Hey all, I'm entirely new to everything! Old Hondas and KZs have always been an aesthetic favorite of mine but I never took the time to learn to ride or learn much about the inner workings of motorcycles. Just a few weeks ago a friend of a friend was putting his 76' KZ400-D3 up for sale and just like that I now have to learn it and how to ride it! It was barely run over the last number of years and stored away so it's got a project component to it before it's completely ready to take out. In particular a front brake rebuild is needed and some oil burning that my friend and I haven't had the time to fully diagnose yet. Plenty more after that I'm sure. Looking forward to stumbling through this whole process.
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Welcome aboard! Please keep in mind that the fasteners on the Kawasaki that look like Phillips head screws are not Phillips. They are Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) and using a Phillips screwdriver on them will damage them and make you scream. JIS screwdrivers look much like Phillips and can be bought or easily made from Phillips drivers. If you need more info on this issue just ask and I can provide more. Ed
Just to say that the J.i.s screwdriver tip is a very good tip , lots of old Japanese bikes in the uk have chewed up screws, especially float bowl screws and carb to head clamp screws because owners over the years didn't know about Jis, I've got a four piece vessel set, but until you buy a set don't forget any old Japanese bike tool kit will have a handy Jis screwdriver you can use, sometimes two in different sizes if your lucky
Along with the proper tools and a genuine factory service manual, I highly recommend a new rider safety course. Riding a motorcycle is quite different from driving a car. Developing good habits at the beginning can help insure many years of pleasurable riding. Most large cities have several options. One of the most common and respected programs is run by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. (MSF)
Once you get tools and a manual do complete safety and maintenance procedures first. Remember you need to stop. So focus on brakes.
Then while your waiting for the state course I’d suggest sitting on the bike and get used to the controls I.e. front and rear brake, and what all the switches do and were everything is located.... then take the bike to an empty parking lot and get the feel of the clutch and brakes. Make slow wide turns feeling for the friction zone on the clutch, making the turn tighter as you learn how the clutch, throttle, and rear brake work together... watch videos to explain what I’m talking about... learn the meaning and use of counter steering, it can save your life. Practice slow speed starts and stops... go slow and be careful. As with anything “how you train so shall you react”