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Author Topic: 1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD  (Read 1524 times)

Offline vwrabbit

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1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD
« on: Jun 22, 2017, 12:56:41 »
Since I can't ever work on just one thing. And my CB125S2 is just about done (skipping seat and keeping it stock for now)...

Used a '78 KZ650 tail and trimmed the seat pan. Might trim it more or replace it altogether.

« Last Edit: Aug 29, 2017, 08:55:04 by vwrabbit »

Offline vwrabbit

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Re: 1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD cafe style
« Reply #1 on: Aug 17, 2017, 23:27:05 »
Got this running well even with the mufflers pulled. Have drag bars on currently. Will most likely switch to clip-ons at some point. Need to get a new master cylinder as the stock one hits the fork. Need to cover the seat pan yet. Front fender is from an early Honda Shadow along with the rear brake light. Turn signals from an early 2000s ZX600.

Need to get some paint on it so it doesn't look so ratty.

Offline vwrabbit

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Re: 1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD cafe style
« Reply #2 on: Aug 20, 2017, 23:50:39 »
Got paint on the tank, side cover and tail. Need to find the right side cover yet. I'm thinking of painting the front fender black also. Seat cover will also be black. Cleaned up the rest of the bike some too.

Offline zap2504

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Re: 1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD cafe style
« Reply #3 on: Aug 22, 2017, 12:27:26 »
Sorry - not a fan of the 2-tone black/red. Would have rather had 1 color and highlights of the other if you wanted. The use of the KZ650 tail is interesting, as is the Shadow front fender - looks very KZ440G-ish. What kind of seat are you contemplating? If the fender is in very good shape I'd just polish it up. Do you recall which Shadow (displacement, year) the fender came from? I don't think the KZ440 LTD can ever really be made to really look the café style - it just has too much "broke back cruiser" DNA. The best I've ever seen them is a better-built "standard" (you would need to install rearsets to get the correct café driver position and it's usually not worth the effort on this bike). Did see a real killer "standard" conversion by just using a KZ1000P seat and rear rack.

Offline vwrabbit

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Re: 1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD cafe style
« Reply #4 on: Aug 22, 2017, 13:06:22 »
Now that I have the tank on, I'm not a fan either. I'll be painting the tank cherry red to match the rest. The front fender is from an 84 Shadow 500.

I agree it's not the best candidate for a true cafe, but it's what I had. Going to try a rearset setup. I've seen a few that look decent.

The seat will be a custom cover. The foam is being a pain though to shape.

Offline zap2504

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Re: 1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD cafe style
« Reply #5 on: Aug 22, 2017, 15:17:17 »
Understand. Solid red will look better. Another difficulty you will have will be seat height looking well with the frame lines. You are currently mounting tank/seat/tail directly on the OEM frame line. Unless you are very short, you will have difficulty using any pegs (OEM or rearset) without a much taller seat - which might look funny. Others have tried adding an additional upper frame rail above the OEM rail, but then the side covers need to be custom fabbed to cover it. Still others have re-constructed the frame. Just not an easy bike to make into a café, or even a tracker. Maybe a brat; definitely a standard.

Offline vwrabbit

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Re: 1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD cafe style
« Reply #6 on: Aug 22, 2017, 15:39:42 »
I am fairly short.  Even w/o padding on the seat pan, my feet are barely flat on the ground.  Rearsets might cramp me a little.  I'll have to slap on the passenger pegs again to test the position.  If it all doesn't work out with the stock frame, I'm comfortable doing some frame mods to bring the lines together.  Also hoping to pick up a friend's KZ400 which definitely lends itself better to the style. 

Offline zap2504

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Re: 1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD cafe style
« Reply #7 on: Aug 22, 2017, 17:58:21 »
Take a look at what others have done here on DTT with their KZ440 LTDs. The KZ400 will be much easier to do as it has a flat frame top.

Offline vwrabbit

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Re: 1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD cafe style
« Reply #8 on: Aug 22, 2017, 22:14:21 »
I've looked around. Lots of nice ones. :-)

Offline vwrabbit

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Re: 1982 Kawasaki KZ440 LTD cafe style
« Reply #9 on: Aug 23, 2017, 14:16:06 »
Going to have this moved to the Specials section.