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Resurrecting my '79 KZ1300 from a 28-year nap 5 months 1 week ago #23582

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Title notarized, bike insured, wheels dropped off...about to hit the tag office at lunch.

I wonder if "BIGSIXY" would pass as a personalized license plate

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We're limited to 5 letters or numbers in Ontario. What I wouldn't give for 6 numbers/letters (wonder why)

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Kawboy wrote: We're limited to 5 letters or numbers in Ontario. What I wouldn't give for 6 numbers/letters (wonder why)


We get 7 for motorcycles, 8 for cars. The special interest plates are 4.
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Kawboy wrote: We're limited to 5 letters or numbers in Ontario. What I wouldn't give for 6 numbers/letters (wonder why)


Many years ago, when living in small town Ontario - where I knew every other biker - I noticed one spring that the bike plates were of the form ZXXXX and one morning I saw a new bike with a Z0998 plate. I immediately rode my KZ1000 to the local license bureau - and traded in my old plate for a new one and managed to snag: "Z1000".
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Resurrecting my '79 KZ1300 from a 28-year nap 5 months 6 days ago #23590

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GREAT day on two wheels today.

Started off at 6:30 and about 36*. Bike cranked right up with about half choke and warmed up.

I headed south through North Georgia and Upstate SC. After about an hour my teeth stopped chattering and it finally hit about 40*.

Got to the show at about 9:45 and got the dirt wiped off from the trip up. I met a couple interesting new people, one of which showed up on a rotary Hercules.

Most people there had never seen a KZ1300. One guy spent probably half an hour talking with me about one he used to own, and sitting on my bike a bit. He got rid of his after an unfortunate cam chain failure.

There was a mobile dyno there, and I figured for $20, it was worth knowing how much power the bike made and how it was running.

Cruise AFRs were good, in the 13:1 range. Going to WOT from 2000rpm-redline in forth produced an extremely rich (<10:1) area from 2k-5k, which leaned out to an acceptable 11.5:1-13:1 from 5k to redline.

It wound up making 92hp and 69lb/ft at the rear wheel. Not too shabby.

A small oil leak cropped up on the way back, but that's just a loose clamp on one of the valve cover nipples. I'll snug that up and wipe everything down and be back in business.

All in all, about 7 hours and 320 miles in the saddle today, all flawless. Man I love this bike.









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Well done. And braved the cold to do it as well. Adaboy !!
She looks great. A fine example for sure.

Love that Herc as well. Never seen one in person. Would really like to see a Norton Wankel.

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