I have a garage full of naked Zeds – including a ’76 Kz900, which is essentially identical to the more famous Z1900 Kaw introduced in ’73 and which quickly became the dominant superbike of the early-mid-’70s. (Main differences between the two being mine doesn’t have reflectors built into the front fork lowers). This one has a high compression/big bore kit and pods – and so probably is making close to 100 hp (vs. the 82 stock). But – and the big Zeds are famous for this – the bike is extremely tractable and civilized. Modern, even – other than the suspension, frame and of course, the brakes. You could ride it anywhere, anytime – and not be nervous about whether you’d make it home. Still can. I do. This bike will pull 120-plus, easily. It will go considerably faster than that – but I haven’t had the balls to find out how much faster because these bikes, though very modern feeling up to a point, begin to show their age after a certain point. That point being around 120…. and even that better be in a straight line – with plenty of time to bleed that speed if you need to. Don’t squeeze the front brake too hard – or that single caliper on the left side might pull you someplace you don’t want to be. Forget the back (drum) brake. The hub is pretty, though. This bike is exactly like an old muscle car: All engine, good looks – and better be careful with it.