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Author Topic: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)  (Read 39348 times)

Offline DesmoBro

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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #10 on: Mar 19, 2014, 02:05:12 »
Hmmmm modified Kz1000  ill take it
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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #11 on: Mar 19, 2014, 02:32:04 »
what color blue is on that 650? That is exactly what I am looking for
I have no clue on the blue. The side covers and tail are stock, the tank is a PO repaint, looked very purple in person. I was gonna wait to paint it but it was driving me crazy. My paint guy matched the color on the tail and i saw the sample its really close. I can post a photo and get you the paint code once i get it back


Wicked fab skillz!  I'm a sucker for dimple dies.

Thanks. I scored a set of dimple dies at an estate sale for $30. I fit all the tube and gussets but had my buddy Eric at Performance Welding in Bothell, WA weld them in. AS you can see from his beads this aint his first rodeo, my skills are no where near his.
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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #12 on: Mar 21, 2014, 04:09:10 »
got the tail and sidecovers trimmed to fit. Even with the coremat in the composite, a side cover weighs in at a scant 4.5oz.  gotta start makeing up for the wieght i added with bracing somewhere ::) scheming on how i want to attach them and the seat

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Offline pjdave

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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #13 on: Mar 21, 2014, 04:53:06 »
Great job, great fibre glassing skills

Offline sanu29

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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #14 on: Mar 21, 2014, 04:57:52 »
Wow like the way this one is going!!

Offline valvesprung

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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #15 on: Mar 25, 2014, 15:29:01 »
Beauty so far!
'79 KZ650SR (the show pony)
'97 Buell S3
1980 XS850

Offline Jrbrownie00

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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #16 on: Mar 28, 2014, 09:50:36 »
i will find myself a kz1000 some day...

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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #17 on: Mar 28, 2014, 10:19:35 »
Nice!
I'll be watching this one for sure...
Cheers!
-Bozz

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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #18 on: Apr 04, 2014, 07:48:08 »
thanks guys. Sailing in unknown waters right now so alot of head scratching going on as each hurdle approaches, but i did get the seat pan made. i painted it black to help me visualize the lines the seat will create. side cover mounts are close to finished, pics soon.





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Offline pacomotorstuff

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Re: modified, aftermarket, or custom. nothing is safe (78 KZ1000)
« Reply #19 on: Apr 04, 2014, 08:50:52 »
Hi!
I started reading this thread particularly for the "nothing is safe" tag in the subject line but... wow, was I ever pleasantly surprised.
Looks for all the world like you're building a superbike, similar to what I saw at Daytona / Mosport / Shannonville back in the 70's - great look and still practical enough for some serious road miles.
Lucky you, scoring some dimple dies - I had to get a machinist to make me up a couple - great way to get some serious stiffness in a flat piece of metal and save weight too.
You said you fitted up the new tubing yourself before getting your bud to do his magic welding - looks like you did an excellent job and isn't fishmouthing tubing fun?
Cool vacuum bagged parts and your comment re: coremat is right on - it can really add weight if you're not careful, which is why I don't use it.  Your lightweight side panels made me wonder how light some of my stuff is, so I grabbed a set of Z1R side panels I made awhile back (wet layup, no coremat, no vac bag) and took them with me to the shop this morning to weigh on the shop scales.  If I got my conversion from the metric system correct, 4.97 and 4.83 ounces respectively - so I'm wondering how much lighter you could make the covers without coremat?
Neat that your bike will be instantly recognizable as a Kawasaki but a keen observer should be awed at the amount of changes you've made and still keep the character of the bike.
A lot of excellent ideas for other builders to emulate.
Can't wait to see what paint scheme you come up with.
Great build.
Pat