Dave Mars­den

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Ps World -

Z-power, Leigh, Lan­cashire

Life-long Kawasaki fancier Dave started Z-power way back in 1986, and it’s been sup­ply­ing own­ers of ’70s and ’80s Kwaks with parts, knowl­edge and in­spi­ra­tion ever since

“I’m semi-re­tired now, but Z-power is still very much in busi­ness – now run by Phil Alford who’s been here since 1997 and Trevor Green­field who’s been a part­ner in the busi­ness for over 10 years. I’m still in­volved, mainly in sourc­ing new parts.

“We still sell around 15 sets of Z1 ex­hausts a month, mainly to UK cus­tomers; I didn’t think there were that many Zeds still out there, even ac­count­ing for all the US im­ports. The de­mand for 1970s stuff is mas­sive, and we’re hav­ing more and more stuff made for it: tanks, pipes, electrics, plas­tics, you name it. We have it made by EMGO.

“A long-time cus­tomer of ours went to work for EMGO and he took his Z1B with him. They mainly made Har­ley stuff at the time, so he asked them to make a few bits for his Kawasaki. He got them to make a new kick­start, but the one he gave them was bent – so all the replicas were too.

“The qual­ity of the re­made stuff is re­ally good though. Iron­i­cally, it’s too good for some re­stor­ers who want the slightly rough fin­ish of the orig­i­nals but I know which I’d rather have.

“We get in­ter­est in parts for both air-cooled and liq­uid-cooled Gpzs as well. There will come a time when we get more parts made for them too as the de­mand in­creases. For us, busi­ness is boom­ing. There’s enough in­ter­est in Kawasaki for us to stay loyal to the bikes we re­ally love. I might even get some time now to build a few more…” Z-power: 01942 262864

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