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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-06-2017, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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First bike...kz1000???

Why not?? I found an 81 kz1000.....and i plan to try and kill myself lol, jk.....any reasons why i should or shouldn't bring this gem back to life?
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It's a powerful bike for a beginner but not so terribly heavy. Go for it. I learned to ride when I bought a new CB350 Honda way back in 1971. Get a manual and ask all the questions you need to on the forum. There are some knowlegeable guys on the forum.

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Thanks sho much for the encouragement! I handle the Nova i built like a champ......and I've rebuilt can am 175, and Honda cr250 both 81s....they were prequels to my fetish with tinkering.

I want to build a kz1000 too nearly exact as the bike on my avatar....different seat tho....

I found a kz1000 for $600 and its all there. I wondering if i should hop on it and never look back and build a dream stunt bike/cruiser....some guys at work suggest using any old kz, but after they told me the stories of the torque/gearing the bike has.....it really sounds like a fun project....
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A KZ1000 for $600. If it isn't a rusted heap, then Yes. yes. yes.
If I were to get one, I would bring it back to stock or nearly stock condition.
The costs for me would probably be in the $2000 range. maybe a little less, but probably a few hundred $$$ more.
It adds up fast.





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Im fine with rust, i just don't want to completely rebuild a motor, with machine work etc.

It's a CSR model, is the LTB better?

I'm set on the clone with mods.

Can you identify the wheels from my avatar? Im thinking this would be the biggest expense. Also ill need a Vetter Fairing

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Is that avatar from Mad Max? The 1000-M CSR & 1000-K Ltd models are very similar to each other.
The CSR has 48-spoke wire wheels w aluminum rims, while the Ltd has 7-spoke cast alloy wheels, similar to the avatar.
I bet the Ltd wheels are a direct swap, but don't quote me on that. Other 80s models may have the same wheels as the Ltd. 1000J, 1000R, some of the 1100 models, including the shaft drive front wheel (the shaft rear wheel is different).





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Yes, its the bike wez rode....

In my avatar...the wheels......is the front slightly larger rhan the rear? Ive found a few bikes online with the front larger than the rear....does this help to launch the bike up?
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Most KZ standard models had a 19" Fr & 18" Rr. The Ltd & CSRs had a 16" Rr.
I think the KZ1000-P police models had 18" Fr & Rr.
I believe most of the 70s wheels are tube type (TT) & most of the 80s wheels are tubeless. Since your bike is an 81, I would get 80s wheels. 1980 was kind of a transition year, so some of those may be tube type, which I would avoid.

As for the stance, the CSR probably has leading axle forks, having the axle on the leading edge of the forks.
Standard models had center axle forks, so the axle is in line with the forks.
The rake angle varies as well.

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Mine is a 79 ltd. It has 19 front and 16 rear. Still factory tube type wheels. But i bought the bolt in valve stems and run tubless tires.

Their nasty right now but...

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I don't know much about it, but supposedly a tube type wheel isn't completely suitable for going tubeless. Tubeless rims have ridges on them that are supposed to keep the tire properly seated on the wheel. I've seen some that have very prominent ridges, but the ridges on my wheels are rather small. I'm not sure if there are any other differences between the two types of wheels.





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