Photographs by Kenn Slater, via Redline.
1981 Kawasaki 1000cc Endurance Racer.
Team Owner/Manager: Chris Waterman.
Bike’s nick name: “Big Bertha”. Spare bike: “Vickey”.
Sponsors: Kawasaki France, Kool, KVAS, Michelin, Elf, raced under EURAC banner.
Riden by: C. Berthod, J. Monnin, R. Cibille.
Victories: 1st Barcelona, 2nd Bol dor, 4th Overall in World Championship.
Engine: 998cc, air-oil-cooled, inline, 4 stroke, 4 cylinder.
Valves: DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.
Bore & Stroke: 69.4 x 66mm.
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1.
Power: 150bhp at the rear wheel.
Carburettors: 4 x 31mm Keihin smoothbores.
Spark Plugs: 2 per cylinder.
Transmission: 5 speed, close ratio.
Top Speed: 298kph clocked at Bol dor.
Ignition: Kawasaki factory self-powering digital.
Alternator: Belt drive, charging 2 x 12 volt, 10 amp Batteries.
Frame: One-off hand made from Renold S31 tubing.
Suspension: Rear; Bell Crank, Koni damper.
Front; 40mm, factory 500GP forks, air-over-oil with anti-dive.
Rims: Quick release front and rear; Dymag 3.00 x 18 front, Campagnola 4.75 x 18 rear.
Tyres: Michelin slicks.
Brakes: Full floating Brembo Gold Line calipers front and rear. 300mm front discs from OW31.
Front Lights: 2 x Marchal 100w.
Fuel Tank: Aluminium with quick fillers.
Bodywork: Fibre Glass.
Final Drive: Chain 530 Regina with aluminium rear sprocket.
Restoration: (and now owned) by (Wicked) Wayne Deintjies.