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Offline alan

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1982 KZ1100 A2
« on: May 31, 2016, 10:00:39 pm »
I'm going to look at one tomorrow, any thoughts? I've owned '79 KZ1000A, '82 KZ1000J, '85 GPZ550, '05 ZZR1200. A few more of other makes too, but the late 70's 80's KZ's still have my heart after all these years.
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Re: 1982 KZ1100 A2
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2016, 11:07:06 pm »
Make sure its not warmed up before you start it. It should be ice cold. It should start very easy. Look at all the bolts to look for signs of alterations and buggered up stuff. Many of these bikes have aftermarket lights and other crap. Look at the pipes for consistent color. Look to see if the rear wheel is centered. If it doesn't meet your expectations walk away. I think 1982 is the first non kick starter.


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Re: 1982 KZ1100 A2
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2016, 02:52:03 am »
It's this one:  http://comoxvalley.craigslist.ca/mcy/5611634810.html

A bit more Kms than I like to see.   That's 78,000 miles
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Re: 1982 KZ1100 A2
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2016, 02:19:17 pm »
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A bit more Kms than I like to see.   That's 78,000 miles

Well, it IS 34 years old...the mileage is sort of a trade-off against sitting. A bike that's just sat will age badly too, as bearing surfaces don't get oiled, and rubber dry rots, etc. I would expect these kinds of problems from any bike this old.

It looks pretty good from the pics - perhaps it's been well stored/treated.



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Re: 1982 KZ1100 A2
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2016, 03:05:00 pm »
I wonder if it has oversize pistons. Do a compression check.
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Re: 1982 KZ1100 A2
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2016, 05:44:59 pm »
One owner, stock. I'll see it in a few hours. I've asked for a dead cold start. Good flashlight, big screwdriver for a stethoscope, mirror should tell me what I need to know. Owner says battery and front tire should make it through summer.....    ::)
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Re: 1982 KZ1100 A2
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2016, 02:03:40 am »
The bad: bald tires, leaky homemade valve cover gasket, faded paint, diff case leaks, drive shaft noisy, cracked seat, could use manual cam chain adjuster, clutch springs weak.
The good: original owner, all parts are there - stock, good OEM exhaust, no electrical problems - all works, starts right up from dead cold, motor/trans seems quite sound - no smoke or rattles.
Too much little stuff for me, I wanted it to be nicely rideable in three weeks or so. This is an excellent candidate for a frame off resto. I don't have room for a project in my garage....  Connie is still the Princess.
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"The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility, it's right. If it disturbs you, it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed."
-Robert M. Pirsig