Here’s where we started. This 1976 Kawasaki KZ400 had sat behind someones house in Burbank, CA baking in the sun since at least 1989 (the last sticker on the license plate). It had been heavily toured when new, ridden a little for ten years afterwards and put away, at least with a dry gas tank.
What did it take to get running again? Well first the pistons had to be broken free of the bore. A quick hone and new stock size rings, and it was time to put it back together. It was actually harder to find gaskets than the find piston rings for it, because this is the early “smiley face” cylinder head with an exhaust crossover in the head.
The next big challenge, after cleaning out the microscopically small pilot jet holes, was finding new intake boots. I ended up buying a set of KZ1000 police bike boots, and making a set of 1/4″ aluminum spacer/adapters.
The next project was the exhaust, which is the stock head pipes, with “cheese grater” baffles in them, and generic turn down ends.
The seat is cut down stock foam on the stock pan, with a custom stitched cover on it.
What else needs to be said? It runs and drives great for what it is. I hope to be able to run it on a flat track, but not sure I can make that happen in the next few weeks, and I need to move it out to make room for the Bosozoku project. So I am entertaining offers on this one, running, ride it home, legal and registered, waiting for new title in the mail.
Here’s the big gallery