As the costs associated with buying and owning collectible American and European motorcycles continue to rise, enthusiasts are turning in greater numbers to motorcycles produced by Japanese manufacturers from the 1960s to the early 1980s. The prolific production of Japanese motorcycles during this period today translates to consumer-friendly market values for collectors. This buyer's guide divides the world of classic Japanese motorcycles by the four major manufacturers -- Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Suzuki -- while emphasizing such landmark models as the Kawasaki Z-1 and Honda CB750, and featuring a chapter of less common models from secondary marques like Bridgestone. Photographs of the motorcycles are accompanied by complete descriptions of specification, components, paint codes, and serial numbers. A five-star rating system grades the bikes on collectibility, parts availability, two-up touring, reliability, and power, while the author highlights common repair and restoration needs, and suggests sources for collectible models.
Packed with hundreds of photos on the most collectible Japanese motorcycles produced from the 1960s up through the early 1980s. Highlighted models include the Kawasaki Z-1, the Honda CB750, CB400F, and Dreams, Suzukis, Yamahas, and other manufacturers such as Bridgestone. Race bikes are featured with information on how to research authenticity. The unique 5-Star Rating System helps you determine the most valuable models. Each bike is rated for performance, reliability, and daily use. Includes sources for finding collectible models.