‘The Way We Were’ spe­cial!

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of you back in the We love get­ting your nos­tal­gic snaps so many big day with your steed! And we’ve had do a spe­cial spread. Kawasaki Zed ones we fig­ured we’d own­ers, etc… pull So come on X7 own­ers, Pow­er­valve at bsim­monds@your fin­gers out! Ei­ther send to me page. C’mon! mor­tons.co.uk or via our vi­brant Face­book

Mark ‘Pig­ford’ Pons­ford has had more than his fair share of Zeds. He says: “I got my first Kawasaki Z900A4 back in the early 1980s – I swapped it for a very clean T140V… Back then there was no ebay or mo­bile phones, so I’d ar­ranged to meet the bloke mid-way be­tween us both at Fleet Ser­vices on the M3. We checked each other’s bikes out and did a straight swap, there and then! What could pos­si­bly go wrong? The at­tached pho­tos show my old girl­friend and her mum (the nurse) on the Z900 in my par­ents’ back gar­den. Since then I’ve had a cou­ple of dozen Z900/Z1000S and more re­cently a Har­ris which I sold to buy my cur­rent, green Z900A4 in green!” which We've teamed up with The Hobby Com­pany the UK to give our favourite dis­trib­utes Tamiya plas­tic mo­tor­cy­cle kits in in minia­ture. So, send in restora­tion one of its amaz­ing mo­tor­cy­cles the chance to in­dulge in a your pic­tures of your bikes and you could win Re­mem­ber to send your name minia­ture mo­tor­cy­cle restora­tion of your own. where to post the kit. and ad­dress on each sub­mis­sion so we know Early 1980s and Roy Tucker is cap­tured in a clas­sic Po­laroid mess­ing about on the beach on his Kawasaki Z1B. With the 80s bring­ing a new era of su­per­bike, older Z mod­els could be picked up for rea­son­able money, from mem­ory Roy can re­mem­ber pay­ing £1100 for this one! Here’s one from the Scott Red­mond ar­chives: “This is my dad on his Z1R in 1978. I can clearly re­mem­ber sit­ting on this bike and mak­ing ‘brum-brum’ noises when my dad was at work. Hav­ing been a reg­u­lar Bri­tish bike rider, my dad wasn’t ready to trust elec­tric starts. The Z1R came with a crude ‘get you home’ kick-starter un­der the seat, my dad wasn’t too keen so fit­ted a nice chrome kicker!”

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