When I was a kid, my Dad bought a brand new 1973 KZ900, and the bikes have always been a love of mine. I have known of a friend that had a failed 1978 Z1R project for quite sometime, and I finally went ahead and picked it up. The story of the bike is pretty interesting. Young picked up a stock Z1R in the late 80's, and rode it for a while. After getting spanked by a modern sport bike in the early 90's he decided to upgrade. He purchased a big race cam, springs, exhaust, jets, etc, and tore the engine apart with just 15K miles on the clock. Fast forward 16 years, the young guy is now middle-aged, wife does not like bikes, and it needs to be moved out of the garage ASAP. The bike has all the stock parts, dyna-S ignition in the motor, two sets of carbs, and the K435 race cams and springs are new in the box. I paid $400 for all of it, which I was pretty happy with!
My plan is just to get it back to riding condition. No crazy cam upgrades The head needs put back together, but I have the stock cams. The guy actually labeled everything quite clearly and it should all be there. I need to repaint the body pieces, and the chrome is a bit pitted. I do have a bit of experience with hot rod car projects, and have dabbled with motor cycles, and I think I can save this old street warrior.
I am already learning on the forums, and look forward to updating as I progress. I have a Camaro project that is wrapping up, and once it is done, the Z1R is top priority!
Thanks all! Sadly, the paint can not be saved, which is too bad. It is the original paint. The tank has some pitted surface rust from sitting, and the front fender too. I could prob save the fairing and side cover, but easy to reshoot it silver/blue. I like the retro mod look, best to keep it factory looking IMHO.
I tossed the cam and the springs on E-bay today. I need to get the shop manual for this beast, and start sorting it out. Getting the head together and on the motor is my top priority.
So far i need:
key set (or take the cylinder to a lock smith?)
Hot dang another one saved. Buzz around the site and you'll find many stock to resto modded Z1R's. I'm wishing I had time to get back to mine but new home has priority. Good luck and keep us posted. Many people here have a soft spot for the Z1R.
Dang Z1-R's are popping out of the woodwork these days. $400! Yeah you got a score. Heck, a trip to the grocery store costs $400 in Hawaii doesn't it? Congrats, it should make a good project. You have all the major pieces.