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1987 Kawasaki ZL1000 Eliminator, Chester Beaver of NJ | Reader's Rides
1987 Kawasaki ZL1000 Eliminator owned by Chester Beaver of Pennsylvania

Who: Chester Beaver of Watsontown, Pa.

Occupation: Industrial Bandsaw Service Operator

What: 1987 Kawasaki ZL1000 Eliminator

Owned since: 2013

Purchased: North New Jersey

Why this motorcycle: “I test drove one in 1987.  It ripped the buttons off my shirt, and I wanted one ever since.”

Mods:  Ultra rare air scoop (under 100 made by a performance company that specialized in Eliminators), Powder coated pipes, aftermarket shocks, detailed with black accents all around

Why I ride: “I have ridden all my life, and have never been without a bike. It is something I have always done and will always do. I love the acceleration.”

Other bikes: “The list is honestly too long. I have had well over 30 bikes, but never a Harley, because I like to go fast!”


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