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Author Topic: KZ550 ltd. has anyone here made one cool?  (Read 1575 times)

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KZ550 ltd. has anyone here made one cool?
« on: Apr 25, 2017, 20:07:23 »
Lets be honest, kz550 ltd's aren't what I would call a "good looking bike" with "great lines" or anything like that, but that said.. I bought a 1982 (chain drive model) on the super cheap over the weekend with a title and 135+ psi on all cylinders. Im pretty sure it will run without to much headache. I know its not a great base for a café bike, but besides a 4cyl jap bobber, have any of you guys turned one of these things into something cool? If so, care to share a little inspiration?

p.s. to any die hard kz550 ltd fans, I really didn't mean to pee in your Wheaties ;)
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Re: KZ550 ltd. has anyone here made one cool?
« Reply #1 on: Apr 25, 2017, 20:15:25 »
Working on making one cool now. It's a top secret project though. Seriously.

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Re: KZ550 ltd. has anyone here made one cool?
« Reply #2 on: Apr 25, 2017, 20:17:07 »
Working on making one cool now. It's a top secret project though. Seriously.

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Dang it lol just getting my hopes up

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Re: KZ550 ltd. has anyone here made one cool?
« Reply #3 on: Apr 25, 2017, 20:27:03 »
Are there any die hard KZ550LTD fans in existence? anybody who is into the 550s usually likes the "A" or GPZ models. I guess it depends on how deep you want to go to make it cool. The drop in the subframe makes it hard. There are three ways to approach the drop frame, IMHO. Accept it and use it as a design feature, cut it out and fabricate a new subframe, or ignore it. The problem with ignoring it is anything you put on there that doesnt follow or hide the frame lines tends to look pretty mickey mouse.
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Re: KZ550 ltd. has anyone here made one cool?
« Reply #4 on: Apr 25, 2017, 20:30:58 »
You got this...

Everything I see on the internet is a start of a project that never gets finished.

This is the least terrible one I could find.



Edit: ha! doc beat me to it.
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Re: KZ550 ltd. has anyone here made one cool?
« Reply #5 on: Apr 25, 2017, 20:34:32 »
Are there any die hard KZ550LTD fans in existence? anybody who is into the 550s usually likes the "A" or GPZ models. I guess it depends on how deep you want to go to make it cool. The drop in the subframe makes it hard. There are three ways to approach the drop frame, IMHO. Accept it and use it as a design feature, cut it out and fabricate a new subframe, or ignore it. The problem with ignoring it is anything you put on there that doesnt follow or hide the frame lines tends to look pretty mickey mouse.

ha your first line is gold!

I am a welder by trade with a mandrel tubing bender and a reckless amount of carelessness towards this bike. I may just hack it and make a sub frame. those pictures have all come up in my google searches of late since buying the bike. the subframe, chopper wheel sizes and long forks are what seem to really not lend itself to non bobber customization. that said, besides the firestones, I really don't hate this one either....


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1973 Ironhead Hardtail: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68135.msg788081#msg788081
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
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Re: KZ550 ltd. has anyone here made one cool?
« Reply #6 on: Apr 25, 2017, 20:36:08 »
This is one of the best I have seen.

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Re: KZ550 ltd. has anyone here made one cool?
« Reply #7 on: Apr 25, 2017, 20:38:59 »
I agree, minus the Firestone tires, that isn't too shabby at all.

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Re: KZ550 ltd. has anyone here made one cool?
« Reply #8 on: Apr 25, 2017, 20:40:07 »
And actually I just realized the pic I posted isn't a 550. 😮

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Re: KZ550 ltd. has anyone here made one cool?
« Reply #9 on: Apr 25, 2017, 20:44:58 »
I vote new subframe.  Or hard tail it.  Or something else you think of.
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