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My father 19 Mar 2021 08:53 #845207

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My father passed yesterday.  He could build any kind of engine you let him get near and make it sing.  Here are some pictures of him on his 1974 Z1.  I think he got it around '75.  I remember riding on the back when I was a kid (when it was still a street bike). 

My user name and the quote in my profile come from a story he told me.  He said some guy came up to him at the strip and said "Hey man, those DOHCs really go!!".  It stuck with me, and I guess it stuck with him too.  I think of it every time I look at the engine covers on my Z1R.  And it's true.  

His best time this day was something around 10.5s @ 125mph.

 
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'95 GPZ1100 (sold) , '00 ZRX1100
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My father 19 Mar 2021 09:11 #845208

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My condolences on your father’s passing, he sounds like he was a great guy. Cool photos, and thanks for sharing. 
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DOHC, Sorry for your loss. It's always tough to share personal information. But thanks for sharing. I lost my Dad to an Industrial accident just as I was turning 13yrs. old in 1972. I still think of him and use his tools to this day!
Great story!  The Z1, that bike is the epitome of the classic Z1 street bike! Lesters, Denco pipe, black paint! I am painting one right now all black.
And I am in Western New York! This is one of my local tracks! "Empre" / "New York International Raceway". It was called "Route 36" for awhile too. I started going there in the mid 70's. I've been down this strip many a times in cars and on bikes! Had some wild campouts also!
I never had many pictures pre-digital 2002 for me. But this is me at a bike meet, was a cloudy, cold day. I remember the announcer sayin' this guy got his money's worth. It was my 20th pass. No one was running on the Saturday time trials. Was going roundy - round! 11.50's, just having fun.
They are actually having a National Motorcycle Sanction race June 18th-19th this summer With the 50th anniversary of the IHRA.
Plus we will have the AA/Gasser out 5 times this yr. With the Supercharged AA/Gassers of America Gang.
GodSpeed to you and your Family!
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Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.

And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Starts everytime!

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Sorry for your loss. I am sure he will always be behind your back.
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Prayers for you & your family.
Don't be ridiculous! It's only a flesh wound!

Wife's little bike... 1984 GPZ 550 Kerker and DynaJet stage I kit
Wife's BIG bike...... 1981 GPZ 1100 Kerker and factory FI Mikuni RS34s W/ K&N pods
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DOHC, Sorry for your loss. It's always tough to share personal information. But thanks for sharing. 

 

Thank you.  This is definitely the most personal thing I've ever put on the internet.  I've never taken part in any social media (I briefly had a Friendster account 20 years ago).  But I'm just a wee bit out of sorts at the moment.

I happened to have just scanned these photographs a few weeks ago.  I think his Z1 is really fantastic, so I figured I share the pictures.

And you're right about the location.  I believe this day was a bike-only day in 2002, and I think we went back to the same event in 2003.  It's possible you and he crossed paths at some point.  His Z1 has been a drag-only machine since the early 80s, so there were probably plenty of opportunities.

I didn't know what to do with myself, so I went out and fired up his Z1 yesterday.  I think that's the first time it's run in at least 10 years.  It fired right up.  I made a ton of really great racket and certainly annoyed the neighbors.  

 
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My condolences  to you and your family
The loss of a loved one is always a hard thing . It sounds like your Dad  was hell of a guy. 
You were blessed to have him as he was blessed to have you as a son. 
I too am blessed having a son who shares my passion for bikes  and  all things mechanical  that I can share  this part of life with.
Your father will live on thru you , his son  . Every time   you fire up a bike , or use a tool  he will be right there with you.
Here's to Dad,,,  May He Ride with the Angels and ride with you in spirit
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I too am blessed having a son who shares my passion for bikes
 

That is very true.  I share his love of machines.  He taught me about model rockets, control-line planes, slot cars, sailboats, snowmobiles, cars, motorcycles, and so much more.

The first real engine I rebuilt, and the first one I blew up, was a snowmobile.  He rebuilt it the second time and it ran fantastic.  But I was sick of waiting for snow, so I immediately sold it and decided to switch seasons and buy a motorcycle.  A buddy of mine said his older brother was selling a motorcycle.  His brother drove a loud Camaro, and was not really someone who took real care with vehicles.

The bike was a 1977 KZ650, and it was only $75!  It looked just like a motorcycle (two wheels, engine, handlebars), which seemed to match what I was looking for.  Of course it didn't run, and of course I didn't bother to ask my father for advice before I bought it.  I just called him and said "Hey Dad!  I bought a motorcycle!  It doesn't run.  Can you come and pick it up?"  After what I'm assuming was a fair amount of eye rolling, he showed up with his trailer and hauled it to his house.  In the end it worked out fine.  The carbs were all messed up by some previous owner, and it needed all the wear items, but nothing was actually broken.  I rode it for a few years and I learned about whole lot about carburetors.
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Loosing a father is especially hard. He was our model for manhood, he taught us about the world, he always wanted the best for us, he loved us unconditionally.
My prayers are with you and yours.
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Sorry to hear that your father passed away DOHC.  I was lucky enough to have my Dad until I was in my mid-60's.  I think about him every day, and often have him in my dreams.  He was an aircraft mechanic during WW2 but we had few activities in common so we didn't do much together.  You are lucky to have been able to share a passion for bikes with him.
I have a couple of Z1B's restored, an '80 KZ1000LTD restored, a 1981 KZ550 restored and a 2008 KLR 650 for off road fun. My wife has a 2019 Suzuki DR 650 for on and off road.
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I’d like to add my condolences to and your family also. Your lucky to have had him with you as long as you did. Hopefully he will visit you in your dreams. Embrace it if it happens. 

My father passed away when I was a senior in high school back in ‘80. As Tex says they are our leader and our path to manhood. My time with my father was shorter than I wanted but we sure crammed a ton of stuff into those years. Cox glow plug cars, Slot cars, bicycles, he helped me build the fastes pinewood derby cars year after year, then to mini bikes, my first car, taught me how to bowl, and entered me into a rifle club that took us to every gun club in Michigan, and even Camp Perry in Ohio. He never left my side. He was in the Philippines during ww2. With his war experience I know he could have been the toughest SOB your ever encounter, but for teaching me to fight and defend myself I never saw him argue or fight with anyone. He told me it takes a bigger man to walk away from a fight. He was the kindest most patient gentleman you ever meet, but I know the man would have never lost a fight. He fixed all the neighborhood kids bikes, all the adult neighbors lawnmowers and cars. Not an expert at anything but there was nothing he couldn’t fix. 

Cherish his teachings, tools, and memories. I’m sure he will be with you in mind and spirt. 
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My Condolences as well, also every time I see DOHC I will remember your story.

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