Kawasaki KZ1000R (82).

Kawasaki KZ1000R (82)

KZ1000R (ELR) 1982 Eddie Lawson won the AMA Super Bike Championship in '81, so Kawasaki made this bike to commemorate the victory. It is based on the Z1000J2, but with a KR Kerker 4-1 pipe, rear shocks with separate resorvoirs, an oil cooler (from the GPZ1100), a different head angle (from 27.5 to 29.0 degrees, adding 0.6 inched of trail), 34mm CV Mikunis, rear wheel up from 2.15 to 2.50 inches, and modified brakes and head. Sticker on tank commemorates '82 AMA victory and has Eddie Lawson signature. Unique to the ELR is the tank filler cap, which on some very rare models has a black colored tumbler in addition to the black cap. Black aluminum footrest mounts and a black grab bar for a surprisingly good passenger comfort. A white Kerker sticker was included which dealers or owners typically put on the tank or fork bottoms. The racing version is referred to as the S-1 and has twin-plug heads, an aluminum fuel tank, different brakes, triangulated braced swingarm, and a host of other modifications (no Champion stickers). Go to specs about the S1 racer.


Make Model

Kawasaki KZ1000R Eddie Lawson Replica (Only the 82 is a real ELR)




Air cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 2 valve per cylinder.


Bore x Stroke 69.4 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio 9.2:1


4x 34mm Mikuni

Ignition / Starting

CDI / electric

Max Power

102 hp 76KW @ 8500 rpm

Max Torque

9.3 kg-m @ 7000 rpm

Transmission / Drive

5 Speed / chain

Front Suspension

38mm Air assisted forks, 145mm wheel travel.

Rear Suspension

Dual gas charged piggy-back spring preload shocks, 100mm wheel travel.

Front Brakes

2x discs 1 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single disc 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre

100/90 V19

Rear Tyre



222 kg

Fuel Capacity

21.4 Litres

Consumption average

36.6 mp/g

Standing ¼ Mile

11.7 sec / 114 mp/h

Top Speed

134 mph / 216 km/h

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