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    Hey guys.

    Just picked up this beauty yesterday. Itís my first Kawasaki....15k miles. All original. Paint and gauges are immaculate. Sheís pretty zippy too

    i was hoping someone could steer me to a KZ forum with similarities to this one. Looking for a Good Kawi Community and tons of knowledge

    thanks for the space
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    1978 GS 750

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    KZ Rider is a good forum. The traffic level is about 20% of here though.

    Edit: I take it back, KZ Rider forum traffic is about 10% of here. There have been 9 posts there all day.
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    Does the stator cover have 3 allen head bolts showing through it? Take a pic of the left side
    MY BIKES..1977 GS 750 B, 1978 GS 1000 C (X2)
    1978 GS 1000 E, 1979 GS 1000 S, 1973 Yamaha TX 750, 1977 Kawasaki KZ 650B1, 1975 Honda GL1000 Goldwing, 1983 CB 650SC Nighthawk, 1972 Honda CB 350K4, 74 Honda CB550

    NEVER SNEAK UP ON A SLEEPING DOG..NOT EVEN YOUR OWN.


    I would rather trust my bike to a "QUACK" that KNOWS how to fix it rather than a book worm that THINKS HE KNOWS how to fix it.

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    It should have the field coil type stator (3 screws showing on the cover.)

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    If its a first year bike. Far as i know all the others had stators internally mounted...no screws showing.
    MY BIKES..1977 GS 750 B, 1978 GS 1000 C (X2)
    1978 GS 1000 E, 1979 GS 1000 S, 1973 Yamaha TX 750, 1977 Kawasaki KZ 650B1, 1975 Honda GL1000 Goldwing, 1983 CB 650SC Nighthawk, 1972 Honda CB 350K4, 74 Honda CB550

    NEVER SNEAK UP ON A SLEEPING DOG..NOT EVEN YOUR OWN.


    I would rather trust my bike to a "QUACK" that KNOWS how to fix it rather than a book worm that THINKS HE KNOWS how to fix it.

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    Those bikes were very popular back in the day. I believe their ad read, "Right out of the box, it'll beat any 750 in the world."

    When my Z1 lost it's badges, people would frequently mistake her for a 650. Always gave me a thrill to correct them. "That's a 903, son. No brag, just fact."
    1982 GS1100E V&H "SS" exhaust, APE pods, 1150 oil cooler, 140 speedo, 99.3 rear wheel HP, black engine, '83 red

    2016 XL883L Two-tone blue and white. Almost 42 hp! Status: destroyed, now owned by the insurance company. The hole in my memory starts an hour before the accident and ends 24 hours after.

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    The 650 begat the 750 after a bore out, which got a turbo for the much acclaimed 750 turbo which ran into the 10's at the drag strip, and then the 750 Zephyr, and finally the ZR-7 which made it into the early 2000's. That's an incredibly long linage for an engine first launched in 1977. Bullet proof, and with great drivability and economy. Kawasaki nailed it with that design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessism View Post
    Kawasaki nailed it...
    They certainly did. Ask any old timer (except Harley guys), and they'll tell you that Kawasaki was the bike to own in the '70's and '80's.
    1982 GS1100E V&H "SS" exhaust, APE pods, 1150 oil cooler, 140 speedo, 99.3 rear wheel HP, black engine, '83 red

    2016 XL883L Two-tone blue and white. Almost 42 hp! Status: destroyed, now owned by the insurance company. The hole in my memory starts an hour before the accident and ends 24 hours after.

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    Iíll def sign up for KZrider forum!!thanks

    i would usually tear off the big ear mirrors and get different bars. but the fact that itís all original Iím fighting the urge too.
    we will see.......ha

    its even got the original Kawi tool bag and owners manual with wiring diagram. And the blinkers buzz when theyíre on (cool but kind of annoying)

    hereís a shot of the left side. Look like three Allen bold to me

    thabks for the input guys

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    Also Iím looking for tire recommendations. I have metzeler sportec on my Suzy, which I love. But cannot seem to find tires 4.00x18 and 3.25x19 anywhere on the inter web. What are yíall rolling on??

    I see the Michelin battlax and the Avonís are forum faves

    Might want a old look with new technology handling abilities.

    anyone go with the Shinzo 270s??

    thanks again for the space
    AndrewR


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