Z1 History and background

The idea of a four-cylinder four-stroke was conceived way back in 1967, when Kawasaki focused mainly on developing two-stroke motorcycles. The decicion was made to develop a high-performance motorcycle which would far exceed the 650W1, the largest motorcycles in Japan that time. The goal was a fast, yet comfortable 750cc motorcycle with good handling and brakes - a modern version of the Vincent H.R.D - Black Shadow. Coordinated by Sam Tanegashima, a project planning group was established and development code T103 was born.

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