Kawasaki Z1300

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Kawasaki Z1300
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Kawsaki Z1300 owners club stand
Manufacturer Kawasaki
Also called KZ1300, ZG1300, ZN1300.
Parent company Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Engine 1,300 cc (79 cu in) 4-stroke DOHC water-cooled Inline 6

The Kawasaki Z1300 is a touring motorcycle with a water-cooled 1,300 cc straight-six engine that was manufactured by Kawasaki between 1979 and 1989.


The Z1300 featured six cylinders, water cooling, and shaft drive as standard equipment. Most unusually for a modern UJM, the Z1300 was undersquare, with a stroke of 71mm and a bore of 62mm.[1] This was done to keep the engine width acceptable, but the high piston speed limited the maximum rpm figure. During its ten year production run, fuelling was switched from carburetors to electronic fuel injection and suspension was upgraded to air systems front and rear. Fuel injection system was adopted primarily to improve fuel consumption, but a by-product was increased power and torque.

Although its straight-six engine was smooth, the motorcycle was heavy, expensive and thirsty, and the Z1300 sold poorly, particularly in Europe. One tester criticised the handling, saying it "wallowed, weaved and bucked", and the engine covered only 30miles per UK gallon.[2]

When released, its output in excess of 120 hp (89 kW) prompted France to introduce a 100 hp (75 kW) limit on new motorcycles. However, no other EU country followed suit, and France is set to abolish the 100bhp limit in 2016.[3]

The Kawasaki Z1300 was manufactured in several versions, namely: Z1300, KZ1300, ZG1300 and ZN1300. It is the biggest model of the legendary and still ongoing Z series that was started in 1972 with the Z1 (900). In the U.S., the model was equipped with a windshield, suitcase, and a redesigned frame. This new model was called "Voyager". In Europe, the traditional model was still available. The last 200 models (built in America as all Z1300 models were), built in 1989, have been called "Legendary Six", and were equipped with a special logo on the fuel tank to show that to the public. After a ten-year production run, Kawasaki's first and only liquid-cooled six-cylinder engine bowed out in 1989 after 20,000 KZ1300/Z1300 models and 4,500 Voyager models had been produced.

Sbarro Super Twelve[edit]

In 1982, Swiss specialty car manufacturer Franco Sbarro constructed a mid-engined sports car with hatchback bodywork called the Sbarro Super Twelve. This featured an inline twelve-cylinder engine (a nominal straight-12) which consisted of two "joined" Z1300 engines.[4] The two engines were not a unit as such: they were connected only by belt. Each engine kept its own gearbox and drove its own rear wheel. The performance of this 800kg car with 240bhp was described as "ferocious", and only one was ever built.[5] .

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/kawasaki/kawasaki_z1300%2079.htm
  2. ^ http://www.realclassic.co.uk/kawa03110100.html
  3. ^ http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-industry/french-100bhp-limit-to-be-revoked/21859.html
  4. ^ Mazzocchi, Gianni, ed. (April 1984). "Autonotizie: Per lo Svizzero Sbarro questa è una ≪Ferrari≫!" [Car News: To Switzerland's Sbarro, this is a Ferrari!]. Quattroruote (in Italian) (Milan, Italy: Editoriale Domus) 29 (342): 102. 
  5. ^ http://sbarro.perso.neuf.fr/voitures/SuperTwelve/supertwelvegb.html