KZ 900 paint scheme

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  1. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    Ok - I need help. I am getting my KZ900 (A-4) repainted. Original color is Diamond dark green pearl. (Original paint and stripes on the bike but much krazing and faded as well as the original paper stripes worn. My bike also has 25,000 miles on it and is all original minus the pipes.(New 4-4 pipes being ordered). No rust anywhere and frame is almost perfect from new.

    So my question is I think the 74 Z1-B in Super Candy Blue is the most beautiful of all the Z paint schemes. Am I a fool to have it painted in that year scheme? The original stock color is OK but not close to as purty as the Candy Blue. Please don't hold back.
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  2. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    I do understand your frustration. It's not a bad problem to have though, sounds like the end result is you will have a restored KZ, right?

    If done well, I dont think you can miss with the blue.

    Although I like red. :evil

    Did did you get aftermarket or replacement graphics then?

    Neat project. We need some before, during and afta pics.

    Friend of mine had a KZ right out of high school, it was quick.
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  3. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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  5. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    Original color is always a good choice. Or, do whatever makes you happy, but beware when it's time to sell and move on to the next project, the value will reflect non-original. YMMV
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  6. wfrpalm

    wfrpalm Been here awhile

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    I wouldn't change anything it being so nice. Threre are many custom and restored 900's but not many clean original ones.
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  7. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    It's YOUR bike! Paint it whatever fookin' color you please!
    I painted my MV a (GASP!) different color red than stock. That is if ANYBODY can show not just 2, but even 1 MV that has the same color red on all it's parts. :lol3 The same bikes didn't have tanks that matched the side covers. That's what you get fer buyin' some low-budget clunker. :D

    I'm doing up a '75 Z1 and I think I'm going to paint a 2011 Hardley color "Merlot Sunburst".

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  8. nachtflug

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    dude. don't touch that paint. leave it be.
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  9. oldroadie

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    Buy a new set of tins and paint them instead; that patina can never be reconstituted once it's painted over.
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  12. zoo mob

    zoo mob Been here awhile

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    I've got to concur, that bodywork looks damn nice. If you must have something else, buy a set from Ebay and paint that.
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  13. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    If you really feel the urge to spend money on your bike, why waste it on paint when the original paint is so nice, save the money, and use it where it would benefit the bike, like in a nice 4/4 system exhaust.

    :freaky
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  14. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    The paint is not as nice as it looks in the pics. Much krazing on the top of the tank, different colors on the side covers from fading and the original decal stripes are all in bad condition with no decal stripes on the tailpiece. I wouldn't call the paint nice.
    If this was a 1929 HD in original paint I would keep it that way but a 76 KZ900 isn't exactly a true collectable so I am going to paint it, the question is what year and color paint scheme.
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  15. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    The KZ900 is a collectible bike, sure it doesn't command the prices an Z1 or ELR or a K0 CB750 but it's still a bike a lot of people would like to have.

    1929 hd with original paint get that way because someone didn't repaint them when they were only 35 or so years old.

    Personally I like the green, better then the blue so the choice would be easy for me.

    But if you are looking to make yourself happy then paint it what ever color you like, if you are looking to hold onto whatever value the bike has then keep it stock.

    Talk to a painter, they might be able to get rid of the crazing and spray a new clear coat on it, The tail section strips could be done then as well, If they are a really good painter you could have them match the paint and respray the side covers if they really are that bad.
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  16. McJamie

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    Love the Kerker pipe. I remember as a teenager thinking that was the best sounding bike ever.
    In terms of value, original paint, even slightly faded or a little scratched, is worth more than a repaint. Even a really nice one.
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    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    A friend of mine recently had his 1000 repainted , it had already been painted red , so , no loss to originality. He was asking for sugestion so, I said "How about the first Z-1 paint scheme ? Root Beer Brown and Orange, "
    And that's how it was painted. The guy did a great job on ther layout , the brown could have used a little more metallic {bigger} but, overall it looks great and people flock to it.
    I have a '75 Z1B in the blue scheme. I really liked it stock, but I repainted it several times because there were so many around I wanted to be different. If I could find some stock paint bodywork now , I'd try to buy it.
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    exhaust aside the bike looks untouched. kerkers were so common they're almost like oem. I'd leave the paint till last and think long and hard about painting it. I'm sure it doesn't look that good up close but it's still pretty decent. keep the original's and be patient and wait for body parts on ebay. paint them unless you can find better oem. I'm partial to that vintage Kaw having worked at a dealer in 76 and owned a 75 H1 new. I remember the 76 LTD 900 and it was "one year only" but we didn't know that next year they would be LTD 1000's and sell like hot cakes. LTD 1000's were the big 4 four cyl to have late 70's and everyone ran a kerker.
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  19. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    Thanks Flug - Of course I will keep the Kerkers(but I will install the 4 into 4's), and tho I have decided to paint it, I will be going with the correct 76 colors and scheme. Thanks for your input.
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  20. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    3 months later... Photos don't do it justice but I will post anyway. Mike Kukura painted the bike and Jim at Redline Cycle did the tough mechanical stuff I couldn't do. Both are very good and reliable and honest and skilled...
    It really sounds good with the 4 into 4 pipes. it has removable baffles but I won't be removing them. They sound perfect.

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