KZ owners?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by brad21, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. Doug Grosjean

    Doug Grosjean Writer, Photographer, Dad

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    Thanks!

    You'll love yours. Those engines are sooooooooooooo solid.

    My KZ-650c was the first bike that I really *rode*. Lotta miles, and hard. Scraped the pegs, had it airborne at speed on dips, rode it up and down on dirt ranch roads in AZ when I lived there....
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  2. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    I posted over in Road Warriors, I'm looking at a 1981 KZ1100...apparently needs some carb and clutch work, but otherwise seems to be in good shape visually. I'm not exactly rolling in the dough so the decision is turning out to be a tough one...
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  3. me109g4

    me109g4 Adventurer

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    picked it up 3 yrs ago out of a tool shed, bike was a mess, rust dents etc. but mechanicaly not to bad. Stripped it down, re painted it back to factory, including decals, new rubber,and found a brand new Jardine exhaust sytem for it.I am the third owner, turns out i knew the original owner AND the salesman that sold in in January 1980!! both of whom were floored to see it in its restored state after 28 yrs. i got the bike with 9600 miles on it, bike now has 23K on it. I just picked up a ZZR1200 to keep the miles down on the KZ some. It was a blast restoring it and riding it. Am in the proccess of installing a Lockhart oil cooler on it too. Looking forward to spring to bring the beastie back to life for another yr. JT
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  4. BulletProof

    BulletProof aka Ropeman

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    here's a 78 kz650 i found. my neighbor got it on a trade. sat for a couple winters. this is how i found it. had a grab bag and with the original gauges showing 10*** on the tach. slowly coming together:1drink
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    and this is my steady girl, 82 kz1000 csr
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  5. WB-PDX

    WB-PDX Long timer

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    Here is my first KZ ($200, 1976 KZ400 D3, I got it running, did a mild cafe, plus paint):
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    And here is my current KZ project ($400, 1983 KZ750 LTD, needs valve adjustment BAD, might be a paperweight.):

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  6. BulletProof

    BulletProof aka Ropeman

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    cool scoot, i've always had a soft spot for the 400's
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  7. kawasakifreak77

    kawasakifreak77 the Asphalt Cowboy

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    My first real street bike, a LTD400. 'Leaky' was a god forsaken deathtrap but I loved her!

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    Then at 19 I moved into the four cylinder world. 'Cloud 9' was a 6600 mile KZ650C1.

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    I rode her all over the place.... Then she was stolen! :cry

    So after a few years of trying to off myself on crotch rockets, I found 'Barby' (KZ650B1) on her side under a pine tree & fixed her up for the first couple seasons I had her.

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    Now she's getting completely rebuilt (my first try at this) I'm trying to do her right!

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    New bearings, rattle canned the frame, rebuilt forks with 20wt oil, laced 19x2.5 & 17x3.5 aluminum hoops & super bike bars so far. 750 motor, one off exhaust, R1 sets & custom seat in the works!
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  8. kanakaka

    kanakaka Been here awhile

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    Hey,
    Welcome to the KZ club. Taking the rear wheel off is a sinch... put the bike on the center stand. Make sure the rear wheel is off the ground and side bags off. Remove axle nut. Slide axle out and remove caliper retainer bolt.

    Pull caliper up and off the disk and let it hang off to the side. Take chrome dust cap off the right side of the wheel. Pull entire wheel to the right allowing it to drop down to the ground and roll back out the way.

    The drive unit remains in place. It's actually really quick and simple.

    Here's mine:

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  9. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Awol

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    I'm up to 835 miles on my '83 KZ550.
    Bought it with 390 miles on it.
    The CV carbs suck compared to the slide carbs I had years ago on my original '81 KZ550.

    I still have the break in decal... :D

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  10. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Ohhhhhhh KAWASAKI's rule, for sure..... :freaky


    Here's my current '78 Z1000

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    Gets used & abused.....

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    ..and my '83 Lawson (UK spec)

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    ....and me old Z1A

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  11. farmer fred

    farmer fred Banned

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    I miss my KZ1000LTD. It was free.
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  12. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Not a KZ, but a darn close cousin - My ZR550 Zephyr:

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    Which, due to a buzzing hornet's nest of noise from the cam chain tensioner, got me into making tensioners for most all Kaws. I love the superbike look and the stone axe simplicity of the air cooled KZ based 550. Way too much fun.

    If any of you do have tensioner issues, $30 cure. PM me or look up Krieger Cam Chain Tensioners. Kawasakis are NOT always THAT noisy. Both mind quieted down as have about 60 others.

    Is that European ELR white? I do like the 1000, did they use that striping on the 1000? I'm not positive, but I think they did that on the earlier 75 Z1 900 in the states.
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  13. LasseNC

    LasseNC XSessive!

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    1300 bucks buys you alot of gas, but it's a good argument vs. the wife to get a new bike :D
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  14. me109g4

    me109g4 Adventurer

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    A Free kz1000 is always a good thing,, mine was a frebbie from the previous owner. I sank about 3K into it to get it the way I wanted it,, worth every dime. JT
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  15. raptor2a

    raptor2a Adventurer

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    Current project - 78 kz650B2A - currently in tear down, parts finding stage. Plan to bring it back as original as possible...

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  16. Daleah

    Daleah Been here awhile

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    Currenly I have a vetter fairing on it. I have a maier 1/4 fairing and superbike bars i want to put on, but I need to come up with a different way to mount the front signals.

    Will send a new pic when I get the bike finished.
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  17. nanno

    nanno Been here awhile

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    @Pigford: You're ought to show off another one... :evil

    And this is my 1982 KZ1000J collected for 700 Euros with a bent fork and lot's of electrical gremlins, but by now (2 months later) she is already performing her daily duties (click on pix to see 'em full-size):

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    Cheers,
    Greg
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  18. Rabbit_Fighter

    Rabbit_Fighter Been here awhile

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    My '78 KZ1000. Not sure if I'll every bring myself to sell it.


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    This is what it looked like when I bought it:

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  19. brad21

    brad21 Gunga galunga.

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  20. BulletProof

    BulletProof aka Ropeman

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    Been working on this one for quite a while now ( i posted a before shot a page back). She's thaaaaat close to be road ready. :clap

    '78 kz650b2a
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