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Published - Mar 5, 2018

Author - Ed

Comments - 5

KZ camshaft info

The below info is mostly for my own personal future reference, but hopefully someone else out there in internet space gets a benefit from it. Obviously a ton of options for aftermarket cams, but I’m going to highlight only three specific cams. specifically for the z1 / kz900 / kz1000 motor. specifically for 1015cc or […]

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Published - Jan 3, 2018

Author - Ed

Comments - 0

Another vintage Z1 article

Our friend George sent over another vintage Z1 article. It’s the same year and color scheme as mine. From George; “I wanted to wish you and the clan a happy New Year. I ran across this Z1 article (Big Bike September 1974) and though Ed might a copy of it. It’s a pretty basic stock […]

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Published - Dec 19, 2017

Author - Ed

Comments - 0

Denco z1 article

George is one of our buddies who comes out on Thursday rides periodically. He sent over this article from an old Cycle Guide mag. Denco was an old performance company. They list the mods they made to their z1. Fuck the z1 and kz’s are the best. I did a Kelly loop on mine last […]

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Published - Sep 8, 2017

Author - Ed

Comments - 7

Z1 paint

After doing an “old guy” inspired clean up of my z1, where I tried to get shit as cosmetically dialed as I was able. I decided to have my tank/tail repainted. As I said before, my z1 is a 74, but whomever had it before me had a 75 tank/tail on it. They look pretty […]

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Published - Aug 21, 2017

Author - Nate

Comments - 2

Ferry’s Wear Bikes

This past weekend I finally did something I’ve had on my list for awhile: take my bike on the Cape May Ferry. Since a few of the guys expressed interest on what it’s like for MC’s, I figured I’d share my experience. The planned trip was to OC, MD for couple days in the sun […]

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Published - Jul 10, 2017

Author - Ed

Comments - 1

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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Published - Jul 5, 2017

Author - Ed

Comments - 10

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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Published - Jun 19, 2017

Author - Ed

Comments - 3

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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Published - Jun 8, 2017

Author - Ed

Comments - 5

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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Published - Jun 6, 2017

Author - Ed

Comments - 4

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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Published - May 12, 2017

Author - Ed

Comments - 5

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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Published - Apr 21, 2017

Author - Ed

Comments - 6

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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Published - Feb 23, 2017

Author - Ted C.

Comments - 4

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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Published - Jun 7, 2016

Author - Adam

Comments - 4

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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Published - May 6, 2016

Author - Adam

Comments - 2

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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Published - Jan 10, 2016

Author - Ed

Comments - 3

Z1 – KZ porn

                                                                                                                                                  

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Published - Jan 8, 2016

Author - Ted C.

Comments - 8

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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Published - Jan 4, 2016

Author - Adam

Comments - 15

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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Published - Jan 3, 2016

Author - Adam

Comments - 2

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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Philly to Canada – day 4

Woke up on lake champlain this morning. Burlington VT was so amazing so we decided stayed another full day and just hangout. Tons of babes. We people watched around town and then headed to north beach. Hung out on the beach, chilled in the sun, and finished off our whiskey. Weather was beyond amazing with […]