Arguably one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time, four-time world champion, Eddie Lawson was well-deserving of a tribute bike from his AMA 250 GP Series and Superbike manufacturer, Kawasaki.
In 1982 and 1983, Kawasaki released 750 Eddie Lawson Replica editions of the KZ1000R (Z1000R abroad) using the colors of Lawson’s winning bike. The bike had a nose fairing, a 998cc inline-four coated in a menacing black finish, Showa shocks and a Kerker exhaust.
The 1983 model, the KZ1000R differed with updated stripe layout, the gauges, and emblems. The swingarm is 10mm longer and the engine has camshafts from the GPz1100 and slight changes to the cylinder heads. Apparently, just 1,200 of the ’83 model were built.
The 1984 Kawasaki Z1000 Eddie Lawson Replica offered here was imported from South Africa with little known history. The odometer reads an unverified 49,842 kms, or a little less than 31,000 miles, and according to the previous owner, the bike was built to R1 JD specification including R1 gauges, Moriwaki cams, 1105 Moriwaki big bore kit, smooth bore Mikuni carbs and Kerker exhaust. The engine was freshly reconditioned with less than 500km since the rebuild.
Since purchase, our vendor has replaced the tires, handlebars, spark plugs, levers, and clutch. He had the bike serviced including an overhaul of the brakes, carbs and a wrapped exhaust. The bike starts readily and rides well with a strong power and a fantastic noise. Cosmetically, the bike is offered in very good overall condition, with minimal paint loss in several places from gentle use.
The instantly recognizable bike is a fitting tribute to Eddie Lawson and, as produced in such limited numbers, is proving to be a very collectible machine.
Sold on a clean, clear, California title with model year incorrectly as 1984 for this 1983 model – an easily resolved issue in title transfer.
Frame no. KZT00R006304
Engine no. KZ1000E001743
Location: Ventura, California