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.

Kawasaki Boost TC Right View
“Off boost, it runs like a Z1R,” Mark says. “Below 4,000-5,000rpm it rides like a nice strong 1,000cc bike. The difference comes when you spin it up and it reaches six grand, and then it’s like whoaaaa! It just becomes a completely different kind of animal.”
Photo By Corey Levenson