Japanese bikes
A good show of Kwakas

Japanese bikes invade Bike Night

In the wake of the success of the sixth “Living in the 70s” motorcycle exhibit of classic Japanese bikes, the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club will display at the Brisbane Bike Night on November 4.

The club should have about a dozen bikes for display at Harry’s Diner in Lutwyche.

This follows a successful “Living in the 70s” motorcycle show last Saturday (September 26, 2015) run by the Honda SOHC 750/4 Owners Club at the new venue of Team Moto Honda at Springwood.

Japanese bikes

Club spokesman Eric Leah says there were an increased number of entries displaying at the show over previous years, with 40 motorcycles present.

The show had 10 categories with an emphasis on bikes from the ’70s but any Japanese motorcycle from pre 1985 was welcome and there was a separate category for each of the Japanese marques.

“There seemed to be an increased trend towards unrestored motorcycles, proudly wearing their patina of age,” Eric says.

Japanese bikes
Hondas on show

Hondas were again in the majority, with a good representation from Kawasaki, with Suzuki and Yamaha in smaller numbers.

The display included some rare trail and trial bikes from the ’70s, commuters such as the diminutive Z50 and CB100 and UJM superbikes such as the CBX, Z1000 and 750 Fours.

Winners of categories

  • Motorcycle of show: B Sanders CBX1000
  • Best Honda 750 four: S Taylor 750 K6
  • Best 70’s Honda: B Schulz CBX 1000
  • Best 70’s Yamaha: E Leah CS5E
  • Best 70’s Suzuki: R Burrows TS250
  • Best 70’s Kawasaki: T Neilson Z1
  • Best Honda up to 1985: G Wilson CL77
  • Best Yamaha up to 1985: J Stephenson XJ900
  • Best Suzuki up to 1985: no entries
  • Best Kawasaki up to 1985: C Jensen Z1000EFI


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