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 Right Side
For the first batch of 250 or so Z1R Turbos, TCC simply replaced the header pipes with a new cylindrical exhaust collector (known to TC fans as “the log”) to feed the ATP turbo unit, added an adjustable wastegate, installed a new open exhaust to eliminate back-pressure in the turbo and added a boost gauge to the dashboard.
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