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    Z1 900 Kawasaki

    I inherited this 1975 Kawasaki 900 back in 1985. I rode it for a few years and then went off to school. It sat in a barn during my school years and deteriorated. My cousin asked if I still had it so he acquired it and tore it all down. Every nut and bolt was off the bike. I saw it scattered throughout his basement in plastic bags with each part labeled. He completely restored the bike, even having it repainted with the same period-correct custom paint that was on the bike when my Dad first bought it. It was a retirement toy to himself. He suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis for years but when he was on that bike, he was free. I can still hear the roar of the Kerker header as he would take off up the country road. He enjoyed the bike for about three years before he succumbed to his many ailments. He bought it off of one of his old riding buddies from the 40's and 50's when they both had Harleys. He acquired a taste for Kawasaki when he tried out my cousins 1972 H2 750 Mach IV. He jumped at the chance to get the Z1.

    Well, fast forward and my cousin restored it so he and his son could enjoy it. They certainly did. But one day I received a phone call from my cousin and to make a long story short, he wanted me to have the bike again since it was my Dad's. I was speechless and, am to this day, very grateful for his generosity.

    Here's a few pics.

    Glauber's Gun Shop is in Carrolton, KY

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    Typical scene in KY. This one is along the Mary Ingles Highway, going east from I-275 along the Ohio River.

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    Canal Boat in Metamora, IN.

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    Grist Mill in Metamora.

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    From another side of the Mill.

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    Last edited by oldgrappler; 02-17-2018 at 07:53 PM.

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    Wow.
    Great stuff!
    Thanks for sharing.
    I was reading one of your stupid rants, and thinking what a freaking idiot you are, until I realized it was one of my own rants from last week.


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    One more pic. This is the Busching Covered Bridge at the entrance to Versailles State Park, IN.

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    WOW! Thanks... That brings back some memories... My buddy had a Z1 and I had an H2... Those were the days...

    Thanks again!
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    Very nice. I never had a Z1, but got through three GPZ900's. As Scorpiusb says 'those were the days'..... All of the UK, most of Ireland and Europe.....

    Can I share a memory I had lost? Last weekend an old friend visited. We used to go on bike rallies, and re recounted an incident from one of those, around 1977. On a sunny day sitting around with a couple of hundred other bikers in a tented field. A few kids from nearby houses came to look, and a little boy asked me if I would give him a ride on the back. As I thought proper, I said yes, if he had a note from his mum saying it was OK. He returned a half hour later with the note and apparently I said to my friend that I had always wanted to do that. Maybe saw it on a movie?

    Apologies for thread drift but hope you enjoy the story a little.
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    That reminds me a lot of my old bike riding the back roads back in central Kentucky.

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    Sweet Ride! Glad you got it back and can enjoy it. Thanks for posting the pics.
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    Great old bike, and an equally great story!

    Thanks for sharing. Nice photos too.

    Guy
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    Nice bike! Brings back memories of the KZ’s...
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    Great story and you've got one heck of a cousin!
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