Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - 18-CYLINDER GIANT TEST -

If you can’t find a ‘nor­mal’ Z1300 you’ll prob­a­bly strug­gle to find one of these, to be fair. A full-dress tourer ver­sion of the 13, with fuel-in­jec­tion, it weighs more than a mod­estly sized house, but is per­haps the per­fect home for Kawasaki’s mon­ster six-cylin­der mill. The first mod­els (1983) made 117bhp. From 1984-1988, and the end of pro­duc­tion, power was upped to 130bhp. 200 end of run mod­els dubbed the ‘Leg­endary Six’ (with a sticker on the tank to prove it). A hit on the con­ti­nent, es­pe­cially with the Ger­mans.

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