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    1979/1980 Z1000-E1/E2 ST
    FRAME NUMBER:KZT00E-000101 >
    ENGINE NUMBER: KZT00EE-000101 >
    COLOUR: LUMINOUS DARK RED OR LUMINOUS GREEN
    The E-models or ST (SHAFT TRANSMISSION) was Kawasaki's first shaftie.
    It was basically a MKII with minor modifications
    including tubeless tyres,
    a fuel gauge,
    thicker leading axle forks and a
    larger fuel tank.
    Basically maintenance free Kawasaki.
    It should have sold well, unfortunately it didn't.
    The United States got an extra colour option, black pearl.
    The E2 enjoyed the same differences as the A4 MKII.
    Remote rear brake reservoir and quartz-halogen headlamp.
    The United States got another colour option,
    luminous dark red.
    Kawasaki produced a full touring kit for this model,
    courtesy of the American VETTER Company.



    1979 Z1000-D2 Z1R
    FRAME NUMBER: KZT00D-017501 >
    ENGINE NUMBER: KZT00DE-017501 >
    COLOUR: EBONY OR LUMINOUS DARK RED
    For 1979 the Z1R was fitted with the MK11 engine and all it's improvements.
    A four into two exhaust system was fitted and there was a move back to a nineteen inch front wheel.
    It was known as the Z1R-II but was not sold in the UK due to poor sales of the D1.
    Power was up to 94 bhp.

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    1976 Z650

    Engine: Air cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.
    Capacity: 652cc
    Bore x Stroke: 62 ? 54 mm
    Compression Ratio:9.5:1
    Carburettors: 4x 28mm Mikuni
    Max Power: 64 hp 46.7 kW @ 8500 rpm
    Max Torque: 5.8 kg-m 57 Nm @ 7000 rpm
    Gearbox: 5 Speed
    Front Suspension: Telehydraulic fork
    Rear Suspension: Swinging fork
    Front Brakes: Single 245mm disc 1 piston caliper
    Rear Brakes: 180mm drum
    Front Tyre: 3.25-19
    Rear Tyre: 4.00-18
    Dry-Weight: 211 kg
    Fuel Capacity: 16 Litres
    Fuel Consumption: 16.8 km/lit
    Standing ¼ Mile: 13.8 sec
    Top Speed: 186 km/h

    1976/1977 Z650-B1
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650B-000001
    colours: candy super red or candy emerald green



    1978 Z650-B2
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650B-027501
    colours: luminous dark blue or luminous burnt red.
    Major Change for this model
    - front brake caliper was reversed to the back of the fork leg
    - front master cylinder was changed from round to triangular
    - The charging system was changed from three-phase system to two phase
    - regulator and rectifier was now a combined unit.
    - cam chain tensioner was changed to an automatic unit
    - hazard switch was added to the left-hand switchgear.
    - Needle roller bearings used in the swingarm instead of bushes
    - slight modifications were made to the carbs to improve low speed operation.
    - The fuel tap was replaced with a diaphragm type unit.
    - There were also slight detail changes to outer engine cases to incorporate the new Kawasaki logo.
    - The front footrests were now rubber mounted to combat vibration and
    - the front forks were slightly modified.



    1978 Z650-C2
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650C-010001
    Colours: metallic stardust silver
    Major changes for this model
    - seven spoke alloy wheels
    - twin front disks
    - rear disk
    - bold new graphics
    - The first batch of bikes in the UK came with a free colour matched helmet.



    1979 Z650-B3
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650B-046201
    Colours: candy persimmon red or candy emerald green
    Major changes for this model
    - graphics
    - new tank badges



    1979 Z650-C3
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650C-022801
    Colours: Luminoue Dark Blue
    Major changes for this model
    - first model to use sintered disk pads
    - Speedo incorporated km/h markings as well as MPH
    - rear caliper changed to accept sintered pads.
    - side panel badges changed.
    - models outside the UK available in black or red.

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    1979 Z650-D2 (SR)
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650D-010601
    Colours: midnight blue
    Major Change for this model
    - chopper styling.
    - Chrome headlamp shell, clock lowers and chain guard.
    - tailpiece replaced by painted rear fender.
    - front exhaust downpipes were crossed over
    - mufflers were shortened
    - rear wheel changed to fat 16-inch rim



    1980 Z650-D3
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650D-026001
    Colours: regal blue
    Major changes for this model
    - graphics.

    1980 Z650-F1
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650F-000001
    Colours: red, green or blue.
    Major changes for this model
    The F1 was basically a cross between a C and a B model.
    - alloy wheels
    - drum brake rear






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    1981 Z650-F2
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650F-007201
    Colours: red, green or blue
    Major changes for this model
    - incorporated many of the larger Z750E parts.
    - motor finished in black
    - CDI ignition
    - front end from the 750E
    - change to the brakes, front wheel and clocks.
    - The kick-starter pedal and shaft was removed
    - Passenger grab rail fitted.

    1981 Z650-D4
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650D-028101
    Colours: blue or red
    This model was never sold in the UK.
    It came in either and was basically a SR version of the F2 model.

    1982 Z650-F3
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650F-012401
    Colours: ebony or passion red
    Major changes for this model
    -CV carbs were fitted.
    -The larger 32mm carbs also needed the air box assembly from the Z750E/L models.
    -front fender painted to match bodywork.





    1983 Z650-F4
    Starting Frame Number: KZ650F-014301
    This was the last of the 650 models,
    colours: galaxy silver or candy wine red.
    Major changes for this model
    -The outer engine cases were similar to the Z750L model.



    There was also a Z650H model, not available in the UK. This was a 'CSR' model with chopper styling.

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    1981 Z1100A

    Engine: Air cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 2 valve per cylinder.
    Capacity: 1082
    Bore x Stroke: 72.5 x 66mm
    Compression Ratio: 8.9:1
    Carburettors: 4x 34mm Mikuni
    Max Power: 108 hp @ 8500rpm
    Max Torque: 9.8 kg-m @ 7000 rpm
    Gearbox: 5 Speed
    Front Suspension: 38mm Air assisted telescopic forks, 165mm wheel travel.
    Rear Suspension: Single air shock 4-way adjustable rebound damping, 102mm wheel travel
    Front Brakes: 2x 280mm discs 1 calipers
    Rear Brakes: Single 280mm disc 1 caliper
    Front Tyre: 3.25-18
    Rear Tyre: 4.25-18
    Dry-Weight: 237.3 kg
    Wet-Weight: 270 kg
    Fuel Capacity: 21.4 Litres
    Fuel Consumption: 40 mp/g
    Standing ¼ Mile: 11.6 sec / 117.6 mp/h
    Top Speed: 140 mph / 226 km/h





    1981 GPz 1100

    Engine: Air cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 2 valve per cylinder.
    Capacity: 1089
    Bore x Stroke: 72.5 x 66 mm
    Compression Ratio: 8.9:1
    Induction: Bosch electronic fuel injection
    Max Power: 100 hp @ 8000 rpm
    Max Torque: 9.8 kg-m @ 7000 rpm
    Gearbox: 5 Speed
    Front Suspension: Coil/air spring forks 138mm wheel travel.
    Rear Suspension: Swinging arm with 2 dampers adjustable for preload and damping 99 mm wheel travel.
    Front Brakes: 2x 270mm discs 1 piston calipers
    Rear Brakes: Single 270mm disc 1 piston caliper
    Front Tyre: 3.25-18
    Rear Tyre: 4.25-18
    Dry-Weight: 237.3 kg
    Wet-Weight: 255 kg
    Fuel Capacity: 21.4 Litres
    Fuel Consumption: 38.8 mp/g
    Standing ¼ Mile: 11.5 sec / 118 mp/h
    Top Speed: 137 mp/h / 220 km/h






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    1979 Z 1300

    Engine: Liquid cooled, four stroke, transverse six cylinder, DOHC, 2 valve per cylinder.
    Capacity: 1286cc
    Bore x Stroke: 62 x 71 mm
    Compression Ratio: 9.9:1
    Induction: 3x 32mm Mikuni BOW
    Clutch: Wet Multi Disc
    Max Power: 120 hp 87.5 kW @ 8000 rpm
    Max Torque: 116 Nm @ 6500 rpm
    Gearbox: 5 Speed
    Gear Ratio: 1st 2.29 (39/17) 2nd 1.67 (35/21) 3rd 1.28 (32/25) 4th 1.07 (29/27) 5th 0.93 (27/29)
    Frame: Double Cradle
    Front Suspension: Telescopic forks
    Rear Suspension: Dual shocks preload adjustable
    Front Brakes: 2x 260mm discs 2 piston calipers
    Rear Brakes: Single 250mm disc 1 piston caliper
    Front Tyre: 110/90 -18
    Rear Tyre: 130/90 -17
    Wet-Weight: 296 kg
    Fuel Capacity: 27 Litres
    Fuel Consumption: 36 mp/g
    Standing ¼ Mile: 12.1 sec / 111 mp/h
    Top Speed: 139 mp/h






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    1984 GPz 900R Ninja (ZX900 Ninja)

    Model Run 1984 - 2003
    Engine: Liquid cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.
    Capacity: 908
    Bore x Stroke: 72.5 x 55 mm
    Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
    Induction: 4x 34mm Keihin CVK34 carbs.
    Max Power: 113 hp @ 9500 rpm
    Max Torque: 8.7 Kg-m @ 8500 rpm
    Gearbox: 6 Speed
    Drive: chain
    Front Suspension: 39mm Telehydraulic forks air assisted.
    Rear Suspension: single shock Rising rate link-system with air adjustable preload, 4-stage rebound-damping, 115mm wheel travel
    Front Brakes: 2x 280mm discs 1 piston calipers
    Rear Brakes: Single 270mm disc 1 piston caliper
    Front Tyre: 120/80 V16
    Rear Tyre: 130/80 V18
    Dry-Weight: 225 kg
    Fuel Capacity: 22 Litres
    Fuel Consumption: 40.8 mp/g
    Standing ¼ Mile : 10.9 sec / 122.4 mp/h
    Top Speed: 154 mp/h


    Development 1980
    At the time competitors were rapidly advancing their own technologies.
    Kawasaki had to admit that the appeal of the Z1's technology was beginning to pale.
    A decision was made to develop a brand-new next generation motorcycle by applying Z1 experiences.
    One year passed before a prototype was produced.
    - DOHC air-cooled, 6-cylinder, 2-valve engine.
    - Development goals were high power output and low vibration.
    - 6-cylinder smoothly delivered more than 100PS.
    - engine layout was nearly perfect.
    - Kawasaki Engineers were not satisfied because the engine was too smooth and tame.
    - main objective was to develop a motorcycle that would shock the marketplace more than the "Z1".
    - mild 6-cylinder ****canned.
    - 2-valve engine technology ****canned.
    - DOHC, air-cooled, 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine.
    - development of 4-valve design based on the need for better charging efficiencies.
    - secondary balancer added to control vibration.
    - diamond frame technology adapted.
    - liquid-cooled engine.
    - Towards the end of 1982, the first DOHC liquid-cooled,4-cylinder, 4-valve prototype was produced.
    - Wet liners were used for improved cylinder cooling efficiency,
    - cam-chain was moved to the left side to make the engine more compact.
    - the prototype was equipped with two cam-chains.
    - one from the left side of the crankshaft to the exhaust side
    - and the other from the right-hand side of the exhaust to the intake camshaft
    - idea to make the cam sprocket as small as possible.
    - generator located at the rear of the cylinder.
    - first attempt to apply diamond frame design technology to a large-displacement, high-performance machine.
    - the engine was considered a stressed member of the frame
    - had to be included in analysis of the frame's structural integrity.
    - Automatic Variable Damping System (AVDS)(Anti Dive) equipped 38mm front fork
    - rear UNI-TRAK suspension system.
    - Research for the fairing was conducted from the dual aspects of great design and aerodynamic efficiency.
    - Numerous wind-tunnel tests were made to improve aerodynamic characteristics and design quality.
    - The resulting coefficient of drag was a surprisingly low 0.33.
    - recorded top speed was over 240km/h.
    - 0-400m acceleration time was 10.976 seconds.
    - introduced to the public at the 1983 Paris Salon.
    - GPZ900R world press introduction, Laguna Seca Raceway, USA in December 1983.
    - January 1984, sales of the GPZ900R began world-wide.
    - the word "Ninja" added as a prefix to its name for the North American market.
    - GPZ900R became the best-selling bike in the world.
    - "Bike of the Year" in many countries.

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    thats some interesting stuff cletus. good one mate.

 

 

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