Welcome to this website relating to all things Z2. Hopefully, the following pages will provide some useful information to all non-Japanese speaking Z2 owners and enthusiasts alike. Anyone who has tried to get facts on this model via the Internet will have struggled to find anything of note. Sure, there are plenty of web pages out there, but unfortunately 95% of them are written in Japanese.
There are a couple of excellent books out there written by Dave Marsden and Micky Hesse which refer to the Z2, but understandably their main focus is aimed at the more popular Z1 model.
Perhaps you are an enthusiast of the legendary Z1 and want to know a little more about this relatively rare (outside of Japan) model, or perhaps you are one of the few lucky (non-Japanese) owners of this motorcycle. It is difficult to estimate how many have found their way around the world, but having run this site for a couple or so years I'd guess there are no more than 150 outside
A pattern has emerged of how and why these Z2 models ended up outside their home market. For example, it seems that nearly all Z2 in USA were brought back by servicemen stationed in or near Japan during the 1970's. The UK Z2's were probably all imported from USA in the 'Great Z1 Drain' of the USA in the early 1990's when Z1's (and the odd Z2) were shipped to UK by the container load. I believe the German bikes were 'Grey' Imports at the time of manufacture by 'Detlev Louis' GmbH, while the Australasian bikes were shipped direct from Japan in the late 70's early 80's since Japanese bikers were always after the 'latest' models and Australia was a convenient and cost effective destination to offload their old bikes. I'm sure many more Z2 left Japan than the 150 or so estimated survivors but these ended up being broken for spares, scrapped or accident damaged.
A special thanks to Paul Andrew in Australia and Katsura Tsukamoto in
This site is not exhaustive on content, nor is it necessarily completely accurate. If you either spot any errors or have any other useful information or images you can share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Likewise, it would be great to have more pictures of Z2's. If you own one, email me a photo or two and I will add it to the 'Readers Bikes' page
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