View Full Version : My KZ 750 project

05-11-2010, 4:58 AM
I guess I never started a thead for my bike in here.

1982 KZ750(4) LTD

How it started.

Some rattle can, new bars, playin with a different seat.

Took it for inspection and I need a rear tire (already knew that) and also my chain is stretched to the limit and my rear sprocket is worn out. So now I have to fix that stuff before taking it back for inspection. I decided to do a 530 chain conversion, and tweak the gearing a bit for better cruising.

I also pulled my plugs to see what's going on there (runs a liitle rough under 3k rpms). 1,2,3 were wet, 4 was nice and dry, but had apparently been cross threaded into the head, so there is another set back.

Even with my current mechanical set back, I am still working on the transformation of this bike here and there.

I had bought a solo seat from a guy on a forum. It's from a KZ1000 Police bike. This seat is huge. It is a bit wide for the frame. I need to come up with a way to mount it. I have an idea due to where the factory shock mounts (seat came with shocks that I won't be using) that line up pretty well with the shock mounts on the bike. I am thinking that perhaps I can make a similar bracket, only a few inches longer and mount it directy to the top shock mount. The only issue would be that the seat would not be easily removable or hinged to access the battery or fuses on the road. Though I guess I could just be sure to carry the proper wrenches, but since I was planning to carry my tool kit beside the battery, I'd have to get a tool bag or something instead.

Another option is to make a set of brackets to go from the bike shock to the seat bracket with a pin/cotter pin system. That would allow it to hinge backwards, or just be removed.



I plan to add a different rear fender. I want it to be load bearing for a passenger, so I will mantain at least some of the rear frame area to act as a fender strut. I threw the pad from my sissy bar on there to get an idea of what it will look like with a bitch pad. Of course I would go a bit wider since the frame sticks out and the cop seat is so big.


Without the pad.

Here is a front 3/4 shot of the seat laying on the frame.

So there is my current progress.

05-11-2010, 9:09 PM
What are the specs on the apes? I'm thinking about some new bars for my Virago. I like the looks of those.

05-12-2010, 3:13 AM
TC Bris 12" apes.
You can get them on ebay or from the store. About $70 shipped. I still had to drill holes for the pins on the switches.

05-12-2010, 7:23 AM
Right on. Thanks for turning me onto TC Bros. I'll have to spend some more time on their site. Looks like they've got a nice selection of parts.

05-12-2010, 9:57 AM
TC Bros is where Im looking also for my virago, waiting for some ebay money to get here to buy the same bars in 12 in. Also lookin at the axed tank kit they sell.

The KZ is looking good djturnz, your way ahead of where Im at. Been broke for 2 weeks havent even got mine fired up yet, gotta get a battery.

08-02-2010, 5:27 AM
I haven't changed much more on this one. I did get some shorty mufflers at the swap and I am waiting for the baffles to get here.

I decided that the seat was going to need recovered and trimmed, so I pulled the cover and foam off. The two nuts that are welded to the front of the pan for mounting are stripped out. So once I figure out how to mount the pan, I'll get new nuts welded on and re-cover it.

I'm not sure how to mount the front. I was just going to run a bracket straight to the rear gas tank bolt, but it would cover the airbox opening. I'm not ready to try pods or anything yet, so I think it would just block airflow to the motor.

I was thinking something that uses the two front battery box bolts. Not sure yet.

Any suggestions?


08-23-2014, 8:42 PM
I have an 83' KZ750 LTD belt that I want to convert to a chain drive. you got any tips or info about chains and sprockets you can pass on?