Kawasaki Z1 1973, owned by Dave Orritt

Kawasaki Z1Kawasaki Z1, genuine UK specification one (only 40 examples were available from Kawasaki in 1973).

The bike was purchased fom an auction on ebay in Autumn 2009. It had been stored in a Cambridge garden shed and unused for 29 years by the previous owner. The bike was in need of a full restoration. It'd previously been used for drag racing by the first owner and the frame had been strengthened around the headstock, under the tank and across both side ‘V’ frame joints.

I spent a lot of time and de-strengthened the frame to factory specification and dressed the metalwork. I prepared the frame and all blackwork and painted the frame with cellulose paint to match the factory finish.

As for the engine, it needed a full rebuild and was professionally prepared to original standard and presentation, using genuine Kawasaki parts.

Carburettors required a full clean and rebuild. Genuine date coded Takasago wheel rims were found and re-chromed to a ‘flash chrome’ factory finish, including new bearings, etc.

The original clocks were refurbished to 1973 specification. New wiring and all electrical components were sourced and fitted.

And the original tank and bodywork was professionally resprayed. I undertook the final stripe positions.

All other parts (new old stock) where possible were sourced from Kawasaki specialists around the world, including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, USA and Europe. The bike restoration was finally completed at the beginning of 2011.

During 2012 the bike was photographed and featured as the cover model in Kawasaki Z1 Buyers Guide published by Veloce.

It was entered in the Stafford show in October 2012 and was displayed on the VJMC stand in the main hall. It won best in show. bike

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