Do I own a 78, 79 or 1980 Kawasaki Z1-R?

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by CH, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. CH

    CH Guest

    Do I own a 1978, 1979 or 1980 Kawasaki Z1-R?

    I'm told the Frame/Engine number is the standard way to tell.


    Used Bike was bought as a registered 1978 Kawasaki Z1-R and
    looks like a 1978 is everyway including engine/frame numbers
    but Date of manufacturing on the same frame as the frame
    number says Sept 1979. It's Impossible for a 1978 bike to
    be made in 1979 unless you own a time machine.

    Date of manufacturing 9/79 or Sept 1979.

    The Frame number of mine is KZT00D-0166XX and Engine number
    KZT00DE-0166XX but 1979 models numbers start at KZT00D-017501.

    Body parts Small gas tank, 18" front wheel, METALLIC
    STARDUST SILVER paint, all indicating a 1978 model.

    What is this? The serial numbers don't show any signs of tampering
    with so I believe the date may be a misprint or the published
    frame numbers are wrong. Any other suggersions? It looks like a
    78, serial numbers of a 78 but date of a 79.


    I have a 1978 Kawasaki Z1R, atleast the registration
    and serial numbers say so but the date of manufacturing
    is Sept 1979. What goes on here. The serial # of the
    motor and frame are only a few away and are less then
    the starting frame #'s of the 1979 model's KZT00D-017501.

    The bike has all the features of a 1978 like small tank,
    18" wheels, Mark I engine (not Mark II) etc. Is the info
    on the UK site correct, or did Kawasaki make a mistake on
    the manufacturing date? My bike has none of the features
    that were changed on the 1979 or 1980 models like 19" wheel
    and no signs of being altered.

    Either the bike was made in 9/79 and the serial #'s are wrong
    or the serial numbers are right meaning it's a 1978 and the
    Date is wrong and maybe it should have been something like
    9/78 but a type-O in printing the VIN on the stearing column
    of the frame.

    The US and Canadian websites say the bike was made only
    in 1978 and 1980 but not 1979. I don't believe I've ever seen
    a 1979 model Z1-R before and one person told me that less
    than 300 bikes were made world wide. How can it be a 1979 with
    serial #'s and features of a 1978? Both the frame number and
    date of manufacturing is on the frame so it can't be a converted
    bike like some people did with GPZ bikes to make Eddie
    Lawson Replicas.

    I'm wondering that maybe from FRAME NUMBER: KZT00D-000001 to
    FRAME NUMBER: KZT00D-017501 are Mark I make bikes including
    most 1979 models and sometime late in 1979 they changed to
    the NEW mark II models with the changes to the bigger front
    tire, etc. That would also explain the small production run
    of 300 bikes for 1979 (they only included Mark II models).
    This would explain why I have a model made in 1979 but has
    all the markings of a 1978 model. It is strange that it's
    registered as a 1978 model and I'm told no 1979 models were
    sold here except in Germany.

    What Countries sold 1979 models and are they really the rarest
    model Z1-R?

    Info on all Z1-R's made that I could find on the web:

    Information from UK website

    1978 Z1000-D1 Z1R
    FRAME NUMBER: KZT00D-000001 >
    ENGINE NUMBER: KZT00DE-000001 >

    The Z1R was the first Japanese custom 'cafe racer'.
    The angular styling was not to everybody's taste. Major
    changes were the four into one exhaust, a cockpit
    fairing, solid wheels, drilled discs and self-cancelling
    indicators. The front wheel was reduced to an eighteen
    inch one and the engine was once again painted in black.
    The kick-start pedal was considered redundant and fitted
    as an emergency measure under the seat. A move back to
    28-mm carbs increased the power to 90 bhp making this
    the most powerful Z yet. Poor sales resulted in Kawasaki
    producing a larger 20-litre fuel tank and a sintered metal
    brake kit in an effort to increase sales. UK dealers were
    still selling this model four years later!

    1979 Z1000-D2 Z1R
    FRAME NUMBER: KZT00D-017501 >
    ENGINE NUMBER: KZT00DE-017501 >

    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.

    1980 Z1000-D3 Z1R
    FRAME NUMBER: KZT00D-017801 >

    The only changes worth while mentioning on this model was
    the graphics and side panel badges. The UK still went
    without this bike.
    CH, Jun 17, 2004
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    Nev.. Guest

    It was crashed and someone used the parts off a stolen bike from a different
    to rebuild it back to new condition.

    Happy to help.

    '03 ZX12R
    Nev.., Jun 17, 2004
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    Johnnie5 Guest

    what does the compliance plate say ??? 9/79 ??

    compliance plates could have been fitted way after the day it was made

    quite often compliance plates were and maybe still are fitted when they
    arrive in aus

    A car I have has a build plate of 12/93 and a compliance of 2/94
    Johnnie5, Jun 17, 2004
  4. With imports back in Leyland, we used to fit the Aus compliant bits(seat
    belts usually) and the compliance plate just before shipping them out of the
    yard. The vehicle could have been sitting there for two years. Legal as
    this was the date on which it complied at ADRs.

    "The highest form of life in the universe is Man and the lowest is a
    man who works for the post office." - Holly
    Alan Pennykid, Jun 18, 2004
  5. I will dig up the manual when I'm in the garage tomorrow, and see what we
    can find out for you.
    James Mayfield, Jun 18, 2004
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