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.