solo ride on my 77 KZ1000 survivor

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by exile730, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. exile730

    exile730 exile730

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    hi guys

    out on my own today and snapped a few phone pix - hope you like them:ear

    just a 100 miler in my neck of the woods - left the GS at home and let the 77 get a leg stretch happening

    the lovely wintry WA Sunday feeling is here in spades:clap

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    It was a great quick ride and a good opportunity for a first posting I hope.:eek1

    Not very adventurous but a real blast.<label for="rb_iconid_16">[​IMG]</label>
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  2. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    Very nice scenery and beautiful machine!

    Was in Sydney and Tasmania while in the military in 1979-never got to Western Australia.

    Would like to go back and visit as a tourist...had a great time there and really enjoyed it.

    Thanks for sharing your photos!!
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  3. turnenem

    turnenem TBD

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    Sweet pics and awesome bike!
    Good on ya mate!
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  4. Nikolya

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    Good combination of very nice bike and scenery. Thank you!
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  5. SoCal Karl

    SoCal Karl Play Ball!!!

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    The Kawasaki KZ1000 - What a great bike. In 1977 had a friend who had one and we got into so much trouble riding it around town. What a gorgeous looking 77. Nice color and clean 4 into 1. It's a shame not to take it out once in a while and let it stretch its' legs out and run and run and run.
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  6. Hawkeyenfo

    Hawkeyenfo FLY NAVY - 113 Years

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    Nice bike and great pics! I have a '77 KZ1000 B2 and it's gets pushed along the back roads every weekend that I'm not on the ATK!
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  7. oktulsa17

    oktulsa17 Been here awhile

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    Clean machine. Did it come with disc brakes or were those added later?
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  8. F_Sahms

    F_Sahms mostly paved

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    Beautiful bike, and they are really nice to work on.
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  9. docsherlock

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    One hell of a nice ride there!
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  10. exile730

    exile730 exile730

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    77 was the first year with disc brake rear end, 73 - 76 was disc front end and drum rear.

    It goes really well having stood in a barn for about twenty years before I shipped it over to Australia last year and myself and a mate got it back on the road. It has been the best $1750 I ever spent.

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    it scrubbed up pretty well I thought

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    it is a real blast to ride and it is my current favourite old Kwak to fang about on
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  11. exile730

    exile730 exile730

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    <label for="rb_iconid_24">[​IMG]</label> thanks for the positive feedback, guys

    I always love to get out on my older bikes and every rider I encounter loves to see 70's muscle Kwaks on the road

    if I was in the USA I would have lots more bikes and no cash in the bank I must say

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  12. exile730

    exile730 exile730

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    I am just waiting on a 78 Z1000A2 that is coming from the UK - I am hoping it will be here in about eight weeks. Another old Kwak to hit the WA blacktop. I can't wait I can tell you. <label for="rb_iconid_10">:D</label>
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  13. exile730

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    I love the survivor look and this one pulls really strong, I think the 77 was a real step up in refinement and as much as I love riding my Z1s I have to say that the 77 pulls so much harder. The exhaust was made by a mate back in the UK - he really captures the period and the tone out of the pipe is sweet.
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  14. Hawkeyenfo

    Hawkeyenfo FLY NAVY - 113 Years

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    Ahhh....pics with the Vetter!!! Gotta love it :) That is exactly how I got mine....in fact, I use the old fairing quite a bit on longer "touring" trips. May not be the coolest looking but, hey...I'm touring on a KZ and the other guy isn't!! :rofl
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  15. TheWall

    TheWall 0 miles and counting

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    Very sweet ride! Even though my current bike is an '09, I absolutely love the look of those '70s era Japanese bikes :clap Thanks for sharing!
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  16. lipsee

    lipsee Been here awhile

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    Whats the braking like? I thought they only came with twin disc setup...
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  17. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    These were Sold in both single and dual front disc.

    Still riding this thing after all these years?
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  18. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

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    If I recall correctly, the Euro versions of the US KZ-1000 (Z1000) had the dual front disc brakes - the US owner got to wonder why the caliper mount lugs were there on the right but no brake. This was the case for many of the KZ models in the 70's.

    Also, when the KZ1000 progress from the A to the J, dual front discs were fitted. That would have been from 1980, or so, and on. One nice visual clue to the model change is the cylinder head cover where the cam ends are less rounded.
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  19. Solarmoose

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    The US 77 KZ1000 B model or LTD had the twin front discs. The A1, like the one in this thread, had a single front disc. Gas tank size was different too, B's was smaller. B had cast wheels, A had spokes. I have one of each in original form. Both survivors. Great bikes. Still fun to ride.
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  20. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

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    That's right. I couldn't recall the exact model designation for the LTD which did have the dual front discs. The J model turned out to be a favorite.

    That LTD was gorgeous to see then, and now. Kawasaki ran double-wide advertisements in the motorcycle magazines back then.
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