Saturday, August 09, 2008

Old school muscle: Kawasaki Z1300


This 1984 Kaw Z1300 looks the way it should - brutal!

Found this 1984 Kawasaki Z1300 on MCN. Fitted with a 1286cc six-cylinder engine, the Z1300 is a relatively rare motorcycle today. Launched in 1979, the bike weighed nearly 300 kilos, so the 120 horsepower and 116Nm of torque that the engine made were just about adequate for the machine.

According to some road test reports of the early 1980s, the Kawasaki Z1300 would do the standing quarter-mile (400m) in 12.1 seconds, and hit a top speed of 225km/h. With a less than robust chassis and very ordinary suspension, the bike’s handling was said to be terrible. But, of course, owning one had to be all about having a bike with a six-cylinder engine…

The Z1300 you see here has been heavily modified by the owner – ZZR1100 front end, JMC swingarm, modified rear wheel (to allow the fitment of modern, 180-section rubber), Ducati 916 tail unit, Ohlins rear shocks, GSX-R1100 front mudguard, adjustable fuel injection pressure regulator, custom-built six-into-two stainless steel exhaust system and keyless ignition. Brutal, eh…

More Z1300 resources:
Real Classic: Z1300 road test
UK Z1300 riders club official website

Also see:
Allen Millyard's 2300cc V12-powered Kawasaki!
Supercharged Kawasaki ZRX1200...
Gary Nixon's Kawasaki ZX-RR ride...
Kawasaki ZZR1100 vs ZZR1400
Muzzy Kawasaki Raptor 850. Holy Kaw!
Kawasaki ZRX1100 Turbo...
Bandito: Hannigan Motorsports’ Kawasaki ZX-14 sidecar...
Kawasaki ZX-9R-based ZX-RR MotoGP replica...

External links:
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