How to re­store Kawasaki Z1, Z/KZ900 and Z/KZ1000.

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

By Chris Rooke. Paper­back 224 pages ISBN: 978-1-787111-58-5 Pub­lished by Ve­loce.­ Avail­able from Ren­niks Pub­li­ca­tions. (02)­ RRP: Aust$65.00 As well as gen­eral restora­tion guides for all the 900/1000 mod­els, this book chronicle the process for a KZ900 from start to fin­ish. Along the way, the au­thor shares his mis­takes and the prob­lems he en­coun­tered, in or­der to make the task of other re­stor­ers sim­pler. The book fol­lows the es­tab­lished for­mat for Ve­loce’s En­thu­si­ast’s Restora­tion se­ries, with the tasks bro­ken into log­i­cal chap­ters which are writ­ten in a clear and en­ter­tain­ing man­ner. Rooke says he chose to re­store the KZ900 rather than the Z1/Z1A/Z1B be­cause of the sky­rock­et­ing prices for the ear­lier mod­els, but the ba­sic prin­ci­ples (and many of the parts) are iden­ti­cal. He did dis­cover what many of us know how­ever, that the fi­nal cost usu­ally ex­ceeds the mar­ket value of the mo­tor­cy­cle, but then, you can’t out a price on the plea­sure derived from count­less hours tin­ker­ing in the work­shop. A very com­pre­hen­sive and in­for­ma­tive book that should be a com­pan­ion for any­one con­tem­plat­ing a sim­i­lar project.

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