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Author Topic: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin  (Read 39737 times)

Online trek97

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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2015, 16:55:03 »
Thanks dude,  Ill tell her to check fabric store.

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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #21 on: Jun 28, 2015, 01:47:47 »
I have been super busy trying to finish up two bikes to sell so that has been occupying my time. I finally finished the seat, but i still need to rivet a few more places to get the edge to be even. Very pleased with how everything turned out considering this is only the second seat i have ever made. The tricky part was getting the seam on the seat to align with the stripes on the tank. The side covers mounts were badly cracked so when i repaired those with fiberglass i extended the edge to fill the gap between the frame. Next up is to finish the swingarm, make spacers for the wheel and arm. and do a little frame bracing.






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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #22 on: Jun 28, 2015, 04:46:21 »
Thinking about how i want to detail the engine. paint n the engine was done very poorly so i'm going to soda blast it off. i might paint the cylinders and head black. with everything else bare or polished. Thinking about doing the polished fin edge if i do them black. but it kinda looks funny with few fins getting the treatment in one spot. Maybe ill do the fin below as well. thoughts?
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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #23 on: Jun 28, 2015, 05:45:19 »
seat looks fantastic!

either polish all the edges or none.  half looks exactly like what it is...half assed.  ;)

And try to grind the fins on jugs so they are close to the same thickness as the fins on the head.

Otherwise you end up w thick polished edges on the head and thin on the jugs...looks allright, but not as nice.

Fins on my 360 jugs were like knife blades.
« Last Edit: Jun 28, 2015, 05:48:36 by trek97 »

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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #24 on: Jun 28, 2015, 06:41:06 »
I dunno, sometimes i see the cylinder done as well and i think its a little over the top. I did just a proper job polishing them back and i think it looks a lot better. still up in the air though. kinda reminds me of the new thurxton.

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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #25 on: Jun 28, 2015, 06:46:09 »
Just polishing the head fins looks OK, I think it works better with some colour scheme than others. Any idea of what colour you're going with on the tank & side covers?

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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #26 on: Jul 03, 2015, 20:38:46 »
Not sure on the color yet. I am super wishy washy when it comes to color. I was thinking maybe a dark cherry red, or an off white? The other day i saw this old suburban that was kinda this green-gold color... Ill just do everything else black and neutrals that way i can change the body color at will.
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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #27 on: Jul 03, 2015, 20:59:21 »
Doc, I dig that last pic of the heads with the top fins sanded and it works with the polished valve cover.   The alloy look will extend through to the carbs. 
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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #28 on: Jul 12, 2015, 19:50:32 »
I've had more bikes than I can count, many KZ's, and my favorite was a 79 KZ 750t LTD. That thing just fit me like no other and felt so nimble. I wish I had it back........

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Re: saving a 1980 KZ750 twin
« Reply #29 on: Jul 22, 2015, 04:43:56 »
I did a little bit of frame bracing. Im debating putting the one in from the back bone to the subframe. there is loads of room between the tank and seat here, and i think it would benefit by it. Thoughts?




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