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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 06:22 #810627

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Hey everyone, I have a KZ1000 may have seen it in a different thread but I have a question about paint so I figured I would start a thread here. I haven't been able to find much on the 1981 kz1000's especially ones without the tail sections which from what I can tell most came with from the factory. Anyways the one I have has a hole in the fuel tank which has caused the paint to bubble, my question is, is this a factory color? If not then what were factory colors for 1981. I skeptic on the color partially due to my sidepods not having their badges either. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks

VIN shows 1981 when searched, date on bike shows 11/80
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 06:50 #810631

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That's not a factory color. You can try the vin at Kawasaki.com, but I'm guessing your motorcycle is the 1981 KZ1000-K1 Ltd.
At Partzilla the 1000-K1 colors listed are Ebony & L.M.Red, plus the tank & side covers would have had pin striping.
From a sales brochure listed on EB, L.M. Red = Luminous Midnight Red.

There are no Kawasaki paint codes, but some places have been able to come up with good matches, usually from matching the paint on good parts or nos parts. PaintWorkz is one such place & he has provided some useful info here on KZR over the years.
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 07:37 #810633

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Thanks for your response that was exactly the info I was looking for. This bike is pretty far from factory so not sure if I'll return it to a factory color or let my friend with a body shop spray it with something they have left over that would look decent.

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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 07:59 #810637

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I believe that dash is from a 1982.
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 08:26 #810639

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Martin is correct (as usual) . The factory paint is some tough stuff to duplicate, since they used so many different layers to do the paint schemes. The factory "red" is a somewhat ruby red that I tried to have my paint buddy duplicate, but it ended up looking totally black . You can't see the red tint in the paint unless it is in direct sunlight. It would also have pin-striping like Martin mentioned.



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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 08:32 #810640

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Meatball wrote: I believe that dash is from a 1982.


The 81 and 82 LTD have the same instruments.


The 81-82 CSR, (M1-2) have a different instrument and ignition configuration.


Pistriping (my 81 CSR now sold):
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 09:15 #810642

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I figured the layering would be difficult to replicate. I pulled this bike out of a barn for $200 with a quote ‘it’s ran recently’ tough to believe because the hawk eyed observer will notice it’s lacking an exhaust but did come with a Vance and Hines set for the previous generation I believe. Anyways I’ll get the ole girl running and go from there on paint and aluminum polishing I suppose.

The picture is the best one I have of the dash shows 8k miles if I recall correct
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 09:40 #810644

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200 bucks is a steal! As long as the title can be had, you're good. I imagine the paint was done when the Vetter faring was added to make everything match. My bike is a 81 LTD. All I ever seem to get for $200 are basket cases with no keys or title. 5 out of 6 of my latest bikes have had none or a screwed up title. I do the abandoned vehicle procedure here to get one issued. I wouldn't sweat the paint color theme too much unless you are going for the ultra purist correct bike thing. :)


Oddly enough, THIS bike had a good title AND a key.
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 10:40 #810647

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Yeah didn’t think I could go wrong bought a very nice 1979 goldwing for the same price that was titled. The KZ isn’t but where I live all you need is a bill of sale and a vin and you can get a title I had to do it on my CB650C.

It’s amazing what people will keep the titles for and what they seem to lose them for I have an r1 in the same shape just a frame and some misc pieces that’s titled. Excited for the kz though and not concerned about going ultra original on it. The goldwing is all original once the fairing is removed.
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 11:32 #810650

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never mind. meter I.D. posted while typing.


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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 16:13 #810657

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This is how I painted my 81. I could not find the blue and yellow pinstriping, so I used the red one.
I have a 1980 Kawasaki KZ750 Ltd. I bought new. I recently managed to get it out of my garage after 28 years and put it on the road again (2010). I feel like a kid all over again. Since I have acquired 3 78 KZ1000 Ltd, 1 1981 KZ1000 Ltd, and another 1980 KZ750 Ltd. Love the LTD's.
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 20:32 #810673

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Mopguy were did you find the pinstripes, I have a 1981 KZ1000 CSR. and I cant find them anywhere.Thanks
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 10 Sep 2019 21:11 #810674

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For reference
80 KZ750 H1 - the Kaw calf
79 KZ750 Twin - Miss Nov 2008 KZR calander
79 KZ750 Twin parts bike
78 KZ650 C2 Parts Bike
75 KZ400 Wife's old bike sold
81 KZ440 A2 LTD Wife's new bike
84 Honda 450 Rebel Wife's newest bike
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 11 Sep 2019 06:39 #810689

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I wonder why that color chart does not include the 1000K and 1000M (LTD & CSR)?
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 11 Sep 2019 06:56 #810691

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No disco bikes allowed. :lol:

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By old_kaw: ..... The factory "red" is a somewhat ruby red that I tried to have my paint buddy duplicate, but it ended up looking totally black . You can't see the red tint in the paint unless it is in direct sunlight. ....

I had a nos 750-CSR fuel tank in the L.M. Red & I'd say it was a black cherry red >> it looks black in the pic below, but it's dark red. For comparison Kawasaki Luminous Ruby Red is kind of a bright red & there's no mistaking what color it is.

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I have a 1980 Kawasaki KZ750 Ltd. I bought new. I recently managed to get it out of my garage after 28 years and put it on the road again (2010). I feel like a kid all over again. Since I have acquired 3 78 KZ1000 Ltd, 1 1981 KZ1000 Ltd, and another 1980 KZ750 Ltd. Love the LTD's.
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martin_csr wrote: No disco bikes allowed. :lol:

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By old_kaw: ..... The factory "red" is a somewhat ruby red that I tried to have my paint buddy duplicate, but it ended up looking totally black . You can't see the red tint in the paint unless it is in direct sunlight. ....

I had a nos 750-CSR fuel tank in the L.M. Red & I'd say it was a black cherry red >> it looks black in the pic below, but it's dark red. For comparison Kawasaki Luminous Ruby Red is kind of a bright red & there's no mistaking what color it is.


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Yep, the tank on the right is what my bike was supposed to look like. (with blue / gold pinstripes) I did find a paint chip under the air cleaner intake warning stickder / rattle can paint that the PO had done to "improve" my bike's appearance. It was a real looker. not.


I gave the painter the paint chip I found, but instead of using the kandy in the paint, he painted it black, then put the wild cherry kandy tint into the clear coat. Not quite as red as I had hoped, yet still a large improvement over the rattle can paint that was on it when I drug / shoved it out of the scrap heap that it was in for over 10 years. Flat tires don't roll so well.


4 years ago with the new fresh paint.
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 12 Sep 2019 08:25 #810749

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Great reference chart Rainman…..never saw that one before. Kaw triples has a good one that shows the actual paint layers.

kawatriple.com/paint/triple_colors/ws_mod07e.html
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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 12 Sep 2019 12:38 #810759

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Thanks. It's kinda neat that you can click the little tanks on the right to change the colors to see what other combos were used. I've seen a Kaw triple color chart before but not one that's clickable.

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1981 KZ1000 Factory Paint Colors 12 Sep 2019 16:03 #810770

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martin_csr wrote: Thanks. It's kinda neat that you can click the little tanks on the right to change the colors to see what other combos were used. I've seen a Kaw triple color chart before but not one that's clickable.

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I totally agree with this. I had wondered how many layers KHI used, and this answers in so many ways. This 1975 H1F looks like a brown color to me, yet the link lists it as a "candy yellow" with all of the layered colors. It always looks brown to me. (might be my color blindness)


BTW, this 1975 H1F is still for sale in the Lou for a meger $7995 cash. Only a buck per mile clocked. HERE:
stlouis.craigslist.org/mcy/d/saint-charl...saki/6963193568.html
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