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KZs of mid ohio

Prices were all over the place. Total junk barely rolling with half the engine missing, selling for $2000. Nuts. Then there is the super clean 2nd year with the bassani exhaust, the dude said he sold for $3500, but I think he lied to me, he was a dick. Then the dude I bought a […]

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Sweet resto-mod bro

I forget who it was… but someone we know had a funny story. Someone came up to them and was like… sweet resto-mod bro. I think it was Brad. He replied; “uh, my bike is a stock junky cb550″.  Ha. Such a stupid phrase, resto mod. Anyway. Got the z1 back together. No more fuked […]

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Z1 drool

The 73-75 z1 has the coolest color schemes. Droooooolllll… My z1 is a 74, but for some reason the dude I got it from had tank and tail from 75 on it. I’m gonna get my shit repainted back to 74 colors.  So, either: green with yellow stripes or maroon-brown with orange stripes. I can’t […]

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Heli-coil heaven

As seen in previous post, the z1 blew out 4 (non-heli’d) cam cap bolt holes randomly, out of no where after a year of being totally fine. So, I heli-coiled the z1 cam caps fucked threads last night. Went well. Engine is fixed. Really glad I didn’t have to take head off and take to […]

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Z1 cam caps

Jesus fucking Christ. Just when I think the z1 is solid and done, something else breaks. The first gen KZ motor has a weak spot. The caps which hold the camshafts down and in place, have shitty bolt holes. They’re m6 threaded holes in the soft aluminum head. The sequence for removing the cams and […]

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KZ drool again

Back story: I’ve always liked fast cars. Shit, I worked 2 jobs all summer when I was 18 so I could afford to put an Acura integra motor into a Honda crx. I was a janitor during the day, ha, and worked at a gas station at night. Crx was fast as shit and I […]

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Kawasaki and Eddie Lawson

We know… Kawasaki’s are the fast bikes of the 70s / 80s. Eddie Lawson was the factory Kaw racer of the very early 80s. – Kaw big 4-cyls started out with the z1 (73-75) – z1 became a kz900 (76-77) – kz900 became a kz1000 (77-83?) In early 80s, kawasaki took the J motor kz1000 […]

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KZ650 – 700cc Race Cam Equipped Rocket | 2

You can rebuild an engine quickly or you can take your time and be anal as fuck.  That’s why it has taken me so long to post this final follow-up (Part 2) to my KZ650 Performance Project.  Truthfully I just took my sweet ass time while still being anal about every step.  See Part 1 to […]

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Kawasaki KZ Police Bikes

I really dig the KZ police bikes pre 2005. There’s something I really like about the stock hard bags with crash bars, 18″ mags front and rear, floorboards, fairing with the 2 additional lights, and above all it’s a badass KZ1000 motor. If I could afford another bike I would absolutely own one of these. […]

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Number 8 Wire Motorcycles West Coast Trip

Our buddy Colin just started out on a pretty long motorcycle camping trip touring the west coast. Check out some of the photos if you want to feel more cabin fever during this week+ of rain we’ve been having in Philly. Check him out on Instagram: number8wiremotorcycles Ready to roll!! It's been mad but both […]

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KZ650 Performance Project | 1

If you’ve ever taken a look at a KZ650 and researched its history you will know that it was produced to be faster, lighter, and more powerful than any other 650 and 750 during the mid-to-late 70’s.  For that reason I had desired this bike for awhile.  I spotted one on craigslist for $500 and jumped […]

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Kz750 swing arm stretch | 2

First step in modifying… Take a good part and render it useless.   I’ve also found that one of my favorite bikes is based off a 77 or 78 CB750F that has a wheelbase of 58.9″. My modifications should give it a comparable look with the rear wheel placement. ****EDIT the wrenchmonkee bike description says it […]

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KZ750 swing arm stretch | 1

I’ve decided to give the KZ a little more length in the rear for looks and function. This is a bunch of work for a slight change but I think it really gives the KZ improved proportions. Looking through some of the old magazines in the shop I found a Cycle Guide from ’81 with […]

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Z1 frame is welded

See my other post here regarding how my 74 Z1 frame was cracked. Adam helped out big time and welded the frame where it was cracked. Creating those extra frame braces and gussets was not easy so huge thanks. We did all this and placed the bracing and gussets based on pics we’ve seen from […]

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New Kawasaki H2R

I love my Kawasaki Z1. Muscle bike shit… pretty cool. The original Kaw H1 (500cc) and H2 (750cc) were 2-stroke triples. (Below) It depends on how you look at it. The H1 and H2 came out before the Z1 did. So technically they were the first Kaw muscle bike (sort of). However, the Z1 was […]

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Z1 frame is cracked

Shit… My kawasaki z1 frame is cracked. Anyone know anything about fixing frames? That’s the z1… The frame is cracked to the point where it’s sort of scary. Both my main downtubes are cracked. The left one is cracked all the way through. All the way around. Can’t believe I never noticed it. Adam randomly […]