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50 years Z1 1 year 9 months ago #30030

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Hi guys

Thought I shared this with you. www.kawasaki-cp.khi.co.jp/Z50th/en/source/
Two cylinders missing, but I guess we agree very pretty.

Z1300 A1/ KZT30AG built 1979
frame KZT30A 004285
engine KZT30A 000288
location: borderland-triangle France/ Germany/ Switzerland, Europe
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50 years Z1 1 year 9 months ago #30033

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Hi Holger,
Thanks for that link. That two cylinder bike is a W1 which Meguro Manufacturing Co. produced under a license from Birmingham Small Arms Co. The W1 was a 624 CC copy of a BSA A7 which was a 500 CC twin. It didn't do very well when introduced in the USA in 1967. They followed with a W2 which didn't do any better. In 1969 they came out with the W3 which sported dual front disks and an instrument cluster from a Z1. The W3 was a better competitor for the British two cylinder bikes but perhaps too little too late. I have a 1974 W3 although I haven't ridden it in close to 20 years.

1947 Indian Chief, 1968 BSA Shooting Star, 1970 BSA 650 Lightning, 1974 Kawasaki W3, 1976 KZ900 A4, 1979 KZ750 B4, 1979 KZ750 B4 Trike, 1980 KZ550, 1981 KZ1300, 1982 KZ1100 Spectre, 1985 Kawasaki ZN1300, 1987 Yamaha Trail Way, 2000 Honda Valkyrie Tourer, 1981 GL 1100, 2009 Yamaha RoadLiner S
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