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Old 07-27-2008, 08:14 AM   #1
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KZ owners?

Gas prices being what they are I went out and purchased a low-budget commuter for $1300. So far so good, burns a little oil, but is damn comfy and smooth on the road. Only 23k on the ticker.

Any other KZ owners here? Mine's a 1980 KZ1000 Shaft, all Vettered out.

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Old 07-27-2008, 10:20 AM   #2
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'85 KZ750 LTD here, lovin my shaft drive, not loving the fork seals, and lovin the MSF class starting tomorrow...

Its a bitch finding info on my 750 though. Gotta find stuff at the right time on ebay when I actually have money to burn.
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Old 07-27-2008, 04:23 PM   #3
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While goin' to school, I rode a KZ750 twin. She was my only bike for 9 years and was pretty reliable. It handled with a hinge in the middle, but I have fond memories of riding her...styling inspired by the R90S.

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Old 07-27-2008, 05:44 PM   #4
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You should check out the KZ owner's forum: www.kzrider.com
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Old 07-27-2008, 05:56 PM   #5
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Sweet, thanks for the link.

My first bike was a 78 KZ650 (orange, spoke wheels) that I bought off my best friend. Sold it to a frat boy in San Diego who promptly stacked into the back of a parked car despite my warning him of the "hinge" in the middle!

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Old 08-07-2008, 12:20 PM   #6
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I have an 80 KZ750, previous owner named her Bitch for her temperment, and I know why now. Love the bike nonetheless, but hate the range. What was Kawasaki thinking putting a 12.5Litre tank on a 750. If I wanted 150KM range before hitting the reserve I woulda bought a Harley.

(oops. can I take that back. Harley bashing isn't 'til tomorrow.)
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Old 08-08-2008, 12:00 PM   #7
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While goin' to school, I rode a KZ750 twin. She was my only bike for 9 years and was pretty reliable. It handled with a hinge in the middle, but I have fond memories of riding her...styling inspired by the R90S.

Yup, a KZ750 twin was my second bike. Hands-down the most evil-handling beast I've ever owned, bar none.

I have two KZ440 LTDs and a 2002 KZ1000P currently.
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:30 PM   #8
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'85 KZ750 LTD here, lovin my shaft drive, not loving the fork seals, and lovin the MSF class starting tomorrow...

Its a bitch finding info on my 750 though. Gotta find stuff at the right time on ebay when I actually have money to burn.
Ooops, must have been tired, make that KZ700, offically known as 700 LTD, goes by many names, is still a bitch to find info on, but I still love it, even if it didn't pass inspection, the pissy excuse of a bike.
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:06 PM   #9
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http://charlotte.craigslist.org/mcy/784376857.html

What a shame.

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Old 08-10-2008, 01:31 PM   #10
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What about the original? (Pic taken 6/06!)

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Old 08-10-2008, 01:41 PM   #11
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I had a 78 KZ650 and a 79 KZ1000. At the same time in 1980. Rode the crap out of them.
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Old 08-10-2008, 02:31 PM   #12
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75 Z1B here. I'm about midway down this page:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=51908&page=41

In addition to KZRider, you'll also find a lot of KZ enthusiasts at the Beartooth Kawasaki forum. We all hang out in the Vintage section there.

http://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/index.php
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Old 08-10-2008, 04:15 PM   #13
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What about the original? (Pic taken 6/06!)

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Old 09-02-2008, 09:00 PM   #14
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Hey guys this is my first shaft drive bike. I need to take off the rear wheel to get some new rubber. How do I do it? Anyone know of a walk-thru? Looks to be a bit of a pain.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:32 PM   #15
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This one will be arriving at my door middle of October. I'll document the cleanup/resto when i get it. Cant wait!!

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