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Restored Kawasaki Z1 Motorcycles

These are photos of my customer's restored Kawasaki Z1 900 motorcycles -- using Paintworkz painted body part kits and Paintworkz Formula Z1 paint.

Personal project 1971 Nourish Triumph for Land Speed Racing with Candy Blue paint and modern graphics. Added 12-4-2022

1971 Nourish Triumph

Personal project Honda CBX drag bike painted Candy Blue with period correct late 1980's style graphics. Added 11-9-2020

Honda CBX drag bike

Barnfind SOHC Honda funnybike from the mid 70's that I restored using Paintworkz 1969 Honda K0 Candy Blue Green paint. Added 11-25-2019

Barnfind SOHC Honda funnybike mid 70's

This is another one of my personal projects. A rare 1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC partial restoration to run at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Added 9-28-2014

1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC

This 1979 Honda CBX was a long term nut and bolt restoration I did for myself. The Candy Glory Red was done with Paintworkz Urethane and a decal kit. Added 9-28-2014

79 Honda CBX

This super rare V1 serial number Z1 900 Prototype was painted in Paintworkz formula Kawasaki H1 500 Peacock Grey Urethane. It was restored back to just how it looked when Kawasaki first built it for early road testing in Japan. Added 8-21-2014

V1 Peacock Grey

This rare Z1 Prototype was done in The New York Steak colors that U.S. Kawasaki did to camouflage the bike as a Turquois Honda KO during testing. It was rode clear across the country and then did additional Super Speedway durability testing. Added 7-28-2014

Z1 Prototype

The 1975 Z1B was painted by a customer in Finland using Paintworkz Supercandy Blue. He shipped the paint there in a container along with a friends classic car. ADDED 10-4-2013

1975 Z1B

I painted this super early VIN 72 Z1 in the early color for a customer in Australia. It is a very original rider still undergoing a mild restoration process. Added 1-30-2013

VIN 72 Z1

A customer in Illinois purchased the 75 Z1B Urethane Candy Blue Paintworkz paint and had a local paint shop spray it and apply a decal kit for the stripes. Added 10-6-2012

75 Z1B

A customer in Indiana painted his 76 KZ900 in Brown Urethane with impressive results. Added 9-18-2012

76 KZ900

This 1973 was restored by a customer in Australia. I painted a used O.E.M. small emblem tank and new PMC tail and side covers in Root Beer and Orange lacquer and shipped them down under for the project. Added 6-24-2012


This sharp KZ1000 was restored by a customer in California, he sprayed a 73 Rootbeer and Orange color scheme using Paintworkz formula urethane paint. Added 4-21-2012


This gleaming 1976 LTD was restored by a customer in Texas. He did the paint himself using a Paintworkz Urethane paint kit and an aftermarket decal kit. Added 10-20-2011

1976 Kawasaki LTD

This Candy Gold 1973 Kawasaki 750 H2 Tripple was painted for a local customer who supplied the Rick Brett decal kit. Johnny's Vintage Motorcyles in Ohio did the show quality complete restoration for the customer and it is stunning and driven to all the local cruise night events. Added 7-2-2011

1973 Kawasaki 750 H2 Tripple

I painted this 1974 Z1A for a customer in Pennsylvania. Interestingly he sold the bike decades ago and it stayed in his town until it showed up for sale recently. He snapped it up and with pipes, paint, and a mild restoration it makes a real conversation piece at the local cruise nights. Added 5/28/2011

1974 Z1A Kawasaki

This Midwest Green 1976 KZ900 was budget project done by a father for his son. It was done with Paintworkz Urethane paint and was his first attempt at painting anything. Stripes were the standard decal kits available online. Added 4-4-2011

1976 Kawasaki KZ900

I painted this 1975 Z1B Candy Super Red body kit for a customer in Australia. The paint job finished off his restoration of this 900 which came over from the United States. Added 8-5-2010

1975 Kawasaki Z1B

This 1973 Z1 was restored by a customer in New Jersey. He had a local painter spray the Paintworkz Candytone Brown and Orange colors on it. Ron Finch was impressed with it at the '07 Timonium Maryland show. It was class winner at Americade in '06 and in '08 it won the restored class at the Rat's Hole show at Daytona Beach and 1st place at the AMA concourse show at Mid-Ohio. Added 5-19-2010

1973 Kawasaki Z1

This 1974 Z1A was restored by a customer in New Jersey. He had a local painter spray the Paintworkz Candytone Green and Yellow colors on it. Added 5-20-2010

1974 Kawasaki Z1A

I did the paint on this 1978 Kawasaki Z1R turbo restoration for a customer in Illinois. Reproduction Graphics decal kit was used for the pinstripes followed by Urethane clear. Added 5-10-2010

1978 Kawasaki Z1R

I painted this Yamaha XS-650 for a customer in Minnesota. As you can see it is a beautiful ground up nut and bolt restoration. Added 4-27-2010

Yamaha XS-650

I originally painted this 1973 Z1 for a customer in Montreal, Canada a couple of years ago. After he completed the total restoration he put the bike up for sale. This sharp 900 has now found a new home with it's proud new owner in Australia. Added 10-13-09

1973 Kawasaki Z1 900

This 1975 Kawasaki Z1B was painted Super Candy Blue by a customer in Montana, Big Sky Country, using a Paintworkz formula paint kit. The stripes were done with an aftermarket decal kit. The owner did a total restoration on this bike using a whole lot of new parts to bring it back . Added 7-25-09

1975 Kawasaki Z1B Super Candy Blue

I painted this late model 1973 for a customer the New York. He has owned it for a number of years, but it had the typical black paint job when he bought it. Added 7-27-2008

1973 Z1 Kawasaki

I originally painted this early production, built in 1972, 1973 Z1 for a customer in California. He has since sold it and the new owner has it on display for a year in the Antique Motorcycle Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Added 7-19-2008

1972 Z1 Kawasaki

This customer bought a paint kit from me and then had Brauns Auto Builders in Richmond, Indiana spray the colors. He has owned this 1973, which has a 2-73 build date, for around 20 years now. Added 5-24-2008

1973 Z1 Kawasaki

This 1975 Super Candy Red paint job was done for a customer in sunny Florida. The bike is 1980 KZ1000 LTD that he has owned forever and he just finished totally restoring it. He did some modifications to fit reproduction Z1 side covers, along with a Z1 tank and tail section, to the KZ frame, and then sent the parts to me for painting. Added 5-2-2008

1975 Z1 Candy Super Red Kawasaki

I painted this 1975 Z1B Candy Super Red body kit for a customer in Tasmania. It was the finishing touch to his restoration, which he then rode a very long distance to attend the 2008 Australian Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Show. Added 4-8-08

1975 Z1B Candy Super Red Kawasaki

This is a low VIN# U.S. model early 1973 Z1 I painted for a customer in the United Kingdom. He has done a beautiful total restoration job on it and is when it is 100% completed I am sure it will do very well at the shows this year. Added 3-18-2008

1973 Z1 Kawasaki

This is a painted body kit for a customer in Minnesota. It went on his nicely restored, late 1972 built, low VIN # Z1. The original body parts were saved from repainting since they were in decent original condition. Oddly, the original paint color was actually in between the typical early model color and the standard 1973 color, so I tried to duplicate that original color. Added 10-31-07

1972 Kawasaki Z1

This one owner 1973 Z1 900 was painted for a customer in Ohio. He totally restored it for his uncle, who is the original owner. They placed second in class at the 2007 AMA Mid-Ohio Vintage Days Show. First in class went to the original paint 1973 Z1 in the background. Added 8-26-07

1973 Kawasaki Z1 900

This 1973 Z1 was painted in the European colors for a customer in California. Added 8-25-07

1973 Kawasaki Z1

This low VIN 1972 Z1 900 was painted the early Z1 color for a customer in California, and just in time to make the 2007 Legends Show at Half Moon Bay. The bike took 2nd place in class at this most prestigious show, and came back to take 1st place at the Soquel Show a month later. Added 8-24-07

1972 Kawasaki Z1 900

This is a 1973 Z1 that I painted for a customer in California. It was done in the Green and Yellow colors, which were not available in the United States. The colors are similar to the Green and Yellow that was available on the 1974 Z1A's. Added 5-31-07

1975 Kawasaki Z1B

This 1975 Kawasaki Z1B was painted by a customer in Washington state using a Paintworkz formula paint kit. The stripes are decals that were cleared over. The bike is an all original, unrestored, super low mileage beauty that he bought brand new back in 1975. The only reason why he redid the paint is because the bike is way to nice to have a faded paint job. Added 5-25-07

1975 Kawasaki Z1B

This is a Kawasaki KZ1000 Street Fighter that was built by a customer in California. The paint job was done in a 1975 Z1B Candy Wine Red color scheme, including the carbon fiber front fender. Added 3-14-07

Kawasaki KZ1000 Street Figher

This Super Candytone Blue 1975 Z1B was restored by a customer in Mississippi. He purchased one of my painted body kits to finish off his project. The kit utilized PMC reproduction tail section and side covers with a used O.E.M. tank. Added 11-27-06.

Super Candytone Blue 1975 Z1B

This early model two digit serial number 1973 Kawasaki Z1 was painted for a customer in California. The first 2200 or so built were a slightly different color if they were Candytone Brown/Orange compared to the later model year 1973 bikes. Since they were built in 1972 some of these early bikes were actually titled as a 1972 Kawasaki Z1 in some countries outside of the US and that is why they are sometimes called 1972 Z1's Outside of the Continental United States the 1973 Z1's were also available in Candytone Green/Yellow. Added 6-15-06.

low serial number 1973 Kawasaki Z1 - titled 1972 Kawasaki Z1 in Sweden

This 1976 KZ 900 was painted by the Paintworks for a customer in New Zealand who wanted the look of a "Jaffa" 73 Z1. The Paintworks modified a 1974 Z1A tank to accept the smaller 73 emblems. Once cured, the painted body part kit was shipped half way around the world and arrived without a mark in it. Added 2-25-06.

1976 Kawasaki KZ 900 restored with look of Jaffa 73 Z1

This restored basket case 1973 Z1 900 was painted by a customer
from North Carolina using Paintworkz Formula Z1 paint. Added 4-12-05.

1973 Restored Z1 900 using Paintworkz formula Z1 paint

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