Originally Posted by FloridaSteve
This one will be arriving at my door middle of October. I'll document the cleanup/resto when i get it. Cant wait!!
Beautiful pic...! Had one identical - year, color, everything.
I'm a former owner of a 1979 KZ-650c3, and a 1984 GPz-550.
Put about 47k miles on the KZ, including a trip down extreme 4WD Schofield Pass; and about 28k miles on the GPz-550.
Toughest ride in my life was taking the KZ-650c down Schofield Pass, which I did at age 17, just outta HS, after riding about 3 years. With my 23 y/o brother, riding a SOHC Honda CB-750K. I've had lots of adventures since then, but that one.... Shudder.
URL for the story about the ride over Schofield Pass:
My brother and me:
Schofield Pass road, looking up at what we'd just come down:
River crossing, top of Schofield Pass, KZ-650:
KZ-650c at Pike's Peak, me standing on seat:
I don't have a pic handy of the GPz, though I do have pics. It had the rubber-mounted engine, silver, then I had painted the frame and wheels red. Had a Fox shock on the back, and undercut transmission dogs, and aftermarket brake pads. With sticky tires on concrete, it's the only bike I've owned that could do stoppies, AFAIK. Had a ton of fun with that bike. Have owned maybe a dozen bikes, and ridden 400k miles in my life so far, and the GPz-550, and my BMW R11rs, and my BMW R100gs are in a 3-way tie for my fav bike.
Though the KZ-650 was one hell of a good soldier.... Sigh.