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Author Topic: 1979 KZ650 build - "Painters Tape"  (Read 34838 times)

Offline Beard

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1979 KZ650 build - "Painters Tape"
« on: Apr 01, 2010, 09:34:54 »
Well I got a 79 KZ 650 yesterday..

A really really rough draft of a seat :)

Being an idiot and a garage cafe racer

I printed this bike off and hung it on the wall to keep the goal in focus
This is HerrDeacon's epic bike that I have photoshopped a bit to my liking.


Hope to keep this page updated as I make progress. Thanks again to all here.. You have a awesome site here, everyone is so friendly and helpful.

Adam
« Last Edit: Feb 25, 2011, 01:47:21 by Beard »
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Offline HerrDeacon

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Re: 1979 KZ650 build
« Reply #1 on: Apr 01, 2010, 09:54:39 »
Looks good beard, better looking that mine when I started.

Your mockup looks something like I photoshopped a while back. Just checked out the pic I did and it was back in November 2008  :o. Only thing I got around to doing was to lower the gauges (other bikes taking my time  :) ). Here is what I had mocked up, looks close to what you have in mind.

Best of luck and I'll be following your progress.

Perry

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Offline thompsonmx100

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Re: 1979 KZ650 build
« Reply #2 on: Apr 01, 2010, 19:34:03 »
Yay another kawi four banger. I will be watching your progress. Please keep us updated. Let us know if you need any help.
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Offline Beard

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Re: 1979 KZ650 build
« Reply #3 on: Apr 12, 2010, 09:59:40 »
well.. im not sure what happened to my camera, but it flashes very very fast and all the picures come out dark. i reset settings to factory.. i dont know if someone dropped it or what.. but anyways

not sure how you guys do it... but to remove the forks to get off the headlight ears.. I have a sloped garage with a drain in the middle.. put the front tire at the lowest part.. center standed the bike then loaded 200lbs of sand on the rear lol... front tire was high in the air.. used a thin jack... lowered front end.. jacked it back up... tighted bolts.. remove sand.


got the wheels cleaned up (not spokes yet)
started polishing the left front lower fork.
started polishing the points cover
headlight and gauges, turns mirrors removed
just general time consuming cleaning of things.
have bars,grips,mirrors,headlight bracket coming today.


i actually have put alot of time into it.. though you cant really tell yet.

anyone have any suggestions for a digital tach.. i was looking at those acewell 2802's.. anyone have any expeience with them?
any suggestions on tires? i guess a 100/90/19 front and 120/90/18 rear. i was looking at bridgestone bt45's
« Last Edit: Apr 12, 2010, 10:04:50 by Beard »
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Offline BigBSBusa

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Re: 1979 KZ650 build
« Reply #4 on: Apr 12, 2010, 13:54:10 »
Interesting method of fork removal.
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Offline Beard

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Re: 1979 KZ650 build
« Reply #5 on: Apr 12, 2010, 14:53:38 »
Interesting method of fork removal.

and this is when you laugh and tell me a completely simple way to do it.. and i get that ahhhh moment like the time im sitting at the back of the bike after 10 mins of trying to figure out why the neutral light turns off when i put it into first but the rear tire spins freely.

no chain dummy!
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Offline VonYinzer

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Re: 1979 KZ650 build
« Reply #6 on: Apr 12, 2010, 15:30:26 »
Cool bike man. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
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Offline Staffy

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Re: 1979 KZ650 build - Project "Grandma"
« Reply #7 on: Apr 12, 2010, 23:18:44 »
You mention the Acewell gauges. I haven't used em myself but a lot, and i mean a lot of folks on here have.  They seem to be good solid clocks champ plus i'm betting if you got into trouble and put up a how to question, you'd have some help.  Keep it up matey.

Offline hillsy

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Re: 1979 KZ650 build
« Reply #8 on: Apr 13, 2010, 01:31:27 »
and this is when you laugh and tell me a completely simple way to do it..........

Kinda - bike on centrestand, remove top triple clamp and slide the headlight ears off. 4 bolts max.....   ;D

Looking good  ;)

Offline Beard

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Re: 1979 KZ650 build
« Reply #9 on: Apr 13, 2010, 10:00:31 »
bars on.
starting to go in the right direction now

that front fender needs to get smaller soon
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