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Oh! Mecum sign in required to fully view it. 1975 with 28 miles on the clock. Original battery never filled with acid. (That’s a lot of pushing that bike around).
 

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The rest of Mecum top 10. For the money I like the Z1.

 

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Thanks for putting that up , always interesting ....
 

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The rest of Mecum top 10. For the money I like the Z1.

Poor Mr.Hewitt really phoned it in on that write up.
 

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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.
 

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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.
Most needs a little work Z1's have had a little work done and will cost ya 10+.

Otherwise probably comparable to a Commando.
 

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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.

Ken
 

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Had a second hand Z1B for awhile on the 80's.
Super bike bars, LTD seat, Kerker 4-1, trying to simulate an ELR.
Had a tank slapper at 115 plus. Thought I was going to get pitched.
Came out of it OK. Had a BIG soils change when I got home.
Never much cared for it after that. Eventually sold it for big money. $750.00 :D:D

Of course now, wish I had it back. And challenge myself to set it up right.

Compared to a Norton, they feel like a Boat.....a big powerful Boat......
And for the record, I am no racer and my abilities are limited.
 

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Weird things can happen at auctions, but two sales I don't understand.
First, the Dyna @ 19k...
Second, the Norton 24k....
 

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