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We've been asked about our avatar. 27 Jul 2021 16:20 #852657

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It's from a Norse(?) or Finnish(?) motorcycle safety poster circa decades ago, late 1990's or early 2000's.  Dialup days.

Note that all identifying lettering & such has been edited out from the tank, sidecover & dyno cover.  We suspect that was done for legal reasons.  However, anyone who knows Z1's will instantly recognize the bike.

We met a member from that country who frequented the same now-long-defunct MSM Groups Z1/KZ forum as we did.  He posted an image of the poster.  Don't remember the context of the thread.  He was kind enough to translate the text for us & we had some T-shirts made.  slmjim edited the picture image to separate it from the text.  The translation is amusing but still quite serious.  It's on a PC that isn't running a VPN so we can't hit kzrider.com from that one, so we'll have to send it to ourselves & post it from this PC in a day or two.

slmjim is his CB radio handle.  Z1BEBE is a mashup of a term of endearment plus a tip of the hat to her passion for wrenching & Ridin' Z1's.  Lots of courtin' & sparkin' happened on slmjim's '74 Z1A back when it was our only bike, so the two-up is relevant.

Note that in all probability we've usually almost never ridden commando.  Maybe.  

And we don't care for open face lids, 'cause not enough protection.

That's our story.

We're stickin' to it.

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We've been asked about our avatar. 27 Jul 2021 18:34 #852666

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What happens on a Z stays on a Z. 
1976 KZ 900 A4 kzrider.com/forum/11-projects/613548-1976-kz-900-a4
1976 KZ 900 B1 LTD
1978 KZ 1000 B2 LTD
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We've been asked about our avatar. 28 Jul 2021 05:17 #852684

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The original text of the poster.  It is Swedish:

DEN NAKNA SANNINGEN
Du som kor mc eller moped tillhor det "nakna" oskyddade folket i trafiken. Du Har inget platskal eller bilbalte som skyddar vid en krock. Vems felet an ar drabbas du alltid hardast. Darfor kravs det mer av dig som sitter pa en mc eller moped. Du maste alltid, for din egen skull, tanka lite langre an de andra for att komma fram helskinnad. Ditt viktigaste skydd ar det du har innanfor hjalmen.
 


The translation:

THE NAKED TRUTH
You who drive a motorcycle or moped belong to the "naked" unprotected people in traffic. You do not have a seat cover or car belt that protects in the event of a collision. Whose fault is it, you are always hit the hardest. That is why more is required of you who sit on a motorcycle or moped. You always have to, for your own sake, think a little longer than the others in order to come out unscathed. Your most important protection is what you have inside the helmet.

Good Ridin'
slmjim & Z1BEBE

 
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A Rider looks at your odometer and tags.

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1974 Z1-A x2
1975 Z1-B x2
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2009 ST1300A

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We've been asked about our avatar. 28 Jul 2021 06:34 #852687

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I would be too afraid of the exhaust to try that, but we have had our moments 
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We've been asked about our avatar. 28 Jul 2021 07:48 #852691

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I've always thought that it must be hard on the toes when shifting gears.
I have a couple of Z1B's restored, an '80 KZ1000LTD restored, a 1981 KZ550 restored and a 2008 KLR 650 for off road fun. My wife has a 2019 Suzuki DR 650 for on and off road.

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We've been asked about our avatar. 28 Jul 2021 08:16 #852693

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I've always thought that it must be hard on the toes when shifting gears.

Very. 
1982 KZ750 Spectre - Dyna 2.2 coils + 8mm wires, WG coil relay, SH775 R/R, Mikuni BS34s - 40P/122.5M, Progressive fork springs/KZ900 rear shocks, Vance & Hines 4-1

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