New member here out of Oklahoma City. I finally came across a bike I have been wanting for nearly 15 years…at a decent price. As the thread title says, a KZ1000 ST. My first pick would have been an early Z model but out of my budget range so next up were the STs. Great styling and built for taller riders, No pictures yet to post, but it’s showing 8K on the odometer and supposedly parked since 89. It’s far from clean and will need to undergo a frame up resto. The previous owner passed away and his daughter sold it (without title and keys). They think the odometer may be rolled over (108K?), but looking at the barely worn foot rubbers and still original grips, I am thinking it might actually be 8K. Some rust on the outside of the tank. I need to get a key to see what the inside looks like, The bike was also set up with the factory Vetter touring fairing and bags. Those are nearly off and the bike looks much cleaner. Also getting rid of the king and queen seat in favor of the factory slab seat. This will be be a slow resto since I have not finished my current resto bike (83 Suzuki GS1100E).
My current stable…
1980 Honda CBX
1983 Suzuki GS1100E
2000 Suzuki GSX1400 (from Japan)
2012 HD XR1200X
Welcome to one of the best resources for Z1 and KZ information you will find. There is a LOT of accumulated knowledge here and the members are willing to share it and help you through any issues you may run into with your KZ. Browsing through the previous posts is also a great way to learn about your bike.
I appreciate the warm welcome. I have already started researching the forums for information and seeing what websites support this model. After gettIng keys made and dome good tires on, I need to find illustrated parts break downs. CMSNL.com is usually my go to pictures and parts but for some reason a lot of their parts don’t show an illustration for some reason. I think hardware will be one of the biggest issues with the restoration and pictures help.
I've had three '79 STs over the years. Good bike but a little heavy at nearly 600lbs.
Very few parts interchange between the ST and the Mark II even though they look the same.
On acceleration the rear will raise up unlike a chain drive which will squat down.
I think I have some forks and the 3 peices of the stock airbox if you are ever interested.
I’m sure I will need parts despite the bike appearing complete. Quite a bit of rust on small parts. I can sandblast and powdercoat most parts myself but the hardware (bolts) in many places look beyond use. Hopefully OEM hardware is available.
Depending on the amount and which parts needing replacement, it will push me towards originality or a mild custom build. Always wanted a KZ with a Kerker exhaust…so there’s that too.