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Z riders celebrate 50 years

Kawasaki Z models at Broadford Bike Bonanza

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Fans of the Kawasaki Z range of motorcycles should head to the Broadford Bike Bonanza in Victoria this Easter.

Kawasaki is celebrating the Z 50th Anniversary at the event on the Easter weekend of 16-17 April 2022.

The Broadford Bike Bonanza is run by the Museum and Heritage committee of Motorcycling Australia.

Organising committee member and longtime Z fan Shaun Lennard says the Z1 50th Anniversary will be a highlight of the 2022 Broadford Bike Bonanza which was one of the first events cancelled in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

Shaun Lennard AMC chairman
Shaun Lennard

The 2021 event was also abandoned.

“But for Easter 2022, the Broadford Bonanza is back, and making the Z1 Anniversary a key part of it makes the event even more special,” he says.

The Z1 was one of the most iconic bikes of the 1970s and starred in the first Mad Max film as well as Stone.

Kawasaki Motors Australia spokesman Robert Walker says the Z family of bikes “shaped motorcycling in Australia”.

“The Z1 was the first of our machines to bear the Z moniker,” he says. 

“Through the years, Z motorcycles have established themselves as icons of performance and style. 

“The 1972 Kawasaki 900 super4 (Z1) is embedded in motorcycling history.”

Kawasaki Z900RS and Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe crosby
Kawasaki Z900RS and Z900RS Cafe

The current Z line-up includes the pocket-sized Z125 Pro, the learner-approved Z650, Z900, the retro Z900RS, the Z1000, the supercharged Z H2 and the new addition for 2022, Z650RS.

The 50th Anniversary Edition models, Z650, Z650RS, Z900, Z900RS, come in heritage colours “Incandescent Fireball” and “Firecracker Red”.

Organisers are aiming to attract not only a large number of Z1s, Z1As, Z1Bs and Z900s for display, but are also hoping the event will draw a wide range of all Z-series bikes, from Z250s to Z1300s.

You can find out more via the Broadford Bike Bonanza’s Facebook page.