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1979 Kawasaki KZ400 LTD

Year: 1979
Mileage: 33,000 km
Vehicle Title: Clear
Make: Kawasaki
Model: KZ400 LTD
Type: Naked, Cafe Racer, Brat, Custom
Color: Matte Blue and Raw Steel, brown leather seat and accents
Engine Size (cc): 400
Warranty: none
For Sale By: owner


I loved building and riding this bike between 2011-2015, and it has been parked indoors for more than a year as I’ve been too busy to ride it and didn’t insure it. Fires right up each time I’ve pulled it out, either with the electric start or kick. Runs strong, turns a lot of heads, and I’ll be sad to see it go!

  • rear LTD “droop” frame cut off, custom fabricated flat seat frame
  • custom fiberglass seat shell
  • shortened stock harness with all electrical inside seat shell and bottom seat pan
  • stripped stock KZ tank and painted deep metallic blue & matte clear, and color matched shortened front fender, headlight and seat
  • aluminum & steel clip-on handlebars with internal wiring, shortened throttle cable and custom braided brake line
  • R1 style adjustable levers with brake fluid reservoir
  • dry cell Lithium Iron battery is inside the leather bag under the seat
  • 2-1 header + cherry bomb muffler, exhaust wrap
  • air pod filters and rejetted carb needles
  • engine covers stripped and matte clear, stainless hardware
  • 5″ headlight with color matched housing and brushed ring, added LED light ring
  • Aluminum taillight with plate light, custom aluminum plate mount
  • brushed silver mini turn signals front and rear
  • gauges removed, added wireless mini bicycle speedometer on handlebar
  • repainted original alloy wheels with low mileage on Bridgestone tires
  • lowered front end, relocated ignition to top triple clamp

Other notes: The style of this build would be considered “cafe racer” or “brat” and is done intentionally with a “rough” look. It was not intended as a restoration or to be a “perfect” KZ400, and as such there are scratches here and there, road chips on the forks, and none of the metal is polished, but rather brushed and matte. There is also an unfortunate small crack in the seat shell from mis-handling it, not from ride weight or use, and it won’t effect the use of the seat or bike.

Located in St. Catharines, ON – buy is responsible for pickup/transport


Photos by @drewunruh

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