1983 Kawasaki 305 LTD
Nothing went wrong.
This was pretty much a horrible motorcycle (305 LTD). I bought it for my wife to learn on. It was slower than the average moped, dangerously slow. It never broke down or anything, but holy cow, slow. She learned to ride and we got rid of it, period. On a hill it could only run about 45 mph.
What difference does it make how it handled or how comfortable the seat was. It was so slow it would get you killed.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st January, 2012
4th Aug 2012, 21:24
I came across an 87 305 LTD my friend was selling for 500 bucks. It was in immaculate condition cosmetic wise; new tires, perfect paint, all lights work, zero dings or scrapes, etc. But she said it wouldn't start. She said it ran perfect when parked over a year ago (can you see where this is going?).
Gave her the cash and loaded it up, jokingly told her I'd have it running by tonight. I got it home, and pulled the plugs and cranked it to make sure both sides were getting spark; they were. Next let's check the fuel, I remember her saying she put some Stabil in it. Took the tank off and dumped the fuel into an old Honda 3 wheeler (that thing will run on muddy water). The fuel looked awful, had a yellow/green color to it (no doubt due to the Stabil in it). The problem with people adding a fuel stabilizer, is they usually do it with the engine off and leave it, therefore it never gets into the remaining fuel in the carb bowl. So I open up the carb drain valves, and only one carb would drain. I pull em off, open em up, and sure enough, that good ol' ethanol gas has turned to gooey corn meal. Jets were completely clogged. Gave it a good bath in some carb cleaner and took a guitar string to the jets, put 'er all together, and she fired up instantly! Great sounding little twin.
I threw on a helmet and took off down the road. It definitely needed a mile or so of half choke, but once warmed up, I was pretty impressed. I drive much larger bikes myself, but I had a blast on this little thing, I'm 6'1 210lbs and it cruised easily at 60mph, and still pulled well at 70. It would definitely be a little cramped for me as a daily commuter, but anyone under 5'10 would probably fit pretty well.
I'm surprised to hear all the negative comments on the net. Ended up cruising around back roads all day putting her to the test, and when I filled up, I got over 70 MPG, and I wasn't really behaving either. Oh, then I sent my friend a video of it running... she wasn't happy she let it go so cheap.
10th Jun 2013, 23:02
If your 305 was slower than the average moped, I would bet something was wrong with it. While these bikes are no speed demons, they did about a 15 second quarter mile; still quicker acceleration than many new cars on the road today. It can certainly keep up with traffic and even cruise at highway speeds. How do I know? I bought one new, got it over 90 once or twice. Certainly not a cruiser, but a nice around town commuter. At the prices you can get them now, they're a nice alternative to a moped.
22nd Nov 2014, 22:11
I agree... I used an old one as a dirt bike. I even did some jumps with it. Had it over 80 on the highway. Got my MC license, and bought a different bike. My brother rode it for another several years. Good bike for beginners. Or a Shadow 250.
2nd Dec 2015, 16:48
Your KZ305 may have been running on one cylinder. A good one will go around 95mph top end and 15 seconds in the quarter mile.
They are a fun city and back road bike. It is way better than a moped. They also get 70+MPG, are easy to repair, and insurance is cheap. For its size, it is a lot of fun for the money.
28th Jul 2017, 20:40
I agree with this guy. I just bought one for $500 and I topped it out pretty quick. It's an excellent starter bike that can keep up on the highway. The guy before me a friend of mine did have to replace the spark plug cable, for it was running on one cylinder. I would try for that.