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Offline duffer

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New to me
« on: Dec 02, 2016, 01:58:10 »
Picked up this 78 kz 650 for 1000$. Pretty much mint.  Are these decent bikes? I'll take everything you know... Parts location? Technical stuff? Things to look out for? Any pics of what you may have of your kz650? Thanks

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Offline beachcomber

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Re: New to me
« Reply #1 on: Dec 02, 2016, 07:23:20 »
Looks like an excellent basis ........... for what?

Restore, Cafe Racer, Tracker ............. Wire wheels would be a bonus for me!

I'd go Cafe Racer myself.

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Offline Erskine

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Re: New to me
« Reply #2 on: Dec 02, 2016, 15:09:12 »
This investment will give you better returns than any stocks or shares ....
So long as you don't butcher it, keep all original parts and don't do anything irreversible.
I had one of these back in the day and they are damn fine pieces of engineering.
Nice one :)

Offline The Limey

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Re: New to me
« Reply #3 on: Dec 02, 2016, 15:23:35 »
Values of straight z650's are climbing as people look for alternatives to the mega priced Z1's and z900's. They're also nice bikes in their own right.  Lively middleweight for the period, good handling, and oh-so pretty.

Watching with interest.
If it ain't broke, then I haven't been hitting it hard enough.

Offline julian.allard66

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Re: New to me
« Reply #4 on: Dec 02, 2016, 15:32:45 »
The value of all 4 cylinder old Zs seem to be rising in the UK, so probably the same in the US, make it as standard as possible if you want to make money on it, otherwise ride it and enjoy it, great bikes, more fun to ride than the 750s that replaced it.

Offline TheCoffeeGuy

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Re: New to me
« Reply #5 on: Dec 02, 2016, 15:36:41 »
I had a KZ 650 1978. freaking fast bike.   More power than that year Honda 750 and lighter.   I would take it up to the Ton and hold on.  Snap the throttle and feel that there was soo much more.

Never had the guts to take it to the top.  110 was all Ii was ever good for.  The bike definitely had more. Not your ordinary Blog site.

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Offline canyoncarver

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Re: New to me
« Reply #6 on: Dec 03, 2016, 00:23:54 »
You lucked out on the deal.   The KZ650's are awesome.  Like CoffeeGuy said, lighter and faster than most 750's of it's day and better looking.  Getting harder to find good running ones at a good deal like yours.   I have enough parts to build two but I've been too cheap to buy a running one.   I would keep it close to stock or go 80's kawi superbike style.
KZ400 The Rabbit
YZF750/1000R The Fly
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more YZF750R's, the KZ's, a Zephyr750...and the unfinished 75' CB550 cafe.

Offline NoRiders

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Re: New to me
« Reply #7 on: Dec 03, 2016, 11:02:29 »
Such a clean n stock bike, it'd be a shame to butcher it.

Interesting to see what modern day improvements could be made within the factory style.

So maybe sticky new tyres, uprated suspension - forks and shocks and maybe some head work, carb re-jetting and performance zorst...even rear sets and dropped bars wouldn't go amiss.

I'd be reluctant to be de-tabbing, podding and generally fucking it up.

Good luck fella.

Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #8 on: Dec 23, 2016, 12:07:03 »
Thanks for all the feed back.  Wasn't going to chop it at all.  It runs mint, and yes it does go very fast. Went with a pair of MX  bars. The bars that came on it were drop down Cafe style, the previous guy tried to Cafe it. Was thinking of making the seat thinner and straighter from front to back.  Found this tail section and next step is to match up the paint.  The paint appears to be original and is in great shape.  No scratches and not even one scratch on the chrome wheels or fenders. 

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Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #9 on: Dec 23, 2016, 12:12:46 »
I did the flashers,  tail and brake all in one up under the rear fender. Here are pics of the MX bars. Also added a pic of the bars that it came with. Semi mild  scrambler or road tracker is the way I want to go,  keeping it simple.

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