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This is The Green Is­sue, but not some kind of en­vi­ron­men­tally-mo­ti­vated po­lit­i­cal mes­sage those three words now sug­gest. Far from it. It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of a time when green was mean, a time of Kawasaki’s out­ra­geous two-strokes triples and ground-break­ing four-strokes. A time when big horse­power was ev­ery­thing and chas­sis tech­nol­ogy was strug­gling to catch up.

In the early 1970s rid­ers were go­ing Kawasaki crazy on the road with the wild 500cc and 750cc two-strokes. On track it was fast and fu­ri­ous too, with peo­ple like Mick Grant at the TT and short cir­cuit he­roes like Yvon Duhamel and Art Bau­mann strug­gling to tame the ‘green mea­nies’. Then came the four-strokes. Godier Ge­noud won en­durance races with the Z1/Z1000 power units and Ed­die Law­son earned leg­endary sta­tus rac­ing a Z1000 in Amer­i­can su­per­bike that saw Kawasaki de­velop a road bike as a trib­ute to him.

It was an in­cred­i­ble pe­riod of gas-guz­zling, tyre-smok­ing mad­ness – a green era to unset­tle all of to­day’s green cam­paign­ers. En­joy the is­sue!


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