1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC: Turbo Power

Before the 1980s turbo wars came the 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC, the first production turbocharged motorcycle of them all.

1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC
The appeal of turbo power launched a brace of unlikely motorcycles, as well, including the Honda CX500/650 Turbo, the Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo, the Yamaha XJ650 Seca Turbo and Suzuki’s XN85. Almost forgotten in the rush was the first turbo bike, the 1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC.
Photo By Corey Levenson