Kawasaki’s retort to Honda’s famed monkey bike these little guys were made for kids but like all little bikes the Kv75 ended up being fun for kids no matter how big.
I restored this over the last winter while we were all locked in our houses due to COVID. The propane heater I rely on in the frigid winters of NH was unfortunately broken, so I did the bulk of assembly in my living room (the misses is a saint). Quite a limited run of these (30,000 over a ten model year run) so the parts that were missing were pretty hard to come by. The chain side engine case cover came from England, where they weren’t even imported to as far as I know. The airbox came from Canada, the complete set of gaskets came all the way from Australia, the NOS tail light from Japan and the control switches also NOS, from Indonesia. The original paint color, Cerulean blue, was only used by Kawasaki on this, the fewest number production model year for a short run motorcycle, for children so after a long arduous search for some of the original color, I opted to go with a candy blue from the bigger brother H2 from the same time period.
I recreated the tank graphics myself and had them cut in vinyl, and installed by local race livery specialist Turn One Graphics of Hooksett NH. I am still waiting on the heat shield and oil tank badge, that will be installed before the bike is delivered to its new owner. It ran before I restored, so I know it will again but I’ve yet to put petrol or lubricant back in the bike, letting the new owner have that first kick, like the day it first owner got to.