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Kawasaki October 18, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

Update 11.18.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Eddie Lawson won the AMA Superbike championship in 1981 and 1982. That alone should be enough to cement his name in the history books. But “Steady Eddie” did not stop there. He went on to become a 4-time 500cc GP champion, bettering the likes of Kenny Roberts, Freddie Spencer, Kevin Schwantz and Wayne Rainey. And while this KZ1000R ELR – or Eddie Lawson Replica – commemorates his success with Team Green, what you are really looking at is a tribute to a two-wheeled legend. Unlike many “limited edition” models these days that have little to do with the men that raced them, the ELR stands out as a time capsule hot rod honoring the hero that rode it to victory. As such, it is glorious.

Featured Listing: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica

There is a lot of Kawasaki family DNA in the ELR. The basic format harkens back to the 1970s, when the Z1 ruled the streets. All motor (old-school air cooled, with 2-valve heads no less) on paper, the Z1 began the shift whereby Japanese manufacturers realized the key role of the frame when it came to handling. And handling meant winning races. Still a far cry from the aluminum spar frames to come, the basic back-bone chassis was beefier than the competition, and continually evolved into the 1980s. The bodywork has the classic GPz theme to it, yet appears much different than a GPz with a green paint job. The twin piggy-back shocks were high-tech for the day, as were the triple disk brakes. Everything about this bike screamed “racer!” right down to the Kerker 4-into-1 pipe that looked like it came right off the factory works bike.

From the seller:
VERY LIMITED EDITION 1983 KAWASAKI KZ 1000R EDDIE LAWSON REPLICA THIS LOW LOW MILAGE JEWEL IS COMING OUT OF MY PRIVATE COLLECTION. 100% ALL ORIGINAL NEVER RE-PAINTED!!!!

I OWN 4 OF THESE AMAZING BIKES. THIS ONE IS ALL ORIGINAL NEVER MOLESTED WITH ALL ORIGINAL NOS BODY PARTS. THERE IS OVER $7000 IN THE NEW OLD STOCK “NOS” PARTS; TANK, COWL, FENDER, TAIL, SIDE COVERS, AND SIDE COVER, TANK, AND EXHAUST EMBLEMS, ECT. AGAIN ALL NEW OLD STOCK “NOS” OEM NOTHING AFTER MARKET ON MY BIKE.

More from the seller:
IF YOU HAVE NOT OWNED OR RIDDEN A KAWASAKI ELR YOU ARE SERIOUSLY MISSING OUT ON WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE THE MOST FUN BIKE OF THE ERA TO RIDE! YES I HAVE TOO MANY ELR’s ALONG WITH TOO MANY OF MY OTHER FAVORITE BIKES SO A FEW WILL BE OFFERED TO A NEW CUSTODIAN.

THIS EXAMPLE IS A PRISTINE ONE OWNER ALL ORIGINAL VERY LOW MILES 1983 KZ 1000R ELR THAT HAS BEEN PRESERVED IN MY CLIMATE CONTROLLED MINI MUSEUM. SHE IS UN-MOLESTED UNLIKE 90% OF THE ELR’s OUT THERE. THE ONLY CHANGE IS THE TIRES THAT ARE AS PERIOD CORRECT AS I WILL RIDE ON, YES MUCH SAFER TO RIDE ON. THIS IS A PERFECT RUNNING BIKE THAT NEEDS NOTHING AT ALL JUST TO BE RIDDEN AT LEAST A BIT WHEN YOU GET HER.

I HAD THIS BIKE WITH A FEW OTHERS AT THE BONHAM AUCTION IN THE BARBER MUSEUM DURING VINTAGE FEST THIS MONTH AND I TURNED DOWN THE HIGH BID. I SOLD ANOTHER OF ’83’S 2 YEARS AGO FOR 26K WITH “NOS” PARTS BUT HIGHER MILES AND JUST NOT AS PERFECT SO DON’T MISS OUT. I AM IN NO RUSH TO SELL HER. BUT IF YOU HAVE WANTED A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF AN ’83 ELR THAT IS FIT TO BE IN ANY MUSEUM, HERE IS YOUR CHANCE.

More from the seller:
THE ENGINE:
ALL ORIGINAL UNMOLESTED WITH ONLY 1759 MILES SHE IS JUST BROKEN IN. I JUST SERVICED HER WITH A MOTUL 300V OIL AND OEM FILTER CHANGE, REMOVED ULTRASONICALLY CLEANED AND RE-SYNCHRONIZED THE CARBS (THE BIKE DID SIT FOR A WHILE), NEW NGK SPARK PLUGS.

THE FRAME:
THE FRAME IS ALL ORIGINAL, UNMOLESTED NO SCRATCHES OR TOUCH UP PAINT, THE WHEELS ARE SCRATCH FREE, NEW TIRES, ORIGINAL CHAIN AND SPROCKETS, ORIGINAL GRIPS, NEW BATTERY, THE PAINT IS “NOS” NEW OLD STOCK PERFECT NOT A SCRATCH,THE OEM KERKER EXHAUST IS LIKE NEW WITH NO SCRATCHES AND HAS A NEW OLD STOCK NOS PERIOD CORRECT KERKER EMBLEM, THE FOOT PEGS AND BRAKE/CLUTCH LEVERS ARE ALSO SCRATCH FREE AS SHE HAS NEVER BEEN LAID DOWN/DROPED.

More from the seller:
THE BIKE STARTS, RUNS, RIDES, AND LOOKS LIKE IT JUST ROLLED OFF THE SHOWROOM FLOOR IN 1983.

I HAVE BEEN RIDING, RACING, BUILDING, RESTORING, AND COLLECTING SPECIAL BIKES SINCE BEFORE GRADUATING FROM THE AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE INSTITUTE “AMI” IN DAYTONA BEACH IN 1980. THIS IS A REAL HEAD TURNER AND SO MUCH FUN TO RIDE SO BID HIGH AND DON’T MISS OUT. DON’T WORRY TELL YOUR WIFE THESE BIKES ONLY GO UP IN VALUE 10-20% PER YEAR AND SHE WILL LOVE THE BIKE TOO.

There’s a good reason why the ELR is the color of money. These bad boys of a bygone racing era are worth bank today. Parts are difficult to locate, and truly low-mileage original machines are coveted. To find a clean, original ELR today will set you back a significant sum, and that sum seems to be rising faster than the overall tide. These were rare machines in the day, and as time goes on that situation only becomes more so. The laws of Supply and Demand are pretty immutable; Kawasaki isn’t making any more of these, and there is a very limited supply of spares. These Lawson replicas are reaching the territory of the RC30 from a few years ago, and there is no reason to see that trend reversing. If you want in on the ELR craze, you’d better not wait much longer.

This particular specimen looks to be absolutely immaculate. We’ve seen this collector’s bikes before, and they all represent as the best of the best. And you’d have to figure he knows the ELR model, given that this collector currently owns four examples of the breed. With only 1,759 claimed miles and a boatload of NOS (read $$) parts on hand, this is as clean an example you are likely to see. And the price? Well it wouldn’t be the most expensive ask for an ELR that we have seen, and the market is certainly moving in this direction with no sign of slowing down. You could consider a good ELR about as blue chip as they come if you are speculating for the future (reference Bonhams, Mecum, etc). This bike is currently on eBay and you can check out all of the action here. Look closely, and then get in line to collect this homage to a legendary racer. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1983 Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica
Kawasaki September 18, 2017 posted by

One Complete, One in Pieces: Turbo’d 1975 Kawasaki KZ900 and 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000

Here’s a weird one. This seller in Oklahoma has two turbo’d Kawasaki Z bikes for sale in two separate auctions and in two very different states of disrepair. They wear identical paint schemes, and the seller says they come from the estate of a good friend.

1975 Kawasaki KZ900 Turbo for sale on eBay

The original owner bought the complete 1975 Kawasaki KZ900 brand-new and then added a Blake turbo kit and his own Turbo logo and paint job. The seller says the bike does not run, and the thick layer of dust and rat’s nest of wires poking from under the right side cover back that story up.

The same gentleman bought the 1977 KZ1000 to build what the seller calls “a real hot rod,” and it comes with an American Turbo Pak, among a vanload of other spares. It is unclear whether this project was complete before being disassembled, or if it never got off the ground in the first place. Either way, the ’77 will need a lot of love to be whole again.

As grubby and daunting as these two bikes are, they are from a unique, frenetic time in the evolution of sportbikes. They came at the end of America’s obsession with the muscle car, and before the collective interest had discovered corners. Though they are not as collectible as a factory-optioned Z1TC, they are a rare and incredible look into the not-so-distant past.

The auctions have little time left, but are no reserve, so the high bidder is taking home a full garage worth of intense, rewarding project.

From the eBay listings:

75:

NO RESERVE

I’m selling this on behalf of the widow of the one and only owner of this bike. Randy bought this Kawasaki Z1 brand new in 1975 and then added the Blake turbocharger and his own spin on the paint scheme. His old riding buddy has lots of stories about how fast the bike was. BUT, Randy then bought a second bike to build into a real hot rod. That bike is listed separately, partially disassembled, and comes with a large number of extra parts.It’s possible many of those parts will fit this bike, but they’re being sold right now with the 1977 KZ 1000 with the American Turbo-Pak. (See our other auction.) These bikes have been in his garage for years and are not in running condition. Sold as-is, where is.

Ideally the same bidder will win both auctions and keep this great collection of authentic hot rod Kawasaki history together.

77:
NO RESERVE

I’m selling this on behalf of the widow of the owner of this bike.  Randy bought a Kawasaki Z1 brand new in 1975 and then added a Blake turbocharger and his own spin on the paint scheme.  His old riding buddy has lots of stories about how fast the bike was.  BUT, Randy then bought a second bike (this one) to build into a real hot rod.  That bike is listed separately, partially disassembled, and comes with a LARGE NUMBER OF EXTRA PARTS.  It’s possible many of those parts will fit both bikes, but they’re being sold right now with this 1977 KZ 1000 with the American Turbo-Pak. (See our other auction for the 1976 Z1 with Blake turbocharger.)  These bikes have been in his garage for years and are not in running condition.  Sold as-is, where is.

Ideally the same bidder will win both auctions and keep this great collection of authentic hot rod Kawasaki history together.
There is just over a day left in the bidding for these insane machines, so click through and make your play, if you dare.
One Complete, One in Pieces: Turbo’d 1975 Kawasaki KZ900 and 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000
Kawasaki March 3, 2017 posted by

Superbike Daddy: 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R

I know that for many of our readers, RSBFS is all about the import smokers. And while we do love our grey-market popcorn poppers, variety is – as they say – the spice of life. Two-strokes did not always dominate the sport bike scene, as evidenced by today’s example of what ruled the streets in 1978. Our younger readers will be forgiven if this simply looks like a Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) from the period, but two-wheeled transport circa pre-1980 was a relatively simple affair. Air cooled, carburetor-fed Japanese multis were the hot ticket, and cubic centimeters made the world go ’round. Throughout the 1970s, the Big Four traded blows with big bikes, and the Kawasaki Z1-R (1978-1980) could go toe to toe with the best on the road.

1978 Kawasaki Z1-R for sale on eBay

Owing more to the KZ lineup than the original Z1 design, the Z1-R is pretty typical of this era: big motor (1,015cc over square inline four), tubular steel frame, simple un-adjustable front forks and twin shocks. Novelty items include the bikini fairing (variations to make a reappearance on the ELR model as well as early GPzs), four-into-one exhaust, low maintenance cast wheels, and triple disk brakes. Expect about 90 HP off the showroom floor, in a package tipping the scales at over 540 lbs. With a top speed in the 130s, the Z1-R was a powerhouse with subtle intent. In all, this was an evolutionary move by Kawasaki; the revolution would have to wait until 1984 and the introduction of the 900 Ninja.

From the seller:
OWNED THIS BIKE SINCE 1992 (SECOND OWNER),HAVE ALL THE SERVICE WORK RECORDS I HAVE DONE TO BIKE.VERY CLEAN & RUN STRONG. IT IS A TURN KEY BIKE. GARAGE KEPT. 33284 ACTUAL MILES.

There is nothing *particularly* special or rare about the Z1-R line, save for the fact that they didn’t speed off the showroom floors at a sufficient rate. Not even bolting on a turbo and creating the first of the factory blower bikes could help move these models. As a result, staring down the barrel of a 40th birthday, not many of these exist in great condition. Laws of supply and demand govern all, and I would expect to see good examples fetching more over the coming years. This will not likely appreciate in the same manner of a RC30 or truly rare and iconic model, but it should fare respectably given the lower price of entry.

This well-loved Z1-R is located in Oklahoma. The seller claims to be the second owner, which helps explain the condition. There have been some minor, non-destructive mods which should lower maintenance and improve the riding experience, and the seller will include the original parts. This bike is listed with a BIN of $12,500 – a number that some may scoff at. It does appear a bit high for the model. But the challenge would be to find another in this level of condition. I’m sure there is some emotional equity included in that number by the seller – but can you blame him? Check it out here, and share your thoughts. Would you take this, or hold out for an ELR or early model GPz? Let us know!

MI

Superbike Daddy: 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R
Kawasaki October 27, 2015 posted by

A Look Back at A Look Back – 1993 Kawasaki ZR-1100

In the early 1990’s, Kawasaki had a nostalgic feeling for the 70’s, when the ground-pounding Z-1 ruled the tar pits.  Standard bikes ( now called naked ) had a short-lived resurgence in the 550, 750 and 1100 cc models, with a 400 cc Japan-only variant.  An editor at Sport Rider went through an orange/burgundy 1100 from stem to stern, blueprinting and releasing captive performance as he went.  20-plus years on and again available, this ZR-1100 is a super-quick trip back to the future.

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1993 Kawasaki ZR-1100 for sale on eBay

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Starting with the DOHC but 2-valve 1100, 1 mm was milled from the cylinder head, increasing the compression ratio to 10.5 to 1.  This led to a flurry of hot-rodding with slightly larger carburettors, ported and polished valve head, re-ground cams, and Kerker exhaust.  Unfortunately, they did not publish dyno results, but an epilogue to the build tells of the engine being bored and sleeved to 1197 cc and claimed 113 horses with a more restrictive Motad exhaust.  Handling was also addressed with a comprehensive rebuilding of the forks and Works Performance shocks in back.  As with any hot rod, a wider rear tire was desired, so the wheel was widened 1″ by a San Francisco specialist.

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20151026 1993 kawasaki zr-1100 binnacle

The proud owner has included the article from Sport Rider magazine, and says in the eBay auction:

This amazing bike has a cool history. At one time this was part of a private collection/bike museum in Nashville TN. As you will see in the photos this model was featured in Sport Rider magazine. Please refer to the articles for all the details. The last one that you see has all the info about the upgrades that were done to this bike. 

Motorcycles are supposed to be fun and this one simply oozes with it! A joy to the eye and a thrill to ride. A labor of love, this bike represents countless hours expended by many skilled craftsmen. Over $10,000 were also spent on the enhancements alone to this rare and unique piece. A truly collectible bike, it is open for bids to the discriminating buyer. Don’t miss your chance to own this piece of history.

It has been well cared for and loved. The tires are newer as well as the battery. Everything works and it runs perfect. Video available for interested buyers.

Included extras: Custom Corbin Jump seat. Matching helmet.

20151026 1993 kawasaki zr-1100right front wheel

20151026 1993 kawasaki zr-1100 right seat

Looking fabulous, this retro-rocket is ready for the boulevard.  Heavy and challenging to aim, nice chrome though, including the full exhaust and very 1973 front fender.  K&N filters are good for freeing up the intake and look cool.  There appear be two Corbin seats, one with ZR embroidery and one with passenger backrest, a good thing with all that torque.  An Arai helmet with coordinated adult graphics is part of the deal, too.  For the price of a stock creampuff you could have a professionally customized bike.  Known as the Zephyr in some markets until Ford’s copyright lawyers got wind of it, the ZR-1100 is a better name.  Calling it the Zephyr would be just too retro…

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-donn

A Look Back at A Look Back – 1993 Kawasaki ZR-1100
Kawasaki April 4, 2015 posted by

She Sells Sanctuary: 1975 Kawasaki Z1 Streetfighter for Sale

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Front

This isn’t something we’d normally feature here on RSBFS, but given the effort that went into this restomod Kawasaki Z1 and the performance that’s likely on tap, it seemed like a fun bike to share.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod L Front

Keep in mind: “musclebike” and “sportbike” are general terms at best, not a specific category of motorcycle. And remember, they raced “superbikes” that looked a whole lot like this one on tracks throughout the 1970’s. On the road, where slow in, fast out is the name of the game, I’d bet a bike like this one would give most “genuine” sportbikes a real run for their money.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Rear

Based around Kawasaki’s beastly Z1 that dominated the roads of the mid to late 1970’s, much of the customization that’s gone into this one seems intended to address the original bike’s glaring weakness: a flexible frame that made serious cornering pretty much out of the question.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod Dash

There’s plenty more detail regarding the build and seemingly every part that went into it over at the original eBay listing: 1975 Kawasaki Z1 900 Restomod Streetfighter

I built this bike to mimic a Sanctuary built streetfighter from Japan. I built it as though I were going to ride and enjoy it. The stock Z1s are cool, but they are flexi fliers. I wanted a bike that would handle like a modern bike, but still have the look and feel of the original Z1. I started with a 75 Z1 900 and a 2000 ZRX1100 then added time and money. Having completed the bike, I now realize that I really enjoy building these bikes. So I thought, if somebody were interested in this bike at a good price, I’d let it go and build another.

This is a matching numbers 1975 Z1 with updated suspension, wheels and brakes.

Frame: stock Z1 frame modified with gussets to minimize flex, rear shocks cantilevered.

Forks: KYB 43mm, 2000 ZRX1100.

Electrical, all new harnesses including a hybrid electrical system. This hybrid system has modern relays and uses modern fuses, 5 of them. The system includes electronic ignition and a voltage regulator/rectifier combo. The goal was to provide a dependable electrical system for years to come.

Engine: Fresh built, less than 50 miles. Transmission, shift forks, cylinder head, cylinders and crankshaft are from a pristine low mileage 1978 KZ1000(11K miles). The internals were beautiful so I kept them aside for this project. The piston kit is an MTC 1076cc. Cylinders were bored to match by Joe Hooper at Pit Stop Performance. The cylinder head was worked by Joe at Pit Stop as well. The head has been completely rebuilt including fresh valve guides, seals, heavy duty springs. The valve train is standard over bucket shim. The cams are new Web Cams, 410 lift and they have been degreed per manufacturer’s specifications. To finish out the valve train, a new cam chain, guides, pillow blocks, and all 3 rollers were installed. The side covers are all powder coated flat black, the cases, cylinder and head are high temp gloss black. No broken fins or cracks, the best of the best on this motor.

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Rear

If you’re not familiar with “Sanctuary” as mentioned by the seller, pop onto Google and take a look. They’re based out of Japan and sell premium parts like titanium headers for Japanese bikes. Complete Sanctuary builds tend to be stunning distillations of the Japanese superbikes of the 1970’s and drip with titanium, carbon fiber, and exquisite detailing.

This guy may not quite achieve that level perfection, but you’re getting 90% of the finished product for 30% of the cost, and that seems like a pretty good deal for a bike you can ride to bike nights, rip around backroads, or even pack up with luggage and ride to the ends of the earth…

-tad

1975 Kawasaki Z1 Restomod R Side

She Sells Sanctuary: 1975 Kawasaki Z1 Streetfighter for Sale
Rickman June 23, 2011 posted by

Restored And Wanted: 1974 Rickman CR900

 Restored And Wanted: 1974 Rickman CR900

It looks like there are some anxious bidders out there in cyberspace waiting for this auction to end.  This beautifully restored 1974 Rickman has generated quite a bit of  interest and why shouldn’t it? Just look at the pics.

I’m generally a latest and greatest sort of guy but I think I’m in love.  I know it’s the details that make a good restoration but the photos point in the right direction.  That is a good shot of the Rickman nickel plated frame.

We’ve listed a couple Rickman CR’s in the not too distant past (here and here) but neither were, shall we say, as bright as this one.   Lets get a little history:

1974 Rickman with Kawasaki Z1 motor.  What is the hottest trend in Motorcycling today?  Cafe Racers!  This beauty is the Mother of all Cafe Racers.  It just does not get any cooler!

This bike has ben completely restored.  Every single nut, bolt and other items are like new.  The gauges have been rebuilt by Z-Resto.  The engine (Z1E –2447) has a fresh top end.  Switch gear is NOS.  NOS cables.  New Progressive Shocks.  New K & N filter pods.  NOS Kawasaki exhaust system. 

Rickmans were hand built in England.  They were much lighter and better handling than factory bikes.  They kicked ass in road racing.  All body work is perfect and painted the correct green as it left the factory.  All Rickman bikes have chrome moly frames with bronze welds.  All Rickman bikes have nickel plated frames.  This frame is freshly nickel plated.  New windshield.  Very rare Borrani hubs and wheels.  New Pirelli Sport Demon tires.  Bike has only been run to insure no flaws or problems. 

There is not a single flaw on this bike.  It is not often you can say perfect but this bike is perfect!  10 plus condition.  Very rare and beautiful.  Draw a big crowd where ever you ride it or put it in the middle of your collection.  Includes many magazine articles from the era, Rickman assembly instructions and parts catalogue.  Also includes a complete and new set of chain adjuster discs.

Extra style points for the seller matching the color of his text to the bike.  Since the bike is obviously in mint condition, the only conern for a buyer is if the restoration if up to snuff.  When you get into high dollar bikes people will get picky and rightfully so.  Sometimes “restoration” means different things to different people.  My guess is some $$$ was spent on this one.

 

Pretty from front to back, top to bottom. 

 

Of course chicks dig Rickmans!  Check out this link for some nice pics of Rickmans from a thread on the Kawasaki Forum.  They are  quite a few lovingly cared for Rickmans out there.  This example is quickly approaching $10,000 with a few days remaining in the auction.   If the pictures won you over you can place a bid for this one here

Ian

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale May 8, 2011 posted by

What’s New at ClassicSportBikesForSale.com

Here are the latest bikes posted over at our sister site, ClassicSportBikesForSale.com, where we feature 25+ year old sporting motorcycles. Got an interesting classic for sale? Email me!

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