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Offline Sgt.Pinback

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KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« on: November 27, 2018, 07:52:37 AM »
Next project to come.

1976 A4, sitting in a garage since 1983
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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2018, 08:05:20 AM »
Great find good luck with the project.
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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2018, 08:19:54 AM »
Fantastic find. I did one of those about 8 years ago and sold it 4 years later for what I thought at the time was a huge profit. The one I should have kept, today it is worth about three times what I sold it for. Will cost a packet to restore if the engine is not good though.
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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2018, 08:34:15 AM »
Ha ha!
Remember trying to fit mirrors on Ace bars?

We resorted to bar-end mirrors (see avatar)


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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2018, 08:41:17 AM »
Its a one-owner bike with complete historie, back to purchase and all services documented.
Frame and engine numbers are in those documents.

PO passed away so the bike was for sale.

Bike has 35 tkm.

Sitting for 35 years, would you open the engine and replace chain, rollers tensioners in any case?

« Last Edit: December 10, 2018, 03:13:51 PM by Sgt.Pinback »
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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2018, 07:20:16 PM »
Pour a little oil down the spark plug holes, leave it for a day or so - put it in gear and rock it (with plugs out) to make sure it's turning and not seized. If ok, then change the oil and filter and examine the contents, looking out for 'bits'. If ok, charge the battery and turn it over in short bursts without plugs in to get a good coating of new oil on the internals - then new plugs, clean the points, reset the gaps and fire it up and go from there I'd suggest.

Good to see another UK/Euro spec Z900 A4 coming to light, here's mine:






I may well be looking for a UK spec CB750K1 to replace the one I had in the mid-70's - here's my old 1971 K1 in Richmond Park in 1977 which was sadly written off (not by me) in 1989 - the eagle eye'd members will notice it had been fitted with chrome headlight stanchions:









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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2018, 07:56:50 PM »
Thanks for input. Engine and carbs are free. Yours look great. Euro spec is double disc, long rear fender and seat belt?

Looking for a tank with genuine paint in good condition.
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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2018, 08:42:31 PM »
Thanks for input. Engine and carbs are free. Yours look great. Euro spec is double disc, long rear fender and seat belt?

Looking for a tank with genuine paint in good condition.

Yes, some Euro countries, plus the rear indicators are fitted on chrome brackets on the rear grab rail, unlike the US model which fits them to the frame.
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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2018, 10:59:10 PM »
I have a tank for that type of Kawa.
No paint on it though.
Has been chemically cleaned already....

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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2018, 06:23:33 AM »
If engine is free take cam cover off and pour some oil over the cams before starting, this will ensure the cam lobes are lubed on start up process.
I have a 78 thou as Well as my little 350/4.

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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2018, 06:49:56 AM »
Yes. Good thing is, that can be done without taking out the engine  :)

Menno: any chance to pull the dents and make a “smart” repair where the rust spot is?

A bit of voodoo, magic?



Will do a “soft” resto (or clean up) and try to keep as much genuine substance as possible.

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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2018, 08:39:56 AM »
BTW: not my first 900.

Sold this 1973 Z1 a few years ago in a moment of complete mental derangement
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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2018, 12:04:36 PM »
BTW: not my first 900.

Sold this 1973 Z1 a few years ago in a moment of complete mental derangement
Oh my - that is pretty. I have two ‘72 z1 restorations I’ll be tackling next year...may need some advice Uli...

If Menno can’t help with the PDR, I’ve used a guy here in the Uk a couple of times with great success...


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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2018, 12:11:31 PM »
Did you get that English Z1 booklet I recommended?

MyZ1 was an unrestored bike with genuine paint. You call that a survivor.

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night.
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Re: KAWASAKI Z900 A4
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2018, 12:42:49 PM »
BTW: not my first 900.

Sold this 1973 Z1 a few years ago in a moment of complete mental derangement
Oh my - that is pretty. I have two ‘72 z1 restorations I’ll be tackling next year...may need some advice Uli...

If Menno can’t help with the PDR, I’ve used a guy here in the Uk a couple of times with great success...


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