- Feb 28, 2014
Poor Mr.Hewitt really phoned it in on that write up.The rest of Mecum top 10. For the money I like the Z1.
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Most needs a little work Z1's have had a little work done and will cost ya 10+.What would a normal price be for a "needs a little work" Z1 daily rider? Not sure why it appeals to me but it does. If you have owned one I welcome your reviews.
I didn't own it, but road raced a KZ900 (pretty much the same as the Z1) for a while that belonged to a racing friend of mine. I was racing my Norton PR at the time (early '70s), and we occasionally swapped bikes for a race, just for fun. He really liked the way the Norton handled. The Kawi handled pretty poorly, wallowing a bit in high speed sweepers and being kind of a pig to get turned into slower corners, but I loved the electric starter, and boy did it have some power (for back then, at least). It also was quite a bit heavier to muscle around. But it was way better than the K1 Honda 750 he had been racing, which I also raced a couple of times. My lap times were better on most tracks with the Norton, but I still enjoyed racing the Kawi, mostly because of the extra power. The engine was built a bit for racing, but still had a really broad power band. By today's standards, the brakes were wooden feeling and not too powerful, but back then we thought they were great. I think one would still be a fun street ride today.What would a normal price be for a "needs a little work" Z1 daily rider? Not sure why it appeals to me but it does. If you have owned one I welcome your reviews.