The Kawasaki Z1 Story

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

By Dave Shee­han ISBN: 9-781845-848071 Pub­lished by Ve­loce 256 pages soft cover RRP: $39.99 Avail­able from: Avail­able from Pit­stop (1800 622422) and Au­to­book World (02) 9231 6713 An­other Z1 book? Yes, but with slight dif­fer­ences. Sub­ti­tles, “The death and birth of a leg­end”, this book tells how the “New York Steak” pro­ject, which was Kawasaki’s code name for the se­cret de­vel­op­ment of their big four, al­most ended up on the scrap heap when Honda zapped the world by in­tro­duc­ing the CB750 first. Shee­han de­tails the se­cret test­ing pro­gram in the US where a team of rid­ers in­clud­ing Paul Smart rode Z1s dis­guised as Hon­das across the con­ti­nent. This is a book steeped in nos­tal­gia, to the point that the au­thor gives us a US-fo­cussed retro trip through what else was hap­pen­ing in 1972 (the Z1 launch year), such as a Rolling Stones tour and var­i­ous block­buster movies. More than half the book is de­voted to the process of ac­tu­ally get­ting the Z1 to the show­room floor, which is a nice change from the usual in­tri­cate model change de­tail of other books. The re­views sup­plied to us all praise the de­tail of this book by well known his­toric rac­ing buff Terry Wright, who splits his time be­tween Aus­tralia and UK. John Med­ley, au­thor of the ac­claimed Bathurst; Cra­dle of Aus­tralian Mo­tor Rac­ing said, “This is a mar­vel­lous book. You should buy it. It is filled with fas­ci­nat­ing de­tail, a clear story line, broad and deep in its his­tory and hu­man­ity, as­ton­ish­ing in its mem­o­ra­bilia and au­to­mo­bil­iana, the au­thor’s re­search and foot­not­ing a model for other writ­ers, the au­thor’s hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in the field im­pec­ca­bly un­matched … The book is well pro­duced, thought­fully de­signed, and too heavy to read in bed.” From a mo­tor­cy­cling per­spec­tive, the book is also a solid in­sight into the V-twin JAP and Vin­cent pow­er­plants, many of which were plucked from two or three wheel­ers. “Loose Fill­ings” is the name of a quar­terly news­let­ter pub­lished by Wright and Garry Simkin deal­ing pri­mar­ily with mo­tor­cy­cle-en­gined his­toric rac­ing cars in Aus­tralia.

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