Kawasaki ZL1000A: history, specs, pictures

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Kawasaki ZL1000 Eliminator
Manufacturer
Also called ZL 1000 Eliminator
Production 1987 - 1988
Class Cruiser
Engine
Liquid cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.
Bore / Stroke 74.0mm x 58.0mm
Compression ratio 9.2:1
Top Speed 128 mph (206 km/h)
Horsepower 107.68 HP (80.3 KW) @ 9000RPM
Torque 67.12 ft/lbs (91.0 Nm) @ 7000RPM
Fuel System 4x32mm Keihin carburetors
Ignition CDI
Spark Plug NGK D8EA '87
Battery YUASA YB14L-A2 '87
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension Front: 38mm Showa air assisted forks 142mm wheel travel.
Rear: Dual Showa air assisted shocks, 106mm wheel travel.
Brakes Front: 2x 277mm discs
Rear: Single 267mm disc
Front Tire 100/90-18
Rear Tire 160/80-15
Weight 244 kg / 538 lbs (dry),
Oil Filter K&N KN-401[1]
Recommended Oil K-tech 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 18.5 Liters / 4.8 US gal
Manuals Service Manual


The Kawasaki ZL1000 was a in-line four, four-stroke Cruiser motorcycle produced by Kawasaki between 1986 and 1989. It could reach a top speed of 128 mph (206 km/h). Max torque was 67.12 ft/lbs (91.0 Nm) @ 7000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 107.68 HP (80.3 KW) @ 9000 RPM.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a liquid cooled in-line four, four-stroke. A 74.0mm bore x 58.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 997.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a double overhead cams/twin cam (dohc).

Drive[edit]

The bike has a 6-speed transmission.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 100/90-18 front tire and a 160/80-15 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via dual disc in the front and a single disc in the rear. The front suspension was a 38mm Showa air assisted forks 142mm wheel travel while the rear was equipped with a Dual Showa air assisted shocks, 106mm wheel travel. The ZL1000 was fitted with a 4.89 Gallon (18.50 Liters) fuel tank.

1986 - 1990 Kawasaki ZL 1000[edit]

Even if the first Eliminator bike was produced in 1985, Kawasaki launched multiple different ZL models depending on their displacement: 1000cc, 600cc, 500cc, 400cc.


Photos[edit]

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Overview[edit]

The ZL1000 was an evolution of the ZL900, sporting a larger engine and 34 mm carburetors. The styling of the ZL1000 was much more conservative than that of the 900, with a longer rear fender and a much larger fuel tank, this motorcycle was only available for 2 years, 1987 and 1988, but mostly sold in UK, Australia and the US in 1988. 100 HP models was sold in Germany, France and Sweden. The ZL1000 shares the same strong following as the ZL900.


Make Model Kawasaki ZL 1000 Eliminator
Year 1987 -
Engine Type Liquid cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.
Displacement 997 cc / 60.8 cu-in
Bore X Stroke 74 х 58 mm
Compression 9.2:1
Induction 4x 32mm Keihin carburetors
Ignition CDI
Starting Electric
Max Power 110 hp / 82 kW @ 9000 rpm
Max Torque 9.3 kgf-m / 67.2 lb-ft @ 7000 rpm
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Shaft
Front Suspension 38mm Showa air assisted forks 142mm wheel travel.
Rear Suspension Dual Showa air assisted shocks, 106mm wheel travel.
Front Brakes 2x 277mm discs
Rear Brakes Single 267mm disc
Front Tire 100/90-18
Rear Tire 160/80-15
Dry Weight 244 kg / 538 lbs
Fuel Capacity 18.5 Liters / 4.8 US gal
Consumption Average 30 mpg
Standing ¼ Mile 11.8 sec / 112.5 mph
Top Speed 131.4 mph



The Kawasaki ZL1000A is a motorcycle produced by Kawasaki in 1987.

1987[edit]

It was only made for one year in 1987, and total production worldwide was only ~2500 bikes. It is has a quarter mile time of 11.3 seconds at 115mph. Horsepower is approximately 110hp.



References[edit]

  1. 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019.