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Z1-B resurrection after 43 years

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Re: Z1-B resurrection after 43 years

#16 PostAuthor: chrisNI » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:07 pm

Bill P wrote:Oh no not the UK Bike thing again :?? I guess my USA Z1 is only worth ten bob :lol:


I’ll give you a quid for it- double your money :D :D

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Re: Z1-B resurrection after 43 years

#17 PostAuthor: steve452 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:46 pm

Andrew, the 43 year 'hibernation' was because life got in the way :) I bought the bike brand new in May 1975 from Ken Kay Kawasaki in Stopsley, Luton. In early 1977 I got a 6-month ban under the old '3 endorsements in 3 years' system, so decided to fit a Dixon Racing frame stiffening kit. To fit this you had to strip a fair bit of the bike down, so I decided to strip it completely down to the frame. I never actually fitted the stiffening kit (which I still have). So that the bike wouldn't corrode I stored the whole bike, in pieces, on the upstairs landing of my parents flat in Harrow, where I was living at the time. I had a couple of Hobnail Cubs to get me around for the next few years while I pondered about the rebuild and then pondered some more. In the end life took over and I got married, had a kid, separated, and finally divorced. Not all on the same day I might add. I don't want people to think me churlish. Anyway, the bike stayed in my parents house, still on the landing, for 37 years in total. As my Dad had died in 1996 I think it being there was a comfort for my Mum, as she felt my presence every time she fell over the frame. When I moved in with my current partner in 2009 I found to my delight that she had a double garage (not a euphemism) so there was loads of room to store the bike, tools, workbench etc. It took me 5 years before I actually did this though (as Treebeard was wont to say "Don't be hasty"). As I was still working for a living I didn't really get much time to glue stuff together but did acquire various bits that I needed that had got damaged (when Mum fell over/trod on them), went missing etc over the years. In March last year I retired and started seriously working on the bike. Well, I mean 4 months later I took the frame et al to get powder-coated. I didn't actually do anything else until a week before lockdown in March when I took all the brightwork to get re-chromed in Bristol. Of course one week later lockdown occurred and I didn't get the stuff back for 4 months. I've more of less been in the garage every day since April.

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Re: Z1-B resurrection after 43 years

#18 PostAuthor: Andrew_s » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:23 pm

Great Story Steve, very amusingly told and I'm glad you held onto it and that your mum wasn't seriously injured - clearly not a lady to bear a grudge. :lol:

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Re: Z1-B resurrection after 43 years

#19 PostAuthor: weaver » Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:30 am

Brilliant story wish you had detailed the whole build!

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Re: Z1-B resurrection after 43 years

#20 PostAuthor: pertonpc » Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:27 pm

Steve,
Great work. I rebuilt one of those (but from USA).
I personally prefer them with the early grab rail and frame mounted rear indicators - but I know some of the Bs had later parts fitted.

I would revisit the alignment of your saddle if I were you. There seems to be a little kinking of the seat cover where it touches tank - which will give you rub marks if not careful.
I fitted some clear plastic film where the seat meets the tank paint - to prevent that.
I would imagine that IF the tank is seated fully forward onto the frame guides - the front of the foam or cover might need trim or re-tension.

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Re: Z1-B resurrection after 43 years

#21 PostAuthor: Bill P » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:46 pm

Thanks for generous offer Chris but i'll have to turn it down :)

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Re: Z1-B resurrection after 43 years

#22 PostAuthor: steve452 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:53 pm

Hi Weaver...I promised Steve Cooper last year that I would write an article covering the build for Tansha (the VJMC magazine). I took shitloads of pics throughout the build so have plenty of reference points to write it. I've not yet fired up the engine as still doing static testing but will start the article during the winter months when both bikes have got their pyjamas on. I also want to mke sure it doesn't blow up when I hit the starter button :D
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Re: Z1-B resurrection after 43 years

#23 PostAuthor: weaver » Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:45 pm

steve452 wrote:Hi Weaver...I promised Steve Cooper last year that I would write an article covering the build for Tansha (the VJMC magazine). I took shitloads of pics throughout the build so have plenty of reference points to write it. I've not yet fired up the engine as still doing static testing but will start the article during the winter months when both bikes have got their pyjamas on. I also want to mke sure it doesn't blow up when I hit the starter button :D


nice one mate I am sure it be a good read :wink:


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