Thought you folks might be interested. In my younger days I restored lots of interesting bikes. A H2R racebike, Seeley Suzuki TR750, Rickman KZ 900, Suzuki Rotary and a Rokon Ranger to name a few. Getting married and raising a family ended that.
Recently one of my clients gave me a 1976 KZ900 that was completely worn out , but completely original. My goal was to do a complete frame up restoration but improve on anything I could to make the bike better. The motor was completely rebuilt with all the good stuff, crank welded and all the items related to the cam control updated,, better clutch actuator and such. I upgrad
ed to Dyna ignition and coils.
The front forks were rebuilt with all new parts and Racetech emulators, tapered steering head bearings, swing arm needle bearings and stock looking ICON adjustable shocks.
Wheels were redone and new bearing installed, upgraded new style period type tires. Z900 dual disc conversion. I used the shorter turn signal stems and slightly lower period type handle bars.
I have to complete 4 pipe system, stock airbox and restored stock carburetors.
Its a work in process and keeping me sane through this covid mess. Here are a few pictures. If any one finds this interesting,
I can keep reporting on the progress.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Dragbike_Mike
Former M.E. at Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing, Lincoln, NE
1966 W1 (the Z1 of 1966-50H.P. and 100mph!)
1974 Z1A (disassembled)
1976 KZ900B LTD (SOLD!) it's in GOOD Hands!
1978 KZ1000 LTD
1976 KZ900B LTD pile O parts!
Thanks everyone, the wife cant understand why I spend so much time in the garage. Its therapy for me. I will send some more pictures once I get the motor in. I will
also spell check and see if I cant get the pictures aligned correctly moving forward, Ha.
I must admit I am surprised how well built these KZ's where built with the technology of the day.
Dont you just love it when a plan comes true? I have done all the same as you with the upgrades and all for a stronger bike. Have You looked into a mosfet charging system with an sh775 R/R? I redid mine from the stator on out, it was easy to do. I also upgraded the fuse box to blade fuses.