Friday, 9 February 2018

Kawasaki Z1

Kawasaki Z1

The Kawasaki Z1 was nick-named the 'King' ... which kind of says it all!  Suffice it to say, it was well-received, on its release, in 1973.  Bikers had been force-fed a diet of old technology for years - usually due to lackadaisical management.  All that was blown away by the Oriental invasion.  When the Japanese bikes disembarked at the Isle of Man, 'Brit bikes' were dead in the water.  Those TT victories presaged the future.  With the ZI roadster, it arrived!

The Z1's twin-camshaft, four-cylinder engine left its rivals gasping for air.  The ageing 'thumpers', twins and triples simply could not compete.  The Z1 took cycle parts, too, to a new level.  The King came, saw, and conquered!  Before long, the British bike industry was a mere memory.

The Z1 heralded Kawasaki's iconic Z-series.  Hail the Japanese superbike!  Never again would bikers settle for second- best.  From then on, high performance and sharp handling came as standard.  A bike was powerful, and stylish - or it was nowhere!  The Kawasaki Z1 had secured its place in motorcycling history.  As for Brit bikes ... the king was dead, long live the King!

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