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1973 Kawasaki Z-1


1973 Kawasaki Z-1 Pictures
All Kawasaki Z-1s came from the factory in a brown-and-orange color scheme.
All Kawasaki Z-1s came from the factory in a brown-and-orange color scheme.

The 1973 Kawasaki Z-1 was notable for its high horsepower and state-of-the-art engine, but the chassis wasn't up to the powerplant's standards.

The Z-1's double-overhead-cam engine produced 82 horsepower, 15 more than Honda's rival four.
The Z-1's double-overhead-cam engine produced 82 horsepower, 15 more than Honda's rival four.
The Z-1's tachometer, on the right, shows a 9000-rpm redline, considered stratospheric for an early-1970s street bike.
The Z-1's tachometer, on the right, shows a 9000-rpm redline, considered stratospheric for an early-1970s street bike.
The Z-1's advanced 900-cc twin-cam four was more docile and forgiving than Kawasaki's earlier two-stroke engines.
The Z-1's advanced 900-cc twin-cam four was more docile and forgiving than Kawasaki's earlier two-stroke engines.

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