Kawasaki Elim­i­na­tor

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Special Build of the Year 2018 -

1985-’86 (900) 1987-’88 (1000) 908/997cc l/c, dohc, 16v four, 105/110bhp, 238/244kg

What is it? A Mad Max ma­chine made pro­duc­tion. An at­ti­tude packed street rod with the heart of a GPZ900R and later 1000RX.

Why so odd? The Ja­panese didn’t make many hot rod genre bikes – Yamaha’s V-max filled that gap al­most all on its own – but Kawasaki’s of­fer­ing, the Z900 Elim­i­na­tor (and lat­terly 1000), made bru­tal, al­most un­com­fort­ably ugly styling a sta­ple of the class, and all the bet­ter for it. Why you want one: The Elim­i­na­tor may not go around cor­ners with any­thing like the fi­nesses of its en­gine donor, but for rolling burn-outs and light­ning fast starts this Kwak is very much the gu­vnor. Good value too.

Val­ues: £1200-£2500

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