KZ owners?

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

  1. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Real beauty of a bike :clap But you gotta ditch that god-awful seat :puke1
  2. LukeMacPU

    LukeMacPU Been here awhile

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    C'm'on, that's custom!

    I did a little digging (called Le Pera with seat pan number) and it was actually custom made by Le Pera, in CA for some previous owner

    I'm giving the PO the benefit of the doubt and assuming he was on some sort of drugs in the '70's when this all went down.

    Apparently, Le Pera focuses on HD seats now, but they're supposed to make a nice product.
  3. me109g4

    me109g4 Adventurer

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    Seeing the post above on speedometer cables breaking, and since i just broke the cable on my ZZr1200 I removed both the speedo and tach cables of my KZ 1000 and soaked them both in 90 weight oil and put them back in. Dont need them breaking. Fortunately only $17.00 for a new cable for the ZZR.
  4. mattfuzz

    mattfuzz Adventurer

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    1978 KZ650 B2.
    I'm the third owner and this is my first bike.[​IMG]

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    With my friend's Yamaha XJ Seca 550.
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  5. me109g4

    me109g4 Adventurer

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    I like that blue,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
  6. zokalr13

    zokalr13 Been here awhile

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    [​IMG] I traded my ZX9 to my friend that had my 78 KZ- its great to finally get it back...now a full slow but steady restore -like steering bearings,new front tire,seat redone,maybe new paint...
  7. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Got back from the European Zed Rally (40 years of the Zed) in Germany - I travelled over 1200 miles on my Z1000 with no problems at all, apart from 2 ltrs of oil........ it was great to be amongst over 1200 Zeds ...... :clap

    Just picking up another Z900 for my collection...... needs a bit of TLC but I've got forks, wheels, seat, 4:1, etc.....

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  8. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    Thats a pretty nice looking KZ... I wouldnt change a thing.


    I had a chance to buy my first KZ back about 15 years after I sold it. Sad thing is that the guy left it parked outside for a few years and everything was rusted to the point it wasnt worth fixing. Wish I hadnt seen it in that condition.:cry
  9. MSrider

    MSrider Rebel with a sixfiddy

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    I had mine out for a short ride today between rain showers.
    Nice bike zokalr13. All that has been done on my '78, including a few extras.
    Frame bracing, tapered head bearings, stabilizer, fork brace, Lockhart oil cooler, smoothbores, Bassani, Progressive shocks. Nice handling KZ. Not at all like it was back in the day...:lol3

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  10. zokalr13

    zokalr13 Been here awhile

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    fine bikes everyone..its nice to know that I had no hesitation to ride this 35 year old thing back 300 miles from trading it off..[you know why] my friend did a nice job with the jetting and the new pipe and replaced many parts from a mint parts bike[which I got to pickup soon because the motor has 20k on it] as far as making it a better handling bike sure, but my next bike purchase is gonna be a ZX7 or ?? -this will be my daily driver -not the KZ ..I have now been enjoying my time off this summer cruising this bike around town and cant wait to get at it this winter for more resto work...[​IMG]
  11. SuperGlueRyan

    SuperGlueRyan Been here awhile

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    She's a work in progress, got out for a very short test ride and it ran like shit.. but that still makes it 100x better than it has for the last 12 years. It was my first bike, but really first love. :D

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  12. Pigford

    Pigford British

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  13. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    I had this exact same bike in the early 80's.(stored in my garage by a friend) Bought this from a fellow in southern Wisconsin this week who had owned since new and was always garaged. Runs fantastic and the sound of the Kerker on song is truly "soul moving". Changed the oil/filter and aired up the tires, went for a 20 mile ride and it is 1976 all over again... ... :D

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  14. inire

    inire Browncoat symp

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    you are....

    that is...

    :eek1

    congratulations!
  15. Tslapper

    Tslapper #!

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    Some beautiful bikes here.


    My 78.

    Love it for nice warm summer evening rides in the neighborhood.


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  16. jordan325ic

    jordan325ic Been here awhile

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    I love my '79 KZ400. Rain-or-shine commuter bike for me, very dependable. Did a 4,000 mile western USA tour about two months back. Austin, TX to Utah and thereabouts. Great twin engine, just hitting 30,000 miles now.

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    Got home, unstrapped the camping equipment, changed the oil and rode her to work the next day.
  17. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Really nice looking bikes in this thread!
    I really like the kz400 and 440 bikes.
    The bigger bikes look great though..
  18. RickS

    RickS Been here awhile

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    Makes me wishi still had mine. It was originally sold in South Africa and somehow made it to Amarillo tx, where I traded a honda 90 for it. It had the kilometer speedometer and odometer. Had the on-off headlight switch. Previous owner had puta kerker on it. Really wish I had kept it. Sold it to a guy in continental divide NM.
  19. baldman1

    baldman1 Been here awhile

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    Here is my stable of KZ's.

    1978 KZ650C I bought new in high school and put on over 150,000 miles riding it all over the U.S. Canada and Mexico back in the day. It is now heavily modded.


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    Here is my Eddie Lawson Replica clone. Started out as a 1982 GPz750. I installed a modded GPz1100 engine and various parts from a ZRX1100.

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  20. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    One of the best sounds in the world is a air-cooled, twin cam Kawasaki with a Kerker megaphone pipe on it.