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Is this still available if reserve was not met ?
Unfortunately not, the Vendor has a greed a deal to sell outside of our auction format
Hi Did the Bike sell for £10100? Thank you
Good Morning, the bikes bidding finished at £10,100 but the bike didn't sell I'm afraid as this was way under the reserve and the bikes true value. We already have offers in excess of £20,000 on the bike, but if you wish to bid then I will let the vendor know.
Hi....What is the reserve price please? Thank you.
Good afternoon ,as stated in our advert we agree a sensible reserve with the vendor prior to the auction. We do not disclose the reserve price, what we say to everyone is bid what you are happy to pay. If the item ends and does not meet reserve then we will contact the highest bidder to see if there is a deal to be had.
Kawasaki Z900 Z1 1973 AUCTION FINISHED
Kawasaki made an indelible mark on the world motorcycle scene back in 1972 with the unveiling of its 1973 Z1 model. The Z1 broke new ground as the first Japanese bike with a transverse-mount four-banger, and it’s widely recognised as the island nation’s first literbike with a 903 cc engine and thrilling performance for everyday riders.
The motorcycle field at the time had been shaped, first by Honda’s1968 CB750, then by Kawasaki's own two-cycle triple – the re-knowned Mach III – in 1969. Those two bikes set the stage for the emergence of the Z1. This heralded the age of the Universal Japanese Motorcycle and also marked the potential competition that the Japanese motorcycle market would pose to the status quo.
American and European manufacturers were all very well established, but the Z1 would represent a very real threat from the East, mainly due to its 900 Super Four engine and affordable price tag. Originally, the engine was slated to be smaller, but Honda’s “Dream” pressured upstart manufacturer Kawasaki to punch out the engine and up the displacement and performance.
While the public release of the Z1 was a momentous occasion, the bike had spent the previous racing season proving itself with a pair of world records at the Daytona track for endurance. It has long been said that if you want to sell bikes, you have to win races, and that certainly held true for Kawasaki’s Z1 back in the early Seventies.
Folks, the Z1 is the quintessential cruiser with a full-cradle frame and transverse, four-stroke, four-banger engine. Chrome and polished aluminium feature prominently across the design, starting with the bright steel in the laced rims and chrome front fender that rides between polished fork sliders and chrome inner fork tubes.
The hard-and-shiny finish continues into the tripletree and cyclops headlight housing with a chrome handlebar to finish out the front end. The round mirrors, along with their standoffs, provide a bit of contrast with a blackout paintjob.
A four-gallon teardrop tank establishes a gentle drop in the pattern-stitched bench seat. Stock passenger footpegs and a grab strap join with a chrome J.C. rail to complete the pillion’s accommodations.
A straight rear mud guard carries the rear light and plateholder underneath, and the latter doubles as a mudguard extension to contain the spray from the rear hoop. Mid-mount foot controls and mid-rise handlebars put the pilot in a comfortable upright riding position.
At 59-inches long, the wheelbase places the Z1 in the full-size cruiser sub-category. Laced wheels round out the rolling chassis and while the stock machine rolled with a 290 mm hydraulic disc brake up front and a 200 mm drum out back, a second disc-and-caliper combo was available as an accessory item
Originally, the Z1 was to have a 750cc mill, but Honda’s CB 750 forced Kawasaki to make some adjustments. In the end, the air-cooled engine wound up with both a 66 mm bore and stroke for a square layout and a 903cc total displacement. It rolled with both a kicker and push-button starter.