’81 Kawasaki KZ1000 CSR Cafe Racer
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When you buy a cruiser bike, turn it into a cafe racer?? Now let me make one thing clear here and now, the KZ1000 CSR is not a lemon, but I hope you get the picture.
Kawasaki found a good number of ways to use that big lump of a motor and all of them worked. The standard KZ1000, the GPz, the ELR, and the CSR…there are probably one or two more iterations that I can’t remember at this moment. The liter motor was, and still is, a perfect platform to build a motorcycle around.
The Kawasaki I found on ebay this morning is a bike I have seen in person. It lives not too far from me in Ojai California. This small little town in southern California is one of the best starting points for great riding you’ll find anywhere. Touring riders, sportbike crazies, the chopper crowd, everybody can find entertaining riding looking any direction from Ojai. It is also the home of a few well hidden collections of great bikes.
Anyway…back to this CSR. The owner of this bike did a really nice job of taking a factory cruiser and making a sweet cafe racer out of it. Clean looks, some good upgrades…all in all, a nice bike. Like I said, I have seen this bike in person and the pictures really don’t do it justice. If it wasn’t for the clubman bars, which are absolutely proper for the cafe’ style, I’d call this a great fly and ride bike. Fly to California and ride it home. On the other hand, you may be a masochist and riding a long way with the drop bars isn’t a problem. This Kawasaki is a very well done motorcycle for a very reasonable price. Click on the pictures below for more info about the maintenance, upgrades and more photo’s.