I purchased this 1981 KZ550 from the 2nd owner on Feb. 26, 1987. It had a broken float in one carburetor but otherwise was in very good condition at the time of purchase.
A thorough cleaning and additional detail work brought it up to its current condition as pictured. The KZ550 is entirely original and has received no restoration work at all - the paint, seat, exhaust system, etc. are all factory-original, as delivered from Kawasaki.
After last being ridden on September 18, 1988, I "revived" the Kawasaki on October 26, 2003. It was ridden 21 miles (34 km) to a scenic location for a photography session and has since been returned to long-term storage. For details visit my Motorcycle Storage Information Page. Total mileage on the KZ550 is 3588 (5777 km).
Overshadowed in its day by the faster GPz550, the KZ550 model offered a reliable and durable engine, comfortable riding position, smooth running engine and fine performance.
The KZ550 is pictured above on Lookout Mountain west of Golden, Colorado.
The KZ is also pictured on the cover of Clymer Service, Repair and Maintenance manual M449 Kawasaki KZ500/550 & ZX550 1979-1985, ninth and subsequent printings starting January, 2004. Visit the Clymer website to see their fine selection of manuals.
Are you searching for KZ550 parts? If so, visit my Q&A page for a number of links and ideas for finding parts.
Here's a shot of the KZ550 with a like-size stablemate:
L-R: 1982 Yamaha Seca 550 - 1981 Kawasaki KZ550
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