Z1000A1/A2 and Z1000 B1/B2 LTD
1015cc MODELS 1977-1978
1977 Z1000-A1 FRAME NUMBER: KZT00A-000001 >ENGINE NUMBER: KZT00AE-000001 >COLOUR: DIAMOND WINE RED OR DIAMOND SKY BLUE
This was the natural successor to the 900 range. Bored out to 1015 cc and producing 83 bhp, the biggest difference to the Z1 was the four into two exhaust system and the use of a disc brake at the rear instead of the previous drum brake. "The king is dead, long live the king!'
1978 Z1000-A2 FRAME NUMBER: KZT00A-027501 >
ENGINE NUMBER: KZT00AE-042501 >
COLOUR: LUMINOUS GREEN OR LUMINOUS RED
Major changes to the A2 were paint and decals, the repositioning of the front brake calipers to behind the fork leg and the use of lower handlebars on the UK model. The front brake master cylinder was changed from round to triangular and a diaphragm fuel tap was used for the first time on a Z. The United States got another colour option of black/gold and a special edition model, in white and fitted out with a fairing and panniers called the A2A to commemorate the Americanisation of Kawasaki
1977-1980 KZ1000-B1-B4 LTD FRAME NUMBERS: KZT00B-500015 >ENGINE NUMBERS: KZT00AE-010006 >The KZ1000 LTD was available in the states from '77-'80 in various colours including black, blue and red. Sharing much of the same modifications as the original KZ900 LTD did. The B3 and B4 models were fitted with the MKII engines but finished in silver instead of black. Imports into the UK have made this once rare bike a popular sight.