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Hello from England 18 Oct 2018 10:54 #792492

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Hi,
I'm a 50yrs youngish Brit, recently returned from a long stay in Japan (20 yrs).
I used to ride CB400's in Tokyo as there was a limit on engine size for us Brits, It has changed now but back in the day you could only ride a 400 on a full British bike license unless you took their big bike test.
I am only a rider and know jack shit really about mechanics but am hoping to learn from all you guys n gals.

Currently I have 2 bikes pictured below. (3 if you include my 400 Majesty scooter )
Green one is a 1978 (650) with an 1984 750 engine chucked in.
Blue is a 1980 Z750.

I changed the bars on the green one and added some green cables but that's about it.
I have only just picked up the blue one a few weeks ago and have not touched it really.

I'm a spray painter and powder coater by trade.

I love Japanese bikes (notice I didnt say Jap, not fond of that word, don't think my Japanese kids would like me too much if I did :) )

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78 KZ650 butchered classic (750)
80 KZ750 almost stock
Yamaha Majesty 400 (the A to B machine)
SMART CAR 450 (winter ride)
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Hello from England 18 Oct 2018 11:20 #792494

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Heyho TokyoElbow. I never thought of 'Jap' as in 'Jap bikes', as a derogatory term. I use it all the time,with no ill will intended. I also use 'Yank bikes' and 'Brit bikes'. Its more out of ease (laziness) than badness. Language can be a tricky thing.
Anyway, I couldnt see your pictures, but welcome to the site.
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Hello from England 18 Oct 2018 16:03 #792509

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Welcome TokyoElbow, nice bikes
78 KZ1000 A2A

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Hello from England 19 Oct 2018 11:11 #792548

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Nice clean green machine! The seat is phenomenal! I have an Idea I am really hoping you might help me with that Ive been searching for years and would truly make my new build a 1 off and unique if you can help. Welcome to the site, Ive built both of mine with upgrades I've found here. 1 is June bike of the month Ive owned since new.
76 kz 900 1075 76 kz 900 a4 78 kz 1000 ltd
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Hello from England 19 Oct 2018 17:16 #792572

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Welcome. B)

The new to you Z750 has a Z650 tail.
Could she be another 650 with 750 engine and side covers?
Rob.
CANADA
http://www.kz650.info/

'78 KZ650 C2, 125K kms, Rickman fairing, Delkevic ex, EI, K&N, ATK fork brace, braced swingarm, Progessive, Koni, 18" Z1R front wheel

'00 ZRX1100, Ohlin's shocks, fork brace, Corbin seat, Gimbel bugspoiler

Need a key for your kz/z? I can make them.

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Hello from England 07 Feb 2019 22:55 #798339

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rstnick wrote: Welcome. B)

The new to you Z750 has a Z650 tail.
Could she be another 650 with 750 engine and side covers?


Sorry for the late reply,
Regarding the blue one, you may be right!! I will have to look into it and check with Kawasaki, alternatively it may have had the tail fitted from a Z650.
The guy I bought it from seems to have done lots of little bits here and there to it.
78 KZ650 butchered classic (750)
80 KZ750 almost stock
Yamaha Majesty 400 (the A to B machine)
SMART CAR 450 (winter ride)

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Hello from England 08 Feb 2019 01:27 #798342

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Welcome along for the ride. If you post up the engine and frame numbers it should be quite easy to find what you have. Where in the UK are you? Im a stones throw from brands hatch.
75 z1b, 77 z650 b1, 77 z650 b1 period custom, 77 z1000 a1, 82 z1100 elr, 89 zxr750h1

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Hello from England 08 Feb 2019 22:29 #798372

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Warren3200gt wrote: Welcome along for the ride. If you post up the engine and frame numbers it should be quite easy to find what you have. Where in the UK are you? Im a stones throw from brands hatch.


I'm just down the road in Farnborough, Hants
78 KZ650 butchered classic (750)
80 KZ750 almost stock
Yamaha Majesty 400 (the A to B machine)
SMART CAR 450 (winter ride)

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