The Z2 range was never officially exported from Japan until Kawasaki decided to market the Z750-D1 exclusively for the South African market during 1979. As you can see from the Official Photograph shown below, it looks identical to the home market Z750-D1 apart from the engine being in bare aluminium colour, but there are more changes than at first glance.
Shown right is an extract from a Kawasaki Recognition Manual showing the Export model. I suspect the "Engine Number" designation is a typo, as I'm pretty sure it should be Z2E prefix and not KZ750DE.
Production of the export model didn’t start until May 1978 which was quite late in the D1 production run, but continued up until the end of D1 production in November 1978. It is very difficult to know how many export models were made because they were manufactured in tandem with the domestic model, but looking at data available, I’d guess at around 400 units. Sales in South Africa commenced late 1978, although the bike is officially designated as a 1979 model.
Despite the publicity photo looking identical to the
Thanks to the pictures above supplied by Marco showing a fairly original Export model, backed up by the information in the Export model Parts Book, the main differences compared to Japan model are:
Master Cylinder = 43015-1010 Speedometer = 25005-1013 Tachometer = 25015-1022 Headlight assy = 24004-054
Main wiring loom = 26001-1035 Left Hand switchgear = 46091-058 Rear mudguard = 35022-123 Rear light Assy = 23024-066