Kawasaki Z1R-TC Turbo

1978


  • Museum quality survivor
  • Disco-era black and orange paint factory ordered from SoCal design house Molly Design
  • Every TC buyer was required to sign a liability waiver
  • Delivered sub 11 second quarter miles at 125 mph plus
  • Carburetors, constant fouled plugs, lack of a rev limiter, a short power band, and turbo lag made this “overkill on two wheels” and ultimately a failed concept given the technology of the day
  • Horsepower “sufficient plus 50%”
  • Handlebar fairing – the first on a Japanese sport bike
  • Sold without a factory warranty
  • The TC probably approached the limit of tire technology of the day