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Z1 – KZ porn

                                                                                                                                                  

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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 […]

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1984 Kawasaki GPz900r

Wow. BikeEXIF actually had something on it I found interesting. In case you didn’t know… Kawasaki muscle bikes completely dominated the drag strip in the 70’s and 80’s. Umm… you’ve heard me talk about the Z1 / kz900 / kz100 before right? The GPz was the next generation and equally, if not more badass. 900cc. […]

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More KZ race bikes

So sick… I think the z1 / kz900 / kz1000 has become my favorite cycle. For a crappy old 70’s bike… man they can make some power. Pics are from here: http://elcorramotors.blogspot.com

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kz1000r

I try not to make posts that involve stuff from outside sources like ebay etc… But this was too good to pass up. Who knows what an early 80’s kz1000r is? The z1, kz900, kz1000 are all basically the exact same bike. Same frame, engine, power etc etc… I’m a big fan of analogies… here […]

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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 […]

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Z1 shakedown run

Adam and I leave for our trip in a few days. Since doing the engine rebuild I haven’t ridden the bike more than 20 miles. I finally got it dialed in and rode it to a website conference in DC I’m at for a couple days. It was a successful shake down run. No oil […]

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Z1 Engine Teardown – Part 2

Got my cylinders back from Powerseal. Bored out to 1015cc. Got the cylinder head back from Mar Auto. Those guys are the best. – I had bent valves and loose guides – had 3 angle valve job done – they installed all new valves, springs, guides, seals and set my cam-valve lash – done super […]

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Kawabusa

As I said before… the Z1 was basically the hayabusa of the 70’s. I saw this vid and thought it was kinda decent. Damn, I want that seat at 1:47. Pretty sure my z1 is going to completely haul ass when I’m done. – 1015 wiseco pistons and 118 web cams.

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Pure Gold

I can’t get enough of this stuff. Old videos from the 70’s. Man, the Z1, kz900, kz1000 are badass. Pretty neat to hear stuff about the kz750 and kz400 too.

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z1 engine teardown – part 1

Decided to get started on the z1 engine teardown. Took a couple hours sunday morning and tore this guy down. Not positive yet, but it’s looking like I’m going to do a Weisco 1015cc kit. Animated GIF’s are dumb but fun.

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1973 kawasaki z1 – top speed

Ever since getting my Z1, I’m pretty obsessed with them. If you didn’t know, the Z1 was basically the hayabusa of the 70’s. Pretty sure it was the fastest bike until the early 80’s. And, it was definitely the preferred pro drag race bike for a long ass time. Apparently, the bike does 140mph in […]

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Piston Kits

I had been looking for a while now for Piston Kits for my 3 bikes. The Z1 is a no-brainer. Weisco makes anything you need for a Z1 / KZ900 / KZ1000. I was having a real problem finding kits for the cb450 and cb650. I eventually found kits that drop right in after a […]

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Z1 mania

The Z1 is coming along. Did a bunch of little upgrades the past month. Dyna S and Kerker were the big ones… Slowly getting all dialed in. Ready for my 2 week canada camping trip with adam. The bike is fucking cool. Nothing else to say. Good little vid below.

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1974 Kawasaki Z1 900

Someone once told me when looking to buy a cycle… you want to pay about $1 per cc. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is accurate anymore since vintage cycles have gained popularity… I have no need for a 3rd cycle, but this popped up for about $.65 per cc, with a title, under 10K miles, […]