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Old 09-20-2008, 04:34 AM   #16
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I had an 81 GPZ1100 that was "smiled on". I put 75k on this bike over the years I owned it. I currently have a 75 KZ900 project bike that needs plenty of attention.
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:39 AM   #17
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:45 PM   #18
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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!!


Hi,

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:
http://www.concours.org/co/rpt8008_grosjean.htm

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.
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1992 R100gs - 102k (62k are mine)
1993 DR-350s - 52k
2000 Concours - 91k

A slew of others, come and gone....

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Old 09-23-2008, 10:31 PM   #19
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I have a 1981 550GPZ and a kz400 twin. The gpz is a twin shock with big cams (20 degrees more duration than the KZ550) and 10-1 compression. A little tempermental but very smooth and fast. The 400 twin is still a work in progress. Fun bikes. Racer 07
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:16 PM   #20
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Doug that's an awsome pic at Pikes Peak and a really cool adventure. I can't wait to get mine here.
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Old 09-25-2008, 02:32 PM   #21
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Doug that's an awsome pic at Pikes Peak and a really cool adventure. I can't wait to get mine here.
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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Old 09-25-2008, 04:12 PM   #22
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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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Old 01-03-2009, 07:41 AM   #23
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1980 kz1000 LTD B4

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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Old 01-04-2009, 11:59 AM   #24
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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


and this is my steady girl, 82 kz1000 csr

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Old 01-04-2009, 12:18 PM   #25
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Here is my first KZ ($200, 1976 KZ400 D3, I got it running, did a mild cafe, plus paint):

And here is my current KZ project ($400, 1983 KZ750 LTD, needs valve adjustment BAD, might be a paperweight.):

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Old 01-05-2009, 01:48 PM   #26
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Here is my first KZ ($200, 1976 KZ400 D3, I got it running, did a mild cafe, plus paint):

And here is my current KZ project ($400, 1983 KZ750 LTD, needs valve adjustment BAD, might be a paperweight.):
cool scoot, i've always had a soft spot for the 400's
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:18 AM   #27
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Keep it alive!

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



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



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

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.



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



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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Old 03-28-2010, 11:02 AM   #28
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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.
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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Old 03-28-2010, 11:16 AM   #29
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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...

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Old 03-30-2010, 02:22 PM   #30
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Wicked

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


Here's my current '78 Z1000







Gets used & abused.....



..and my '83 Lawson (UK spec)



....and me old Z1A

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