, and on boost can still deliver the goods.

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From the seller:
Up for auction is this legendary 1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC2 turbo bike. This bike has been meticulously restored to an award winning condition. This is a really special bike that has taken years to put together!
3500 miles
1000cc
44mm Rajay turbo
New tires with maybe 200 miles on them (Bridgestone Spitfire 11)
Updated Dyna ignition, coils, rev limiter
Rechromed exhaust, turbo, and other misc. items.
New chain, sprocket, brakes, brake lines, shocks.
Wheels polished and repainted
Dyno tested with 145hp to the rear wheel.

All original parts replaced will be included. This includes the directional lights which are not on in the photos.

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More from the seller:
One striking feature of this bike is the original factory paint and original Molly Design neon graphics on the body panels! It is important to note that the restoration work on this bike was done by a true motorcycle and automobile enthusiast, and this build has taken many years to complete. I have worked 9-5 at a professional restoration shop for over a decade and have over 30 years experience building cars and bikes. I'll be happy to discuss all the details of the build and share lots of stories to whomever wins this auction!!

The seat is original and in absolutely mint condition!!

This bike won 1st place modern classic at the 2012 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Cycle World Rolling Concourse Show, and also 1st place at the Milwaukee Rockerbox Motorcyle Show.

As an added auction item the Motor Speedway plaque will be handed off to the winner of this auction.

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Factory Z1R Turbos are rare machines. The paintwork indicates this is one of the earlier models, and despite the rest of the restoration this original paint has been preserved. These bikes are not cheap in today's dollars, but then again they were not cheap in 1979 dollars either. Interest has been high on this bike, and bidding currently sits at $14,500 with no reserve in place. Click the link to jump over to the auction and check out all of the pictures and details. This may not be quite as iconic as a homologated superbike, but from a historic perspective this is no less relevant. Good Luck!

MI

Kawasaki January 29, 2011 posted by

First of the Turbo Bikes: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC

For Sale: 1978 Kawasaki kz1000 Z1R-TC Turbo Charged Z1-R

When it comes to "factory" Turbo bikes, the Kawasaki Z1R-TC was the bike that paved the way. Created through an arrangment between Kawasaki and Turbo Cycle Corporation (which was founded by ex-Kawasaki Marketing Director, Alan Masek), brand new Z1Rs were sent to TCC, who then modified them with a RayJay turbo and badging. These modified bikes were then sold through select Kawasaki dealers - without a warranty.

From the seller:
This listing is for Kawasaki's 1978 Turbo Charged Z1R: frame # KZT00D0076xx and engine # KZT00DE0076xx. This example is an unrestored, early release unit (1 of 250) with matching numbers and low miles. Upgrades and alterations include:

New Paint (2008)
Allen Head SS Fastener kit (2007)
Oil Return re-routed to Kick Start cover (from Oil Filler cap)
New Tires (2008)
New Sealed Battery (2008)
Welded Crank (2005)
High Capacity Oil Pan w/ Trap Door (2005 & 2007)
Backcut Transmission (2005)
Lock Up Clutch (2005)
New DOHC points cover in 2008 (Moriwaki cover was removed & unavailable)
1075 Turbo Piston kit (2005)
Dynatek Dana S ignition in 2008 (replaced original Martex system)
"TC" Side Cover emblems (2008)

The oil/ filter was changed and tank drained in the fall of 2008, and it has been in storage. The manual, supplement, black zip case, extra key and the other items pictured are included along with any pertinent documentation.

This particular bike is in great condition for such a rare model. The color is correct for a US bike, as is the year (they were only offered '78-'80, although rumor has it that the '79 bikes were simply repainted unsold units from '78). There were only approximately 500 units total of the Z1R-TC created, and even fewer in the stock Kawasaki color. Later models (and Canadian bikes) had the multi-stripe graphic as seen below.

Bidding has been brisk on this example, with the current pricing in the $8k range and the reserve still in place. Look for this one to go up quite a bit more before it ends. Sure, parts may be a bit difficult to find (at least the non-Kawasaki gear), but by all standards this is one fast bike. Straight-line performance eclipsed that of most of the later factory Turbo bikes, with 1/4-mile times in the 10 second range.

This is a real piece of history that deserves a good home. For more info, to simply watch the auction, or to bid on the bike to make it your own, click the link to

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MI