Z900 – Episode 1: The find


I love working on bikes. Unless you are stuck doing it on the side of the road, I find it actually therapeutic; you get to switch off from day-to-day issues and (ideally) you see your work turning something broken or neglected into something better.

The pinnacle of working on bikes would have to be customising (whether for race or show) and restoration. I considered a custom build which would have its own challenges. Considering that nowadays customisation is about bolting go fast bits on, it had little appeal. I have done that to my race bikes, so I was looking for something different.

Like a classic motorbike restoration. It even sounds sexy. And that would have to be most motorcycle lovers’¬†dream hobby.

As I started to look for bikes I came across this:






A 1976 Kawasaki Z900. Tough to pass up an opportunity like this. She was a beauty, well, it her days, but today her birthday suit somewhat wrinkled…

She belonged to a mate of mine Rod Sharp, with whom I had many happy rides, mostly off road. Sadly Rod has passed away and this bike was left in his garage for quite sometime.

The bike was complete, with mostly std parts but hasn’t run for at least 10 years. As I started to look at it closely, it was obvious there were some parts (exhaust, the (lack of) air box and some other bits) were not genuine. Neither was the paint job. The whole bike had a respray by the guy who owned it before Rod. Judging by the quality of the work, possibly whilst assembled…


20141004_091136The battery, as expected, was cactus and its acid was spilled. I hooked up a new battery and got her going. Much to my surprise she started which was somewhat confidence inspiring. A¬†Little…

This would have to be a back to bare metal full restoration. I have done similar work on my K5 Gixer, so hopefully I can give it justice. To look the way she deserves to I am going to need help…wish me luck.