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1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R


1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R Pictures
The Kawasaki KZ1000R wore the company's distinctive green racing colors.
The Kawasaki KZ1000R wore the company's distinctive green racing colors.

The 1982 Kawasaki KZ1000R was a fine example of an early-1980s Japanese superbike. "Kerker" on its fuel tank recognized the bike's standard four-into-one Kerker exhaust header.

The KZ1000R's instrument panel was familiar to Kawasaki fans.
The KZ1000R's instrument panel was familiar to Kawasaki fans.
Kawasaki's 1015-cc double-overhead-cam four revved happily to 9000 rpm.
Kawasaki's 1015-cc double-overhead-cam four revved happily to 9000 rpm.
Suspension of the KZ1000R included gold-painted "piggyback" reservoir rear shocks.
Suspension of the KZ1000R included gold-painted "piggyback" reservoir rear shocks.
A decal on the tank reminded riders of Kawasaki's racing victories.
A decal on the tank reminded riders of Kawasaki's racing victories.

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