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Old 12-24-2012, 09:06 AM   #1
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KZ 900 paint scheme

Ok - I need help. I am getting my KZ900 (A-4) repainted. Original color is Diamond dark green pearl. (Original paint and stripes on the bike but much krazing and faded as well as the original paper stripes worn. My bike also has 25,000 miles on it and is all original minus the pipes.(New 4-4 pipes being ordered). No rust anywhere and frame is almost perfect from new.

So my question is I think the 74 Z1-B in Super Candy Blue is the most beautiful of all the Z paint schemes. Am I a fool to have it painted in that year scheme? The original stock color is OK but not close to as purty as the Candy Blue. Please don't hold back.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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I do understand your frustration. It's not a bad problem to have though, sounds like the end result is you will have a restored KZ, right?

If done well, I dont think you can miss with the blue.

Although I like red.

Did did you get aftermarket or replacement graphics then?

Neat project. We need some before, during and afta pics.

Friend of mine had a KZ right out of high school, it was quick.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:18 AM   #3
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:26 AM   #4
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:52 AM   #5
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Original color is always a good choice. Or, do whatever makes you happy, but beware when it's time to sell and move on to the next project, the value will reflect non-original. YMMV
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:36 PM   #6
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I wouldn't change anything it being so nice. Threre are many custom and restored 900's but not many clean original ones.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:59 PM   #7
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It's YOUR bike! Paint it whatever fookin' color you please!
I painted my MV a (GASP!) different color red than stock. That is if ANYBODY can show not just 2, but even 1 MV that has the same color red on all it's parts. The same bikes didn't have tanks that matched the side covers. That's what you get fer buyin' some low-budget clunker.

I'm doing up a '75 Z1 and I think I'm going to paint a 2011 Hardley color "Merlot Sunburst".

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dude. don't touch that paint. leave it be.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:58 PM   #9
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Buy a new set of tins and paint them instead; that patina can never be reconstituted once it's painted over.
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dude. Don't touch that paint. Leave it be.
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dude. Don't touch that paint. Leave it be.
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #12
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I've got to concur, that bodywork looks damn nice. If you must have something else, buy a set from Ebay and paint that.
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If you really feel the urge to spend money on your bike, why waste it on paint when the original paint is so nice, save the money, and use it where it would benefit the bike, like in a nice 4/4 system exhaust.

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The paint is not as nice as it looks in the pics. Much krazing on the top of the tank, different colors on the side covers from fading and the original decal stripes are all in bad condition with no decal stripes on the tailpiece. I wouldn't call the paint nice.
If this was a 1929 HD in original paint I would keep it that way but a 76 KZ900 isn't exactly a true collectable so I am going to paint it, the question is what year and color paint scheme.
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The paint is not as nice as it looks in the pics. Much crazing on the top of the tank, different colors on the side covers from fading and the original decal stripes are all in bad condition with no decal stripes on the tailpiece. I wouldn't call the paint nice.
If this was a 1929 HD in original paint I would keep it that way but a 76 KZ900 isn't exactly a true collectible so I am going to paint it, the question is what year and color paint scheme.
The KZ900 is a collectible bike, sure it doesn't command the prices an Z1 or ELR or a K0 CB750 but it's still a bike a lot of people would like to have.

1929 hd with original paint get that way because someone didn't repaint them when they were only 35 or so years old.

Personally I like the green, better then the blue so the choice would be easy for me.

But if you are looking to make yourself happy then paint it what ever color you like, if you are looking to hold onto whatever value the bike has then keep it stock.

Talk to a painter, they might be able to get rid of the crazing and spray a new clear coat on it, The tail section strips could be done then as well, If they are a really good painter you could have them match the paint and respray the side covers if they really are that bad.
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