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Z1 Drag Racing History 01 May 2020 22:50 #824755

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I know not a lot of you are not drag racing fans here. But I just came across these pics of Terry Vance's Pro Stock Kaw from the late 70's. This was the bike that hooked me. I bought my 1st in 1977. And dreamed of this build, wearing out a Russ Collins R C Eng. catalog. This ended up in Australia? I had to share! Some of you will appreciate it.
Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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Z1 Drag Racing History 02 May 2020 20:37 #824819

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Badass! I love those old drag bikes.
1975 Z1 900
1994 KX250 Supermoto
2004 KX125

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Z1 Drag Racing History 03 May 2020 08:42 #824853

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So simple! They even used a stock seat, cut foam out and pulled cover down tight! With that magneto, Reminds me of the Supercharged AA/Gassers we run. Start it and run it!
Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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Z1 Drag Racing History 18 May 2020 09:37 #826003

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Came across some pictures of the Late "Brian Johnson 2015" From England, avid drag bike racer, went up to Top Fuel nitro. He spent time in Western New York Buffalo, early 80's.
But this is one of his early Kaw Pro Stocks. "The Imperial Wizard" this has been painted a few times, a modern side winder installed. But this is when pro stock ment mostly stock! The perfect vintage Kawasaki Z.
Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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Z1 Drag Racing History 18 May 2020 10:27 #826006

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Sorry I do not have a better pic than this ad, but I have always liked this Denco machine.
1977 KZ650 B1
Pods and Denco header


This is my Z

OLD KAW OWNERS SMILE ALOT
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Z1 Drag Racing History 20 May 2020 09:25 #826147

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That Ad is classic! I am going after this look. When I was young, never had any real money to build and modify these. I had my 1st mighty Z in 1977. Now Im 62, playing like a kid again! I will never learn! :laugh: :laugh: I'm gonna cheat with the GS Suzuki swingarm, have a 5" slick along with 18" front rim. That red tail is an original FRP ? Watson fiberglass, front fender is glass too. That is the plan anyway, might sit like this too, like my other 10 projects. Always loved them first professional Pro Stock drag bikes
Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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Z1 Drag Racing History 30 May 2020 17:40 #826967

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Ron Webb's Top-Fuel Kawi. From Yesteryear...
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Z1 Drag Racing History 30 May 2020 20:09 #826982

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This is Vicki Farr piloting the Farr Cycle Z1R in the early 1980s. They manufactured big block cylinders up to 1400 some CCs if I remember correctly. They used to run at a track in Topeka Kansas at an event put on by Truet and Osborne, I think they were from Oklahoma. If Vicki got a good launch her pony tail would stick straight out the back!
Former M.E. at Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing, Lincoln, NE
1966 W1 (the Z1 of 1966-50H.P. and 100mph!)
1974 Z1A (disassembled)
1976 KZ900B LTD (SOLD!) it's in GOOD Hands!
1978 KZ1000 LTD
1976 KZ900B LTD pile O parts!
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Z1 Drag Racing History 14 Dec 2020 12:12 #840036

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I loved the multi engine bikes as a kid, still do.
Kz1000b3
kz650c1
gn125z

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Z1 Drag Racing History 14 Dec 2020 13:24 #840041

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I loved the multi engine bikes as a kid, still do.


How about this one.....



:woohoo: Ed
1977 KZ650-C1 Original Owner - Stock (with additional invisible FIAMM horn)
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Z1 Drag Racing History 15 Dec 2020 09:54 #840098

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The oil tank is probably as big as the gas tank
78 KZ1000 A2A

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Z1 Drag Racing History 16 Dec 2020 15:58 #840184

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Anyone interested in old KZ /Z1 dragbikes? Jack Kopella from cycledrag.com has lots of videos! He himself has an 80? Smog head LTD that he shows off. It is sitting in Larry McBrides shop in Virginia getting some top end work done. Jack is documenting it all.
I could not find his pictures of the Bob Davis' 3 - Z1 - Engine Top Fuel Bike that sits in the AMA Hall of Fame Museum in Iowa.
Back in the late 70's Russ Collins Honda Sorrceror triple SOHC 750 Honda bike was out.
Then after Collins crashed, The NHRA pulled Top Fuel motorcycles off of their show!
This massive thing weighs almost a #1000 pounds. I'd love to hear it run at the track with a full load of Nitro!!!!!
Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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