Posts Tagged ‘Kawasaki’

1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 Dirt Drag Bike – 2013 HoAME Show

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You never know what you are going to find at the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiast Show, and in 2013 Clymer Manuals found this 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 based dirt drag racer.

Cross a drag bike with a flat tracker and you get this 1075cc, alcohol burning beast, which can get down the dirt quarter mile quicker than a stock bike would do it on the pavement. Since it only has to run for less than a minute at a time, the fuel tank goes in the name of weight savings, and a tiny amount of fuel is carried

Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport.… Read the rest

Mike Chris Glaze’s 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple – 2013 HoAME Winner Best Kawi

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Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Mike Chris Glaze’s 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV 750cc two-stroke triple. This classic Japanese motorcycle was on display at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts  Vintage Motorcycle Rally and won the Best Kawasaki award sponsored by the HoAME Club.

The Kawasaki H2 was the biggest and baddest of their line of two stroke triples, with a full 750cc of fury. When it came on the pipe, this smoker would put down nearly 75 horsepower – far more than its primitive brakes, suspension, or tires could control. You can only imagine the reputation this bike had, if the smaller 500cc version was already known as a “widowmaker”.… Read the rest

Dale Keesecker’s 1974 Kawasaki Z1 Walk Around – HoAME 2013 Show Best 70s Superbike Winner

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Clymer On the Road visited the 22th Annual Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts (HoAME) Vintage Motorcycle Rally/Show and got a close up look at the 1974 Kawasaki Z1 900cc superbike of Dale Keesecker. This bike took home the 2013 trophy for Best 1970s Superbike, presented by Clymer Manuals. You can be sure he used one of our Kawasaki Z1, KZ900 & KZ1000 manuals or else our Vintage Japanese Street Bike Collection manual to get it just right.

Hitting the market just 3 years after the Honda CB750 four blew away the American and European competition, the Kawasaki, code named “New York Steak”, made even that bike look slow.… Read the rest

1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R Superbike – 2013 HoAME Show

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Clymer Manuals brings you a quick walk around one of the earliest Japanese superbikes to come from the factory with a fairing, as seen at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Show in Kansas City, MO. The 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1R, shown here wearing Japanese market Z1R badgeing, was an attempt to make the big green Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) from Kawasaki more sporty.

Hitting the market just 3 years after the Honda CB750 four blew everyone away, the 1973 Kawasaki Z1, code named “New York Steak”, made even that bike look slow. With an extra 150cc, dual overhead cams, and 13 more horsepower (claimed), there was nothing that could touch the “Zed One” as many still call it.… Read the rest

L.J. Bergman’s 1971 Kawasaki S1 Mach I Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Best Cafe Winner

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Clymer Manuals got an up-close look at L.J. Bergman’s 1971 Kawasaki S1 Mach I,  named Best Cafe by Cafe Racer Inc, at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Show in Kansas City, MO.

The S1 was the smallest of the Kawasaki triples, with a 250cc 3-cylinder two-stroke motor that made 32hp in stock configuration. With the pod filters, custom bent expansion chambers, and special tuning you can be this one makes a lot more these days. Weight is down from stock too, with all the extraneous parts tossed in the scrap pile, but the awesome factory sideways combined speedo, tach, odometer still tucked into the headlight shell.… Read the rest

USER REVIEW | 1986-2006 KAWASAKI CONCOURS SERVICE MANUAL

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Always nice to get positive feedback from you, our customers. This testimonial came to us from a Pete, a motorcycle rider in the Netherlands who bought both the old school paper manual for use in the workshop, as well as the online version for mobile use on his phone while out on the road. The 1986-2006 Kawasaki ZG1000 Concours sport touring bike is a Ninja with hard bags and a more comfortable riding position. Our mobile friendly manual is just the thing when you are hundreds of miles from home, straightening the curves of a mountain pass, and your bike starts to act up.… Read the rest

The 3rd Annual Women’s Motorcycle Show – L.A., CA

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The third annual Women’s Motorcycle Show put on by Moto Lady and the Lucky Wheels DIY Garage in L.A., happened this past weekend and it was so much larger than expected it got raided and shut down by the police. It seems they thought there was some street racing going on, or possibly that it was a big outlaw biker club rally. Nevertheless, everyone had a good time and some talented ladies got to show off the bikes they had built or at least commissioned.

 

 

 

No matter whether you like new bikes or old, sportbikes or cruisers, there was something for everyone at the show, plus music, welding and blacksmithing demonstrations, snacks, and a raffle with many valuable prizes.… Read the rest