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Online Phil

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Re: Mine and my mates z900 45 years apart
Reply #10 on: September 29, 2020, 12:39:13 AM
*Originally Posted by Entropy [+]
I know it's subjective but the Z1 looks more balanced and sleek than the Z900RS - the Z900RS when seen along side seems more hunched up or musclebound.

 :0461: it is subjective. But, I for one like the more muscular look of the z900RS more. It is like the historic race bikes in our period 5 class here is Australia, they look so much tougher with the 17" wheels than the originals did.

One thing there is no doubt about, the original Z was a fine looking beast  :028:
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Re: Mine and my mates z900 45 years apart
Reply #11 on: October 04, 2020, 07:48:41 AM
*Originally Posted by djbill [+]
with the inner lined exhaust on the new ones you dont need the bottle of blue away on your exhaust anymore.lol

I know I'm the odd man out on this subject but I always liked the blued exhaust - still do and wish it was "available" on my Cafe!!  ;)
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Re: Mine and my mates z900 45 years apart
Reply #12 on: October 04, 2020, 09:09:31 AM
*Originally Posted by MexicoMike [+]
I know I'm the odd man out on this subject but I always liked the blued exhaust - still do and wish it was "available" on my Cafe!!  ;)

Most sushi bars are doing irregular things with sushi that will satisfy your irregular desire. Almost all of them have a butane torch to singe (cook) specialty "sushi" to cater to the soccer moms and the squeamish. The same tool (or a little riding and patience) will surely bring about the same result on your modern RS's header pipes.
Before technology and these dual-walled pipes, pipes turned blue, then soonafter purple, then even more quickly black, and then into mollusk-encrusted pier pilings shortly thereafter. I remember those days too, and I remember that brief, shining moment between 500 miles and 1200 miles in those times when the headers were at the peak moment of freshness, like a junior college cheerleader. Kawasaki did a pretty good job of replicating and sustaining the header pipes at 350 odometer miles. If you can't enjoy that, go "full-on rainbow" and get a titanium set.

At 10,000 miles, (a few of them, pretty tough), the only thing I could ask more of my own pipes is a prettier, younger face looking back at me in that too-vivid reflection.
Last Edit: October 04, 2020, 09:14:11 AM by calamarichris
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Re: Mine and my mates z900 45 years apart
Reply #13 on: October 04, 2020, 05:45:53 PM
*Originally Posted by MexicoMike [+]
I know I'm the odd man out on this subject but I always liked the blued exhaust - still do and wish it was "available" on my Cafe!!  ;)

Probably not what your looking for, but, it may interest you. Check out this site. They have 4 into 1 systems or 4 into 2 systems with a blued tip. I imagine the head pipes will discolor after a bit of useage also, but I'm no expert, you'd have to call them directly on that one.

https://www.blackwidowexhausts.co.uk/z900rs--cafe-4-1-de-cat-race-exhaust-system-200mm-round-blue-tip-stainless-silencer-33833-p.asp

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Re: Mine and my mates z900 45 years apart
Reply #14 on: October 25, 2020, 02:52:26 PM
I own both the '73 and the '18.  I bought this '73 about 25 years ago, and the '18 as soon as it was released.




I had a '74 in that color, as I was too late in deciding to get a Z1 to get the '73. The root beer and orange in the same '74 pattern was my 2nd choice, but they were all sold out, so it was either wait and pay $200 later (official Kawasaki price increase), or get the green/yellow.
Last Edit: October 25, 2020, 03:05:19 PM by Florida Lime

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Re: Mine and my mates z900 45 years apart
Reply #15 on: October 26, 2020, 04:28:31 PM
WOW... The photos are all amazing.  :046: :046:

Love the old air cooled look as it was the how bikes were when i was a younger teen and blagged blasts on the back of beasts like that.

I can see now why folk change the tank badge to the old skool one.

If anyone gets Practical Sportsbikes Magazine. This month has a feature on old air cooled muscle bikes.. Nice Zed in there.

And those old 4 pipes are lush...
Last Edit: October 26, 2020, 04:29:41 PM by KitBe

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Re: Mine and my mates z900 45 years apart
Reply #16 on: October 26, 2020, 04:36:32 PM
Florida Lime.

You sir.

Are,  how would be put it in Scottish terms ?

 A Spawnie Fu##er .

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Re: Mine and my mates z900 45 years apart
Reply #17 on: October 26, 2020, 04:57:29 PM
*Originally Posted by KitBe [+]
Florida Lime.

You sir.

Are,  how would be put it in Scottish terms ?

 A Spawnie Fu##er .

I take it that's not a good thing ?  :008:

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Re: Mine and my mates z900 45 years apart
Reply #18 on: October 26, 2020, 05:11:39 PM
*Originally Posted by Florida Lime [+]
I take it that's not a good thing ?  :008:

It is a great thing   :047: :047:

And actually very complimentary  :020:
Last Edit: October 26, 2020, 05:13:31 PM by KitBe

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Re: Mine and my mates z900 45 years apart
Reply #19 on: October 26, 2020, 05:30:48 PM
*Originally Posted by KitBe [+]
It is a great thing   :047: :047:

And actually very complimentary  :020:
I'll have to take your word for it !