VIN: KZ750G-000001 ~
Engine: KZ750BE046201 ~
Colors: Luminous Ruby Red
Characteristics that distinguish the ’80 G1 from the previous 4 years of 750 B1 – B4 twins: Quite a bit! The paint color and stripe changed of course (the pinstripes are similar to the ’79, but without the rear-tank downward turn), mag/cast rims instead of spoke wheels, drilled disc rotor, shorter front fender, decorative Kawasaki logo on triple trees, new headlight bucket and mount, updated-style turn signals, chrome gauge/clocks covers, high handlebars and matching angled master cylinder, shorter megaphone-style mufflers, U. S. carbs had plugged pilot screws, no center stand anymore, stepped seat instead of old flat “bench” seat, smaller side cover with “LTD 750t” instead of older “KZ750” emblem, chrome chain guard, newer-style 5-way adjusting black rear shock/springs without the old chrome decorative cap, left-side-only grab bar instead of full behind-seat grab bar, drum rear brake, o-ring drive chain, and no exposed rear fender as on previous years.
And there were also a couple important frame differences: Besides the various welded tabs being different to accommodate the previously-mentioned changes, note that the passenger footpeg mount (also doubling as the exhaust holder) has been modernized to a point instead of a big rounded swoop.
Here are some pictures to help identify the ’80 G1 (all pics are U.S. models; I don’t have any European pics, but I’m not certain there are any outward cosmetic differences anyway).