With the launch of the Kawasaki Z1-R series, Kawasaki jumped into the café racer market. It used mag style wheels and a quarter fairing with short bars. A black four into one system completed the look. While it was a significant bike in Kawasaki history, it was not a sales success. Consequently, Kawasaki did not release a 1979 model. In 1980, they did with a different paint scheme. As it is in history, a sales disaster has been judged by history as being highly desirable. The unit offered here is a "period piece". This is how many street racers looked. A bigger Wiseco top-end has been fitted. A lengthened swing arm has been fitted and a chromed case cover. Period metallic paint and pinstripes complete the look.