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.

closeup of Kawasaki Z1-R twin cam engine
The Z1-R’s twin-cam engine is the same as the original Z1 from 1972, just bored out from 903cc to 1,016cc.
Photo by Robert Smith