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First KZ1000 let's make it run! 25 Mar 2020 18:35 #821766

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On the plugs...I swapped the BP out for the factory spec plug (not the best shape) after gapping to spec and the bike didn't have enough spark to fire. Swapped em back to the newer BP that are supposedly incorrect and it fired right away. I did notice later my + battery connection was loose from fkng with my push-button starter so it could've been that. Nbd, I ordered factory spec plugs cuz' I couldn't find em' locally but I also compared the BP to the correct plug and the length is exactly the same. Didn't seem to be a longer reach. Anyways, bike continues to impress and I'm still afraid to pull the carbs haha. Oh i've got my air/idle screws out 1 turn on all 4, seems to like it, possibly a touch rich, maybe 1 1/4 is the sweet-spot.

I also got a 80 XS400 for free! Kicker was seized but with the help of some diesel and a large crescent she's free. I'll leave that for a separate forum though...BLASPHEMY!! :)

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First KZ1000 let's make it run! 25 Mar 2020 19:14 #821770

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JOHN DENVER? GAG ME WITH A SPOON. :sick:
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First KZ1000 let's make it run! 25 Mar 2020 19:21 #821771

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SWest wrote: JOHN DENVER? GAG ME WITH A SPOON. :sick:
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OK boomer!!!

Sorry Steve had to beat the millennial to the punch
1976 KZ 900 A4
1976 KZ 900 B1 LTD
1978 KZ 1000 B2 LTD
Kowledge Speaks, But Wisdom Listens.
Jimi Hendrix.

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First KZ1000 let's make it run! 25 Mar 2020 19:58 #821775

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Here is the difference between the two plugs.

The 14mm thread appear same length, the ceramic and electrode extend.
1976 KZ 900 A4
1976 KZ 900 B1 LTD
1978 KZ 1000 B2 LTD
Kowledge Speaks, But Wisdom Listens.
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First KZ1000 let's make it run! 26 Mar 2020 06:08 #821796

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How many remember these immortal words...."Far Out Man!"

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First KZ1000 let's make it run! 26 Mar 2020 09:09 #821812

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Rick H. wrote: How many remember these immortal words...."Far Out Man!"

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I think the phrase has strong ties to the days when dropping acid was the thing to do.

Remember Cheech and Chong?



Spotify? What's that, a laundry stain lifter? I I forgot, the thing to do is drop the laundry off at mom's house.

Who you calling OLD? :)

Actually I was stationed at Fort Carson Colorado when this song was all the rage.



John Denver is cool.. sheesh Steve.. ACTAULLY John Denver was an extremely talented singer / guitarist and songwriter.. And I hear he was pretty handy with hang gliders and experimental aircraft. Not so good at keeping the fuel tank full. (please excuse the crudeness of the experimental aircraft statement)

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First KZ1000 let's make it run! 26 Mar 2020 10:49 #821819

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I liked John back in the day. And yes he was quite a talented individual in many areas. I recall being a bit upset with him when it was discovered he had a secret stash of gasoline at his place when we mere mortals were waiting in lines to get 5 gals of go-juice. But he liked using the "far out" verbiage a lot. All his talk about the Rocky Mountains did entice me to take my first long motorcycle trip to see what all his hype was about. I did keep a watchful on my fuel level on the trip even though I was only on a motorcycle. A Sportster no less....
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First KZ1000 let's make it run! 27 Mar 2020 08:02 #821894

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This is our favorite JD song

78 KZ1000 A2A
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First KZ1000 let's make it run! 27 Mar 2020 09:42 #821900

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Everyone should read the Wikipedia page / link I posted above. Per the NTSB.. The experimental kit aircraft john Denver died in was >modified< ( aka IMPROVED) by the previous owner. He was aware of the known bad, auxiliary fuel valve location. It says he went into an unrecoverable spin while trying to reach the fuel valve, he leaned on the stick and pushed the rudder the wrong way, attempting to turn the fuel valve. (extremely hard to turn). He had bought the plane the day before and had 30 minute orientation flight prior to his death. This "improvement" cost him his life. Don't be like John. lol

The previous owner had relocated the fuel valve to the passenger side of the aircraft, against the kit makers instructions. Probably ran out hose? Who knows?
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First KZ1000 let's make it run! 27 Mar 2020 09:52 #821901

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I heard Denver was a graduate of the John Kennedy Jr school of flight!!!!!!
1972 H2 750 Cafe Racer built in 1974.
1976 KH400 Production Road Racer.
1979 Kz1000 MK. II Old AMA/WERA Superbike.
1986 RG500G 2 stroke terror.
1986 GSXR750RG The one with the clutch that rattles!

Up in the hills near Prescott, Az.

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First KZ1000 let's make it run! 27 Mar 2020 14:10 #821928

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He was flying a Rutan EZ, which has tandem seating. The passenger seat is BEHIND the pilot, so he was having to reach behind himself. Whoever installed the valve there should be set fire to.
1982 KZ1000 LTD parts donor
1981 KZ1000 LTD awaiting resurrection
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