The Story of Seventies Superbikes
A review of the milestone Japanese Superbikes of the 1970s. As featured in Classic Bike Magazine, John Naish tells the story from behind the handlebars of the era’s legendary bikes: the Honda CB750, Honda 500 Four, Kawasaki H2 750, Kawasaki Z1, Suzuki GT750, Honda GoldWing, Suzuki GS1000 and Honda CBX. The 70s was an incredible period of motorcycle development. In less than 8 years, everything changed forever – before 1969, features such as electronic ignition, disc brakes, top speeds of over 130 mp/h or quarter mile times of around 12 seconds were almost unheard of. These unique Superbikes made that performance accessible to the mass market. Shot at Paul Brace’s Proper Bikes in Sussex, England. A Brightside Media production http://brightside-media.com
Z1 - Top Gear
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1973 Z1 DAYTONA RECORDS VIDEO. "SO FAR SO FAST"
This is the complete 1973 Z1 900 Daytona records video.."SO FAR SO FAST." The Z1 shattered the 24 hour World Record with an average speed of 109.641mph plus 45 other speed records. The #2 bike used in this video is kept at KMC in Irvine California their Heritage Museum, and is in the same condition as it was in 1973. Several photos of it can be seen at this site.http://www.kawasaki-z-classik.com/forum/index.php.plus much more interesting information on the complete Z1 story. The riders were.. Bryon Farnsworth, Yvon DuHamel, Hurley Wilvert, Masahiro Wade, Cook Neilson (Cycle Magazine) , Gary Nixon, Art Baumann, John Weed (editor Motorcycle Weekly)
1974 Kawasaki Z1 Dragbike in 1985 "Old Zs Never Die!"
This is a 25 yo (1985) VHS video of my old Z1 making a 9.54 pass. This is a 7-time National Record Holding Z1. All-time bests are 9.39 @ 138 in the 1/4 and 5.87 @ 116 in the 1/8th. I bought this bike new in March of 1974 and still own it today. (2010) There isn't/never was a turbo, Nitrous, big-block, slider clutch, tach, shiftlight, 2-step or any other such garbage on this bike. Strictly "seat of the pants". The motor was built by Mark McIntosh of M&M Racing Louisville Ky in 1978. It is 1045cc with 31mm CR carbs and carried 640# in it's record settng form. Haters,Squids,Stunters or most Hardly/Zuki Lovers will not be able to appreciate this motorcycle or the era in which it was created. It can't do "Stoppies", I don't "stand on the seat" and "Wheelies" are limited by the bar set-up. "It is what it is": A historic example of a record setting "Modified" of it's era and preserved exactly as it was in 1986. Old Zs Never Die!