My Kawasaki B8

After reading the November/December 2014 issue of Motorcycle Classics, owner Mark Supley reminisces about the Kawasaki B8 from his younger years.

Kawasaki KZ750 Advice

Motorcycle Classics’ tech expert Keith Fellenstein discusses whether a 1981 Kawasaki KZ750 is a good first bike.

Retro Redux: Steve McQueen Bonneville Tribute Headlines IMS New York Show

Ton up boys and Ace Café men welcomed Triumph’s highly-anticipated Steve McQueen Bonneville Tribute at Progressive’s New York International Motorcycle Show. Paying homage to the legendary actor and racer who helped cement Triumph’s status as a cultural icon, Triumph will be offering just 300 units for sale in the U.S. when it hits the market in June.

The Kawasaki KZ1300

Weighing in at an astounding 710 pounds, the Kawasaki KZ1300 was a heavyweight 6-cylinder motorcycle.

Vetter/Pridmore Kawasaki KZ1000 Replica

Vintage race bike enthusiast Mike DiSabatino hires Thad Wolff to construct a replica of the Vetter/Pridmore Kawasaki KZ1000 in honor of Reg Pridmore and the early days of Superbike racing.   

Found on eBay: 1979 Kawasaki KZ1300

This restored 1979 Kawasaki KZ1300 has just under 36,000 miles and looks to be in prime shape for many more. 1979 was the first production year for the KZ1300, and the auction states that the previous owner of this bike spent several thousand dollars performing a fraome-off chassis and engine restoration.  

Kawasaki Carburetor Problems

Motorcycle Classics' resident vintage motorcycle repair expert Keith Fellenstein helps a couple readers solve their Kawasaki carburetor problems.

Found on eBay: 1969 Kawasaki W2 650

Rarely seen and even more rare to find for sale, this 1969 Kawasaki W2 would make an interesting and unusual project perfect for a winter restoration.  

1970 Kawasaki H1 Mach III

Kawasaki H1 motorcycles are revered today as the fastest, most powerful and most out-of-control motorcycle of its day.

Found on eBay: 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 project bike

Winter is coming quickly, which means less riding, but more time for wrenching. Do you have a winter project lined up? If not, we've got a bike for you. This 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 comes to us from, and it's ready for a little winter work.  

1982 Kawasaki GPz 750

The boys at Kawasaki knew a sporty image sold bikes, and the new for 1982 Kawasaki GPz 750 showed just how sporty a Kawasaki motorcycle could be. It marked the last — and probably the best — of Kawasaki’s air-cooled 750s.

Found on eBay: 1979 Kawasaki KZ1000 MKII

We run into a lot of great classic Hondas and BMWs when searching eBay, but this week our favorite listing is a lovingly-maintained Kawasaki KZ1000 MKII. With just a little over 24,000 original miles, it's had the care a good bike deserves, and it's ready for a new owner.

Found on eBay: 1974 Kawasaki Z1

Though this blog often includes a variety of bikes in a variety of conditions, we love to see an original bike for sale that someone has really taken care of. Today that's exactly what we've found: a 1974 Kawasaki Z1 that's ready for a new home and needs next to nothing.

Found on eBay: 1984 Kawasaki GPz550

Ready for riding, here's a bike to make you yearn for spring: a slick 1984 Kawasaki GPz550, complete with period aftermarket fairing panels and in lovely condition.

Kawasaki Z1-R: Into the R Zone

The Kawasaki Z1-R carried on the Superbike standard set by the earlier Z1: blazing performance, skittish handling. Originally published as "Kawaskai Z1-R" in the November/December 2009 issue of Motorcycle Classics Magazine.  

Found on eBay: 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000

Around here we like café racers, restored bikes, original bikes, customs, bobbers and sometimes even bikes that don't fit nicely into any one category — like this 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000.

1974 Kawasaki H1

The Kawasaki H1 was introduced in late 1968. The Sixties were in full swing, and dizzying changes in art, music and politics were taking place. Motorcycles were changing, as well.

Found on eBay: 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 LTD

This week's eBay find is a 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 LTD, a one-year-only version of the KZ900. According to The Standard Catalog of Japanese Motorcycles, the LTD was more of a cruiser than the standard KZ900, and it featured a Jardine four-into-two exhaust, speacial paint and a  more deeply countoured seat.

Found on eBay: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550

Kawasaki has made a wide variety of motorcycles over the years. Last week we featured a 1973 Kawasaki H2 750, a fun (if slightly impractical) bike we've always loved. So, another week, and another Kawasaki, but this time one that's just as happy carving canyons as it is carrying groceries on its handy luggage rack -- a 1981 Kawasaki GPz550.

Found on eBay: 1973 Kawasaki H2 750

Sometimes it's good to be practical, logical even. A nice standard style motorcycle, or even a good dual-sport bike, can serve many purposes from commuting to riding curvy roads on a Sunday morning to light touring. A nice two-stroke, 750cc Kawasaki H2, however, isn't really great for any of these purposes. We want one anyway.

Kawasaki KZ750

If ever a machine was worthy of Under the Radar status, it’s the big twin Kawasaki KZ750.

Found on eBay: 1975 Kawasaki S3

Got the urge for something different? We've always been big fans of Kawasaki's two-stroke triples, and the smaller 400cc S3 is one of the more unusual of the bunch.

Turbo Wars: Kawasaki ZX750E1 vs. Yamaha XJ650LJ

In life we’re faced with choices: republican or democrat, blond or brunette, paper or plastic? Shopping for a new motorcycle in the early 1980s, you also had to choose between normally aspirated or turbo models.

Found on eBay: 1978 Kawasaki Z1R

This week's eBay searching had its highlights, and one of the coolest bikes we came across was this sweet 1978 Kawasaki Z1R.

1978-1981 Kawasaki KZ650SR

Call it the semi-chopper, or maybe the almost-custom. No matter how you slice it, Kawasaki's KZ650SR was, in many respects, little more than a mildly-altered KZ650. And, believe it or not, that's what made it great.

Kawasaki W2TT Commander

The Kawasaki W2TT Commander helped set the stage for Kawasaki's motorcycle success

Kawasaki GPz550

The Kawasaki GPz550 set the standard for middleweight sport bikes of the early Eighties

Kawasaki H2 Mach IV

Fast, loud, rude and a little unstable, the Kawasaki H2 Mach IV was a rebel in its time. Today it’s a prized motoring heirloom.