Custom 1976 Kawasaki KZ900 with Tracy Body Kit
“amoore” forwarded this find on CraigsList. We’ve got a very rare machine, a fully restored Kawasaki KZ900 with a Tracy body kit that features the company’s trademark monocoque construction that combines the tank, sidepanels, and seat. This bodywork was lighter than stock, and also lowered the bike’s center of gravity.
Tracy’s Fiberglas Works was based out of Santa Cruz, California in the 1970’s and was apparently inspired by Craig Vetter’s BSA Rocket 3 design. The bodywork was designed from the start to drop into place easily with minimal or no modifications to the original bike. In addition to café-style machines, they also made bat-wing touring fairings, custom/chopper bodies, even futuristic, full fairing sportbike-like fairings.
The bike is obviously based on a hot-rodded KZ900, Kawasaki’s “up yours” to the revolutionary Honda CB750. The Z900 is a great, 1970’s muscle bike and is finally getting its due, with prices for nice examples rising steadily.
It’s hard to put a price tag on something one-of-a-kind, but the bike’s asking price seems pretty fair for what you get:
Completed in May 2012, this kz900 has less than 60 miles since restoration with a clear Indiana title from the prior owner. Below is a list of accessories and details:
Rare custom painted fiberglass unibody “Tracy” body kit- prepped, repaired, painted and re-coated the inside of the tank
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 29 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;
Andrew coils and wires;
New chain and rear sprocket;
New oil and filter;
New Vance & Hines header;
New clutch cable and handle bar grips;
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.
Best of all: there are a number of decent video clips!
There are several other clips at the CraigsList ad, so make sure you check it out. I’d prefer if the paint didn’t mask the monocoque bodywork: that painted strip runs right along where the bottom of the tank would be. But otherwise, this is a really unique machine for what seems to be a pretty bargain price: $9,995.00!