terça-feira, 4 de setembro de 2012
Kawasaki Z2 Road Star
Kit terminado no final de semana, Kawasaki Z2 Road Star de 1973, kit da Aoshima na escala 1/12. In December 1972, Kawasaki held a press conference in Tokyo and invited guests from 17 companies in the motorcycle industry, reporters from magazines and newspapers. At the conference, a new model 750RS Z2, was introduced as a brother model for the Japanese market in 1973. The Z2 is very similar to the Z1 with the only difference being the smaller engine. The new 746cc DOHC engine was built with newly designed pistons and crankshaft parts to give it a feel similar to the Z1's 900cc engine. The maximum Z2 horse power was 69ps at 9,000rpm with a maximum speed of 190km/h. Sale of the Z2 were 10% higher than their competitors' 750cc class motorcycles. The 900cc class body size and the DOHC engine attracted Japanese riders all at once because motorcycle equipped with DOHC engine had not existed in Japan prior to the Z2. During the first two years of production, Kawasaki built 80,000 Z1 and Z2 motorcycles, and the sales of these models established Kawasaki's reputation as a heavy weight motorcycle manufacturer. The side panel badges were identical to the 900 versions apart from the cc size, and of course it had a KPH speedo with a "red line" of 80KPH. Anything more than 80kph and a switch under the fuel tank is tripped and a warning light fitted on top of the headlight comes on. The only other cosmetic change would be for the eagle eyed, that being a 42 tooth rear sprocket in place of 35 tooth Z1 item. Although this motorcycle is most commonly referred to as Z2, it is perfectly acceptable to refer to it as 750-RS. "RS" stood for "Road Star" or "Roadster". Aoshima kit, 1/12th scale.