The Z1 Owners Club Great Britain was formed in 1989, by Sam Holt following the demise of the Kustom Kawasaki Owner's Club. The Club now has a membership of around 600 worldwide, all with a common interest in the legendary Z1 and it's descendants.
The Club originally covered all models of the Z1, Z900 and Z1000 up to and including the Z1-R, but in recent years this has been extended to anyone with an interest in Big Zeds - first generation big bore air-cooled Kawasaki fours which were originally twin shock. Members try and supply mutual support and advice with all models of the Z1, Z900, Z1-R, Mark 2s, Z1000R and Z1100Rs, 1000STs and so on. Also included are the Z2 which isn't over 900 but is clearly a sleeved down Zed, so is eligible, and the GPZ1100 B1 and B2, a bit of a cross-over for Kawasaki but undoubtedly more like Zeds than anything else so they fall within our remit. Once they went monoshock it really was the start of something new.
What else counts as a Zed? Well, eligibility can be with either engine or chassis, so that takes in those with Kawasaki Zed engined Rickmans, Harris, Egli, Moto Martin or even Z650 framed bikes, and also Gixer engined Zeds and the like.
Whether you're interested in concours bikes and restoration, streetfighters and specials, drag racers or classic racers, if it's Zed based you'll find a friendly ear here.
Joining the Z1 Owners Club
You don't, currently, have to be a member of the Z1 Owners Club to make use of the Club's website and forum but if you find it useful, helpful or interesting then
joining the Club is the 'right thing to do' - it's only the cost of a tank of fuel or a round down the pub after all and your membership contributions keep the whole thing on the road.
Club membership fees go towards supporting the Club website and forum, maintaining a stand at some of the leading classic bike shows to provide members and others interested in zeds a point of contact, and assisting some of the Area Reps to organise rallies.
The Club is registered with the leading classic bike insurers allowing you access to discounted insurance schemes.
Leading Suppliers offer Club members discount.
The Club offers free dating certificates and insurance valuations.
New members recieve an enamel badge and cloth sew on badge or a Z1 Owners Club keyring.
We keep in stock several factory special tools which are available for members' use by return post.
A wide range of Club merchandise and some specially manufactured spares are also available.
Several Area Groups hold monthly meetings and there are a number of Club rallies in the summer months.
The more you put into the Club, the more you will get out of it, but we hope you'll find being a Z1 Owners Club member useful and worthwhile.
The price for JOINING the Club as a new member or lapsed renewals is as follows:
The price for RENEWING your Annual membership is:
Club Membership runs for 12 months from the date of joining. Renewals can be either for a 12 month period (at full renewal price) or, from April onwards, a part year to bring you up to the end of December; in which case the renewal fee is
automatically reduced by £2 per quarter.
There are currently two ways of joining/paying. For those that like the traditional approach, you can
download this form and post it together with a
cheque or postal order for the correct amount, as shown above, made out to "Z1 Owners Club" to the following address:
Z1 Owners Club
18 Pear Tree Road
The second way is to use Paypal or any major credit card (you don't need a Paypal account). Please select your membership type and then complete the rest of the form:
We generally respond to all membership requests within 28 days but please be patient during busy periods holidays etc.
New Memberships run for 12 months from the date of joining through to the start of the following month. When renewing, you have the option of renewing for a full 12 months
or, from April onwards, for a part year to bring your renewal date to the end of December; in which case
the renewal fee is reduced appropriately.