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Author Topic: New to me  (Read 1067 times)

Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #15 on: Dec 23, 2016, 13:01:19 »
I know all about butt hurt.. Lol.... Did a 6 week your out east a couple of years back on a Stratoliner I owned. This bike would never take trips like that anyway.  More of a back and forth to work and around town bike.  Not enough time in saddle to give me to much negative feedback... Lol

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Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #16 on: Dec 23, 2016, 13:02:47 »
Im not completely sold on the idea of changing it.  Keeping the same pan,  just want a flat track look.  They seat now is actually trashed

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Offline Erskine

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Re: New to me
« Reply #17 on: Dec 23, 2016, 17:13:19 »
I would add more high density foam, did it once on an old shadow bobber build. Came out a little more comfy than the original factory foam that has seen it's days

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It's important to keep the 'crown jewels' well padded lol.


Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #18 on: Dec 24, 2016, 00:20:12 »
No more family from these jewels....lol

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Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #19 on: Jan 11, 2017, 09:45:46 »
This investment will give you better returns than any stocks or shares ....
So long as you don't butcher it, keep all original parts and don't do anything irreversible.
I had one of these back in the day and they are damn fine pieces of engineering.
Nice one :)
Thanks

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Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #20 on: Jan 11, 2017, 09:53:09 »
Should I keep the big single headlight? Or go smaller or two small duals like I did on my kl 600... Thoughts?

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Offline BigNickel

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Re: New to me
« Reply #21 on: Jan 11, 2017, 10:08:16 »
I vote for the single headlight.

Cheers

Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #22 on: Jan 11, 2017, 10:09:13 »
Thnx

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Offline ApriliaBill

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Re: New to me
« Reply #23 on: Jan 11, 2017, 11:14:09 »
Duffer, do yourself a favor. These bikes are becoming rare and as stated are climbing in value. The tail light thing, very cool. Matching the paint, great idea. Don't do anything too that bike that takes it to far from original. Collect and properly store stock parts. Down the road if you ever decide to move on, your return will be plentiful. This has always been my process. Being able to have a hobby that pays for itself adds to the joys of this hobby. Not many get the chance you've received to get a bike that complete and desirable for a bargain price.

A lot of guys on here have taken what was a fairly undesirable bike and made art of it. You've had a piece of art handed to you, and bone stock gathers crowds (I know, I've owned several) and I'm jealous A/F. That bike is a blast and you've many great days coming on that steed.... As soon as that bike came out, everybody I knew got over Hondaitis quickly. That was the bike to have. By todays standards a little tame, but back in the day it was considered a beast. Good luck, you sir are a lucky man...
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it."

Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #24 on: Jan 11, 2017, 12:05:34 »
Thanks for the advice, I won't be cutting or altering anything. When I first saw the bike for sale around the corner it had been sitting in a dusty garage for almost 4 years. I'll be honest on my way there I planned to chop and cut and alter as I have done on a few other bikes in my shop class over the bobber craze of the last 5 years or so.  But when I got there and the guy went to grab a beer for us while we looked at the bike and I rubbed off some of the dust on the better than new rims and tank. I knew that wasn't happening.
I understand the issue of altering and decreasing the value and not to mention the  the nostalgia of it being original. I lucked out the same way with that kl 600 I picked up last spring.  It was a 1000 $ pick up as well......delivered from 4 hrs away included. It was old looking but mint, if you know what I mean. I have refurbed it back to original. I love that old girl.  It's an 84. I may pick up something to chop and play with the cafe thing. But it won't be this one. Thanks again for your advice and words of wisdom. As a man it always feels good for someone to tell you you did the right thing.... Lol

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Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #25 on: Jan 11, 2017, 12:44:47 »
Im just trying to make it look like a street tracker, pretty much there anyway in my opinion. Recovering and mildly reshaping seat, and painting the tail.... And some more polishing and I'm riding in the spring. Sorry if it is not as crazy as some of the builds on here... 😁

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Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #26 on: Feb 23, 2017, 01:04:57 »
My seat has been finished

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Offline doc_rot

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Re: New to me
« Reply #27 on: Feb 23, 2017, 04:31:00 »
Damn that is super nice! are you going to put the B2 stripes on?   the best thing you can do to this bike is ditch the terrible factory shocks. Hagon makes some that look really close if you want to keep the stock look. love the blue 650s.
« Last Edit: Feb 23, 2017, 04:33:15 by doc_rot »
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Offline duffer

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Re: New to me
« Reply #28 on: Feb 23, 2017, 11:06:34 »
Do you mean front and rear shocks? What difference would the shocks make, better handling? Is it something that would be noticeable? Btw what are b2 stripes?

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Offline doc_rot

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Re: New to me
« Reply #29 on: Feb 23, 2017, 12:08:15 »
the rear shocks were notoriously bad from the factory. It will improve the handling even if you get some cheap ones, but the hagons are a good deal for a custom shock setup. I had Hagons on my last 650 and made it a treat to ride. 1978 kz650 -  B2 is a trim package offered, which is what I think you have. these stripes were stock. you can get them from diablo cycle

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