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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 02 Sep 2013 11:08 #604443

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Hello,
this is 82 KZ 750 S1 that I bought this year. More or less original, except the handlebars (which are BTW more suitable for riding and I will keep them).

It is not registered yet, because I am still struggling with Slovene bureaucracy.
In the mean time, I had sorted some minor issues (fork seals, cleaned the carburators) and now it runs great. I think I will keep it in original state, but I haven't decided yet.

I couldn't find much info on the net about this particular model, so I made an enquiry to Kawasaki about any possible information about this bike some time ago and I received their reply.

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Thank you for your message and your preference for Kawasaki Product.

However your bike is very old, then we have attached information only.

(See attached file: 1982 Z750-S1.doc)

Based on frame no, your bike is 380th of Z750-S1 1982 model.
Z750-S1 had been manufactured less than 1400 units.
Would you please check the detail looking at the above document.

End of quote.



And this is how it looked like when I bought it (pictures are Prt Scrn, hence the poor quality).


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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 02 Sep 2013 12:09 #604446

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Interesting. It must be the European equivalent of the 1982 KZ750-M1 (twin) that was marketed in Canada. Ed
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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 02 Sep 2013 14:51 #604473

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Yep, looks just like the 82 KZ750M1 CSR, sold in the US and Canada (at least).

I think that's the first S1 I've seen.
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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 13 Oct 2013 13:36 #609856

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Today we had a great weather, and I made my first longer ride (200 km), I was quite surprised how well the bike handles. I fitted also new tires (Bridgestone BT45) yesterday, the grip is really good.

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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 13 Oct 2013 16:11 #609866

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Never seen one of those before :ohmy:
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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 13 Oct 2013 16:35 #609872

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The bike appears to have the same color fuel tank as the CSR - I inadvertently bought a really nice one for my 650-CSR. It was a cool color which I'd say was a black cherry - it kinda varied in appearance depending upon the light... kinda neat.

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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 31 Dec 2013 03:52 #616830

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Hello,

here are some recent photos of the bike.

From trip to Croatia (Rovinj):

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I also got a new (or better repaired) seat and I quite like how it turned out. I didn't want any radical changes in comparison to original, only a bit flatter form overall.

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and after:


I wish you all a happy new year and safe riding!
Marko
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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 31 Dec 2013 06:55 #616839

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That is a really nice bike you have there
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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 31 Dec 2013 07:24 #616846

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Your bike looks great! The new seat looks much better than the old. Ed
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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 31 Dec 2013 07:24 #616847

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I love it! Very clean and tasteful lines. Awesome bike.
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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 31 Dec 2013 09:31 #616864

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Very nice!!! B)
And a Happy New Year to you, too.
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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 31 Dec 2013 10:31 #616868

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Greetings Marko!

A rare motorcycle you may have Marko. That model was not sold in North America so we don't have much information on it. As has been mentioned, it greatly resembles the (K)Z750M model but, according to my sources, there are some differences between what you have and the description of the Z750S model (aka Z750LTD and manufactured in 1982 and 1983). The S model is supposed to have wire wheels and a rear disc brake, while your motorcycle has alloy wheels and a drum rear brake. To confuse things even more, your motorcycle most closely resembles the Z750Y model (aka 1982 Z750LTD). This is yet another model not sold in North America so information is scant. You may have had more changes done to the motorcycle than just the handlebars...or, as has been the case in the past, Kawasaki has not been the best keeper of records. I also suspect when Kawasaki was simultaneously manufacturing a number of very similar models, a fair amount of mix-and-match occurred during assembly.
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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 31 Dec 2013 11:51 #616878

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Hello,
thanks for your comments.

@Mcdroid:
probably you are right when you say that the bike may be a result of mix-and-match during assembly.
I have the original "Typenschein"(in German, i don't know how to translate) from 1982, and as I could see, the only non-original part is now the handlebars, the rest seems to be in line with specifications (alloy wheels, rear drum brake,...). I attached a scan.

In the second picture is a document that I received from Kawasaki, and there are some differences (one front disc, shorter rear fender), but the engine and frame number are right.

Cheers,
Marko

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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 31 Dec 2013 12:04 #616881

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Welcome & Happy New Year Marko! Your 750 has me reconsidering the twin cylinder 750s. Yours is one sweet looking bike! B) Saddle looks like a definite improvement.

BTW, I visited Slovenia in the summer of 2012. I rode a ZRX and a BMW 1200 GS between Portoroz and Ljulbjana. Beautiful hills and mountains in your home country. The roads are in excellent shape! I did ride down into Croatia one day. Your photo near the sea reminds me of some very slippery streets(sea salt?) I rode on in a coastal village not far from Portoroz. You have some of the most amazing country and roads to experience. Please keep the photos coming!
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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 01 Jan 2014 07:35 #616933

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Hello Marko...I found the second document you posted and it really does differ from the information I have (which came from a non-Kawasaki source)...BUT, it is a Kawasaki publication, so more likely to be correct. It is of note that the the model is described as an "American sprots (sic) model", even though it was never apparently marketed here :huh: BTW, I am pleased you replaced those original handlebars.

Marko-SLO wrote: Hello,
thanks for your comments.

@Mcdroid:
probably you are right when you say that the bike may be a result of mix-and-match during assembly.
I have the original "Typenschein"(in German, i don't know how to translate) from 1982, and as I could see, the only non-original part is now the handlebars, the rest seems to be in line with specifications (alloy wheels, rear drum brake,...). I attached a scan.

In the second picture is a document that I received from Kawasaki, and there are some differences (one front disc, shorter rear fender), but the engine and frame number are right.

Cheers,
Marko

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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 01 Jan 2014 23:49 #617029

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Hello Michael, it is interesting that it was never sold in America, I thought that my bike is European version of American model, as is says in the document.
I am also happy with the non-original handlebars, the position on the bike is much better.

Forrest wrote: Welcome & Happy New Year Marko! Your 750 has me reconsidering the twin cylinder 750s. Yours is one sweet looking bike! B) Saddle looks like a definite improvement.

BTW, I visited Slovenia in the summer of 2012. I rode a ZRX and a BMW 1200 GS between Portoroz and Ljulbjana. Beautiful hills and mountains in your home country. The roads are in excellent shape! I did ride down into Croatia one day. Your photo near the sea reminds me of some very slippery streets(sea salt?) I rode on in a coastal village not far from Portoroz. You have some of the most amazing country and roads to experience. Please keep the photos coming!


Nice to hear that you were enyojing riding in Slovenia! We do have some amazing roads and landscape here, especially in the region close to Italian and Austrian border, so there are a lot of possibilities for nice rides.
People here are mostly complaining about the roads quality. Near the sea roads are really quite slippery, not sure if the salt is the cause for that, I suspect that poor quality of tarmac and lack of maintenance might be the real reason.

Cheers,
Marko

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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 02 Jan 2014 10:42 #617072

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Just an update to Michael:
I found a bike on the net from Canada, that could be the S1 model described in Kawasaki document above(at least judging by the one and only photo). Here is the link: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=36536.0
So maybe some of S1 models were after all imported to America (or Canada only).

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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 02 Jan 2014 11:56 #617084

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Welcome to the site Marko, you will find a lot of info on here.
Its a very nice ride you've got there.
Happy New Year!
Sretno novo leto!
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Marko's 82 KZ 750 S1 05 Feb 2019 01:58 #798215

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Hello again!
I just noticed that all the photos of the bike are gone, so I am adding a couple here. The bike was sitting in a garage since 2016, but I plan to put on the road again for the upcoming season. It still runs, but needs a good service.
Cheers,
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Nice looking bike! Ed
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