Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Aurora, CO USA 80013
Yeah, I like the old Kawi Z1's too. I especially like the later model Z1R's and the hard to find Eddie Lawson replica Z1.
Anyway, an old Z1 wouldn't really make that great of a starter bike- very heavy. However, if you like that kind of vintage look and would like something in a much more manageable package for a beginner, try looking for an 81-83 Kawasaki Gpz-550. They're great bikes: Incredibly durable/reliable, relatively light, powerful (for their day), pretty decent handling, cheap, and easy to find. The 84-85 Gpz had swoopier bodywork and a quarter fairing- great bikes too, but not quite the vintage look you're after.
"Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life son." - Vernon Wormer.- Dean, Faber College.