1983 Kuwahara KZ-1

Black Gold

Black Gold – My Gusset Grail. A 1983 Kuwahara KZ-1 in Factory spec.

Picked up this KZ about 10 years ago from a local who had it from new and raced it back in the 80’s. Almost all the parts were changed to his liking. However, I wanted to bring it back to factory specs of course so the search began.

Tange made Frame Set with all the vintage Japanese goodness one can expect from an early 80’s Kuwahara BMX. Besides the frame set, and original Dia Compe brake cable housing, every single component I acquired for it was NOS (new old stock) with very minor storage wear only on the rims.

Icing on the cake… IRC 80x Fat/Skinny Combo Skinwall Tires in yellow and Stamped “Kuwahara”!

Factory Correct & Licensed reproduction decals and LITE SAVER dropout savers by Vintage Steel (@vintagesteelbmx).

Year1983BrandKuwaharaModelKZ-1SpecsFactoryConditionShowSerial #K3Axxxx

Parts List:

FactoryMINT Tange Frame
FactoryMINT Tange TX-Super Forks w/ Tange Dropout Savers
FactoryNEW Factory Correct Reproduction Decals (Vintage Steel)*
FactoryNOS Hatta MX-2 Headset
FactoryNOS Suntour Headlock Nut
FactoryNOS Suntour Power Stem
FactoryNOS Kusuki Redline Approved V-Bar Handlebars
FactoryNOS O.G.K. 77/17-A Grips
FactoryNOS Dia Compe Tech 3 Brake Lever
FactoryNOS Dia Compe MX-1000 Brake Caliper & Bolt End Cap
FactoryNOS Dia Compe Brake Cable & OG Dia Compe Housing
FactoryNOS Nagaoka Fluted Seat Post
FactoryNOS Tahei Elina Lightning Bolt Seat
FactoryNOS P.D.N.P. Seat Guts
FactoryNOS Suntour Seat Clamp
FactoryNOS Suntour VX Cranks 175mm
FactoryNOS Sugino 3 Piece Conversion Bottom Bracket
FactoryNOS Sugino 44T Machined Chainring
FactoryNOS KKT FMX Lightning Pedals
FactoryNOS Suntour Chainring Bolts
FactoryNOS Izumi Gold/Silver Chain
FactoryNOS Ukai Shiny Side Rims
FactoryNOS Suntour HF Hubs
FactoryNOS Asahi Spokes & Nipples
FactoryNOS Suntour 16T Freewheel
FactoryNOS IRC Racer 80x Skinwall Tires (20x2.125 Front / 20x1.75 Rear) "Kuwahara" Stamped
FactoryNOS IRC Tire Tubes w/ Pacific Valve Caps
FactoryNOS Rim Strips
Add OnNOS Kuwahara "Made In Osaka" / "California Lite" Pad Set
Add OnNEW Vintage Steel Lite Saver Dropout Savers*

NOTE: All parts are N.O.S., original or re-furbished in Mint condition unless marked with *