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1978 Kawasaki Z1-R and Z1-R TC


1978 Kawasaki Z1-R and Z1-R TC Pictures
The 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R was the first motorcycle with a factory-installed four-into-one exhaust-header system.
The 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R was the first motorcycle with a factory-installed four-into-one exhaust-header system.

The 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R was the first street bike to turn sub-12-second quarter-miles, and with an aftermarket turbo kit installed, became the even-quicker version dubbed the Kawasaki Z1-R TC.

The Z1-R's instrument panel was integrated nicely with the
The Z1-R's instrument panel was integrated nicely with the
An aftermarket turbo kit turned the Z1-R into a Z1-R TC, the quickest bike of its day.
An aftermarket turbo kit turned the Z1-R into a Z1-R TC, the quickest bike of its day.
Extensive exhaust plumbing was required to route gases to the TC's turbo.
Extensive exhaust plumbing was required to route gases to the TC's turbo.
A boost gauge helped keep tabs on internal pressures.
A boost gauge helped keep tabs on internal pressures.

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