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DID YOU know that in Ja­pan, the Kawasaki Z1-R is more highly re­garded than the orig­i­nal 903cc Z1 that us Euro­peans get in such a lather about?

The Rs make huge money in their na­tive land and are par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar with spe­cials builders who are look­ing to en­hance the Kwak’s im­pos­ing looks.

But back in 1978 when the Z1-R was launched, it didn’t cap­ture the pub­lic’s imag­i­na­tion in the way Kawasaki had hoped it would. It was too styled, too un­usual and – per­haps – too ex­pen­sive.

How times change. Al­most 40 years later the Z1-R has ma­tured into an era-defin­ing su­per­bike, rub­bing shoul­ders with the orig­i­nal 900 as a ‘must have’ of the Zed range.we think the Ja­panese are right – the Z1 may be the orig­i­nal but the R is bet­ter in ev­ery re­spect, and a line in the sand in its own right. Phil West ex­plains why from page 54.

Suzuki’s TL1000R fell short of the mark when launched 20 years af­ter the Z1-R. Odd­ball styling and a fail­ure to de­liver on its prom­ise cut its time short. PS reader Dave Camp­bell saw the po­ten­tial, though. He’s now on his third, and with clever think­ing and engi­neer­ing nous has built the bike Suzuki should have made all along. Find out how from page 36.

Also in the is­sue we’ve got re­stor­ers from across the globe, an RF900 that cleans up on track, plus loads more...

En­joy the mag Jim Moore, Edi­tor

The Z1-R: fi­nally ap­pre­ci­ated, al­most 40 years af­ter its birth Dave Camp­bell shows Suzuki how the TL-R should’ve been done

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