SHOW US YOURS: NS400R and KZ1100

In this edition of Show Us Yours, take a look at Kevin’s Honda NS400R and Stephen’s KZ1100. Want to see your pride and joy in our magazine, on our website and on our social media pages, fill in the form here>>

KEVIN BUDD’S Honda NS400R

Thought you might like to see my recently finished Honda NS400R. A good friend of mine bought it new in July 1986 from Neil Young Motorcycles in Northampton. He rode it for a couple of years doing about 3500 miles then put it in a shed.

Following a series of family tragedies he forgot about this little Honda until the shed fell down about six years ago! It was in a pretty sad state with ivy growing through it but thankfully most parts were salvageable. It then sat in my garage for another three years while he decided what to do with it. Eventually we agreed on a price and the restoration began! Most of the rubber items were perished so I’ve had to make them but everything else apart from the brake lines and rear shock is original.

It has just clocked 4000 miles, and I even have the original key fob from Neil Young Motorcycles and the Honda paddock stand that it came with. It runs beautifully, a real pleasure to ride.

ANTHONY PATTLE’S KZ1100

Here is my baby: I always wanted a big Z! My KZ1100 has come from the USA as when I was looking for a Z to restore, it was in my budget!

Stephen’s KZ1100 before

It looked good online but when it arrived, not so! Through the internet I researched all about this model and found so many bits on it from other models, so lots of help from different sources (but a big thank you to the guys at Z-Power).

I slowly ended up with most of the right parts. I have now got to register it, which I understand is a minefield, so wish me luck! I am intending to ride it to the show in Stafford next year.

Stephen’s KZ1100 after!

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• This article originally featured in Classic Motorcyles Mechanics, January 2018.

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