This was the first bike fully manufactured by, and named “Kawasaki.” Durable and cheap, the 125cc 2-stroke that powered it revved to 8,000 rpm and made 8 horsepower. Kawasaki used its aircraft know-how to build that engine, which is reflected in its tank badge.

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  • Starmag

    For anyone who’s done much of it, move is a four letter word.

    Cook an early influence. Old Blue, getting the Japanese to allow comparos, getting thrown off an H2 on Mulholland to demonstrate it’s handling “issues” to Kawasaki, Sportster dragster, etc.

    That Z-1 is still beautiful.

    Revenge for never getting a GPZ1100 was buying a red ZRX.

    I never saw an eccentric front axle before. Admirable experimentation.

    As for those calipers, before there were mono-blocks, there were just blocks.

  • Jon Jones

    Great stuff!

  • gunny 2shoes

    thanks for that, i saw 3 of mine in there. time to buy another.

  • Tony Nicosia

    I WAS ABLE WITH HELP OF K. M. C . & THE # ONE P. R MAN FOR KAWASAKI K M C , MR.PAUL COLLINS I SET 70 WORLD & NATIONAL & 6 BONNEVILLE WORLD LAND SPEED RECORDS ON THE KAWASAKI H – 1 500 MACH 111 . PLUS 48 WORLD & NATIONAL RECORDS ON THE H -2 750 MACH IV & 1 BONNEVILLE WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD .FROM 1969 – 1972 .NO MOTORCYLCE COMPANY OR BIKE HAS MATCH THESE
    RECORD IN THE LAST 47 YEARS .OH YES I WON A FEW 100’S OF RACE IN THEM 3 YEARS

    • john burns

      very cool Mr. N!