Kawasaki 70s race bikes

Mostly z1’s, kz900 and kz1000s.

A couple Honda and Suzuki in there.

Pics are shitty low res. whatever.

Pretty cool to see how they set certain things up. I recently added a lockhart oil cooler to my z1 and set it up in the normal spot above the headers and ran the lines over the engine and under the fuel tank.

Take note of how some of the race bike oil coolers are. Wayyyy in front or all the way in the back. Wild. And some are frickin huge.

Some really cool seats too.

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2 responses to “Kawasaki 70s race bikes”

  1. Z Guy says:

    The AMA outlawed mounting the oil cooler in the back because the Vetter bike would leak and spray down everyone else on the track without the guy ever knowing it!
    I have a vintage Lockhart on my KZ and I routed the hoses down between the headers for the #2 and 3 cylinders and then routed them around the bottom of the #4 jug to get to the oil lines in the center of the engine. The drawback is the cooler empties whenever the engine is shutoff. It hasn’t been a problem so far, tho.
    Really liked the Great Lakes Tour journal.

  2. Ed says:

    @z guy
    Cool input. Thanks.
    I’m using the oil cooler adapter ports from z1 enterprises that connect to the oil pump area behind the cylinders.
    This makes the oil lines pretty long. I was wondering if it makes the oil pump work too hard pushing oil through those long lines up into the cooler?
    But then most everyone else does it that way so it must be okay I guess?

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