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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 10 Feb 2019 10:05 #798435

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Hello fellow KZers. I’ve been the proud owner of a 77 kz900 for half my life now. I’m 32. I love my vintage stuff and take pride in owning something old that you can work on and I’m blessed to have many things like this! I have used the site several times over the years for varying issues, and appreciate the knowledge base presented here. I have something I’m a little stumped by and I haven’t figured it out.

My bike has the old HUGE two seater seat. It never bothered me, but it’s getting very cracked up and pathetic looking. I’m looking to replace it with something more low profile to give it a sleeker look. My seat measures about 28 inches long. The seats I’m finding to replace that say “it fits” are about 21” long. Will these actually work or am I missing something? Let me know what you think and if I can provide more information to help answer my question. This bike had aftermarket fairings and windshield, and saddle bags etc. it was set up to be a cruiser. Is it possible that the fender was replaced to allow for these items and as such the seat was larger?

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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 10 Feb 2019 12:49 #798440

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PICS, NEED PICS. :woohoo:
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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 10 Feb 2019 13:28 #798443

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I have an old seat like that, and I compared the seat pan with a step seat pan and their the same. I rebuilt my seat and used the old foam because even the old foam is superior to the kit foam you can buy, also I used marine Naugahyde as it is 2x thicker. If the seat latch and hinges haven't been altered or is not a universal set up I would bet you have the same as I. Im like swest ,,, the older I get the wider I get but my ass gets narrower!! that is why I've bought a corbin. Best on the market IMHO.
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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 10 Feb 2019 13:31 #798444

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Any seat from '73 to at least '80 will fit, but one from '76 onward would also have the correct latch.

If your seat pan is still in good shape you may just want to buy a new skin and use your existing foam to fill it.
I ride Z1's. I have a couple of '75's, plus an '80 KZ1000LTD. My lovely Sweetums rides a 1981 KZ550.

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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 10 Feb 2019 16:18 #798455

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Z1parts has a decent replacement @ $190
z1parts.net/complete-seat-w-belt-kz900-kz1000/

If you're on a budget you can't go wrong with this one For $100, has a few scuffs and has provisions for kz seat latch

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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 11 Feb 2019 04:27 #798472

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Thanks Steve, I figured that would be one of the first responses!!

I’ll get some on this evening.

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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 11 Feb 2019 17:13 #798506

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Snapped these of the seat situation real quick. Sorry for the crappy light sun was shinin thru. I’ll get some more flattering pics sometime I get a chance.

Gregz, I’m going to consider the eBay seat and the one from z1 parts thanks for that.

So what’s up with these 21” jobs on eBay that say they fit? I think one from z1 enterprises was like that too if I remember right (it’s been a while on that one). Thoughts?

Thanks everyone for the replies!

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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 11 Feb 2019 17:56 #798509

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Appears to be a stock LTD seat
Stock seats for all KZ 900 or 1000s should fit
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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 11 Feb 2019 19:12 #798511

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Thanks Dave!

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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 11 Feb 2019 19:34 #798515

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The seat pan looks fine. Foam too. You should be able to just buy a new skin and replace the old one.
I ride Z1's. I have a couple of '75's, plus an '80 KZ1000LTD. My lovely Sweetums rides a 1981 KZ550.

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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 01 Mar 2019 17:12 #799493

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I think 76 was the last year for the KZ900 and all the 77's were KZ1000?
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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 01 Mar 2019 17:39 #799494

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The 77 kz900 A5 was built in Nebraska with all the left over 76 900 parts. Plenty of them out there
1973 Z1

Z1F-00001 through Z1F-19999

1974 Z1-A

Z1F-20000 through Z1F-47499

1975 Z1-B

Z1F-47500 through Z1F-85700

1976 Z900-A4

Z1F-85701 through Z1F-138846 for bikes manufactured in Japan

1977 KZ900-A5

KZ900-B1 LTD



Z1F-500001 through Z1F-510340 for bikes assembled in Lincoln Nebraska

THE KZ900 LTD FRAME NUMBERS RAN FROM KZ900B-500011 THROUGH 505514

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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 01 Mar 2019 19:51 #799501

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Anyone have any experience with this Ebay seller making cafe looking seats?



The auctions says they ship from Vietnam. They have a bunch of different styles, and it looks like they are making their own (somewhat crude looking) metal seat pans.

I'm tempted to try one. Some of them look pretty cool.
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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 03 Mar 2019 19:17 #799654

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So the A5 was green or brown like the 76 900?

GregZ wrote: Ralph
The 77 kz900 A5 was built in Nebraska with all the left over 76 900 parts. Plenty of them out there
1973 Z1

Z1F-00001 through Z1F-19999

1974 Z1-A

Z1F-20000 through Z1F-47499

1975 Z1-B

Z1F-47500 through Z1F-85700

1976 Z900-A4

Z1F-85701 through Z1F-138846 for bikes manufactured in Japan

1977 KZ900-A5

KZ900-B1 LTD



Z1F-500001 through Z1F-510340 for bikes assembled in Lincoln Nebraska

THE KZ900 LTD FRAME NUMBERS RAN FROM KZ900B-500011 THROUGH 505514

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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 10 Apr 2019 20:19 #801953

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DOHC wrote: Anyone have any experience with this Ebay seller making cafe looking seats?



The auctions says they ship from Vietnam. They have a bunch of different styles, and it looks like they are making their own (somewhat crude looking) metal seat pans.

I'm tempted to try one. Some of them look pretty cool.

I ordered one of their seats last week after reading a number of good reviews. They have quite a selection on their website. texavina.com
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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 20 Apr 2019 11:24 #802475

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Chuck if you could post pics/review after you get your seat, appreciate it. Hope you like it.

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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 20 Apr 2019 11:42 #802477

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I like this seat, best looking, cut down hot rod, drag bike looking! A couple of Guys here have them. But it is hard as a rock you Guys say.
But for looks I think I am going to buy one. Z1enterprises sells them.
I had one reupholstered 10 yrs ago. never used it yet. :laugh: :laugh:
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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 27 Apr 2019 07:16 #802898

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Even though I have never liked the looks of a saddle seat on a sport bike, my ass has convinced me to try function over form.
I've been watching this seat all winter on craigslist and when it finally dropped from 200 down to 100 bucks I said what the hell.
It dosn't look too bad with the bag on it and it is much more comfy then the 40 year old LTD seat I had on there.
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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 27 Apr 2019 07:58 #802900

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z1kzonly wrote: I like this seat, best looking, cut down hot rod, drag bike looking! A couple of Guys here have them. But it is hard as a rock you Guys say.
But for looks I think I am going to buy one. Z1enterprises sells them.
I had one reupholstered 10 yrs ago. never used it yet. :laugh: :laugh:


Yeah the Z1E seat is hard on the butt after 100 miles. It's great for short runs and keeps me planted as I grab a hand full. I got a LTD style seat for the cover and it was much better on long rides. I'm keeping the Z1E seat as a spare to use until I get a new LTD style seat cover when this one starts coming apart. Until then I'm going to "RIDE THE PISS OUT OF IT" :woohoo:
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77 KZ900 Seat Replacement 28 Apr 2019 04:13 #802933

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jeffz wrote: Chuck if you could post pics/review after you get your seat, appreciate it. Hope you like it.

Showed up a couple days ago and looks great. The stock hardware just bolted onto it, couldn't be much easier
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