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Author Topic: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build  (Read 2423 times)

Offline Sderbyshire

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #30 on: Jul 25, 2018, 04:25:13 »
Good job on the tank!

Offline phomeniuk

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #31 on: Jul 28, 2018, 15:41:15 »
The day has finally come! Slapped the plate from the DRZ on her and took her through the gears. I went down the road about 4km and back and learned a valuable lesson in using lock washers. My left side rearset had it's footpeg rattle loose and fall off. I went back to look for it with no luck so I guess I'm going to custom make 2 new footpegs. Other than that everything went smoothly. Small little oil leak that I thought I had taken care of is still there so I'll have to do a little more troubleshooting to sort that out.

In the meantime I have drawn up a set of stickers for the tank that should be ready within a couple days. Getting a safety done Monday and will get it licensed and insured.

IMO this thing looks pretty good for a little budget build


Offline phomeniuk

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #32 on: Jul 30, 2018, 22:28:36 »
Well it may be "done" but I'm still tinkering. I wasn't too thrilled with how the headlight looked with the rest of the bike so I moved it down as much as my wiring would allow and I moved it bacl on the ears by 1 hole. I think it suits it alot better.

Also, I noticed my front tire barely rubbed the side of my fender. I've pulled the fender off for now but would still like to run a front fender. I know alot of cafe style builds are without one but I just don't want the potential hassle by the boys in blue. Does anyone have any experience with a good universal front fender? I'm also open to fabbing my own if it comes to that. Hoping to keep it quite small, just enough to be legal.

Anyway, I've attached an updated pic of how it looks with the headlight modified and the fender off.

I haven't really asked the community here for a ton of input but now that I'm at this stage and am quite happy with how she looks I want to ask you guys: If you were to suggest any small changes/additions on my build, what would they be and why? Keep in mind that my aim was never to build a show piece, but just a neat little bike that I can put around on.

Thanks
« Last Edit: Jul 30, 2018, 22:38:24 by phomeniuk »

Offline phomeniuk

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #33 on: Jul 30, 2018, 22:38:59 »
Picture from above post

Offline advCo

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #34 on: Jul 31, 2018, 13:21:54 »
I would add a rear fender or at least a mud guard to keep road grime and debris off the air filter. Check out Jadus' front fenders they are pretty slick and would probably fit this bike just fine.

Other than that it looks good though.
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Offline phomeniuk

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #35 on: Jul 31, 2018, 14:42:08 »
I would add a rear fender or at least a mud guard to keep road grime and debris off the air filter. Check out Jadus' front fenders they are pretty slick and would probably fit this bike just fine.

Other than that it looks good though.
I was toying around with the old rear fender trying to make it look good but I couldn't get it to where I wanted it so I just kind of fo4got about it. My brother had suggested that a small fitted fender like you'd see on a modern sport bike would look good on the back. Will have to do a little more tinkering with the fenders to find something that suits the bike. I'll check out Jadus' fenders too, thanks

Offline phomeniuk

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #36 on: Aug 01, 2018, 22:50:11 »
I had some free time tonight after my daughter went to bed so I slid out to the shed to ponder about these fenders. I ended up modifying my existing front fender to suit. Had to bend the ears straight and then re-bend them at the same angle but 1/2" further up. This ensures clearance on my front tire. Next, I got the masking tape out and decided where to cut it. In all I took 3.5" off the front and 3" off the back, maintaining the stock roundovers for each end. I think it looks pretty good and it suits the bike just fine.

Since I've been cutting and grinding, I've compromised the chrome plating so now I'm at a crossroads: do I paint the fender the same black as the frame so it is almost unnoticeable, or do I paint it the the tank colour to give it a little more pop and help the tank look more like it belongs? I'll sleep on that decision I think, but what do you guys think would suit it better?

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #37 on: Aug 02, 2018, 10:54:35 »
Black or red would look good. Often you can modify the stock inner fender for the rear which is usually plastic. On my 360 build I trimmed down the inner fender and used it as a mold to make a fiberglass fender which I mounted to the swingarm
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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #38 on: Aug 02, 2018, 11:08:59 »
I agree with advCo, your ride looks slick man and a rear fender of some sort could really tie it together, especially if you painted both front and rear fenders red.  I did what advCo suggested on my bike - chopped up the stock rear fender and it looks pretty sharp.

I also cut up a plexiglass sheet to fit between the two vertical rear subframe posts - this will stop any road cack from being flung into those pods and at the same time is pretty inconspicuous. 
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Offline phomeniuk

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Re: 1980 KZ250 Cafe Build
« Reply #39 on: Aug 02, 2018, 13:20:12 »
I tossed around the idea of using the stock inner fender as my finished rear fender but it's in pretty rough shape so I elected to avoid using it. That being said, I had never considered using it as a mould, however I don't have any experience with fiberglass and I'm sure I'd make a mess of it. I could use it as a template though, to cut apart an existing fender, perhaps I will try that. My original rear fender is in pretty good shape but it's got so many holes in it for bolts, wires etc that I'd be forever patching the thing. Will be a bit of work i guess but nothing an afternoon and a six pack can't handle though eh?

And I think I like the idea of doing both fenders in the red. Thanks for the advice guys. Hopefully I'll be able to work on that in the next few days and post what I've come up with