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Author Topic: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build  (Read 23438 times)

Offline STLGPZ

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #60 on: Nov 19, 2014, 14:45:22 »
No, sorry. The bike has been rotting in storage. For the last year I've been a little obsessed with the dual sport thing. I intend to revive this build at some point this winter, and at least get it ridable again by spring. I'll post more when there are updates. Good luck on your GPZ build.


Is the Cafe project for sale?  I sold mine to a guy in PA

Offline c4f3 r4c3r

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #61 on: Nov 19, 2014, 17:11:06 »
Is the Cafe project for sale?  I sold mine to a guy in PA

Well, in the "everything is for sale for the right price" sense. I'd part with it for a good offer. But it is rough, so it might be worth more to me than to someone else. And I'm no where near PA. The bike is presently in Seattle.
1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Project - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=47139.0
1971 Honda SL350 original - http://sl350.blogspot.com/

Offline STLGPZ

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #62 on: Nov 19, 2014, 17:44:37 »
I am in St Louis, MO and I have California transport connections, no worries there. Throw a price my way and we can make the "go/no go" call.

Offline c4f3 r4c3r

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #63 on: Nov 19, 2014, 19:09:34 »
I am in St Louis, MO and I have California transport connections, no worries there. Throw a price my way and we can make the "go/no go" call.

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1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Project - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=47139.0
1971 Honda SL350 original - http://sl350.blogspot.com/

Offline Sam_I_Am

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #64 on: Feb 02, 2018, 16:26:37 »
SO.. I acquired THIS bike about a month ago from a guy in ID. I paid $1000. Came with most of the stock fairs and lights in a box with an extra set of tires. The guy I got it from did a great and much needed revision to the seat and tail.

Since I got it:
I deleted : Tachometer, mirrors and marker lights. Also all the passenger set ups.
I finned off the rear frame to the tail.
Added Gaiters.
Centered and low mounted speedo into the headset area.
Shaved clutch/brake leavers.
Cut off mufflers and dumped exhaust right behind pegs.
Replaces headlight with a slightly larger one with LED blinkers built in it.
Replaced the tail light with a LED strip light that has running, brake and turns built in it.
I relocated the ignition switch under the tank. I used the same one so I didn't have to get new keys.

THE PLAN:
Delete service stand.
Change shocks out to piggy back style.
Shave front fender. (tonight)
Cut/weld in knee knocks. (Next weekend)
Obviously repaint and paint wheels black.

Photos soon..
1981 GPz550 Cafe Build

Offline doctorcat

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #65 on: Feb 05, 2018, 23:05:42 »
PICS MAN PICS!

also wassup fellow GPZ550 owner!

check out my thread too. I've got a monoshock, but I'm building it as a vintager weekend ripper around town. gonna gear mine down for more acceleration in the city.

Offline Sam_I_Am

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #66 on: Mar 14, 2018, 01:44:16 »
Work so far
1981 GPz550 Cafe Build

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #67 on: Mar 14, 2018, 08:31:23 »
Nice, I like the tank work.
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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #68 on: Mar 14, 2018, 10:56:14 »
Nice, I like the tank work.

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Re: 1981 Kawasaki GPz550 Cafe Build
« Reply #69 on: Mar 14, 2018, 11:10:22 »
Very cool on the knee dents, haven't seen it done that way before. Clever.