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In 1983, many of the Japanese and other foreign manufactures dropped engine sizes from 750cc to 700cc in what has become known as the "Harley tariff". US President Ronald Reagan imposed a 45 percent tariff over a five-year period on the import of Japanese motorcycles, improving Harley-Davidson's ability to compete against high-quality foreign manufacturers as the last U.S. motorcycle manufacturer. Kawasaki modified the KZ model to create the ZN700 LTD, which squeaks in at 694cc to get just under the 700cc-threshold imposed by the tariff. In 1987, Harley-Davidson petitioned for an early end to the 5-year tariff (tax) and 750 Japanese bikes were back in full force, thus giving the ZN 700 a short production cycle.
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- Oct 27, 2001
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