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Exactly 50 years after the first Z model was presented, Kawasaki is celebrating the Z50 anniversary with special activities and four anniversary models. In principle, all special models are in the tradition of the 900Z1 from 1972, but at the same time show the broad spectrum of today's Z models. In addition, Kawasaki Germany will start a competition on January 6, 2022, in which the Z-Stars will be sought, chosen and awarded by Kawasaki drivers. The central point of contact for the festive activities in Germany is a special website, which can now be accessed at www.50-jahre-z.de. There you can find a lot of information, downloads and current dates for the Z50 anniversary. However, the central component of the Z50 website is the Z-Stars competition. Anyone who wants to choose their Z, ZR, Zephyr, ZRX or GPZ model can upload photos and a description here.
Five anniversary models!
Both dignified, perfectly restored and grossly rebuilt specimens of the series mentioned are permitted. An independent jury will first select five special bikes from the entries. These five bikes and their owners will then be presented to the audience in more detail. The winner of the Z-Stars competition, who can take home a new Z900RS 50th Anniversary as the main prize, is then determined by online voting, in which anyone can participate. The announcement of the winning bike and the award ceremony will take place during the Kawasaki Days at the Technik Museum in Speyer (July 23/24, 2022). All details and the exact conditions of participation can be found under www.50-years-z.de. In addition to the Z-Stars competition, the anniversary models from Kawasaki will attract special attention among fans and collectors. A special Firecracker Red paintwork was created for the Z900 and Z650, which is strongly reminiscent of the GPZ models of the 1980s. In addition, the golden fork tubes of the Z900 50th Anniversary immediately catch the eye.
special seat cover and Z50 lettering
Both models also have other exclusive details such as a special seat cover or the Z50 lettering. The Modern Classic series from Kawasaki also commemorates the anniversary with two special models. For both the Z900RS and the new Z650RS series, 50th anniversary special models are being released for the Z50 anniversary. A special painting process was used to color the classic Candy Diamond Brown. The candy colors of the tank appear particularly deep and glossy. This enhances the natural beauty of the bikes. The gold-colored rims, an exclusive seat cover, a chrome-plated pillion handle, the words "Double Overhead Camshaft" and the discreetly attached Z50 logo on the tank also contribute to this. The Z900RS 50th Anniversary also has DOHC lettering on both engine covers. All special models are expected to come to Germany in time for the start of the season in the 2nd quarter of 2022.
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Five anniversary models for the 50th birthday of the Kawasaki Z1!
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