Fritz Egli has been known for a long time as a builder of interesting motorcycles and looking through some old motorcycle magazines I came across this turbo Egli Kawasaki built by Fast Company International, a Swiss company that seems not to be on the Internet if it still exists. The company was owned by Erich Korman, a transplanted Californian, who moved to Switzerland to build and sell fast vehicles, hence the name.
This bike was built in cooperation with Fritz Egli, based on a Kawasaki GPz1100 engine. The engine was built with a lot of new components, a Hoeckle chrome moly crankshaft, Mahle pistons set up for 7.05:1 compression and a Mr Turbo RayJay turbocharger. A single 38mm Mikuni feeds the 106 octane race gas. A 50/50 mix of distilled water and isopropyl alcohol is injected for cooling. There’s nitrous, too.
Gearing is pretty tall to take advantage of the engine, first gear is good for 90mph, second gets you 129mph and there’s three more left after that in the stock GPz gearbox. When Ken Vreeke of Cycle magazine tested this for their August 1988 issue, the bike had a few problems with the clutch and a malfunctioning wastegate that limited the turbo to “only” 12 pounds instead of the designed 15 plus a high altitude track and 100 degree heat. Still, it pulled 10.33 seconds at 151mph in the quarter.
The bike was purchased by someone in the U.S. but I’ve seen nothing more on this beast since that article. Is it still around? Is someone riding it regularly or is it locked away in some garage? If you have any info, let us know. File this under unusable curiosity.