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Author Topic: Another build thread? Why the fuck not! KZ650 daily driver build.  (Read 5958 times)

Offline JSJamboree

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Wanted to replace my 02VFR with something without vtec to simplify my life. To save on bills I decided to go vintage and I found this nice looking 77 KZ650. Had stayed away from DOHC bikes until now for simplicity sake but for a daily decided that it would make for a smoother ride.  Got the bike for $800 but it wasn't getting power to any of the lights and wouldn't start. Kid said it had a new stator, reg, and rec. he was deployed last year and the bike had been sitting since. Based on how clean it was I took the gamble it wouldn't be to bad.

Getting it apart it does look like some of the electrical was changed out and since they didn't have jap connectors it's all gross. They also had a battery that was to tall in the bike and it has shorted itself out on the seat. Battery was so shot my charger wouldn't recognize it. So, new battery and lights and things work. Getting some parts from fleebay and hope to get her on the road.




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Congrats on BOTY, well deserved.  I have a love of these ol KZ's too.  I have two 650 motors, a few frames, wheels, etc.. I'll throw together one day   I'm looking forward to your build.   Looks like it's in great shape to start with.
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Another build thread? Why the fuck not! KZ650 daily driver build.
« Reply #3 on: Feb 21, 2017, 14:30:25 »
Congrats on BOTY, well deserved.  I have a love of these ol KZ's too.  I have two 650 motors, a few frames, wheels, etc.. I'll throw together one day   I'm looking forward to your build.   Looks like it's in great shape to start with.

There isn't a ton to do, yet.... New seat, new bars, fix up the wiring... then assuming it does run then i'll be happy for now.  Then i'll rebuild the carbs, maybe put some slimmer turns on it, rebuild or upgrade front suspension, maybe put a small fairing on the front. 

First thing im working on, the controls were shit, paint flaked insides were corroded switchs didn't work.  So i took them apart, cleaned up the housings, powder paint, soldered a broken wire on the turn signal board... going to pull the wires through the bars and get them put back together.

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Only in if you keep that rad seat

I'll keep it, in the attic.... Seriously though, its super comfortable... so if we take another trip around the mitten, it'll likely go back on

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Another build thread? Why the fuck not! KZ650 daily driver build.
« Reply #7 on: Feb 21, 2017, 23:44:45 »
Tifun came over and hit the paint with his DA and got it all shiny. There is a part that looks like someone hit it with 100 grain paper that'll need some real love but I'll wait for that.

He also brought over some unknown bars with holes already cut for inner wires. About 5" rise which looks about perfect for what I need. It's not that far off from these mini apes that came on it, just without the limp wrist assist.  Shits gonna be bolt on and I'm got gonna have to fuck with drilling a million holes in handle bars. Score one thanks Tifun!


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Good choice on bars those should improve the ride experience without taking comfort away too much. I hate the limp wrist bend bars too. Nice they are already drilled too.

I put almost the exact set on the GL after the crash, my old set was just a little to low an since they broke in 3 places I went with about an inch higher. Bike still handles the same but my back and wrists are much happier.
« Last Edit: Feb 22, 2017, 11:11:31 by Maritime »
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Just finished my KZ650 (700cc bore) and Andrews #20 Cams.  I put 86 miles on it so far since the rebuild and I am OBSESSED!  So much power.  It's a nasty sleeper.

I'll be tuned in to see what you do.  Good luck!
« Last Edit: Feb 22, 2017, 11:12:41 by SrgtBear »
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