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post #1 of 9 Old 05-10-2012, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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kz1000 help

New to site, and need some help. I'm looking at a kz1000 bobber. I know the carbs need synced, but other than that it supposedly runs ok. Are these motors alot of maintenance? I don't want something that I have to continually dump money into. Is this a bike that would require that?

Any and all advice is welcome.

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-10-2012, 06:44 PM
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Hello and welcome! I can't help much with the KZ but I'm sure others will chime in.

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post #3 of 9 Old 05-10-2012, 07:45 PM
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I can't speak of the 1000s but I've had a few 550s. I actually just bought one for my kids. They are good machines if taken care of. They are the equivalent of Hondas CB line.

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What year?

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Sorry, 78 with unknown miles

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post #6 of 9 Old 05-10-2012, 08:08 PM
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I saw that after I typed it in your other post - got it.

I know not of the engine reliability - but at nearly a quarter century old, if not maintained I'm sure you're going to some maintenance (all old bikes do) and may have valves to shim. Any online pics of the bobber work?

Is it a shaft or chain? I remember they came in two styles...and then they also had the police model. I had a 80 kz650 which shared some insight from the kz1000. Here's what I remember from the old blue belle..

1. Accelerator pump can gum up but an easy fix with a rebuild kit
2. Ditch the points if it has them, unless you like timing lights and old school - get a dyna ignition system, replace the coils if still original. don't even question just do it.


It's heavy - it's fast - suspension and brakes will need some serious consideration. Others that may have had the bike can chime in here more than me, but that's what I remember.

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post #7 of 9 Old 05-10-2012, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Heres a pic of it. Its a chain, and sound like I have to upgrade a bunch of stuff. Thanks for the help. The guy wants to trade me for it. What I'm trading is worth about $800. Just done want to get stuck spending a whole bunch.
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-10-2012, 08:24 PM
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Hmmmmm....

From what I can maybe see - is there are no air filters (pods or otherwise)
Slash cut pipes that he probably didn't jet right (browning of the headers means your exhaust valves will desperately need looking at)...

At $800, I would pass on this and try to find an unmolested old machine. They are out there, just have to keep looking. But don't let me sway your passion!! If it screams you, by all means, there are many forums and manuals that can help you wrench any bike to any condition you want. Time and money excluded of course

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post #9 of 9 Old 05-10-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thats what I was wondering. Think I'm gonna pass on it. Thanks for the help. I'm looking for an "older" bike to bobber out, but I really had some hesitation with this one.
Thanks, you probably just saved me some money, and a divorce.

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