The 1980 model in Kawasaki’s revered range is put in motion by an ominous four-stroke DOHC inline-four monstrosity, with two valves per cylinder head and a compression ratio of 8.7:1. Z1000 ST’s air-cooled leviathan is equipped with as many as four Mikuni carburetors that enable it to breathe with ease. Additionally, this nasty animal prides itself with an unholy displacement of 1015cc.
It is perfectly capable of delivering up to 93 hp at 8,000 rpm, while a ruthless torque output of 58 pound-feet (78 Nm) will be accomplished at approximately 6,500 revs. A five-speed gearbox is tasked with channeling the engine’s wicked power to the rear wheel by means of a shaft final drive. This entire shebang enables Kawasaki’s beast to run the quarter mile in just 12.4 seconds. Its top speed is generously rated at 135 mph (217 kph).
Now, that’s all fine and dandy, but even a splendid piece of machinery like Kawasaki’s Z1000 ST will begin to show its age after thirty years of faithful service. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of talented craftsmen that specialize in restoring or customizing (or both) vintage beauties to make them regain their youth.
A British fellow, by the name of Joe Gibbons happens to be among these gifted moto surgeons. Over the course of six painstaking months, he embarked on a quest to breathe new life into a weary 1980 Z1000 ST, and the results will have you lost for words. In fact, let’s proceed with a closer analysis of this entity, shall we?
Given the fact that this bike looks absolutely ravishing straight out of the box, Gibbons decided to focus mostly on the restoration side of things and a healthy dose of performance enhancements. For starters, we notice a selection of juicy upgrades that’ll improve handling by a significant margin.
Furthermore, the wizard went about fabricating one-off front and rear fenders, as well as a menacing exhaust system to give this Z1000 ST a personality of its own. You will also find a fresh headlight module, aftermarket turn signals and one tasty leather saddle. The latter was meticulously upholstered by the experts over at DP Leathers.
Lastly, Gibbons fiddled with the suspension to bring this creature two inches (50 mm) closer to the ground and tweaked the subframe to increase its length. To top it all off, he wrapped it up in a timeless gloss green finish, accompanied by black and golden accents.
One thing’s for sure; we’re aching to see what else this British magician will delight us with in the future!