1985 Kawasaki 454 LTD
Great deal for the cost, and impressive performance
Timing chain is making a little noise. Probably a simple adjustment will fix this problem.
I just bought the bike, and I am very impressed thus far. Being 6'4" and 220lbs, I was looking for something bigger initially. When I rode the 454, I was first impressed with the power, it is not a slug by any means. It also handles beautifully.
The bike is a little small for my size, but it is much more comfortable than what I anticipated, and it handled myself, as well as my girlfriend no problem.
I lucked out and found one in show room condition with custom paint and pipes for $1,300.00. And, with only 13,000 miles on it, my guess is that she has a lot of life left in her.
The timing chain is rattling a little, which I hear is typical of Kawasaki engines of this vintage, but I assume this can be fixed with a simple adjustment.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th August, 2006
3rd Apr 2010, 12:07
It is ironic that I hear you say that the Kaw. 454 fits you so well, at 6'4"!! I am also 6'3" I have owned my 1985 454 LTD since it was new. I loved it from the first time I rode one.. I was driving a Yamaha 650 special (twin). I test drove the 454 just giggles, more than anything else at the time.
I was so impressed at how it rode that I went, and bought one for myself and sold the Yamaha.
I still ride my 454 all over. I do at least one Iron Butt ride on it a year, and just last year took it out on it's longest ride of its life so far.
I live in Michigan and went to see my wonderful sister Chris in Tucson, AZ. It was ride of a life time. I did it by myself on the little 454. I loaded it down with everything that one could possibly need for two weeks..
I left Holland, Mi. at 6:00pm and rode till I got to the south side of Oklahoma City, OK. 1,030 miles In 24 hours.
You need not believe me if you wish.. I am alright with that.. My family knows what I do on it.. To me, that is all that matters..!!
I wish they still made the little rascal. My daughter is now the true owner of my 1985 Kawasaki 454 LTD, semi chopped, classic
13th Jul 2014, 00:00
I'm in Grand Haven and stumbled on this site looking for info on a 454 that is for sale on CL. I've narrowed down my search between the 85 454 and a Honda 85 500 Shadow.
27th Jan 2016, 01:28
Go with the 454, you can't go wrong...