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    Default 1981 Kawasaki KZ750 Resurrection

    Got my work cut out for me on this one. Paid $700. Not a killer deal obviously, but not bad for the area. Best part was bike was 10 mins away. Should be able to sell off the header and make $100 too.

    Don't think this bike will ever be worth much so leaning toward a semi-original restoration. Powder coat the rusted chrome parts.

    It's mostly unmolested, excepting some wacky box in the tale section (an alarm I think).

    At any rate, for your viewing pleasure...

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    Does it run by chance

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    Quote Originally Posted by harley10 View Post
    Does it run by chance
    Didn't even try to run it. PO says it "ran when parked". I'm not worried.

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    I think it was worth it for sure , do plan on keeping and riding it when done

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    Looks good, Ed. I haven't ridden one, how do they compare with the '81 Gs 750?


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    Quote Originally Posted by tkent02 View Post
    Looks good, Ed. I haven't ridden one, how do they compare with the '81 Gs 750?
    Hey Tom,
    The KZ is 50 lbs lighter, but a few less hp because it's a 2V engine.
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    Ed

    It appears to have the traditional KZ head gasket leak (my GPz does it) on the LH side

    Looks like it was 10 minutes closer to the beach
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    Looks to be a nice starting point, Ed. Cool! It doesn't look molested at all, just neglected. With only 10K on it, it should run pretty good after a fresh service and carb rebuild, don't 'cha think? A hopeful sign is that the petcock is in the off position.
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    Found what looks to be an OEM gasket kit but seems too good to be true...http://www.ebay.com/itm/181277629874...84.m1423.l2649

    Searched the part number in the ad and it comes up even cheaper from from dealer sources. Can't be right.
    Confused...

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