Kawasaki KZ1000A2 Reviews

1978 Kawasaki KZ1000A2 from Taiwan

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired18500 miles
Most recent distance22500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB450K6

Summary:

The Kawasaki KZ1000 A2 is truly a wonderful and great bike

Faults:

1.The bike is a bit heavy, but is tuned at only 83 PS (max. power) / 8.1 KgM (max torque) by the manufacturer, and therefore if you want the instant power from it at lower speed, you'll be somewhat disappointed.

2.The braking system is not strong enough, so you'd better pray not to run into any situations where sudden, urgent braking is necessary.

General Comments:

It's a streamline-shaped, elegant-looking and head-turning super bike.

It runs extremely fast and smoothly, by the 1970/'80 standards, of course.

It's very reliable and stable wherever you go.

Its 4-into-4 exhaust pipes make a deep, non-disturbing, sublime yet beautiful sound to the ears.

With huge volumes of used parts and accessories available on the US eBay auctions, it's economical to maintain, which is especially advantageous at this economically depressed time to keep a vintage bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2009

1978 Kawasaki KZ1000A2 from United States of America

Model year1978
Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1984
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki 750GT

Summary:

Fast, do anything with it bike..

Faults:

Tachometer cable seals leaked oil at the engine.

Speedometer and tachometer cables broke several times (thought they were kept lubed).

Helicoiled stripped spark plug threads. (1)

General Comments:

Awesome bike (KZ1000A2)

Basically did routine maint., tires, chains, sprockets, oil, filters.

42 MPG @55, added DeRale cooler, Koni triple rates, Krauser Star Cases, Air Fork kit, Windjammer V with Lowers. 35mpg dressed.

2up, 8000 mi on Avon Venoms, 12,000 on Conti Super Twins, 15,000 on Dunlop Touring Elites.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2008

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews