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Found on eBay: 1974 Kawasaki Z1

by Landon Hall


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Though this blog often includes a variety of bikes in a variety of conditions, we love to see an original bike for sale that someone has really taken care of. Today that's exactly what we've found: a 1974 Kawasaki Z1 that's ready for a new home and needs next to nothing.

The seller claims that this is one of the nicest unrestored Z1s you will ever see. That's always hard to determine from photos alone, but what we are sure of is this is one very nice Z1, and though he's sure to point out that it's not show quality, we'll take stock and original over perfect anyday. The seller, who says he's the second owner, has added new tires, battery, fuel lines, fuel filter, breather lines, rear shocks, spark plutgs, oil and filter. It also comes with a new set of grips, and still wears the originals, though they are missing a few fins.

Though it sounds as though the exhaust system is not original to this bike, it is correct for the bike and in fine condition, having come off another Z1 will less than 800 miles on it.

We think any reader would be proud and happy to own this fine example of one of Kawasaki's most important machines.

 

To see our story on the Kawasaki Z1, go here. 

To see the auction for this gorgeous 1974 Kawasaki Z1, go here. 

brian gander_2
3/5/2010 9:14:55 AM

I also bought a 1977 GS 400 from the same bike shop for $1300 Canadian with 13000 original miles on it.The bike was owned by a lady who bought it new in 77 and used it around town and to ride her kid to scool and back.When her son fot older she parked it in a heated garage and there it sat until 2004 when she consigned it to the bike shop and I got it.It was blinged up with fairing,back rack and crash gaurds which I removed.The thing that Suzuki did with these two bike was unique to them and put the GSs ahead of the other bikes in this class and that was they made the bore on the 400 and the 750 the same.They were the only 400 6 speed class bike that you could buy a big bore kit for as some companies offered a half kit(half a 750 kit).This put Suzuki ahead of Honda and Kow and Yamy in the 400 class bike and made it more then just a comuter,it made the 400 and 750 very disierable hot rods,and they still are.To ask $9000 dolars for a Z1 is just wrong when you can get a Bny or a camando for less and the larter is a truely good handling bike.I don't see the hipe for the Z1s.I've riden the and am not impressed at all.The Suzuki inovations by far out weigh the Kow,like bearing swing arms,strong frames and bullet proof motors.I know,I know the GS was modled from the Z1 motor but they took it much further(the busa)it took Kow over 10 years to catch up.


brian gander_2
3/5/2010 8:51:40 AM

My first coment didn't get through so I'll send it again.I was saying that although this is a nice bike it is gossly over priced.To be worth $9000 it better be in show condition and much more.These bikes were popular when they came out but were way over rated.They didn't hand very good and Kow could have fixed this with a better frame but chose not to.I purchased a 1979 Suzuki GS705E with 12000 and change Kilos(7000 miles) in all original condition(pipes,gripes and all.And I meen all original(not parts from another bike.This bike was a true servivor.I ride the bike daily and put 5000 plus miles on it last season.Unfortunatly I was T-Boned by a Chevy last July and had to replace some parts,as GS parts are hard to find I had to repace some with after market parts so it's origal status has been compromized but the bike is still the best handleing bike I've riden(and I've riden plenty as I bought my first bike in 1967,a 1949 98cc James.)I've riden the Z1s and find them just a little dangerous.I purchased this bike from a bike shop in Niagara Falls Ontario(Eagles Nest)for $1500 Canadian saftied and am the second owner.In 1976 when the GS first came out it was the fastest Jap bike on the road and is still a top handling bike even by todays standards.Although I read your mag and run to the stand to get it when it comes out I am disapointed that you have ignored this truely great bike.


brian gander_2
3/5/2010 8:50:09 AM

My first coment didn't get through so I'll send it again.I was saying that although this is a nice bike it is gossly over priced.To be worth $9000 it better be in show condition and much more.These bikes were popular when they came out but were way over rated.They didn't hand very good and Kow could have fixed this with a better frame but chose not to.I purchased a 1979 Suzuki GS705E with 12000 and change Kilos(7000 miles) in all original condition(pipes,gripes and all.And I meen all original(not parts from another bike.This bike was a true servivor.I ride the bike daily and put 5000 plus miles on it last season.Unfortunatly I was T-Boned by a Chevy last July and had to replace some parts,as GS parts are hard to find I had to repace some with after market parts so it's origal status has been compromized but the bike is still the best handleing bike I've riden(and I've riden plenty as I bought my first bike in 1967,a 1949 98cc James.)I've riden the Z1s and find them just a little dangerous.I purchased this bike from a bike shop in Niagara Falls Ontario(Eagles Nest)for $1500 Canadian saftied and am the second owner.In 1976 when the GS first came out it was the fastest Jap bike on the road and is still a top handling bike even by todays standards.Although I read your mag and run to the stand to get it when it comes out I am disapointed that you have ignored this truely great bike.


brian gander_2
3/5/2010 8:25:25 AM

I don't remember if I said the price of the GS750E but it was $1500 Canadian saftied.


brian gander_3
3/5/2010 8:23:02 AM

I don't remember if I said the price of the GS750E but it was $1500 Canadian saftied.