1985 Kawasaki 454 LTD


Very powerful and reliable


When I got the bike, it had sat since 88.

Anyway, I got it in 2004, and just started working on it at the start of this year.

I had the carburetors cleaned out, and I have rode it twice, that is all. I can get it started.

I noticed after I rode it both times, that the right side carburetor was leaking gas into the area where my air filters go. I think it's the needle, but I am not sure yet.

General Comments:

The two times I rode it, it flew. I have a 50 yard long back yard and it pealed out every bit of that 50 yards. Then I had to stop.

It is very powerful, and I have noticed that Kawasaki uses its motor in their crotch rockets now.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th November, 2008

11th May 2017, 19:13

Well this engine actually came out of the Ninja 900.

1989 Kawasaki 454 LTD


Super bike for the size, with plenty of power


Previous owner dropped it and scraped it up on the right side. They also broke the front headlight mount; still looking for that since they no longer carry it through the factory.

General Comments:

I found the bike at a used car dealer locally. I took it home had to have the tank boiled out at a local radiator shop, then had the carbs worked on since the bike had sat for sometime.

After running the bike for a couple of weeks, I had to take it back in so they could rework the carbs, because the float was sticking. Been running like a top since.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2008

1986 Kawasaki 454 LTD


Sport-bike quickness and handling, great cruiser styling, reliable and ROCKS!


Not a single thing.

General Comments:

I just bought this bike - had been sitting in a humid garage for 7 years, and was COVERED in rust. The cost of a few brillo pads, some chrome polish, and about 2 hours general maintenance (checking hoses, wires, etc.) was all the time and money I've put into this bike. Talk about the reliability of a well executed design!!

It now looks (almost) new again, and runs like it just came off the showroom floor. Accelerates quickly due to the "1/2 Ninja" adapted liquid cooled mini v-twin power plant.

Belt drive is responsive and quiet, brakes apply quickly and evenly, delivering great stopping power. Rips on the highway at around 100mph with 2500 rpm to spare in 6th gear (I did replace stock airbox with some cheaper aftermarket oiled paper filters and drilled some small holes in muffler tip - boosted about 8 horsepower)

I wish they still made these!!! Awesome machine!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2007

1985 Kawasaki 454 LTD


A great little motorcycle with great styling and good power


No mechanical problems other than having the carbs serviced.

Speedometer started sticking and reads 20mph when actually going 55. Found some weird goop inside causing the sticking. Of course now I'm looking for a new speedo.

General Comments:

My first and only motorcycle. Purchased new for $2150 in 1985. I'd bet I could get at least a grand for it.

I was looking for a good starter bike and this one was the right choice. Smart styling that still holds up today and peppy performance. I remember that Kawasaki had an ad for it that stated that it was faster than a Corvette.

Have toyed with the idea of selling it now and then, as I don't ride it that much anymore due to long work hours and other obligations, but I can't bring myself to sell it.

Have had the tank painted once and will probably get it repainted again. Not happy with the way the second paint job is holding up.

If you're looking for a great little motorcycle for short distance riding or your first bike, you can't go wrong with one of these.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2006

3rd Oct 2008, 21:52

Hi, I was surfing for a job related task and landed on this page. I had this bike brand new and sold it years ago. A regret. Thanks for the memory, and glad you still have yours!

3rd Apr 2010, 12:53

I have owned my 1985 454 since it was new. Still have it and went to Tucson, AZ. last year on it from Michigan. 5,327 mile ride in 15 days.

I too, remember the commercial on T.V. about it being faster than a Corvette with a 454 cubic inch motor in it.. That is a no lie statement.

I have had a lot of good times on that little girl.. I weigh 240lbs now and 6'4". It is so comfortable to ride..

I would still like for a street bike 600cc to come up and want to lay $5.00 each on the curb. Make a little run and show them just how darn fast the little sucker really is..

As any of you know who has owned one.. They are a little rocket, and they like to fly..!!!

Gerrit, Michigan.