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TOPIC: Touring gear to fit KZ1000?

Touring gear to fit KZ1000? 1 year 7 months ago #573423

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Hi all,

I have 3 Z's. A '73 Z1 that I am nearing completion of the restoration, a '76 KZ900 that is quite nice, and a very nice '77 KZ1000.

I really need a bike with hard bags that I can tour with. My plan had been that when the '73 Z1 was finished, I would sell the KZ900 and KZ1000, then get a modern bike like a Vstrom.

My wife has mandated that 3 bikes is the limit, and I am having a hard time letting go of the Z's.

So here's the thing.... I'd like to set up my KZ1000 for touring. But figuring out a setup for hard bags is difficult. Anyone out there with a KZ1000 police bike that could send me pics of the hard bag system so I could manufacture something? Or does anyone know of andy manufactured systems to fit a 77 KZ1000.

I'm looking for a locking hard bag and top box system.

Thanks.

Cheers,
Ross
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Touring gear to fit KZ1000? 1 year 7 months ago #573437

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I know where theres a 77 kz1000 Ive been trying to buy for close to 20 years with the full vetter package on it,If he ever sells me that bike Ill list the bags/fairing up here for you guys to fight over! :laugh:
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Touring gear to fit KZ1000? 1 year 7 months ago #573438

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Feebay has the Vetter stuff all the time. Shipping can be a killer though. I got my Vetter gear on Craigslist, no shipping.
www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=&_osacat=1...acat=10063&_from=R40

Try using this search engine for Craigslist.
www.searchtempest.com/
1982 KZ1000LTD K2 Vance & Hines 4-1 ACCEL COILS Added Vetter fairing & Bags. FOX Racing rear Shocks, Braced Swing-arm, Fork Brace, Progressive Fork Springs RT Gold Emulators, APE Valve Springs, 1166 Big Bore kit, RS34's, GPZ cams.
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Touring gear to fit KZ1000? 1 year 7 months ago #573605

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I was hoping someone on the forum would be kind enough to post pics of mounting brackets and hard bags so I could construct some myself.

Cheers,
Ross
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Touring gear to fit KZ1000? 1 year 7 months ago #573611

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Galactica wrote:
I was hoping someone on the forum would be kind enough to post pics of mounting brackets and hard bags so I could construct some myself.

Cheers,
Ross

Presumably referring to construction of the mounts, but not construction of the bags, as it is rare to hear of constructing diy hard bags.

Typically, each particular hard bag design -- and there are several -- will require its own unique mount design.

The Vetter bags and mount that fit large Kaw fours appear on ebay from time to time.
As do other bag/mount iterations.

Good Fortune! :)
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kawasaki.com doesn't list a '77 Police, but the 1978 KZ1000-C1 (Police 1000) section has a parts diagram for GUARDS/SADDLE BAGS/WINDSHIELD.

If needed, there's a link in my sig for help navigating kawasaki.com

Good Fortune! :)
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Thanks Patton, I'll take a look.

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Touring gear to fit KZ1000? 1 year 7 months ago #574058

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Ross,

Take a look at some of the aluminum bag systems that the adventure bike guys use.

www.jesseluggage.com/klr600-650.html

www.motomachines.com/Alu-Standard_c_26.html

www.happy-trail.com/

These bags are very well made and will last through several bikes.

If you like black luggage the Givi bags are great. I have a set on my FJ1200 and my wife has a set on her TDM.

www.giviusa.com/

Givi sells the hardware needed to make a custom mount system work on any bike.
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Touring gear to fit KZ1000? 1 year 7 months ago #574314

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893cv,

Thanks. I will certainly take a look at current stuff. The issue is, designing and constructing the mounting bracketry, to fit the stock mounting points. The bikes I have are really nice stock machines and I am not willing to modify them. The bike I tour on is my 77 KZ1000.

I had a look ad the 78 police bike parts fiche to see if that would help. No joy. The police bike frame has completely different mounting points.

I'm hoping someone here can post pics of the mounts from something like an old Vetter setup. Then I could construct a mounting frame, bearing in mind that I'd likely use a modern set of hard bags and top box to be attached.

Ive been using a cheap set of soft side panniers. But I need something that locks, and locks onto the bike.

Cheers,
Ross
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Touring gear to fit KZ1000? 1 year 7 months ago #574332

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On Feebay there are a lot of pictures of the different Vetter components. Also a NOS Mount for the fairing for your model. Down the page there is a set of hard bag mounts, which are fairly universal. You might have to change the length of the stay rod.
www.ebay.com/sch/Motorcycle-Parts-/10063...pgn=3&_skc=100&rt=nc
1982 KZ1000LTD K2 Vance & Hines 4-1 ACCEL COILS Added Vetter fairing & Bags. FOX Racing rear Shocks, Braced Swing-arm, Fork Brace, Progressive Fork Springs RT Gold Emulators, APE Valve Springs, 1166 Big Bore kit, RS34's, GPZ cams.
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These links might include helpful pics:

Allow a few moments to appear on-screen.

www.craigvetter.com/images/Vetter%20Fair...20Windjammer%20V.pdf

www.craigvetter.com/images/Vetter%20Fair...ndjammer%20mount.pdf

www.craigvetter.com/images/Vetter%20Fair...20WJ%20SS%20inst.pdf

kz900.com/vetter_windjammer.html


Several years ago, Samsonite and Krause also offered some good aftermarket saddle bags with bike-specific mounting hardware.

Good Fortune! :)
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Touring gear to fit KZ1000? 1 year 7 months ago #574357

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If you're dead set on hard bags, that's fine, but they are not necessary for touring. I rode a lot of tours on a KZ1000, and you can tie a lot of stuff on the seat behind you. I actually tied 140 LBs of luggage on the USA 4 corners tour using bungees. Now if the wife is along, then yes you need bags most likely, otherwise it can be done easily without the addition of any hard bags.
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The mounts are always the hard part! Anything you do (that allows you to lock the bags on the bike) will make you modify your bike. About the best you can do is to design a mount system thats easy to remove so you can return your KZ back to stock.
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Touring gear to fit KZ1000? 1 year 7 months ago #574477

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I will not be installing a fairing. I dislike them. At most, I install a handle bar mount windshield.

Ron,

In the past I have always just used the nylon sidebags and strapped duffel bags on the seat behind me. I also have a rack that bolts on at the upper shock and grab rail mount. This rack them cantilevers out over the tail light. I thought this was great. During a 2,000 mile trip, it broke just aft of the grab rail mount, and had to have it welded. If it carries much weight, over time it breaks at that point from constant stress, vibration, and bumps. So I need to employ a more robust system.

The reason I want to go to hard bags that are fastened more securely to the bike is so that I can go into a store or restaurant with less fear of the stuff getting stolen. I realize that if someone really wants to steal it, they will. But if it is a little bit more difficult to remove from the bike, the less likely it will be taken.

Cheers,
Ross
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