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Offline JDSCO

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2018 KAW Z900RS
« on: January 04, 2018, 06:14:20 pm »
Certainly excited to see a Z900RS on the road.
Honda's CB1100 attempt to revive the CB750 Four was short-lived.
Found my pictures of my first two motorcycles, a 76 KZ900 that I bought new and a 75 Z1B demo that I bought one year later.
I was now financed to the max, thank goodness I had a job. I have no pictures of the 75 for some reason. Probably because it wasn't my "first bike but it was the bike I dreamed about when I was 16. To me, the Z1 started my motorcycle interest. It wasn't the Honda CB750, the Suzuki GT, the Yamaha RD or the Kaw Mach III triple. It was the Z900!
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Re: 2018 KAW Z900RS
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 06:17:21 pm »
It did not take long to lose the guard, the rack and the chrome exhaust. Opted for, what would be known as farkle, paint, Kerker, K&N's, rear shocks and frame gusset kits. Forgot to mention that 70's invention known as Armor-All.

Those were good times!
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Re: 2018 KAW Z900RS
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 08:12:40 pm »
The 900RS is a nice looking bike, like the original.

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Re: 2018 KAW Z900RS
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 12:49:34 am »
+1 Something like these were what I had in mind when I wound up with a C-10. Just think of what I'd have missed... :))
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Re: 2018 KAW Z900RS
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2018, 11:17:21 am »
Those are some great pictures. I was 10 when the CB750 came out and I was smitten. Man, I can still those beauties rolling down the street in Abilene, Texas circa '68-'69. When the Z1 came out I remember thinking how can a motorcycle ever be more perfect than this.
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Re: 2018 KAW Z900RS
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2018, 04:43:40 pm »
My cousin had an H1 and his buddy had an H2 when I was a teen, and I loved those things.  Later when the Z1 came out I forgot about those because the z1 was perfect.  I was in a dirt bike stage at that point so I didn't get one for myself.  A friend of mine bought one though and because he had more money than brains he added a cam and carb job before he even brought it home.  One hot summer day he asked me to ride it to see what the top end was.  He had tried and backed off at 110mph.  The road out of town was newly paved with asphalt and was hot and sticky.  I got it to 135 before I started thinking of what could go wrong at that speed.  It had plenty left, so I have no idea what the top end was.  It took some time to stop the shakes when I got off. 
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Re: 2018 KAW Z900RS
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2018, 07:49:32 pm »
One of my brothers had a '73 Z1. He is already in love with the new Z900RS and will probably have one in the garage as soon as they are available. He's waiting for them to hit the stealership floor.

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Re: 2018 KAW Z900RS
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 07:35:42 pm »
Wow the darn thing does look like a Z1. They even have a retro looking rear passenger grab bar as an accessory.  If they really want to go retro someone should come out with a sissy bar.   ;)

My second motorcycle was a 74 Z1.  Loved that bike and it took me from Fla to AZ.

The first motorcycle was a Kawasaki S3 350 triple. That little bike had some snort and would run circles around a 750 4. The main problem and the reason I had it only a year before getting the 900 was it was a  chore to ride the thing any distance. I was done for the day at 200 miles. It was like riding with a weed eater in both hands. A H2 was pretty smooth compared to that 350. Actually a H2 wasn't all that much different from a Z1 vibration wise.

I wish I had a barn full of H2's though.   
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Re: 2018 KAW Z900RS
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 12:48:29 am »
This was my 3rd street bike, a direct descendant of the Z900.



Setup similar to a C10 which could explain how I ended up with a red 2000 C10 some 20+ years later.

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