’76 Kawasaki KZ 750
The last time I saw a Kawasaki KZ750 Twin was when I was working for a Kawasaki dealership in the early eighties. This guy rode in on his KZ750 to get a basic service before heading off on a trip. I remember envying him because he had a month off his job, a tank bag full of maps, a couple of credit cards and no particular destination in mind. He just wanted to ride.
While waiting for the service to be done he was wandering the showroom looking at new helmets, touring goodies, and of course…new bikes. We got to talking about his trip but after a bit, the conversation moved onto motorcycles. He liked his 750 but he was thinking about moving up when he got back. Well, to make a long story short, he took his trip on a new Kawasaki KZ1000. I got two postcards while he was on the road extolling the virtues of his new motorcycle.
So, here is this freshly serviced KZ750 in ‘like new’ condition begging to be ridden…what’s a poor boy to do? “uh boss…I should probably test ride this before we sell it, don’t you think??” Two days later the KZ was sitting in the used bike lot with another 500 miles on it. I liked it. Good power (for a big twin), relatively smooth (for a big twin) and…kind of blah (for a big twin). The Kawasaki wasn’t as lively as a Yamaha XS650 and didn’t have the handling of a British twin, both of which it was competing against, but, it was a really good motorcycle.
I found this KZ750 on ebay today and it got me to thinking again about under appreciated motorcycles. This big Kawasaki twin fits right in there. It’s reliable, simple, will take you anywhere and above all, put a smile on your face every time you ride it. So, if it were mine, here’s what I would do…better shocks, change out the swingarm bushings, new / better fork springs, a set of GP touring handlebars, and lastly, an aftermarket exhaust to give it a bit of personality. After all that you would have a very unique and very cool motorcycle for not a lot of money. Click on the pics for more info.