Kawasaki

Kawasaki H2 750 Road Test

Mad as a junkyard dog First of all came the light switch power delivery of the 500cc Kawasaki H1 of 1969, then common sense prevailed and things calmed down considerably. Engines grew in capacity, and became tamer too, but still…

 

Kawasaki Z650 Road Test

When all around were developing large capacity sports machines, Kawasaki had a different take on the job. The Z650 proved a popular and cheap way to get a high performing motorcycle, it also spawned the air-cooled middleweights of the change…

 

Kawasaki Z1000 Special

Biking specials cover a multitude of ideas, with a mixed bag of end results, but Brian Foord’s creation is among the very best. Looking every bit like something that rolled off the end of a Kawasaki production line, this Z1000…

 

Kawasaki Z1R Restoration

Z and the art of motorcycle maintenance The Z1R was suppose to be the pinnacle of late 70’s Superbike design, but wasn’t the raving success Kawasaki had hoped for. Nowadays stumbling across one is an unlikely event but occasionally one…

 

Kawasaki KH400 Restoration

Triple treat or Two is company, Three is a kwak The Kawasaki series of triples lived on throughout the 70’s as the most stylish of all the periods strokers. These days restoring one isn’t getting any easier but the results…

 

Kawasaki H1 Special

Damien the Kawasaki H1 plus 1 – “Not stock and four smoking barrels” At first glance, Roger Ramm’s machine is just another nice 70s bike, albeit well put together and very well maintained. Many will have passed by without giving…

 

Z1 Moriwaki Kawasaki

Gordon Clive Pantall started racing in 1964 at nearby Aberdare Park although it wasn’t the best of starts as the young welsh rider crashed in his first event. The bug had bitten hard however and Gordon quickly got to grips with staying on and aiming for the front.

 

Kawasaki KR500

Kawasaki has had a fleeting romance with premier class of GP racing over the last thirty odd years or so, first of all during the early seventies with Dave Simmons and Ginger Malloy on the air-cooled, roadster based triples and then with a full on radical design for a short period during the turn of the eighties before returning in more recent times with a four stroke Moto GP machine.

 

Foale Z1 Kawasaki

Riding the Foale framed machine back to back with the virtually standard chassis race bike was quite an eye opener. The same day of this test I had also thoroughly enjoyed punting a relatively standard Z1 around the fast and challenging Mallory Park circuit and treated its foibles as simply the way seventies bikes went about their job.