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Author Topic: KZ 750 Twin - Two point zero  (Read 36841 times)

Offline canyoncarver

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KZ 750 Twin - Two point zero
« on: Feb 08, 2016, 22:11:10 »
  Here goes.  I've been interested in the KZ twins for awhile but never owned one until a few years ago.  I mean hell, it's bigger than most of the 650 twins of it's day and it's even got dual overhead cams.  Only two cylinders and carbs, what's not to like? 

  So about two years back I picked up an 81' KZ750M1(CSR) version to play with but those are the old jap cruiser style.  I messed with it for awhile (provided me with spare engine and many parts) as a side project but I decided not to fight that geometry and look for an earlier "B" model instead. 

  The KZ750B is a 76'-79' bike and has a more standard geometry than the 1980 and above versions.  They are a rare beast around here but a few weeks ago I found a decent but fugly 1979 on CL where the PO had given up on his ill-fated cafe attempt.  PO is a nice guy and had the right paperwork so the bike ended up in my sons' truck.  This is where things hopefully start looking up for the old beast.  This one won't be a restoration, not a cafe, lets call this a resto-mod.  I'm going for a period-ish modified rider with this one.

Plan:  [IR/R]  Inspect, repair, and replace.  Upgrade where necessary or fun.
« Last Edit: Feb 09, 2016, 12:33:34 by canyoncarver »
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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Re: KZ 750 Twin - Two point oh?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 08, 2016, 22:12:05 »
The very first thing I did to the bike?  Remove some fugly seat mount ideas.
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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Re: KZ 750 Twin - Two point oh?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 08, 2016, 22:14:25 »
The PO had a cafe tail and body work painted.  Not my style at all but the paint was nicely done.  The tank is factory clean inside which was a nice change from most project bikes.  The tail won't be used and the tank will get new paint.  I'll probably trim the sidecovers, they are huge.
« Last Edit: Feb 08, 2016, 22:16:01 by canyoncarver »
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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Re: KZ 750 Twin - Two point oh?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 08, 2016, 22:18:09 »
Standard crusty stock stem bearings.  I have the Allballz tapered set already.  In the previous pic, there were cheap clip-ons on forks lowered in the triples.  That didn't stay either. 
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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Re: KZ 750 Twin - Two point oh?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 08, 2016, 22:18:59 »
I guess if you don't know how to true a wheel, you just add a ton of weights!!!!!   

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KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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Re: KZ 750 Twin - Two point oh?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 08, 2016, 22:20:36 »
 :-[ I can't believe you're going to chop up that beautiful piece of history.

I'll hang out and see what you come up with, homey.

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Re: KZ 750 Twin - Two point oh?
« Reply #6 on: Feb 08, 2016, 22:21:26 »
Because I love these kind of pics:
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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Re: KZ 750 Twin - Two point oh?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 08, 2016, 22:29:34 »
Roughly where I am as of this past weekend.  I have a different tank on it while I'm mocking up seat stuff. 
I spent most of it up to my elbows cleaning and degreasing.  It's my least favorite part.   The rear sprocket carrier cleaned up really well though.
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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Re: KZ 750 Twin - Two point oh?
« Reply #8 on: Feb 08, 2016, 22:31:44 »
:-[ I can't believe you're going to chop up that beautiful piece of history.

Hanging with the Heretics.  Sounds like a band. 
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
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