So this was my basket case, a '76 Kawasaki KZ900LTD that I had bought from a former boss while I was under his employ. This bike got me back into motorcycling after selling my Magna to move to Oregon.
It was a deep burgundy when I bought it and eventually I wanted to try my hand at painting. I wanted to use a light color to hide any blemishes or runs and I didn't want white so yellow it was. Bobskoot's favorite color and I didn't know it. There were plenty of runs and I learned that I am not a very good painter, I'll leave any future paint jobs to my brother the journeyman painter.
I did fashion a fender eliminator kit for it using a Harley Sportster taillight. The '76 KZ900LTD was designed, built and assembled in Lincoln, Nebraska and I joke that it was more American than most Harleys. I put many a mile on this bike and many a dollar. I replaced the points with a Dyna electronic system, a new stator and voltage regulator, chain, sprockets and the general wear items like brakes, tires and cables but that was the extent of my mechanical ability and the bike started to fall into disrepair. It was time for a more modern bike with electronic fuel injection for daily commuting and I bought an '01 Triumph Sprint ST.
I kept the KZ with the hopes I would get around to pulling it apart and rebuilding the motor. It sat and sat and sat then moved outside under a bike cover then inside, then outside again when I fell in love with Scarlett, an '07 Triumph America.
I sold the Sprint and kept the KZ until one spring cleaning day when I knew I would never get around to rebuilding it. I sold it to a friend who was much more mechanically inclined than I. He took it apart, confirmed it had a big bore kit and replaced worn valves, did a bunch more work and rebuilt the carbs, evidently it was worse than I had thought.
I hope to see it running strong again and to take her for a ride, otherwise she may just end up as a barn find or.... gasp.... like poor little Suzi.