My story of my classic and iconic vintage Japanese motorcycle, a 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 began when I discovered it as the CHEAPEST KZ I could find on EBay, for the final price of $1,100 back in 2001. The ad said it merely needed a “good carb job,” but a after a six hour drive to get it we found this a full KZ1000 restoration and engine rebuild was needed. I’m far from a professional mechanic, so this demanding project needed to be done in stages. We will tell you about why we bought the bike, how we developed the love for KZ1000s, the struggles with the restoration along the way and how it ended up in the shop of world record holding Top Fuel Motorcycle drag racing Larry “Spiderman” McBride’s shop getting an 1197 c.c. engine with MTC Pistons, Web camshafts, APE Race Parts, Mikuni 34 mm carbs, a Pingel petcock and more. Enjoy the story of our KZ1000 restomod.