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post #1 of 6 Old 05-10-2012, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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KZ1000 info needed

Need some help. I might be picking up a 78 kz1000 bobber. Before I do I want to make sure I'm not gonna have to dump a ton of money in the motor. I know it needs the carbs synced, and points adjusted.

Question is, are these motors needing constant maintenance, and money, or are they pretty reliable?

Any and all info and help appreciated.


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post #2 of 6 Old 05-12-2012, 02:26 AM
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I have 78 1000 ltd thats very reliable, engine wise, and the members of the website ,KZriders, describe the engine as indestructable much like 919. This website is great source of info.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-23-2012, 11:10 AM
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The old KZs had very durable engines. should have no more problems than any other carbed bike of that erra. It's deffinately old school tech, but that shouldn't cause any reliabilty issues. it should have a roller bearing crank and rods so the bottom end is incredible durable. there are still a lot of go fast goodies availible for the old KZs as well if you decide to go that route. APE for example has lots of KZ and old GS goods.

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post #4 of 6 Old 05-23-2012, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by kawboy13 View Post
I have 78 1000 ltd thats very reliable, engine wise, and the members of the website ,KZriders, describe the engine as indestructable much like 919. This website is great source of info.
The Z900 into 1000 was the small block Chev of motorcycle engines.
The only slightly older SOHC CB750 was the Flat Head of motorcycle engines.
Both good and tough as nails with all kinds of uprate room in them, one more so than the other.

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post #5 of 6 Old 10-24-2012, 06:51 PM
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Run it ,great bike wish I didn't sell mine , Thea aren't happy till about 5000to 6000 rpm and up

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post #6 of 6 Old 10-25-2012, 06:00 PM
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I had a KZ1000P police bike. I got it after it had been put out to pasture by a suburban Cleveland police department. It was old, tired, ridden hard and put away wet. I got it cheap and the only thing I did to it was to correct some of the wiring leftovers from removal of the red and blue lights. I rode the piss out of it for two seasons, only changing the oil occasionally. Aside from riding a KZ off a cliff I don't think you can break one. They are substantially over-engineered, just like their brethren Suzuki GSes, Hondas, and Yamahas of the same era. As long as the previous owners have not screwed with the carbs or the wiring you can't go wrong.

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