1980 Kawasaki Moriwaki ‘Monster’ Racer

HIGHLIGHTS


• Built to the original spec by Gordon Pantall
• New replica Moriwaki frame
• Only ridden for 6 laps of the Jurby Festival in 2019
• Extremely rare, race-spec bike


THE BACKGROUND


When it comes to motorbike racing, the Isle of Man TT is the absolute pinnacle of courage and talent. And the riders and machines that succeed there are the stuff of legends. Alan Jackson, an IoM TT winner, rode the Moriwaki ‘Monster’ (based on the Kawasaki Z1000) to 4th place in the 1980 race.

The bike was sponsored by Gordon Pantall, an ex-racer himself, and built from Moriwaki frames imported from Japan. Only one was imported, so it is a incredibly rare bike.

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THE HISTORY


Gordon Pantall was the only one to import a Moriwaki kit into Britain in 1979, and four replicas were born from that kit. For those unfamiliar with the bike, Moriwaki are a Japanese engineering company who have specialised in the design and creation of high performance parts for motorcycles and cars since the early 1970s.

Mr Pantall had parts for the bike in storage until he retired, when he decided to build this full, original specification replica. He completed this in 2018, and the bike was displayed at the 2019 Jurby Festival where it completed six demonstration laps.

The bike has never been raced and has been dry-stored since completion.

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THE PAPERWORK


It should be noted that this is a track bike and has not been registered for the road. As such, there is no V5 or service history. The owner has built the bike himself over a number of years, after having stored and collected the parts over many years.

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THE EXTERIOR


All of the bike’s external elements, from the frame and fairing to the seat and handlebars are in fantastic condition. It presents as a fully restored, original 1980 TT racer.

No expense has been spared in building this bike, and a wealth of new and restored original specification parts have been sourced and installed, making the bike look every inch the period racer. These include:

  • Brand new UK made replica Moriwaki frame, made of bronze welded Reynolds tubing
  • Frame and swinging arm powder coated in gloss black
  • Refurbished Dymag wheels, new wheel bearings and new Avon Race tyres
  • New fibre glass replica fairing, seat and front fender
  • New alloy Moriwaki replica fuel and expansion tanks
  • New Scitsu electronic rev counter

Finished in period-correct Moriwaki blue and yellow livery, the bike is a stunning recreation and in almost showroom condition.

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THE MECHANICS


Mechanically, the bike has been built as close to original specification as possible. Mr Pantall has used new or high quality refurbished parts throughout. He assures us that the bike runs perfectly.

The frame was built to accept a twin-shock or single-shock set-up at the rear. It currently runs the twin-shock set-up, as per the original 1980 racer.

The list of parts used in the build is extensive, but includes the following:

  • New box section swinging arm with needle roller bearings and aluminium chain adjusters
  • New Hagen rear shocks with spring/damper adjustment
  • New Moriwaki/Kyaba front forks and yokes
  • Refurbished AP Racing callipers and master cylinder
  • Kawasaki front floating discs and standard rear disc
  • Refurbished Z1R crankcases
  • Moriwaki 998cc 10:1 pistons
  • Moriwaki spec new replica F1 race cams
  • Gas-flowed cylinder head with large inlet and exhaust valves and H/D valve springs.
  • Under bucket shim arrangement
  • Standard Kawasaki clutch assembly with bearing release mechanism and H/D springs
  • Kawasaki Z1000 carburettors with velocity stacks
  • New oil cooler, pipes and fittings
  • New Dyna ‘S’ electronic ignition system
  • Engine filled with 10/40 Mineral Race Oil

As can be seen from the specification, enormous care has been taken in creating this replica, and the level of craftsmanship on display is wonderful to behold.

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THE APPEAL


If you’re a fan of motorbikes, and especially if you’re a fan of the TT, then Moriwaki is a name you’ll know well. The Japanese engineers are renowned as creators of high performance motorsport parts. So the opportunity to get your hands on a full Moriwaki replica – especially one with the provenance this bike has – is not to be missed. 

Gordon Pantall was a racer in his own right, before going on to sponsor a race team, and this is a spot-on replica of Alan Jackson’s 1980 bike which came 4th in the TT. You simply won’t find another one of these anywhere else. Hand-built by Gordon himself to the very highest standard, its a genuinely incredible machine. 

Of course, you need to remember that this is a pure racer, built for the track and intended to be used there. They weren’t called ‘monsters’ for nothing, and this is certainly no road bike. But it is one of the rarest, best engineered and prettiest racers we’ve seen in a very long time. The Moriwaki livery has always looked great, and here it’s presented in as-new condition, making it the kind of bike that would be the highlight of any collection you care to mention.

It may well be a monster, but this is one monster we’d really like to take home. We’re not sure it can be tamed, but we’d definitely be willing to take our chances…


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1980
  • Make Kawasaki
  • Model Moriwaki
  • Colour Blue and Yellow
  • Engine size 998
  • Location NOT STATED
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
13 bids from 8 bidders
  • ph•••• £9,300 15/10/21
  • ma•••• £9,200 15/10/21
  • La•••• £8,000 14/10/21
  • dm•••• £5,050 12/10/21
  • ci•••• £3,000 11/10/21
  • ma•••• £2,800 11/10/21
  • lo•••• £1,570 10/10/21
  • ph•••• £1,470 10/10/21
  • lo•••• £1,350 10/10/21
  • ma•••• £1,250 09/10/21

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