Tagged: KZ1000

Jimmy the Goose, larger than life and twice as ugly! Kawasaki KZ1000 MFP

I still remember the first time I saw Mad Max. It was on a TV that had a dial that went from UHF to 13. The TV was housed in a big ornate wooden cabinet covered with a doily and a vase of flowers on top. Thinking back on it now it seems very strange to have witnessed such violence on such a beautiful piece of furniture. To be honest I really don’t remember the violence. What I remember most is the leather, cars and most of all, the motorcycles. I was raised in a family of motorcycle riders but none of them road bikes like the ones I saw in this movie. These were all blacked out and sounded like sports cars. They looked dirty and ridden. I immediately fell in love with them. The only problem was I was 6 years old. My only access to such a motorcycles at the time were cheap toys from China.

Fast forward to 4 or 5 years ago. I’m working full time, my bills are paid, and my obsession of motorcycles is finally something I can act on. I have a couple bikes in my shop and one of them is a 1977 KZ1000. The exact make, model and year of Goose’s bike from the movie I saw as a kid. I didn’t really go searching for that exact bike but when I saw a opportunity to own one I jumped at the chance. I won’t be jumping at the chance to own this because it’s not in the cards but somebody should.

Like the sign says, “speed’s just a question of money. How fast you wanna go?”

Kawasaki KZ1000 MFP For Sale on eBay

Here’s the seller’s take down.

Up for sale is a unique 1977 Kawasaki movie tribute bike from Mad Max . Very detailed, only minute differences compared to the original movie bike such as better quality tires, drilled rotors, and reversed front calipers to lower the center of gravity, Tarozzi fork brace and rear sets.Highest quality three stage urethane paint, powdercoating, chrome plating and aluminum polishing. I personally hand built this bike and put alot of engineering into the structure under the faring.

The exhaust head pipes are Jardine 4 into 2 crossover and the megaphones were hand built along with the baffles. The exhaust was designed for a specific sound when 4 and 1 and 2 and 3 fire together.

I put 1,300 miles on this bike last summer and it was a head turner winning 1st place trophies everywhere.

The bike has a cache that many generations recognize.

Everyone that has driven it compares it’s ride and handling to a Ninja ZX11.

Original low miles engine

Stage 3 kit with K&N oval filters

Carburators by Wired George

Progressive front fork springs

NOS KZ shocks

New wiring harness

New controls

Gel grips

Bridgestone Battle Ax Tires

Original tool kit and owners manal

Braided stainless steel brake lines

Dot 5 synthetic brake fluid

Rebuilt front and rear calipers

Brand new front brake master cylinder and rebuilt rear

New chain and sprockets

New front and rear wheel bearings

New tapered steering bearings

Pingell petcock

Siren and blue lights work

Caswell epoxy lined gas tank

Professionally upolstered custom modified seat pan and new foam

Under the tail section is hollow and secure with enough room for a jacket

Under the seat is a tray for the tool kit with room to spare for cellphones etc.

sold with a clear title, bill of sale and voided registration.

You’ve seen it!… You’ve heard it!… and you’re still asking questions? What a turkey! Hey, fella! You’re a turkey! Why aren’t buying this right now?

Click here to own a very unique replica of movie history.

~Buck

1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 for Sale

Up for sale, we have a reader’s ride, a lovingly built race-replica that features some seriously trick bits.  If only there were more photos of said trick bits!  Just take a look at that swingarm…

The Kawasaki KZ1000 was an evolution of the earlier Z900, sporting  an air-cooled mill punched out to 1015cc that produced 90hp.  The KZ1000 was the basis for the famous “CHiP’s” police bikes and also featured in the iconic “Mad Max”: most of The Toecutter’s gang members ride them, as Kawasaki donated 14 bikes to the production, including the “MFP” police bike ridden by Jim Goose.

The featured bike is built to mimic the Racecrafters Kawasaki Superbike. From the original eBay listing: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 for Sale

The list is so long its crazy but here is some of what it has; gusseted frame w/alloy mounts, caged swing arm, Racetech fork springs w/gold emulator valves (adjustable),  Black Tracker Works shocks custom valved canted forward, Superbike bars, Keihin CR Special carbs, Kerker black megaphone exhaust (modified), rearsets, fork brace, steering damper, custom seat, 18″ Morris alloy wheels w/Avon AM22/23 tires, iconic to this bike is the tail mounted Lockhart oil cooler, fiberglass front fender and of course the beautiful Racecrafters paint theme.

The Superbike series has been run, in one form or another, between 1973 and the present day but the bikes of the late 1970’s hold a special place in fans’ hearts.  Unlike Moto GP, whose bikes have always been pure prototypes, the Superbike series rides were based on big-bore production motorcycles, and competition between the Big Three Japanese was fierce for the win on Sunday, sell on Monday dollars the series generated.  Race teams struggled with the limited suspension technology of the day and riders wrestled the big, hairy bikes around the tracks.

Four-pot Hondas have been a favorite choice for a while now in the café scene, but big Kawasakis and Suzukis are beginning to rise in popularity and pop up from time to time on bikeexif.com and at local bike-nights.  This looks like a very cool, usable ride that should be able to do more than just keep up with modern machinery.

-tad