Before Yamaha built the first V-Twin Virago, all the Japanese built Four-cylinder “customs.” At the time, we purists were disgusted, but this old KZ has aged remarkably well and looks like a thing you wouldn’t mind riding. As a matter of fact, this ’76 LTD was the first of the breed: Those Morris mag wheels (16-inch rear) and Mulholland shocks were très chic, also the stepped seat, pullback handlebar and bell-bottom dual exhausts. This bike was so successful, it was followed by a much larger run of KZ1000 LTDs the next year, followed by a slew of imitators from Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha.

Of course there’s an original ’73 Z1 in the place of honor.

Of course there’s an original ’73 Z1 in the place of honor.

  • Starmag

    For anyone who’s done much of it, move is a four letter word.

    Cook an early influence. Old Blue, getting the Japanese to allow comparos, getting thrown off an H2 on Mulholland to demonstrate it’s handling “issues” to Kawasaki, Sportster dragster, etc.

    That Z-1 is still beautiful.

    Revenge for never getting a GPZ1100 was buying a red ZRX.

    I never saw an eccentric front axle before. Admirable experimentation.

    As for those calipers, before there were mono-blocks, there were just blocks.

  • Jon Jones

    Great stuff!

  • gunny 2shoes

    thanks for that, i saw 3 of mine in there. time to buy another.

  • Tony Nicosia

    I WAS ABLE WITH HELP OF K. M. C . & THE # ONE P. R MAN FOR KAWASAKI K M C , MR.PAUL COLLINS I SET 70 WORLD & NATIONAL & 6 BONNEVILLE WORLD LAND SPEED RECORDS ON THE KAWASAKI H – 1 500 MACH 111 . PLUS 48 WORLD & NATIONAL RECORDS ON THE H -2 750 MACH IV & 1 BONNEVILLE WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD .FROM 1969 – 1972 .NO MOTORCYLCE COMPANY OR BIKE HAS MATCH THESE
    RECORD IN THE LAST 47 YEARS .OH YES I WON A FEW 100’S OF RACE IN THEM 3 YEARS

    • john burns

      very cool Mr. N!