1978 Kawasaki Z1R - Equivalent automotive paint code needed.

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Fox in The Hat Productions, May 27, 2004.

  1. Need to know an Equivalent automotive paint code for the 1978 Kawasaki Z1R.
    Could/did someone scan (at a paint shop) a non-faded bike for a colour or
    maybe a colour sales ad if it shows the true colour (would that work?).

    Any detailed websites on this model?

    Some people consider this the first Kawasaki GPz model and the bike
    that later GPz's were based on including the Eddie Lawson Replica.
    Fox in The Hat Productions, May 27, 2004
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Yep.... and some people think that you can fly a helicopter to the top of
    Mt Everest.
    It's a funny old world eh?
    Knobdoodle, May 27, 2004
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  3. The Z1R was the first Japanese custom 'cafe racer' and Kawasaki's
    serious Sport motorcycle indicating the future of factory made sport
    for the public. Major changes over a standard Z1000 were the four into
    one exhaust, a cockpit fairing, drilled discs, and Larger Carbs to
    name a few.

    The twin shock GPz 1100 and Eddie Lawson Replica is not as different
    as you may think. While both machines handle/perform better they are
    all based on the Kawasaki four cylinder, dual overhead cam four-stroke
    engine, similar twin rear shock frames, etc.

    Lets look at some facts on the 1982 ELR and 1978 - 1980 Z1R:

    Air-cooled 4 cylinder DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder (Z1R & ELR)
    1/4 Mini Fairing (Z1R & ELR)
    18" rear tire/19" front tire (1980 Z1R & ELR)
    Bhp at RPM for ELR 79 at 8,500
    Bhp at RPM for Z1R 90 at 8,500 (94 for 1980 model)
    Top speed of ELR 138 MPH
    Top speed of Z1R 132 MPH
    The list goes on but:

    The Z1R was the stepping stone for the GPz/ELR and other Kawasaki
    sport bikes. Does the Z1R handle better or perform better than a
    ELR or GPZ? Of course not but it was Kawasaki's first single purpose
    sport/racer design. I know of several people that would have a rare
    (depending on where you live) Z1R over any sport bike today because
    it's a true classic and ending up as show pieces in bike shows all
    over the world. I don't think it's hard to believe that the ELR/GPz
    bikes are close cousins to the Z1R. As all bikes evolve the Z1R was a
    first in a series of Kawasaki's sport bikes. Yes I know modern
    Kawasaki GPz/Sport bikes are liquid cooled and not one part taken off
    would fit on a Z1R.

    Now as first asked, does anyone know of a paint code that is the same
    as the original colour 1978 Z1R? I do know of these colours but not
    sure if they are the same (would someone reply to this info to see if
    it's correct):

    C2 Stardust Silver (M) 72 2390 5393 Silver

    1970-77 Capri Paint Codes

    Paint Code Ford Color Name Years PPG Color Name PPG Code
    3 Silver Metallic 1974 Stardust (Silver) Poly 33122
    Fox in The Hat Productions, May 29, 2004
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    Toosmoky Guest

    More superbike than cafe...

    Still got a magazine somewhere from 1978 where they track test a Z1R
    against an A9X Torana...
    Mate bought an ELR brand new in '82. It's one of the only Jappas I ever
    lusted for...and still do...
    Toosmoky, May 30, 2004
  5. THE KAWASAKI 900 Z1 SUPER FOUR. Originally destined to be a 750,
    the Z1 was beaten to the market place by the HONDA CB750 in 1968.
    Kawasaki engineers, horrified at this well kept secret launch,
    returned to the drawing board and redesigned the bike to be bigger
    and better. In late 1972 the Z1 was introduced to the world and
    instantly became a best seller.

    The Z1 went on to become the basis of most of Kawasaki's models
    for many more years, changing the face of motorcycling forever.
    Never before had the average man had the chance to own the fastest,
    biggest, most technically advanced motorcycle in the world for so
    little money. The true age of affordable SUPERBIKES had arrived.

    The "Z1" astonished the motorcycling world with its engine performance,
    handling stability, and durability. At the time, its performance
    capabilities were world-class, earning the Z1 and Kawasaki great respect.
    Since the later Z1R and Z1000J were developed along the same lines as the
    Z1, Kawasaki's air-cooled, 4-cylinder, 2-valve engine technology evolved
    even further and proved extremely popular among motorcyclists. The Z1R
    being the best of what Kawasaki had to offer in the 1970's as a factory
    custom made Superbike.

    Anyone know any websites about the Z1R?
    Fox in The Hat Productions, Jun 4, 2004
  6. Fox in The Hat Productions said....

    Was this a Kawasaki sourced piece of info? The Z1/Z900s that I've ridden
    were renowned for their hinged frames....
    Martin Taylor, Jun 8, 2004
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    X-No-archive: yes
    Maybe they astonished the world because they were better than the diabolical
    500 Triple.
    Knobdoodle, Jun 9, 2004
  8. Knobdoodle said....
    Never got to ride a 500. But I did have a loan of a mate's 750 "Mach IV"
    for a weekend, once. Never again.

    Mind you, at the time, my own bike was a Kawasaki 100 ag-bike. Back
    then, apprentice motor mechs were dirt poor....
    Martin Taylor, Jun 9, 2004
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    Doug Cox Guest

    Nope. Z1-R used a round headlight, the ELR a square headlight.

    Doug Cox.
    Work to ride, Ride to work...
    Doug Cox, Jun 20, 2004
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    Doug Cox Guest

    The Honda 750F1. First after the K series. About 1978 I think.

    My first bike. Biggest piece of shit I've ever owned.

    Doug Cox.
    Work to ride, Ride to work...
    Doug Cox, Jun 20, 2004
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