1985 Kawasaki 454 LTD from United States of America
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.
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..!!!