Edward V’s 1979 Kawasaki KZ1000ST

Kawasaki 1979 KZ1000ST custom restoration Edward V Z1enterprises

I purchased a neglected 1979 KZ1000ST in 2009. It was in need of some serious help and repair. Many items were removed for reasons unknown. About the only part on this bike in great shape, was the chrome Vance and Hines 4 into 1 header. There were no turn signals, no brake lights, rear fender missing and flat tires. The paint and engine looked horrid.

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I got the bike to fire up with a jump box and starting fluid and some fresh gas, however, only on 2 cylinders.

The only part not worked on, was the motor. Pretty much everything else was replaced where needed and taken apart cleaned and painted. I replaced front forks, gauges, tires, fluids, plugs, wires, coils, handlebars, grips, horn, ignition, brake pads, wiring harness, all calipers, rear brake cylinder, taillight lens, rear fender, velocity stacks, LED bulb replacement headlamp (H4), LED 1157 rear taillamp bulbs and all new LED replacement gauge and indicator bulbs, added LED sequential turn signals.

Kawasaki 1979 KZ1000ST custom restoration Edward V Z1enterprises

There is a lot of black wrinkle paint. I used that on the motor and cases. I added crash bars and painted with wrinkle paint. The gauges, brake pedal, shifter, brake lever holder, as well as the front master cylinder, and headlamp ring. I also purchased a “kick” start lever which I need to wrinkle paint. I used red wrinkle paint on the carburetors to give them a little pizazz. The body pieces (tank, sidecovers, and rear tailsection, and front fender) are painted white. It is not original, however, I get a lot of compliments on it.

Kawasaki 1979 KZ1000ST custom restoration Edward V Z1enterprises

I like the way it turned out, and it is still a “blast” to ride. I was a professional autobody tech for more than 25 years. Here’s the kicker…all painted with spray bombs! I used white appliance paint on the body pieces, as it is an epoxy. It holds up to gas spills and it gets really hard. The wrinkle paint also resists harsh chemicals, gas, oil etc.

Kawasaki 1979 KZ1000ST custom restoration Edward V Z1enterprises

 


I have had a new H1 500 in 1971. In 1978, I purchased a new Z1-R. I wanted another old KZ1000, and the ST was a project bike and kept me busy and out of trouble. I did drag race the Z1-R at the dragstrip in Great Meadows, NJ. I recently retired and have more time to ride this piece of history more often.


 

Nice work, Edward and thank you for choosing Z1 Enterprises as your go-to parts source for this beauty!


 

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