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.

parked Kawasaki Z1-R, left profile
Kawasaki used the ice-blue metallic paint only for the 1978 model year. There was no 1979 model, and the reintroduced 1980 model was available only in black.
Photo by Robert Smith