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Author Topic: Kawasaki Zephyr  (Read 366 times)

Offline twade76

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Kawasaki Zephyr
« on: Jun 04, 2018, 21:08:30 »
Hello All,

Been a while since I last posted, sold the old bike and started my own business so have been a bit busy.

Anyway, picked up a new project today.  Got it very cheap so figured it was worth a punt, only problem is that it was a barn find so the owner didn't have much information on it.  They are seeing if they can find the log book at the moment, but i'm having a bit of difficulty identifying the exact model, and specifically the engine size:

It's got an 'F' reg number plate, i've checked on askMID and it tells me that its a zr400 while the insurance comparison sites say its an en400. So, seems consistent on the 400cc part.  I can find quite a bit of information on the zephyr 550's and higher (workshop manuals etc.) but nothing for a zephyr 400.

Any ideas?

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Re: Kawasaki Zephyr
« Reply #1 on: Jun 05, 2018, 02:59:58 »
check the cylinder casting. it will say the cc's on it somewhere

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Re: Kawasaki Zephyr
« Reply #2 on: Jun 05, 2018, 12:17:55 »
What's the plan for it ??? 8)
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Re: Kawasaki Zephyr
« Reply #3 on: Jun 05, 2018, 12:36:04 »
Pretty sure that's the 400cc by the look of the tank.   
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Offline twade76

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Re: Kawasaki Zephyr
« Reply #4 on: Jun 05, 2018, 13:19:11 »
Spoke to my local kawasaki dealer, the frame and engine number say its a zr400 c1 which was a japanese import.

Same engine (apparently) as used on the zxr400 so should be fairly easy to get replacement parts for it, going to give it a proper once over this weekend to see what is needed.

No concrete plans yet, it was a spur of the moment thing, but really like the hell kustom kz550.



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Re: Kawasaki Zephyr
« Reply #5 on: Jun 05, 2018, 13:49:44 »
Spoke to my local kawasaki dealer, the frame and engine number say its a zr400 c1 which was a japanese import.

Same engine (apparently) as used on the zxr400 so should be fairly easy to get replacement parts for it, going to give it a proper once over this weekend to see what is needed.

No concrete plans yet, it was a spur of the moment thing, but really like the hell kustom kz550.




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" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

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Offline twade76

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Re: Kawasaki Zephyr
« Reply #6 on: Jun 29, 2018, 19:37:12 »
Right then, had a bit of time over the weekend to have a proper look. I had dropped a bit of oil into the cylinders a week or so ago to try and free things up cos i was worried about seized pistons.

Wanted to see what kind of state the engine was in so I took the tank and spark plugs out and drained the carbs.  I had an old battery that still holds a bit of charge so I hooked it up, and it managed to turn over on the starter motor.  All 4 cylinders where moving and there were no horrible noises, which is hopefully a good sign! Clutch and gear box seemed to work OK if a bit stiff.

Going to stick some new spark plugs in sometime soon and hook up a temporary fuel supply (tank is pretty filthy, not sure whether to replace or try and clean at the moment!) and see if i can get it started.  I'm fine with most things mechanical but a big engine job will be a bit out of my comfort zone, so I'm hopeful that I can get it going without too much work.