1977 KAWASAKI KZ1000 A1

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Project Hunter -

Early 900 Zeds are daft money now, yet the later 1000s of­fer nearly all the aes­thetic ap­peal (only 4-2 rather 4-4 pipes di­lut­ing the vis­ual treat) and the ben­e­fits of many years’ de­vel­op­ment. This is an import from Min­nesota, and it exbibits all the sun­bleached and wind-burnt patina rather than the wet, rot­ten cancer that tends to af­flict Uk-model project bikes. It’s go­ing to need a com­plete strip any­way, but it’s com­plete, largely orig­i­nal, and get this: a run­ner that had an MOT last year when the owner in­tended to fol­low it up with a cos­metic restora­tion that

never hap­pened.

For a good home re­storer, that looks like it could be a straight­for­ward project. You of­ten find with Amer­i­can im­ports from drier states that they look worse than they are – the fact it’s run­ning sug­gest it’s just cos­metic. I’ve known bikes like that to come apart like they were as­sem­bled yes­ter­day. Apart from the si­lencers, all the im­por­tant bits look like they’re there and work­able. Good buy we think.

Nice and faded rather than rot­ten and flaky

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