hardrockminer wrote: Restoring old bikes is kind of like investing in the stock market. If you want to wind up with a million...start with two!
Sounds likes a comment I heard about owning a hobby shop... I know most people ask, what’s a hobby shop! But I ask him if you can make any money owning one. The response was, “Sure you can make a small fortune as long as you start with a large fortune!”
I'm with you guys. At that stage of restoration and money spent, I want as close to original as possible. I'm also not a fan of polishing out the brushed aluminum. If it comes with a brushed finish, it should be retained.
That bike is what would be called in the car world a restomod. Stock appearing, but some diveability and reliability improvements, in this case the brakes and charging system(combined regulator/rectifier). I always joked that when I retired from Kawasaki I was going to restore bikes for 10K and sell them for 6K, the equivalent of , buy high, sell cheap and make up for it in quantity ! At least the stock market has historically gone back up, IF you have the time to wait!
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!