A legend was born in 1972 with the release of the model that started it all, the Kawasaki Z1. Featuring advanced
During development its code name was New York Steak. The letter Z was chosen because as the last letter of the alphabet it represented the most extreme, and the 1 stood for number one in the world.
The Z1 was the first mass-produced sports bike to feature a DOHC, 4-cylinder engine – technology found only on factory racing machines or limited production sports bikes. Displacing 903 cc, the Z1 was not only the fastest production motorcycle of its era, its reliability and durability were equally impressive.
The Z1 became a huge sales success in its target market of North America and also in
Thus began the legend of the Z – a legend that continues to this day.
Fast forward 40 years and on the back of more successful Kawasaki Z models including the 1977 Z1-R, 1978 Z1300 and 1982 Z1000R, Kawasaki releases the 2012 Z1000 ABS. Introduced in 2010, the current incarnation of the Z model takes the Super-Naked concept even further.
Extremely proud of its Z brand, it is with great pleasure that
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