I suspect that North America got mostly K and M models while the bulk of the J's went to EuropeOne thing I find surprising, apparently 10,000 KZ1000J's were made, but the K and M combined only totaled about 5000, and the KZ1000J is scarce around here while the K and M models are common.
Europe also got the J model and the 'GT750' model AKA Z750P model (this was the sport/shaft bike we never saw in North America)...Kawasaki had already decided by the early 1980's that to survive the market in the USA, they had to go the 'cruiser' route...hence we got the 1980 KZ1000G model (Z1 Classic) while Europe got the Z1000H (FI model)...both had problematic FI, but the H model looked much nicer than the G model, even when broken down by the side of the road. Note that the KZ1000J3 model was sold in Europe and in Canada, but never released in the US. The European J1/J2 models had a GPz1100 style tank while in North America that had a standard J style tank. The KZ1000J3 also had the GPz style tank, even in Canada.Did Europe get the J, or a different model? I think there were some sporting shaft drive models back then that were called "GT" that were only available in Europe. I never liked the cruiser style and always lusted after the European models.
10,000 (close enough) 1982 KZ1000J's would be around 200 per State (average), and bikes were not selling well in 1982, so I don't believe they sold that many in the US, although some may have sat in the warehouse till 84-85.
Maybe someone from the other side of the pond could tell us if the J was also a European model.
That's funny, I was re-reading previous posts before clicking "post" on this one, and I see grumpy56 has one of the warehouse bikes
My understanding is that the info on zedder.com is a strange mixture of North American and world-wide coverage...and it is uneven--at best. However, from the Kawasaki Recognition Manual (99930-1003-01) the (K)Z750S1/S2 appears to have been released in Canada, Europe, and other areas (probably Australia)...this would account for why it doesn't appear on Kawasaki which only covers Canadian models if they were also released in the US. The (K)Z750Y1 was released in Europe (no countries specified) and was a one-year wonder. Both the S and Y models use the K model shop manual.McDroid, any idea if the Zedder info only covers the North American bikes, or are the frame number and engine number ranges for worldwide sales? Also, don't suppose you could tell me where the KZ750S1 and KZ750Y1 were sold? I've seen them listed in the manuals, but the parts diagrams don't cover them.