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1981 KZ1100 Shaft 01 Jul 2020 15:36 #829552

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Picked this one up in November. Had been neglected for about 10 years from what I could tell. Repairs, Maintenance and mods to date:
Rebuilt Carbs w/ new boots
Replaced mufflers with tapered shorties
New tires
Rebuilt calipers with new pads
Cleaned and re-packed Headset bearings
Disabled air-injection
Rebuilt forks, changed oil in rear shocks
New OEM levers
New 'Daytona' bars with gel grips
Replaced ignition pulse coils
Custom seat and tail cowl
Replaced tank
Painted with "Sunburst Lime" and satin clear
Refinished wheels
Next up:
Refurbishing Vetter fairing to match and adapting some KZ1000P luggage (for long road trips)
Before & After pic
1981 KZ 1100A1
1996 ZX6 EV conversion
1975 Fiat X1/9 project

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1981 KZ1100 Shaft 03 Jul 2020 08:18 #829686

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Here's the pic of before and after most of the work-

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1981 KZ 1100A1
1996 ZX6 EV conversion
1975 Fiat X1/9 project
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1981 KZ1100 Shaft 03 Jul 2020 08:39 #829688

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Looks great! Very sporty looking transformation.

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1981 KZ1100 Shaft 01 Aug 2020 18:25 #832056

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Restored the Vetter fairing and color matched it. Wired up a harness/connector that allows me to swap the whole thing out in about 10 minutes.
1981 KZ 1100A1
1996 ZX6 EV conversion
1975 Fiat X1/9 project
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1981 KZ1100 Shaft 01 Aug 2020 20:22 #832070

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Is the tailpiece custom? Bike looks sharp. A quick disconnect for the fairing also was a great move.
83 KZ1100A (shaft)
17 Versys X 300 abs
81 kz650h1
81 kz750e2
90 Honda CBR600F (brother's)

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1981 KZ1100 Shaft 02 Aug 2020 06:36 #832091

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Nice.
1982 KZ1000 LTD parts donor
1981 KZ1000 LTD awaiting resurrection
2000 ZRX1100 not ridden enough

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1981 KZ1100 Shaft 02 Aug 2020 08:15 #832099

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Yes- custom piece. I made a custom mold from a modified GS850 (I had to make it wider and longer).
1981 KZ 1100A1
1996 ZX6 EV conversion
1975 Fiat X1/9 project

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1981 KZ1100 Shaft 02 Aug 2020 09:19 #832100

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With regard to handling and balance, do you feel any significant difference when riding with the Vetter vs. without it?

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1982 KZ1135A-2
January 2016 BOTM

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1981 KZ1100 Shaft 02 Aug 2020 13:41 #832114

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It's pretty light- maybe 25 lbs so it doesn't redistribute weight much. I mainly use it when I am going on long, higher speed rides as the stock set up has no wind protection. I prefer riding with it off and think it looks better as well.
1981 KZ 1100A1
1996 ZX6 EV conversion
1975 Fiat X1/9 project

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