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Kawasaki KZ1300A


1980 Kawasaki Z1300 / KZ1300A 
Although his passion lies with the 1978-1982 Honda CBX 1000-6 (he wrote the “CBX Book”, see, N.Irish VJMCer Ian Foster has always liked the look of the big Z1300-6. When this 1 Owner example came up for Sale in Seattle, NW USA, Ian jumped at the chance. He had a locally based Biker-friend take a look at it, and when everything looked good, he bought it. The Purchase Price worked out to be about 1/2 of the cost to buy an equally good example here in Britain! On a holiday to US, Ian flew up to Seattle and collected the Bike. He reflects that he must have been incredibly optimistic (or crazy!) to set off Touring on an unknown 32 year old Bike! The Bike feels incredibly BIG, like a 2-wheeled Morris Mini weighing 730lbs (dry), but out on the Highway at 80mph she was as solid as a rock. This is the original Z13 Model, but in 1980 Kawasaki offered the option of having Factory Touring Fairing and Luggage fitted. In total Ian rode it 1,900 miles south to Los Angeles via San Fransisco and the Diablo Mountains. He will eventually ship it home to N.Ireland, but reckons a few more rides will be had in USA. 







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