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Kawasaki Police 1000 CHP
by: Russ Amott [ RUSSAMOTTO ]

I have a friend, a retired Nevada Highway Patrolman, who rode the Kawasaki Police bikes for seven years. He told me that were bullet proof reliable. He new rides a new Harley Ultra. I've always considered the Kawasaki's o be the best value in motorcycles, particularly the old 1000 Concours's. Kawasaki POLICE KZ 1000 Motorcycle Reviews on Cycle Insider (0) Cycle Insider provides experiences consumers and owners have had with Kawasaki POLICE KZ 1000 Motorcycle Reviews. View their reviews and ratings on various aspects of these motorcycles.


In 1977 Kawasaki came up with a new motorcycle design with a 1015cc 4 cylinder engine producing 90 hp and the legendary KZ1000 was born. That same year, the KZ900 had been modified for police use, and the following year, the first KZ1000 police bike went into production. These first bikes, called the C series, featured a Harley Davidson style windshield, large cushioned seat for a single rider, floorboards in place of foot pegs, a larger generator for the extra lights, siren and radio equipment, and a speedometer with a solenoid that could trap the needle at the push of a button to record the speed of a traffic violator. The bikes were fast, nimble and rugged, but there were some issues with magnetic interference with the police radios (at that time, almost everything interfered with police radios).
The bike was popularized by the television series 'CHiPs', featuring two California Highway Patrol officers riding the bikes into new adventures. In 1982 a new model with a smaller but more efficient engine was introduced, and the windshield was replaced by a cowling. Production continued until 2005. Starting around 1999 many law enforcement agencies began to switch over to Harley Davidson motorcycles because of high demand for those bikes. Many agencies claimed that the bikes could be resold after a few years for the same price. While many motor officers were Harley fanatics, they openly admitted that the Kawasaki was faster, lighter, more maneuverable and it could be ridden over obstacles like roadside curbs or common pedestrian stairways. The Harleys were more expensive to maintain. Many agencies have now switched over to BMW motorcycles, but Kawasaki has re-entered the police market with the KZ14000 police bike.
The Kawasaki Police 1000 motorcycle is an icon of law enforcement. As part of the Naked Bike series, Aoshima offers several versions of this bike, including this one with the LAPD type windshield. This kit appears to represent a KZ1000 C model, 1980 or 1981. Later models would need the different engine and side plate.

The kit comes in what I consider the typical box for auto/motorcycle models-medium sized but much taller top opening type. There is a photograph of the subject taken from the rear side. Inside the box the sprues are all individually packaged, which is much appreciated as a single bag for all parts results in parts breakage and scratching.
There are 20 sprues, plus two rubber tires, three screws and a length of vinyl tubing. The sprues are molded in black, white, gray, bright chrome and satin chrome. Personally I really dislike chrome plated parts because of the extra work they create. The plating must be removed to glue parts together, doesn't take paint as well as bare plastic and to clean up mold seams or sprue attachment points reveals the plastic underneath. You can't just touch it up as the paint won't match the plating, so the entire piece must be painted.
Other than the gripe about the chrome, the molding of the parts looks really quite good. Very fine engine detail, accurate texture on the seat, grips and floorboards, and the vinyl tubing is to provide wiring for the spark plugs, throttle and brake lines. Ejector pin marks are hidden from view and I did not see any sink marks.
Details shown in the photos should satisfy most modelers. The rims on the real bike are cast with a very slight visible texture no present on the plastic molding. The tires come with legible sidewall lettering.
A single decal sheet is provided with markings for the California Highway Patrol. The decals appear thin, in register and clearly printed, with even the odometer reading legible.
The instructions are in fold-out pamphlet form, with the decal instructions at the front. Assembly is shown by line drawing and is completed in 21 steps. They are clear and easy to follow. Painting is called out during assembly with color numbers provided for Aqueous Hobby Color and Mr Color paints.

My overall impression of this kit is that it is very nicely detailed and complete. Aside from my dislike of chromed parts, everything looks great. I always appreciate good, clear, clean instructions. I don't know if there are aftermarket decals for those outside of California that would like to model something more local.
A build log has been started in the forums and can be found by clicking below:
Kawasaki Police 1000 CHP LAPD build
Highs: Excellent molding and detail provided in the box. Good instructions are easy to follow. Lows: Chromed parts may be a hassle for some.Verdict: I think this is a great kit for police motorcycle fans.
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Mfg. ID:AOS 003336
Suggested Retail:$53.99 US
Related Link:Dragon USA item page
PUBLISHED:Jan 18, 2014

2001 KZ 1000 Police 52,898 miles. Retired California Highway Patrol bike from Fresno, CA. These are just awesome bikes to ride. The saddles are super comfortable, large protective fairings, aggressive brakes, and the engines, near bulletproof and rugged. Get the suggested trade-in value and retail price for your 1994 Kawasaki KZ1000 Police Motorcycles with Kelley Blue Book. Standard engine specs: 4-Cylinders, 4. 1985 Kawasaki Police 1000 KZ1000P Your bike was great off the lot, but it’s time to make it truly yours with new parts. Shop thousands of aftermaket parts for motorcycles, ATVs and more.

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About Russ Amott (russamotto)

I got back into the hobby a few years back, and wanted to find ways to improve, which is how I found this site. Since joining Armorama I have improved tremendously by learning from others here, and have actually finished a couple of kits. I model to relax and have fun, but always look to improve. ..

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Kawasaki Police 1000 For Sale

Kawasaki KZ 1000P


2002 Kawasaki Police 1000

Kawasaki were quick to sell the Z1 to the various police forces of America. From as early as 1974 right up to present day. The letter C in their frame number identifies these bikes. Models after 1981 were known as the KZ1000-P. They were finished in white and fitted out in all the police gear. The popular seventies TV series 'CHIPS' brought them to everybody's attention. Quite a few of them have found their way to Europe and there is even an owners club for them, where owners dress up like Californian highway patrol officers and ride around the country posing!
What Kawasaki had to say:
Until 1968, Kawasaki was mainly involved in developing two cycle motorcycles, although the company did have a long history of developing four cycle engines. In 1937, Meguro (merged with Kawasaki in 1963) manufactured 500cc single engines, and the engineers who developed this technology moved to Kawasaki. These engineers played a major role in developing the 650cc W series motorcycles.
This experience provided Kawasaki with the basic skills to develop four cycle engines.In 1967 Kawasaki made a decision to develop a high-performance motorcycle which would far exceed the 650W1, the largest motorcycles in Japan that time.
As the United States was targeted as the main market for these high performance motorcycles, the development team was sent to the U.S. where they secretly worked out a plan for the new model.
Finally, the displacement of the new model was set at 750cc and a mock-up was completed in October 1968.
However, Honda announced a new 750cc single-over-head-cam (SOHC) motorcycle at the
Tokyo Motor Show held the same year. The Kawasaki management staff realized it was meaningless to come out with a similar model after Honda had already introduced theirs, so all development efforts on Kawasaki's 750cc model were stopped.
In 1970, the Z1 (development code T103) developing project team was reunited with the best staff in all the fields joining the project. This group repeated research and experiments to develop a better .
Kawasaki resumed U.S. market research in March of 1970 and collected customers' opinions from various sources such as random samplings of dealers and editors of major motorcycle magazines.
Finally, the management staff concluded there was a strong market for a high-speed, eye-appealing motorcycle with enough power to use as a reliable touring model.
Kawasaki's answer to this market was a 1,000cc class, four cycle, four cylinder model. The main requirements for the Z1 engine were high speed, high stability, and ease of dealing with pollution problems. A four cycle unit meeting these requirements would be met by strong market demand.
The first prototype was completed in the spring of 1971. This prototype was ridden by
American test riders with minor adjustments made step by step. In the fall of that year, the final prototype was completed and after testing, the unit was approved for mass production. The first production model was completed in February 1972, and this unit was subjected to repeated severe road testing after which all parts, including even the nuts and bolts, were examined. After reworking all weak points, the first mass-production model was built in May 1972.
The 903cc displacement of the Z1 made it the largest motorcycle in Japan. Worldwide, it was larger than Italian Moto Guzzi 850 and comparable to Harley-Davidson 1000 and 1200.
The specifications called for an air-cooled four-cycle four-cylinder engine with a double-over-head-cam (DOHC) mechanism.
The DOHC was necessary to realize overall high performance from low speed to high speed range. In motorcycle markets around the world, there were only one or two other samples of this type of engine, and it was the first engine for Kawasaki to adopt this advanced valve train.
The Z1's maximum horsepower was 82ps at 8,500rpm, 0 to 400m acceleration was 12 seconds, and the maximum speed was above 210km/h. The Z1 power was 8ps higher than the H2, and had great potential considering the average horsepower of the 1,200cc automobile was 77ps at that time.
However, horsepower per displacement was comparatively lower than the H1 and H2 because
Kawasaki changed their engine design policy so that the powerband was not set near the engine's limit, thereby pursuing elegance and smooth engine performance. It is also noteworthy that the Z1 engine was based on a policy to prevent pollution and was equipped with anti-air-pollution devices such as a positive crankcase ventilation system.
The main features of the Z1 were the reliable double-cradle steel tube frame, a safe and reliable disc brake system, and ease of maintenance. Since the Z1 utilized the complicated DOHC mechanism, ease of maintenance was carefully considered at the design stage. As a result, the Z1 could be maintained without removing the engine from the body except for maintenance of crankshaft related parts.
The Z1 style was fresh, but cool, without the look of a 900cc heavy weight machine. The style was achieved with tail-up mufflers, a light tear-drop formed fuel tank, and a slim, flowing seat.
All Z1 parts were individually examined and tested time after time resulting in a five year development period. Five years is not a short development period for one model, although as noted earlier, development was at one time stopped altogether. In this sense, the Z1 was the Kawasaki's flagship model.
In September 1972, the Z1 was introduced to the U.S. public, and sales started in November of that year. Since the development stage, Z1 was nicknamed 'The New York Steak,' and the Z1 was enthusiastically welcomed by markets as the 'mouth watering motorcycle' when sales started. The suggested retail price was $1,900 and the initial sales plan called for 1,500 vehicles per month including the European markets.
The Z1 was introduced to the Japanese public at the Tokyo Motor Show in October of 1972 and drew the strongest attention among numerous new models developed by our competitors.
In December 1972, Kawasaki held a press conference at Tokyo Takanawa Prince Hotel and invited guests from 17 companies in the motorcycle industry, and reporters from magazines and newspapers. At the conference, a new model, the Z2, was introduced as a brother model for the Japanese market.Production of Kawasaki's 750RS Z2 started in January 1973. It was a 746cc machine with newly designed pistons and crankshaft parts to express the same feeling as the Z1. The maximum Z2 horse power was 69ps at 9,000rpm with a maximum speed of 190km/h.
Sale of the Z2 started in March 1973 and were 10% higher than our competitors' 750cc class motorcycles. The 900cc class body size and the DOHC engine attracted Japanese riders all at once because motorcycle equipped with a 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