Kawasaki KZ750T 1979
This 1979 Kawasaki KZ750 is a great example of this type of bike and finished in the dark blue colour for that year. It is in good shape overall and hasn’t suffered from rusting or general deterioration. The bike came to us running but with some clutch slip (these bikes do have a lot of torque for the clutch to manage).
We loved the bike ourselves and instead of simply selling it as we took it in we have given this bike a service including oil and oil filter, plugs, we’ve cleaned the points, put in new clutch plates and springs and a new chain and sprockets. It now starts on the button and could be simply registered and ridden.
It had been ridden regularly by its previous owner before we bought it and took it into our facility in Ohio. It has a couple of dings but simply patina rather than major damage. Overall it is a very original bike which needs no restoring.
The KZ750 (Z750 here in the UK) was announced in 1975 and made from 1976 to 1978. It was quite a different beast to the usual 4-cylinder machines served up by Kawasaki. Instead it was viewed as a larger brother to the KZ400.
Power from the double overhead cam parallel twin was a modest 55 bhp but the bike produced enough torque to make it interesting in terms of progressing down the road and top speed was above the magic 100mph. It was never a high-speed cruiser though and its appeal lay more in those looking for a big twin with all the character this produces rather than a screaming sports bike with 4 tiny cylinders.
The bike never sold in large numbers. Perhaps if it had been launched by Honda or Suzuki it might have fared better but people expected Kawasakis to be 3 cylinder two-strokes or 4 cylinders four-strokes. A large twin didn’t seem to fit.
All of which is a shame because this was a well-made bike which was capable of high mileages and reliable running. That said, the motor does vibrate, despite the addition of counterweighted shafts. Riders of this bike should be those who enjoy a thumping twin and want to cruise down to the café or the coast rather then going out on a track-day!
This is a bike which today will appeal to those who like the idea of an old British twin but with good reliability and ease of riding with no vices. Its unashamedly a twin and makes no apologies for its lack of another two cylinders. It thumps and vibrates and it just keeps on going. You either like all that or you don’t.