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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 01:03 #727120

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Just before get asked again (I shit you not I have received serveral pms on this), my build threads aren't about a furry brown fruit with a green innards. :blink:
A Kiwi is a small brown bird native to New Zealand and the name given to a person that comes from New Zealand as well. As a New Zealander we collectively call ourselves Kiwis. Yes, I know a Kiwi is a fruit to most of you guys but we have to call it a Kiwifruit over here otherwise it would be really weird eating a Kiwi lol.

Okay so here we go.....................
Kiwi the bird

Kiwi the people

Kiwifruit


Righto, back to motorcycles again.
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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 01:13 #727121

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I have wanted to own a Z1R ever since I was a teenager (over twenty years ago, where did time go!) For some reason or another the opportunity just has never come up or I haven't been in a position to buy one. Well to be honest, not much is changed. I still have bugger all money and now the opportunities don't come up to own a Z1R anymore. They are like hens teeth over here in New Zealand and very rarely come up for sale and if they do I can't afford one as my kids, mortgage, and wife have claimed most of my income! Oh, and the taxman. So I decided that I would build one from scratch using a MKII that I came across a while back. So here you have it.............................my Z1R







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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 01:19 #727123

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I bought the MKII while I was building the Kiwi KZP so as to not be distracted I buried it in the back of the shed and promptly forgot about it. Then as such things tend to happen I got to talking with Graham Crosby (legendary New Zealand motorcycle racer) about wanting to build a Z1R and thinking about using the MKII as the basis for the build. As it turns out he had a Z1R in very poor repair and in bits (most of them missing) in his possession. A deal was done so I loaded the MkII onto the trailer and went for a drive up the country to Croz's workshop.
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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 01:24 #727124

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Here's Croz taking delivery of one very tired old MKII, a photo of Croz in his racing days, and a few pics of his workshop.













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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 01:29 #727125

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After I had finished drooling over all the bikes in his shed I loaded up this very sad and neglected Z1R (well sort of a Z1R) and headed back home! My wife gave me shit for taking a complete bike away and coming back with half a one :blush: But hey, I now had an honest to god Z1R, a motor, a few random bits and pieces, and it hadn't cost very much. Result!!!

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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 01:36 #727127

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So what did I have? Well after some checking and some awesome help from members on the site here it turns out it is a German domestic model D1 made right late in the model run in 1979. It even has the sidestand positioned up front which was particular to only the German Z1R's (god only knows why). After even more investigating it turns out quite a few German models come to NZ and Australia new as overflow stock. Aus and NZ being small markets they often get the oddball stuff. Good points, it's a Z1R. Bad points..................incorrect forks and front disc rotors. Rear subframe slightly twisted. Missing nearly all the parts useful in building a bike!!!!! Lucky I like a challenge.







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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 01:46 #727129

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So then I buried this in the back of the shed to start work on once I had finished the Kiwi GPZ project which I had started. Problem being was that I couldn't leave the Z1R alone or stop spending what little cash I had on it instead of the GPZ. When an opportunity came up to sell the GPZ I took it and now me and the Z1R can be together finally.

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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 01:53 #727131

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Basically we are now nearly up to the present day. I have dragged out all of the parts that came with the bike, I have collected, and ones that have been donated, and this is what we have.





oh, and possibly the best bit of airbrushing ever on the side cover. Any Michael Jackson fans out there?

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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 02:04 #727132

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Present day update number two. This bike is going to be one hell of a bitsa but luckily for me we have the internet as I would never find the parts I need in New Zealand alone. Thankyou world for helping build the Kiwi Z1R!! Small sample of the parcels that keep arriving. Wife starts sweating when another turns up cos she knows the poor old credit card has taken a hammering. :unsure:

Side stand from Germany.............



Crank form the US of A ................





Wiring loom from Japan.............



and some awesome help from members on the forum, big thanks to eddiem!! Truly, this bike would take an extra ten years to build without help from people like him.

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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 02:09 #727133

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I still have another month of catchups but getting late now so will fill in the last few updates tomorrow and then we will be right up to the current days build. You can see why bugger all was getting done on the GPZ :laugh:

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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 03:43 #727135

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This oughta be good...
Jim
Atlanta, GA
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"If you didn't build it, it's not really yours"

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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 04:12 #727140

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Damn kiwi,,,your on the right path,,,how cool was it being in Graham's garage...can't wait to see that "new" z1r evolve... Pat

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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 05:01 #727143

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I just joined this site this morning so forgive me if I make mistakes. It seemed like fate that the first post I read is a guy building a Z1R . I just posted a load of parts on Ebay for a Z1R . I brought the bike and my intention was to build a Eddie lawson bike , yep I know its the wrong year. I have some more parts but im not ready to part with them yet until I get the parts I need ie Tank and instruments . I am also a big fan of Graham crosby my favorite poster was "graham crosby scrubbing of speed at daytona " . I took apart the engine on my basket case last night and its not good . The sump held about 2 quarts of the most disgusting oil and what looked like all the tensioner rubber ground up like coffee grounds . Let me know if there is something you need . my Z1R is a 1980 so only a few parts are the same

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Kiwi Z1R 18 May 2016 07:50 #727199

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Great thread.Looking forward to this build.Must have been a real treat to get into Crozs workshop.You wouldnt have been able to get me out again! Can you explain again the part about turning small green fruit,high in vitamin c ,into a motorcicle!

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Kiwi Z1R 19 May 2016 00:04 #727371

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rimbim wrote: I just joined this site this morning so forgive me if I make mistakes. It seemed like fate that the first post I read is a guy building a Z1R . I just posted a load of parts on Ebay for a Z1R . I brought the bike and my intention was to build a Eddie lawson bike , yep I know its the wrong year. I have some more parts but im not ready to part with them yet until I get the parts I need ie Tank and instruments . I am also a big fan of Graham crosby my favorite poster was "graham crosby scrubbing of speed at daytona " . I took apart the engine on my basket case last night and its not good . The sump held about 2 quarts of the most disgusting oil and what looked like all the tensioner rubber ground up like coffee grounds . Let me know if there is something you need . my Z1R is a 1980 so only a few parts are the same


I know the poster you mean! I always wonder how far Graham Crosby would have gone if he hadn't quit so early in his career. What spare Z1R parts do you have availablie as I am still looking for lots of bits.
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Kiwi Z1R 19 May 2016 00:06 #727372

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davido wrote: Great thread.Looking forward to this build.Must have been a real treat to get into Crozs workshop.You wouldnt have been able to get me out again! Can you explain again the part about turning small green fruit,high in vitamin c ,into a motorcicle!


Haha I suppose if I paint it Kawasaki green, add some more cc's................................

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Kiwi Z1R 19 May 2016 00:13 #727374

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In my never ending quest for parts to build the Z1R with I did a swap with a guy I met for some of my old GPZ engine parts for a set of VM28 carbs and some motor parts. I drove a couple of hours away to his place to pick up the parts and this is what he had parked in his lounge!! Wow! MkII with turbo, GPZ1100 A2 head, and other endless bits done to it. Funny what you find by the tv in some peoples houses.




and a bit of an anti climax after the last two but now I finally had some carbs!

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Kiwi Z1R 19 May 2016 00:38 #727375

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Remember that slight twist in the rear subframe that I mentioned earlier. Sorted that out with the highly technical big steel bar tool. Straight now!
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Kiwi Z1R 19 May 2016 03:39 #727381

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Kiwi Z1R 19 May 2016 03:58 #727382

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here is the wiring harness just as I removed it !! the advance unit was rusted and stuck fully advanced and most of the cam chain tensioners where in the engine pan ......but I like a challenge :whistle:

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