Remembering a 1973 Kawasaki Z-1

A reader shares the 1973 Kawasaki Z-1 he bought while on leave from the Army and regrets letting go.

by Ray Womack

The bike I wish I’d never sold? My 1973 Kawasaki Z-1. I bought it used in July 1978 while on leave from the Army. I rode it for those 30 days, then parked it and went back to Germany for 15 months. I retrieved it in September 1979 and rode the heck out of it for a few years, then sold it off and bought a Z-1R. Here’s a photo with my 1975 Yamaha RD350 in the background. I bought it new in June 1976, shortly after high school graduation. I wish I still had it, too.

Ray Womack/St. Louis, Missouri

Published on Aug 9, 2019

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