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Author Topic: "Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750  (Read 85355 times)

Offline beachcomber

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"Tangerine Dream" / Glemseck - KZ750
« on: Dec 17, 2012, 18:13:34 »
It's official - donor arrived tonight and stands me in around 250 with the transport costs. ;D

It's one of the first UK bikes [ 1976 ] and is a wire wheel model [ 18" and 19" ].

I have the last 30 years of history - used as a regular ride and then "Chopperised". Fortunately that only consisted of ripping the lights off and replacing with aftermarket stuff, fitting a flat roll seat, apehangers [ yes really ! ] and 2" chrome speedo and r/c. Oh yes and some freaky 2 into 1 exhaust !

The engine was rebored and "refreshed" and then it was essentially left in a shed - a shed with a very leaky roof by the looks of the brightwork [ rustwork ]. However the motor still turns over OK and has plenty of compression. I'll check that out more thoroughly over the next few days.

Fortunately most of the bad stuff I'll be replacing during the build anyway.

I have most of the makings of either a Cafe Racer or a Tracker in my stash of garage goodies, but the Tracker has the nod at the moment. 8)

XR750 seat [ with Tan suede upholstery ], Shotgun rear lamp, Renthals, Tarozzi rear sets, 4" Bates headlamp, and a pile of other parts.

Why the two names ? Well it's either going to be Fuck off Yellow or Tangerine - probably with Satin Black accents.

Wheels look good [ by torchlite! ] but I'll be going the blast and powder coat route while still assembled to save money. Depending on the main colour they'll be Satin Black or Gold.

I'm thinking of a high level Siamese - a la Triumph - or maybe two high pipes like the XS650 Trackers.

Any tips from my US cousins on exhaust suppliers ?

That's it then [ apart from a sidecar ] NO more projects ...... maybe  ;)
« Last Edit: Jan 21, 2017, 17:50:24 by beachcomber »
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

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Offline crackerman

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Re: "Not so Mellow Yellow" - KZ750 - "Tangerine Dream"
« Reply #1 on: Dec 17, 2012, 19:50:18 »
Let see some pictures.

Unless you go custom exhaust your options are kinda limited. This places is pretty good. http://www.nichecycle.com/ They sell a 2 into 2 or 2 into 1 for the kz750 twin. I got my carb jets from these guys as well.

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Re: "Not so Mellow Yellow" - KZ750 - "Tangerine Dream"
« Reply #2 on: Dec 17, 2012, 20:53:56 »
Yeah, let's see these apehangers.

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Re: "Not so Mellow Yellow" - KZ750 - "Tangerine Dream"
« Reply #3 on: Dec 18, 2012, 11:20:25 »
X RATED WARNING - THESE PICTURES ARE FOR ADULTS ONLY .........


On the bright side [ I'm a glass half full type ] - the frame has already been detagged / decluttered - it already has stainless braided brake lines [ saving 70 or so ], it has headlamp brackets albeit in need of a refresh and according to the paperwork - it's done less than 500 miles since an engine rebuild.

Thanx for the tip on the exhausts CM - I think I'll pass on this "custom" system !!! :o

Bizarrely the chrome on the rims isn't bad ! However, they'll be going the blast / powder coat route.

Usually I manage to sell off quite a few of the unwanted parts to bring the donor cost down - but in this case - I don't think so. ::) However - check out that OEM Triumph / BSA alloy lamp / plinth - they fetch 50 +, or maybe use it as a "period" piece?

In reality the frame / swing arm and wheels would have to be blasted / powder coated whatever the condition. I have a set of taper roller headstock bearings and fork seals in my garage - so hopefully that's all the front end will need other than the fork legs polished. I also have some new BSA fork gaiters.


Now then - you have been warned  ............................











« Last Edit: Dec 18, 2012, 11:22:55 by beachcomber »
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

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

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

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

Offline Bozz

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Re: "Not so Mellow Yellow" - KZ750 - "Tangerine Dream"
« Reply #4 on: Dec 18, 2012, 11:26:48 »
Yeah, that's a project alright...
Cheers!
-Bozz

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Re: "Not so Mellow Yellow" - KZ750 - "Tangerine Dream"
« Reply #5 on: Dec 18, 2012, 16:41:56 »
Rust is an amazing thing. The tail light doesn't look too bad but the rear fender is about to rust out from under it. I await the transformation!

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Re: "Not so Mellow Yellow" - KZ750 - "Tangerine Dream"
« Reply #6 on: Dec 18, 2012, 16:56:28 »
Remember I bought this thing sight unseen as "spares or repairs" !

When my transport guy arrived to collect it he rang me up straight away and said " Are you really sure about this" !!!!  ::)

His actual words were - "It's crumbling apart as I'm strapping it down" - so I really was expecting the worse.

The basics are all there and OK - essentially the motor turns freely and has plenty of compression - and the oil is as new ! Mostly cosmetic damage - and nothing that wouldn't have been refurbished or replaced in any event.

I cleaned some of the corrosion off the alloy rear lamp plinth - and it's completely undamaged under a layer of fur ! Even the lens is clear and undamaged.

I'm hoping to get the frame stripped and down to the shotblasters when they re-open after the holidays.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

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

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

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

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Re: "Not so Mellow Yellow" - KZ750 - "Tangerine Dream"
« Reply #7 on: Dec 18, 2012, 21:34:20 »
Wow. That's something alright. Looks like they bobbed the frame at the seat. Good luck on this project.

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Re: "Not so Mellow Yellow" - KZ750 - "Tangerine Dream"
« Reply #8 on: Dec 19, 2012, 00:31:20 »
Please finish the Kay Fighter first
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Re: "Not so Mellow Yellow" - KZ750 - "Tangerine Dream"
« Reply #9 on: Dec 19, 2012, 06:56:31 »
Please finish the Kay Fighter first

Funny enough I was checking out progress on my front wheel spacer only yesterday !!

Seems like you are aware of the Kay Fighter, so you'll know the aggro I've had tring to get even small jobs done by "mates".

This front wheel spacer has started to have a life of it's own - 9 months and now the THIRD - "oh leave it to me - no problem". Wish I'd gone with my first plan and used a load of washers [ no, not really ].

I even started it and ran it up 2 weeks ago just to keep everything nicely lubed.

I've worked out that with certain out sourced services - like polishing, shotblasting, powder coating, I get a much better deal the more I take down at one time - just natural economics I guess.

So although at first glance I might seem bonkers having [ 4 now ] all these projects on the go, I can at least benefit from "bulk buying" as it were.

There'll be SIX wheels going to the powder coaters now - 2 k1200S 5 spoke alloys for the Fighter, 2 x steel XS650 wheels for Cafe Creme and now 2 x steel wheels for NSMY. He normally charges 35 each [ trade ] - I'm getting all 6 done for 150.

TWO x frames and swing arms, 2 sets of triple trees.

Then there's the polishing - 3 x sets of alloy fork bottoms, plus miscellaneous other parts.

Even mundane parts like bearings [ wheel and headstock ] benefit from bulk buying pricewise.

My funding process won't allow me to have it all done at once ! Frames / swing arms will be first together with fork polishing and triple trees - that'll allow me to assemble the frame / forks ready for the off.

I'm working on a local guy to make the frame for Cafe Creme - maybe around July.

The KZ was bought because of the extremely low price - normally ANYTHING on wheels here in the UK is around 1K +. Otherwise I wouldn't have bought it right now. For what I paid, it could sit in the garage for a few years [ but it won't ].

Yep - the Fighter will cross the finish line first, if for no other reason than it's 95% finished now !

Anyway DB - I thank you for taking the interest, there'll be new pix after the Christmas holiday - promise.   
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

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

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

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"