1976 Kawasaki KZ900
Update 8.1.2012: Back on eBay, links updated. Good luck to the seller!
Café, Street Racer, Flat Tracker, and now this Drag bike inspired 1976 Kawasaki KZ900. Is there a form of motorcycle that is not popular right now? The motorcycle culture is strong, and this bike is another example where someone who like motorcycles did what they wanted to do. The question with any eBay auction is if you can find two people that like what you have done, and have the money to spend.
From the seller
This listing features a tastefully restored drag bike inspired Kawasaki kz900 with ultra rare fiberglass uni-body by Tracy, a 70’s period company based inSanta Barbara,CA. They designed these super cool, slim waisted bodies with a 3+ gallon fuel capacity and sold them on a very limited basis before going out of business in the early 80s.
The beginnings of this bike may have been a 1976 Kawasaki, but the builder went where they wanted and used what they could get. Beginning in 1972, Kawasaki offered a 903cc DOHC four cylinder; another manufacture looking for the title of First Super bike. They didn’t do to bad. 81hp at 8500rpm and a top speed of 132mph. And that would just be the starting point for this build.
More from the seller
Completed in May 2012, this kz900 has less than 60 miles since restoration with a clearIndianatitle from the prior owner. Below is a list of accessories and details:
- Custom painted Fiberglass unibody “Tracy” body kit- worth $3k-?k alone if you can ever find one!
- 2 inch extended swingarm for long low drag look
- Big drag Tach guage with custom brass plate.
- Original speedo and gauges included in sale
- 1975 Candy Wine Red tri-coat paint provided by famed Paintworkz. Please visit their site to view the attention to detail in Z1 paint matching. This is a lacquer paint application to exude original aesthetics;
- Vinyl tank decals by Redline Cycles
- Just completed re-fiberglassing the bottom of the tank with “Duraglass”for extra strength (check photos)
- New Casewell two-part clear tank epoxy coating done in April 2012 to seal in tank.
- Sandblasted and powder-coated frame and all black parts;
- New chrome on all visible engine parts and bike;
- New chrome on 28 mm smooth-bore carb top caps and float bowls
- Fiberglass front shorty fender;
- Old school “Lester” mag wheels painted gold;
- Newer sealed battery;
- Several NOS parts
- Dual front disc brakes, drilled rotors;
- Smooth chrome exhaust flanges;
- Complete gasket set;
- black bar ends
- Fork seals and oil, dust covers;
- Wiseco 1015 cc piston kit (10.25 compression);
- New Dunlop tires, front and rear with nubs still on
- Dyna S ignition;
- 2 keys
- Andrew coils and wires;
- New chain and rear sprocket;
- New oil and filter;
- New Vance & Hines header;
- New clutch cable and handle bar grips;
- Welded crank;
- Later model transmission from 1980 LTD;
- New carb breathers;
- Re-zinc all bolts and nuts, axles, spacers, springs;
- Quality reproduction 1975 Z1 side cover emblems;
- Turn signals with new short stems, clear lenses and tail light lens (very attractive).
- Small nick at bottom of side panel (touched up)
- spare new oil filter
- Mileage shows 5701 miles on the speedo but no way for me to verify exact mileage.
When the Kawasaki rolled off the factory floor, it would have had four 26mm Mikuni, when the build was done, it now has 28’s. And those twin drilled disk up front, could have been turned down from man hole covers. Extending the swing arm is not going to gain you any speed in the turns, but as the seller points out, their focus was to go straight, really, really fast. The only instrument is the more important of the two found on motorcycles. You don’t need to know how fast you are going, but need to know what the engine is doing. This Kawasaki KZ900 is bright and fast and up for auction now. BB