1882 kz1100 spectre street fighter

by Giles
(Crown Point, IN)

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I decided to see what kind of street fighter I could build on a budget. I picked up a 82 kz1100 spectre for 1200.00 and got to work.

The spectre is probably not the most aesteticly pleasing in the z line but has all the good stuff; the J engine and the maintenance free shaft drive.

I began by stripping all the useless dead weight off the bike. The Center stand, gage cluster, signals and mounting brackets, double seat and old metal seat pan, head and tail light, badges and plates, fenders, etc.

I then began fiberglass work. I made a custom oneoff rear fender, seat pan, chin scoop, headlight assembly and mounting bracket with small fairing. I used some automotive fog lights and running lights for head and tail lights. I made mounting brackets and used some affordable mini signals.

The most expensive thing I put on the bike was the all in one gage at just over $100.00. I had the glass material laying around and all total spent about $500 customising the bike. I cleaned up and repainted the battery box and replaced all rusty hardware with new allen heads.

I replaced all fuel, oil and vaccum lines with new. I flushed and replaced all fluids and filters on the bike. I think it turned out pretty mean looking. Kind of mad max meets street fighter. I did the paint with satin black and brushed it with steel wool for a different semi-flat look. I will ride the bike for a while and consiter more mods.

I would like to dissassemble completely and powder coat the frame and other components. Everyone that has seen the bike thought it was a tough looking bike. Any feedback and comments are appreciated.

A real nice job Giles! Especially considering how little you spent. The belly-pan and the front end mods really make this a tough looking unit!

Good work!

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Aug 15, 2011
1982 KZ 1100 specter street fighter
by: M Box

I love what you've done with this bike. I have a 1982 KZ 1100 standard and wish to imitate some of your modifications, specifically the chin scoop. It looks similar to a Honda VF 500 but larger. Do you have any tips on how to make this kind of chin scoop or do you know of any chin scoops that fit a KZ 1100? Also, I was wondering if you lowered the rear end of the bike with new shocks and if so what size are they. My bike currently has thirteen and three sixteenth inch shocks on it. So far, I have found it difficult to find any custom parts for my KZ and would greatly appreciate any advice you can give.

Feb 13, 2011
Newest rendition
by: G Pearson

Chopped 6 inches out of rear frame. Custom seat. new headlight. and it is a 1982 kz. I dont think there was a kz in 1882. Ha Ha! Will post new pics!

Dec 18, 2010
Hello, more pics!
by: Anonymous

You got more pics of that Kawi? I really like the lower fairing.

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