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Mentor Store, 7620 Tyler Blvd. Mentor, Ohio 44060
The Kawasaki Kz1000
is a motorcycle
manufactured in Japan by Kawasaki
released in September 1976 as a 1977 model to replace the KZ900
in the Z series
. It has an in-line 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed transmission, in a 'one down and four up' configuration. Producing about
90 hp, it was the fastest production motorcycle of the era.
The Kz1000 was featured in the television show CHiPs, wherein it was ridden by the protagonist characters Ponch and Jon, two California Highway Patrol officers. The bike was also used in various other TV shows and feature films such as Great Teacher Onizuka (a Japanese anime series) and Chain Reaction (Keanu Reeves' character's bike). The Kz1000 was also featured heavily in the 1979 movie Mad Max, in which a 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 was ridden by the Main Force Patrol officer Jim Goose, played by Steve Bisley.
Some of the significant differences between the Kz900 and the Kz1000 include that
the latter of the two has a heavier crankshaft for less engine vibration, smoother acceleration and a larger displacement.