Found A 29 Year Old

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by motordog1, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. motordog1

    motordog1 Adventurer

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    Had been sitting covered in a garage since 1990. One owner 1983 KZ 1100A3. Starts right up but won't idle. Have ordered the rebuild kits for the carbs, put on new tires. The rear shocks and forks still hold air.

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  2. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    nice find!
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  3. ghostdncr

    ghostdncr Burnin' daylight...

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    I remember seeing these new at the dealership, but don't recall them looking quite as good as yours. That's an awesome find! :thumb
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  4. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    Great find. Funny, just the other day another one of these was put by the side of the road during the day with a for sale in the same shape and same color, but with 15k more miles. Up close they are really nice bikes and the shaft drive is a great bonus.
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  5. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Lovely find there. Looks super-clean. Enjoy it!
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  6. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    I worked at a Kawasaki dealer when those were new. We never sold even one. If someone wanted shaft drive, and there weren't many, they bought a Suzuki. We sold lots of GPZ's, 1000J's, and KZ1000/1100R's. It's nice to see one so road worthy.
    Definitely a keeper.
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  7. EetsOK

    EetsOK Been here awhile

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    Gorgeous machine! :clap
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  8. WhatThaFrig

    WhatThaFrig Been here awhile

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    Very nice!
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  9. jersey jim

    jersey jim Long timer

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    That's lovely.

    Don't forget to at least flush and change the brake fluid and perhaps replace those brake lines.

    Then put some miles on that old girl.
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  10. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Nice! Hope you didn't pay a boat load for it. Looks like it was garage kept or stored in a vacuum. :eek1
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  11. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    You might lower the rpms on the idle & besure to get that ign key replaced.

    You dog, what a cool scoot
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  12. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    Well, I'm riding a 23 yo K75, no complaints! May take a few hundred dollars to bring her back, but she'll serve you well!
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  13. Hookapelli

    Hookapelli Meat Popsicle

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    WOW!!! Luh-keeey...
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  14. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    Goddamned time machine! I love it.
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  15. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    Nice find. I dont remember ever seeing one without the fairing and bags.
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  16. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    A problem with Kawasaki ignition keys I don't know about?
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  17. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    Also check fuel flow/petcock filters. Maybe there isn't enough flow to keep the bowls filled.
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  18. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Sold mine!!:eek1 What was i thinkin??? Mine was all blue color. A repole form the bank, for $851.00. Why $851? That one $ won it me!!
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  19. goezer

    goezer The Traveler

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    I am Hating you, now. Too cool a bike to not be mine...
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  20. threadbare

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    in the pic the tach reads 1900 with no key in the ignition
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