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Author Topic: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build  (Read 3146 times)

Offline advCo

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #10 on: Jul 02, 2018, 12:48:21 »
Does that brake pedal location give you enough clearance between the pedal and the muffler? Looks like it would hit under any braking pressure.

Does your bike have a drum front? The KZ I have has a drum and I need to source a new cable, but no luck yet.
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

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Offline phomeniuk

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #11 on: Jul 02, 2018, 12:59:52 »
Does that brake pedal location give you enough clearance between the pedal and the muffler? Looks like it would hit under any braking pressure.

Does your bike have a drum front? The KZ I have has a drum and I need to source a new cable, but no luck yet.
Yes, it leaves me with about 1/2" clearance between the pedal and the can as I have it set up right now. I put a little more thread than I needed on the connecting rods to give me some adjustment, so when the new shoes go in I'll have to reset it but I'll still be fine. I took a video of it working, maybe I'll post that.

And Yeah, it's got a front drum brake. My cable was good so I haven't looked for one but I have had to buy other stock parts. I come across alot of NOS parts on eBay, parts like cables and whatnot I usually just order through my local bike dealer.

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #12 on: Jul 02, 2018, 13:21:44 »
Here is a short clip of the brake linkage in action. Keep in mind that I still have the old worn out shoes in the rear drum so I didn't bother tuning it too much. You'll see in the video that there is probably about twice as much travel as will actually be needed when I do final setup. Hopefully the link works


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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #13 on: Jul 02, 2018, 13:42:00 »
Looks good, I think it was just the angle of the photo, it made it look like there was hardly any clearance at all. I love the mags on this bike, wish mine had em instead of spokes.
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #14 on: Jul 02, 2018, 13:56:36 »
Yeah I love the mags too, have always liked those wheels. I'm at a crossroads with how to finish them though. I think the machined/painted look just screams 1980's and I should just paint them solid black. At the same time I think it might be too much to have them all black. I've got a few weeks before I have to make that decision though. I've seen it both ways and they look good either way, so I guess it's just going to boil down to how I'm feeling when I have the wheels off to change tires.

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #15 on: Jul 02, 2018, 18:50:10 »
I love the mags on this bike, wish mine had em instead of spokes.

I might know a guy.  ;)

Offline phomeniuk

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #16 on: Jul 05, 2018, 23:02:31 »
Got a little more work done the last few days. Tires and brake shoes came in so I got those spun on. In the process I took some autosol to the rims to clean up a bit of the pitting. It was looking so good that I just kept going and polished all the exposed aluminium, and I think it looks great. I'll have to put a little more elbow grease into it but we'll deal with that later. (Before and after pics below)


Also took the clutch and front brake perches apart, cleaned them up and got a fresh coat of paint on them.

And lastly I took the swingarm off, wire wheeled it, sanded and then primed it and two coats of gloss black. Planning to pull the motor and do the same to the frame and engine mounts this weekend.

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #17 on: Jul 05, 2018, 23:03:22 »
Swingarm

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #18 on: Jul 06, 2018, 11:52:55 »
Intrigued, watching with interest.

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #19 on: Jul 06, 2018, 12:03:37 »
I like the little kz's.
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YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
KZ400 The Rabbit
KLR650, 73 Norton Commando, my never finished shovelhead chopper, an 86' FXR, and an F9 Bighorn
more YZF750R's, more KZ's, a Zephyr750...and the ever unfinished 75' CB550 cafe.
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