Does Anyone Need a 1979 Kawasaki Z1R TC?

John Burns
by John Burns

No one does, really, but here’s a nice one for sale just in case. From the ad: Modern turbos are refined and smooth, giving us engines with durability, increased power when you need it and good gas mileage when you don’t, all with minimal lag. These characteristics are largely the result of modern fuel injection systems and the electronics that control them. Both of which are missing here.

The rest of the ad, which is actually 1.5 years old, is over here on, and is really a pretty fun read: Lots of sportbikes, even vintage sportbikes do many things well: handling is almost always part of the package. Many are very fast, some are reliable, and a few will even take you on long journeys in relative comfort. The Kawasaki Z1R TC does only one of these things, but it does so with such enthusiasm that it’s hard not to give it a pass on the others…

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  • Kid Thunder Kid Thunder on Dec 29, 2017

    That was an even more special Z1R TC. It had the "Molly" paint job.I still remember the day I walked to the dealership I bought my 75 Z1 at to see this one on the floor! I wanted it badly but alas, not enough money in my account. THat was the only one he got with that paint. Kawasaki of Rhode Island was the dealer. One of the 1st Kawasaki dealer in New England. He had a two digget dealer #!!!!

  • Jeff benson Jeff benson on Dec 31, 2017

    Hitting the boost while turning must have been a real experience on those old turbos.