1978 Kawasaki Z1R-TC Turbo

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The Kawasaki Z1R-TC holds the distinction of being the first of what would become a rash of turbocharged Japanese motorcycles in the late ’70s and ’80s. It was an era that would see almost everything get a turbocharger attached, oftentimes resulting in turbo lag so bad it could only be measured in the geologic time…

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A Brief History of the Kawasaki KLR650

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The Kawasaki KLR650 was such a good multi-purpose motorcycle that it was used by the Marines and formed the basis for the US Marines M1030M1 motorcycle created by the folks at Hayes Diversified Technologies. The Kawasaki KLR650 is a bike that Kawasaki got right all the way back in 1987 and had no need for…

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Venier Customs Kawasaki KZ 1000

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The Kawasaki KZ 1000 was released in late 1976, and both the motoring public and the motorcycle media quickly realised that it was the new fastest production bike in the world. Kawasaki built the K1000 as an evolution of the KZ 900, which itself was an evolution of the original big inline-4 Kawasaki – the…

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Kawasaki W650 Superrench by Angry Lane

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Angry Lane is a custom motorcycle workshop and apparel label based out of Hong Kong, surprisingly there are very few custom bike builders in the city – despite its proximity to Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia, which are all globally renowned for their customising prowess. Based in the warehouse district of Wong Chuk Hang, the…

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Kawasaki KZ200 Tracker

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The Kawasaki KZ200 is a motorcycle that was developed largely for the South East Asian market, with a particular focus on Indonesia. For a while back in the 1970s, the Indonesians had a law limiting motorcycle engine sizes to a maximum of 200cc and much of the region still tends to favour engine capacities in…

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Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV

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The Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV was introduced in 1972 to significant interest from both the leading motorcycle journalists and their readers, it was the first production motorcycle ever made that could hit a 12.0 second flat quarter mile and it’s considered by some to be the catalyst for the downfall of the British motorcycle…

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Kawasaki W650 by Motovida

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The Kawasaki W650 is a motorcycle that quickly earned itself a place amongst the modern breed of retro motorcycles with 21st-century engineering – a genre that has consistently out-performed manufacturer’s expectations since it began in the late 1990s. The similarity between the Kawasaki W650 and the Triumphs of the late ’60s is no mistake, in…

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Kawasaki Z1

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The Kawasaki Z1 is an extraordinary machine that very nearly never made it into production, Kawasaki was famous for their fire-breathing 2-strokes in the 1960s but in order to diversify it was decided that a big 4-stroke would be built. In 1968 the engineers began work on an entirely new inline 4 cylinder, air-cooled engine…

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