View Full Version : show some love for the kz's

08-07-2009, 9:14 AM
I know everyone loves the cb, but how about a little love for the kz's. I've got a few 1000's I hope to get to one day and need some inspiration, especially digger/drag bike style. post em up

08-07-2009, 9:31 AM
I have a Z1 drag bike and its dumb fast. Not many KZ chops out there but I'd love to see em.

08-07-2009, 11:05 AM
ive got one i painted when i was 16 for a project in high school.no pics tho sorry. nothn else is really done to it though either.ive been thinkn about choppin it to do somethin different. any idea where to get a hardtail for em?

08-09-2009, 3:30 PM
wow, im really suprised this thread hasnt gotten any love!

08-09-2009, 4:20 PM
fuck yeah kzs! i';ve got an 81 650 and i'll put up some pics as soon as i take some ha.

08-09-2009, 7:08 PM
cool man, im stoked to see it

08-09-2009, 7:17 PM
ive heard theres a few sick kzs out there. bring on the pictures!

08-09-2009, 7:44 PM
Damnit man! Lets see some....

08-09-2009, 7:48 PM
id love a drag style kz1000. there was one a long while ago on the JJ that was silver and had a little fairing. 4 into 1 with the fat can. god i loved that bike. reminds me of a home video i have from when i was like 9. my dad used to race a 71 or 2 rootbeer brown nova with a hot small block out in the boonies before it was a big no no and in the this particular video, this group of black guys rollout this crazy drag bike with wheelie bars and what not. did this huge smokey burn out. and thats all i remember. i dont even know if it was a kz, but it very well could have been. and i liked it so whatever.

08-09-2009, 8:00 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qpWtg6IvDLk/SLL--UBOhCI/AAAAAAAAF4U/SfyR3BPDxKo/s400/1978+kz+750+cafe_4.JPG Check out this badass kz750 twin cafe.. And another

08-09-2009, 10:36 PM
those cafe bikes are sick. i have a kz650 but nothing really has been done to it yet than rattle can spray job and some drag bars on it. this winter I plan on making it my own. but like wise i would love to see some to get lots of inspiration from.

08-10-2009, 1:42 PM

08-10-2009, 2:04 PM
i know a guy that has one not sure what year but ill try and get a pic.

08-10-2009, 4:11 PM
I have a '78 650 that I've been working on for about a year, on and off (more off than on). I am not hardtailing it. I modified the factory bars, frame, and rear fender, and I'm fabbing my own seat, battery box, and assorted brackets, etc. I also modified a sportster tank, and mounted it. I'll post pics when I get new batts. for the camera!!

08-11-2009, 10:47 AM
here is a picture of my 1980 z1r that i custom built the swingarm to house a 2000 r1 rear wheel and brembo brake.i have many more pictures of kz's in all states of dress and will post some after lunch.

leon holmes

08-11-2009, 10:52 AM
denvers, i want to build one like this one day.

leon holmes

08-11-2009, 10:54 AM
takes me back,

leon holmes

08-11-2009, 10:57 AM
dragbike pretty lady,

leon holmes

08-11-2009, 12:03 PM
z1r turbo dragbike,

leon holmes

08-11-2009, 12:06 PM
gotta have the goose bike,

leon holmes

08-11-2009, 12:15 PM
i am a member of www.kzrider.com which is a great resource for kz's of all sizes.so if any of you zedheads haven't been there yet go check it out.here's some more,

leon holmes

08-11-2009, 12:20 PM
some niceuns here,all kzrider members.

leon holmes

08-11-2009, 12:26 PM
i will let everyone digest these.i will post more later,

leon holmes

08-11-2009, 1:03 PM
im really diggn these. i knew there was some kz love out there!

08-14-2009, 4:45 AM


My 750 twin and my ol' ladys 440

08-14-2009, 8:48 PM
here is mine 77 frame 78 motor

08-16-2009, 11:00 AM
I'm loving the kz's and hope to pick one up in the future (hopefully a kz1000). One of the few bikes that I like the mag wheels over spokes.

08-17-2009, 10:35 PM
Here's my 550. Still needs some work and it won't win any awards, but I dig it.


08-18-2009, 9:06 AM
I dig it, maybe not the seat, but I dig.

08-18-2009, 9:55 AM
yeah, that seat was supposed to be temporary. I think it nicely displays my amazing seat making skills... Ha! Someday I'll get a proper seat made up for it.

08-18-2009, 12:38 PM
Here's my '79 kz650 chop with hardtail, tokico brakes, custom velocity stacks and lots of other weird shit I stay up late at night thinking of what to put on it. More on my blog http://i581.photobucket.com/albums/ss255/wompy5000/cg001.jpg (http://jpriderdesigns.blogspot.com)

08-20-2009, 11:08 AM
My 81 KZ440 I used to own ......

06-10-2010, 3:48 PM
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06-10-2010, 4:47 PM
My death trap till winter. Its gona get a hardtail 80 kz1000

06-10-2010, 5:04 PM
i grew up around ol kaws...dad had a slightly tweaked 80 KZ 1000 LTD with a 11.75 bore, 8 inch stretch and a big ol bottle..for some reason he didn't mind me takin it now and then. i'd like to build a ol 900 or 1K some day

06-11-2010, 1:35 PM
Heres a couple Kz'zzzz for ya. The green one is a 76 Kz900ltd, the black and chrome at the gas station is a 78 Kz1000 and the all black one in the mountains is a 79 Kz650. I also have another Kz650 thats in the works, this ones gettin cut up!! These are great bikes, always good to see the ol Kaw's on the road.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a13/racerx394/th_IMG00993-20100531-1230.jpg (http://s8.photobucket.com/albums/a13/racerx394/?action=view&current=IMG00993-20100531-1230.jpg)

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a13/racerx394/th_kzdoublesedit.jpg (http://s8.photobucket.com/albums/a13/racerx394/?action=view&current=kzdoublesedit.jpg)

06-13-2010, 11:43 AM
The middle bike belongs to my buddy Dutch. It is a has larger pistons & much more work done to the motor as well as a ton of other obvious work put into her. I was lucky enough to ride it and it is a surefooted philly to be sure.

06-13-2010, 11:58 AM
Here's mine:


06-13-2010, 5:55 PM
here is a pic of my kz1000

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11-14-2010, 8:06 PM
80 440ltd taking me a long time but finishing up finally.

Update, finished!

<a href="http://s473.photobucket.com/user/Fatboy1998/media/KZ%20Hardtail/DSC01070.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr96/Fatboy1998/KZ%20Hardtail/DSC01070.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo DSC01070.jpg"/></a>

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11-15-2010, 6:18 AM
My 81 KZ440 I used to own ......

this is 10 shades of badass!!!!

11-27-2010, 9:44 AM
This is my budget around town bilke. It's a 1988 KZ305 with less than 5k miles on it. I bought for $200 on C-list and threw in a new battery, fixed some crappy wiring, pulled off some parts, threw together a seat and taillight, and rattlecanned it with some green and black. Next up is to hack the exhaust up and lose the giant turn signals but it does have to pass an annual inspection...

11-28-2010, 6:23 AM
thats one thing i like about where i live is my bike is taged as an antique so all i need is a head light and tail light and im good to go! no tack, speedo, turns! but i am thinking about making some kinda of speedo i can mount in my helmet...or get a speedo app. for my cell phone and make a small mount for it so i can take it off when im not riding it...

11-28-2010, 9:23 AM
hello !

here are some pics of my tuned & race trimmed kz 900 ...

http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/7765/img4855.jpg (http://img113.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4855.jpg)

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/5851/img4858.jpg (http://img168.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4858.jpg)

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/7083/img4869.jpg (http://img213.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4869.jpg)

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/2679/img4871.jpg (http://img230.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4871.jpg)

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/2126/img4872.jpg (http://img401.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4872.jpg)

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/2141/img4873.jpg (http://img134.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4873.jpg)

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/2716/img4874.jpg (http://img156.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4874.jpg)

http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/3632/img4880.jpg (http://img136.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4880.jpg)

http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/5563/img4883a.jpg (http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4883a.jpg)

http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/8941/img4884.jpg (http://img515.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4884.jpg)

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/6585/img4891.jpg (http://img89.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4891.jpg)

http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/8317/img4935.jpg (http://img246.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4935.jpg)

http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/6601/img4924.jpg (http://img528.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4924.jpg)

http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/9247/img4918.jpg (http://img144.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4918.jpg)

http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/6039/img4921.jpg (http://img293.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4921.jpg)

more on http://zelastchancegaragedu78.blogspot.com/search/label/Zracer-08 ;)

11-28-2010, 5:18 PM
Here's an '80 KZ750t I did last winter.

11-28-2010, 7:25 PM
hello !

here are some pics of my tuned & race trimmed kz 900 ...

http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/7765/img4855.jpg (http://img113.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img4855.jpg)


That is done right!
I would love to pick your brain about a couple of things here - Love this man...

11-28-2010, 10:48 PM
I agree with Terry. This is exquisite and makes my mouth water like Lindsay Lohan at an open bar.

11-28-2010, 11:50 PM
mine is in the works

12-03-2010, 3:40 PM

I'll play.

12-03-2010, 4:06 PM
'hot rats' - flatironmike's '81 kz1000 pseudo cafe roadbike.

photo treatment by ottonero


'i'm worth a miliion in prizes'

visit: http://flatironmike.blogspot.com/

12-03-2010, 4:34 PM
my 81 kz750 turbo chop, been many many miles on solo trips all around the nation on this one. it's the only bike i've got that ain't for sale.
http://img4.glowfoto.com/images/2010/12/02-1151519868T.jpg (http://www.glowfoto.com/user_imageredirect.php?iid=3712381)
http://img5.glowfoto.com/images/2010/08/23-1137597368T.jpg (http://www.glowfoto.com/user_imageredirect.php?iid=3554771)

12-03-2010, 4:36 PM
http://img4.glowfoto.com/images/2010/11/16-1433418392T.jpg (http://www.glowfoto.com/user_imageredirect.php?iid=3689339)
http://img4.glowfoto.com/images/2010/11/16-1433435450T.jpg (http://www.glowfoto.com/user_imageredirect.php?iid=3689341)
http://img4.glowfoto.com/images/2010/11/16-1433428171T.jpg (http://www.glowfoto.com/user_imageredirect.php?iid=3689340)
82 kz750 strettfighter i just sold

12-03-2010, 5:19 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs448.ash2/72130_10100373607773844_2332510_67765232_6665833_n .jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs785.snc4/66548_10100365822031534_2332510_67573335_1034346_n .jpg

12-04-2010, 5:22 PM
So, I was just on craigslist looking at XS650s and i was sort of suprised at the price of most of them, and i ended up seeing a few adds for diiirt cheap KZ's. I'm talking 500$ for (aparently) strong running, good-looking stock bikes.

I think I might just snag a KZ next time around, they look stupid fun.

12-04-2010, 5:27 PM
http://image.streetchopperweb.com/f/features/1004_stcp_1979_kawasaki_kz400/33207603+pheader_460x1000/1004_stcp_01_z+1979_kawasaki_kz400+cover_spread.jp g


12-04-2010, 6:22 PM
Main Z1
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9452/dscn1166b.jpg (http://img132.imageshack.us/i/dscn1166b.jpg/)

12-05-2010, 12:29 PM



12-07-2010, 2:09 PM
This is my z440 ltd build in 81, i build my self with my 21 years, its al TüV approved in Germany so no rigid frame, no cut the lighters and some other Stuff... Last week i show my baby on the Custombike 2011 Europe´s biggest bikeshow, my Kawa called El Psycho (that mean in spanish the Psychosocial, something like educater thats my business..) was one of 325 bike on the show... In the next turn i will build 2x Trumpehts on the right side and some small things... like the covers between the seat and pinstriping´s in blue on the fender and stuff like that...

i hope you enjoy it...

Cheers Phill

(the guy on the Photo´s is me, i cleaned it before the paparazii commin :)

12-07-2010, 2:17 PM
few picutre from the gastank paintet by schrammwerk Germany and the Seat made by Petra called crazy_g

The backlight is build by myself (metalwork) and tinned, the light is LED with a E license that i can use it in Germany.

12-07-2010, 2:19 PM
few more Pic´s, at least the condition bike i startet!

i am proud of it!

12-07-2010, 9:30 PM
Hardtail I built for ChopCult member, marcuswing. He's building the rest and it looks super clean so far.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs598.ash2/155054_178702735488520_169682293057231_553219_7995 063_n.jpg

12-29-2010, 11:33 PM
Needs a tank that isnt hideous.....

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12-30-2010, 9:12 AM
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mine in the works.

01-13-2011, 7:14 AM
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01-13-2011, 1:29 PM
My 82 kz750 twin...


01-13-2011, 9:47 PM
Alfonso that thing is so fuckin awesome, I love it!

01-14-2011, 4:30 PM
Hey Dave. Good to hear from you again mate!
I'm pretty happy with it. But in the process of changing a couple of things about... you know how it is.

I remember when I first came on here - yours was the only kz I could find for reference... now there's a shit-ton of em. Seeing yours really gave me the green light to go buy the one I'd heard about. So thanks!

01-15-2011, 1:43 PM
this is my 79 kz750. nothin too crazy but sure gets alot of people checkin it out. i took the guages off since these pics but no new pics. hope you dig.

01-15-2011, 1:45 PM
ouch those are big pics....very sorry.

01-15-2011, 2:52 PM
Man. I need a bigger screen.

Love it Mothra. Digging those tyres. Tell me something - as I want to go to 21 up front... - did you manage to find a complete wheel that swaps straight in or did you build a 21 to the original hub??

Hook a brother up and save me buying another 21in dirtbike wheel that dont fit wouldya....! :D

01-15-2011, 3:09 PM
i had to have a new axle machined to fit a stock HD 21. i wanted to utilize the screw in inserts that were originally intended for the stock fork....so the new axle was almost identical just fatter to fit the HD bearings. pretty simple work my machinist told me. only cost a twelve pack.

01-15-2011, 4:37 PM
My personal favorite. Not a 1000 though

01-16-2011, 1:50 PM
Oohh man. I like that.

Good shit Mothra. The HD route sounds like a winner.

01-17-2011, 8:37 PM
i bounced off the center median back in the summer time(8\20)got lucky and only broke my collar bone.
had to have a little redo on the z1r so thought that i would post a new pic.

keep it going,bring out those kz pics.