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Author Topic: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build  (Read 3359 times)

Offline steveinwa

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Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #15 on: Nov 13, 2015, 01:46:07 »
Nadene is looking fine.  I had a Nadene once...
Thanks, my Grandma used to take us camping and motorcycle  riding every weekend, she drove a little black MG, she was a great one, gave me my love of motorcycles.
“He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed...”
― T.E. Lawrence
Bikes, Boats and Cars in Anacortes, WA
1999 V Star 650 $500
1980 KZ550 $475
2007 Yamaha Virago 250 $600 1,500 miles
2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Wrecked
2005 Kawasaki 125 bought $500 sold $1,200

Offline steveinwa

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Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #16 on: Nov 17, 2015, 17:20:49 »
Strips after painting, then after destressing, have to add a little brown wash to the tank to make it look a little more worn.
« Last Edit: Nov 17, 2015, 17:23:34 by steveinwa »
“He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed...”
― T.E. Lawrence
Bikes, Boats and Cars in Anacortes, WA
1999 V Star 650 $500
1980 KZ550 $475
2007 Yamaha Virago 250 $600 1,500 miles
2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Wrecked
2005 Kawasaki 125 bought $500 sold $1,200

Offline steveinwa

  • Posts: 98
Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #17 on: Nov 17, 2015, 17:25:04 »
Put the front wheel on temporary to look at ride height, looking cool and started working on the rear hub.
“He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed...”
― T.E. Lawrence
Bikes, Boats and Cars in Anacortes, WA
1999 V Star 650 $500
1980 KZ550 $475
2007 Yamaha Virago 250 $600 1,500 miles
2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Wrecked
2005 Kawasaki 125 bought $500 sold $1,200

Offline steveinwa

  • Posts: 98
Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2016, 19:10:58 »
Started working on her again my Kawasaki KZ550 Nadene.
Powder coated the wheels 20% black
Started re-assembly
Painted and polished the motor and put back in the bike
Bought new shocks, have to give them a try for $100 bucks but need to build bottom mount.
« Last Edit: May 21, 2016, 19:14:29 by steveinwa »
“He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed...”
― T.E. Lawrence
Bikes, Boats and Cars in Anacortes, WA
1999 V Star 650 $500
1980 KZ550 $475
2007 Yamaha Virago 250 $600 1,500 miles
2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Wrecked
2005 Kawasaki 125 bought $500 sold $1,200

Offline hillsy

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Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2016, 19:26:44 »
Don't those shocks come with an alternative bottom mount? They're made to fit everything, after all.

Offline steveinwa

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Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2016, 19:49:57 »
No didn't have the right bottom piece but it just screws on so I think I can fab a mount
“He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed...”
― T.E. Lawrence
Bikes, Boats and Cars in Anacortes, WA
1999 V Star 650 $500
1980 KZ550 $475
2007 Yamaha Virago 250 $600 1,500 miles
2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Wrecked
2005 Kawasaki 125 bought $500 sold $1,200

Offline japstar

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Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #21 on: May 22, 2016, 05:22:36 »
Love the dented and worn out striped look on the tank man.

Did you powdercoat or spray paint the engine? It looks great.

I love the look of those engines, but I hate the fact that they don't have a kcickstart and you can't fit the kickstart of another bike on them. Aside from that, neat little engines  :)
GPZ550 cafe racer http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=69514.0

It ain't about showing up on a bike that the loan officer at your bank, or your parent's inheritance bought for you. It's about skinning your knuckles, straining your back, developing some blisters on your hands, breathing varsol and paint fumes,taking measurements and making mistakes.
It's about standing back, after the dust settles, and being able to say when people ask, "I BUILT it!"

Offline alzcbz

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Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #22 on: May 22, 2016, 21:28:27 »
This guy works on those shocks. If you need an eyelet for the lower mount, I think he sells them.
http://chrislivengood.net/wp/product/model-0-rebuild/
73 CL350 Hardtail somethin turned into café
73 CB350G-Sold
89 Hawk GT Race bike-Sold
89 TRX250R-Sold

Offline steveinwa

  • Posts: 98
Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2016, 16:55:57 »
Thanks for the tip, I see he has them for $22 and they don't look like they will break
“He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed...”
― T.E. Lawrence
Bikes, Boats and Cars in Anacortes, WA
1999 V Star 650 $500
1980 KZ550 $475
2007 Yamaha Virago 250 $600 1,500 miles
2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Wrecked
2005 Kawasaki 125 bought $500 sold $1,200

Offline steveinwa

  • Posts: 98
Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2016, 16:58:16 »
Love the dented and worn out striped look on the tank man.

Did you powdercoat or spray paint the engine? It looks great.

I love the look of those engines, but I hate the fact that they don't have a kcickstart and you can't fit the kickstart of another bike on them. Aside from that, neat little engines  :)

Thanks, I wanted it to look distressed and the tank had a bunch of bondo fixes so wire brushed that stuff off
I just used BBQ paint on the motor, going to see how that lasts, it's not a show bike so as long as it doesn't peel. Looking to do a re-build in the future so will bead blast it then and try another paint. Yes wish it had a kick start it would be perfect.
“He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed...”
― T.E. Lawrence
Bikes, Boats and Cars in Anacortes, WA
1999 V Star 650 $500
1980 KZ550 $475
2007 Yamaha Virago 250 $600 1,500 miles
2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Wrecked
2005 Kawasaki 125 bought $500 sold $1,200

Offline MotorbikeBruno

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Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2016, 18:24:14 »
Signing on. Love the KZ550's   One of my favorite motorcycles I've ever owned.  This one is looking great so far!

Offline steveinwa

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Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2016, 20:19:40 »
Signing on. Love the KZ550's   One of my favorite motorcycles I've ever owned.  This one is looking great so far!
Thanks! taking my time, glad it's finally getting warm here, my shed is pretty small to work in.
“He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed...”
― T.E. Lawrence
Bikes, Boats and Cars in Anacortes, WA
1999 V Star 650 $500
1980 KZ550 $475
2007 Yamaha Virago 250 $600 1,500 miles
2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Wrecked
2005 Kawasaki 125 bought $500 sold $1,200

Offline MotorbikeBruno

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Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2016, 22:49:11 »
Thanks! taking my time, glad it's finally getting warm here, my shed is pretty small to work in.

Well, it's coming along nicely, even if it's being worked on in a shed :) Can't wait to see the finished bike.  :)

Offline steveinwa

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Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #28 on: Jan 11, 2017, 14:14:45 »
Back to work on the KZ, bought a seat, pretty nice quality but probably recover once the bike is done, put the carbs back on (not cleaned yet, left them as it was when running). Started re-attaching the wiring harness and bought some #18 male and female waterproof bullet connectors for a good price on eBay.
Also bought a MIG welder so learning that.
“He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed...”
― T.E. Lawrence
Bikes, Boats and Cars in Anacortes, WA
1999 V Star 650 $500
1980 KZ550 $475
2007 Yamaha Virago 250 $600 1,500 miles
2007 Aprilia Tuono 1000R Wrecked
2005 Kawasaki 125 bought $500 sold $1,200

Offline MotorbikeBruno

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Re: 1980 KZ550 Kawasaki "Nadene" build
« Reply #29 on: Jan 11, 2017, 18:41:17 »
Good stuff :)