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1981 Kawasaki KZ1000 CSR - original and excellent in every way

1981 Kawasaki Other

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This bike has just had a thorough mechanical rehabilitation at a cost of over $1k. Needs nothing

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Jun 24, 2014
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US $2,025.00
Approximately C $2,474.04(including shipping)
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Alexander, North Carolina, United States
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller Notes: This bike has just had a thorough mechanical rehabilitation at a cost of over $1k. Needs nothing but basic maintenance for many years.
Year: 1981 Exterior Color: Black
Make: Kawasaki Engine Size (cc): 1,000
Model: Other Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Sub Model (Optional): CSR Vehicle Title: Clear
Type: Power-cruiser For Sale By: Private Seller
Mileage: 22,733


The KZ1000 CSR was what we would now call a "power-cruiser" version of the famed KZ1000 - the first of the superbikes and the quickest/fastest street bike of the late-'70s/early '80s.  One hundred HP and 140 mph were big news 30 years ago.  The CSR model featured traditional spoked wheels with light aluminum alloy rims, triple disc brakes - but also some cruiser-esque touches such as the stepped seat and buckhorn handlebars.  The bars on this bike have been changed to superbike-style bars and the front turn signals and engine case guards removed - but the originals will convey with the sale. 

The bike is for sale locally priced at $3.2k and the auction will end early if sold.  This is also the effective "buy it now" price.  The reserve is considerably lower than that, however.

This bike has received a thorough mechanical refurbishment by Chris Finlayson of Existential Motorcycles.  You can Google the shop name and read more about his work and philosophy of work. 

Summary of work - 12 hrs. @ $65/hr. = $780 + $350 parts = $1,130.  This bike is ready to ride with only basic maintenance for many years and many thousands of miles.

The bike may be inspected/test-ridden at Moto-Viscious in Asheville, NC

  • Basic health of engine is very good - 155 to 165 psi across all four cyls.

    • NOTE: potential buyers are welcome to confirm these readings – taken with the engine at normal operating temperature and the throttles wide-open

  • re-shim valves to loose end of spec range – clearances on high-compression DOHC engines tighten up over time as the valve head hammers into the seat

  • install new valve cover gasket

  • strip/clean/rebuild front forks with new seals and spec type/amount of fork fluid

  • steering head bearings in good shape – clean/grease/reassemble/pre-load to spec

  • ditto front wheel bearings

  • all three brake calipers stripped/cleaned/rebuilt with new pads

  • both master cylinders stripped/cleaned/reassembled

  • carburetors stripped/cleaned/rebuilt with new slightly larger pilot jets - #40 vs spec 37.5

    • bikes of this era were jetted leaner than optimum from the factory to meet US EPA tests.

  • install carbs with new fuel line/filter and sync carbs with vacuum gauges

  • factory air filter element replaced with custom washable/reusable oiled foam element

  • remove/clean/lube/adjust cam chain tensioner

  • clutch in good shape – friction plates well within thickness spec and steel plates flat

  • remove exhaust system/clean/reinstall with new header/exhaust port gaskets

  • rehab the wire harness – test for voltage drop across connections and clean/replace to reduce loss below acceptable limit – 1/10th V per connection

  • ditto for the switches

  • clean/lube/replace cables

  • check spark timing and advance with strobe – good

  • tune pilot screws for best off-idle throttle response

  • rear wheel and swingarm bearings/bushings in good shape – clean/lube/reassemble

  • give the rear brake system the same treatment as the front

  • change oil and filter

  • install new battery

  • install new chain

  • test charging system output and regulator function – 14.2v @ 4k rpm - good

  • test-ride and make final adjustments

  • stock/original hi-rise buck-horn bozo bars replaced with superbike-bend bars (originals and front turn signals will convey with the bike)

  • ditto for the dorky engine case guards

  • otherwise, all parts and cosmetics are original

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