The Jimbonaut

27 (40.9%)

13 (19.7%)

26 (39.4%)

Total Members Voted: 66

Voting closed: Aug 31, 2017, 15:01:35


Offline Tim

  • Administrator
  • *
  • Posts: 12913
    • DO THE TON
Vote then find 2 other people and get them to vote too!
"Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is. But that's self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist."

Online stroker crazy

  • *
  • Posts: 4362
  • crazy as a fox
That was easy!

Even it isn't a Yamaha.

“Ride like the Wind” W.H.

Offline bradj

  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 6198
A thousand years ago i bought this bike to give to my father as a retirement gift. He owned it when i was a kid and sold it to pay bills. I tracked down the frame (t500 for the old man is the build thread). I restored it, but i left the i's to cross and t's to dot to him for somethng to do. Long story short this bike came back to me pretty much like i gave it to him, as a gift. I finished it and rode it for a few years. This titan won botm with it a few years back too! I own several titans now and decided to throw some fancy at this one.  Nothing  i couldnt un do in a weekend.
 It started as a gt550 fork swap them it wound up being new wheels and tires then seat and paint. I had alot of help from several members and friends along the way.  Ah haha i remember Me justinlonghorn vonyinzer and deadrock rewired this thing in the middle of the night drunk at mid ohio several years ago. Anyway thanks for the nomination, im honored to be in the runnings again aginst two top notch bikes. Cyclefreak that kz is rad you are a artist, and that honda is as clean and well build as they come

Offline cyclefreak

  • *
  • Posts: 1196
This is what it is.
81 KZ550 with GPz550 head and oil cooler
Front fork rebuild with progressive springs. Custom built Hagons in the rear.
Tarozzi fork brace
Raask rearsets
TK 30mm carburetors, K&N pods
Electronic ignition
MAC 4 into1 exhaust
Stainless steel brake lines

So, here is what happened.
Picked up a 81 KZ550 from Mr. E that was in ummm, let's say less than perfect condition. Most notably a busted transmission.
So, the engine came out, bottom cases split and another transmission was put in. Engine was refinished in a satin black along with the frame after sand blasting. Front suspension was rebuilt using progressive springs, rear shocks replaced with custom built Hagons for my 195 pound butt. Found a cool Kawasaki retro orange color to spray on the tins with matching wheel stripes. New coils and electronic ignition went on. The exhaust headers were rusted and had a few holes so a new MAC 4 into 1 was sourced and installed. Oh, almost forgot about the Avon roadriders that I got in trade for the DR500 of Kiley's.
After reassembly was complete and a few bugs worked out , I found that this little bike absolutely RIPS!!! And handles pretty sweet also.

Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk

When in doubt gas it!!!

Offline Jimbonaut

  • *
  • Posts: 1572
    • Lost Apostle
Damn gents, kudos - those are some nice looking rides.  I'm floored to be nominated - never saw this coming - and I'm thrilled that Rhonda has come as far as she has.  When I pushed her 5kms home back in November I barely knew a carburetor from a clutch plate, this is the first bike I've ever worked on.  Ridden the things for years but everything I did on my '81 CB750 I did for the first time.  With a lot of help from this forum.  Thank you one and all once again (big high fives to AdvCo and Maritime for the nominations, thanks guys)

For the brave there's an 81 page thread over in the Members Introductions to wade through, where you'll discover every single one of the questions I asked concerning every aspect of this build, and consequently every single one of the answers I received.  Otherwise, here's the brief...

The bike was completely dismantled down to the last bolt, a top-end adjustment of the engine made, new seals, rebuilt calipers, new wheel bearings, chain, rubber...all the usual suspects.  Tensioner bolt thread was stripped (and had been blowing oil over the front of the engine for god knows how many years) so in went a TimeSert.  Kept the stock airbox and battery because, well, because I wanted to ride the thing sometime this millennium.  Bike #2, that's a different story... 

Went all out on the tank - took over five weeks inside and out - de-rusting and de-varnishing, hand sanding until a nice brushed finish, and carried the brushed look throughout.  Gold accents, powder coated frame, gorgeous seat from Rod Alves here in Montreal, I made the sidebags (first - and probably last - thing I'll ever stitch, took weeks, not to mention cutting out the stainless steel panels with a Dremel - neighbours must've loved that), new Renthal bars, indicators, tail light, grips, master cylinder (I painted the levers gold, because, well, gold) and dials.

Haven't done the ton yet - ran out of balls at around 140kmph.  But this thing is faster than a fart in a fan factory.  Once I find a stretch of pothole-free road, I'll be a blur...

Tons of other stuff but balls to that here's some photos -

Thanks again good people, good luck to these other 2 beauties and let the good times roll

« Last Edit: Aug 21, 2017, 22:34:59 by The Jimbonaut »
"I'm telling you Donnie, nuthin' but nuthin' but right"

Offline Sneikz

  • Posts: 212
Three nicely prepped bikes. Well done team.

Vote lodged
The Silver Bullet Thread:
Silver Bullet Pics:
Aces on the net:
Silver Bullet mods booklet:
Other Bikes:
2012 Suzuki Boulevard M109R
2005 Tomos Revival (TS)
Live long and ride hard \\ //

Offline Drewski

  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 3849
  • "Invictus Maneo" - I remain unvanquished!
Three nicely prepped bikes. Well done team.

Vote lodged

+1!! Couldn't agree more!!  8)

This one's gonna kill me. I'm connected to all 3 of these nominations in some way!  :-\

Gonna hafta think on this...

The Kawasaki Line-Up:

"Keepin' the Good Times Rolling"

'77 "Faux" z1 kz/zx10r "Resto-Mod" BOTM
'72 kv75 "Pitbike" 4 Sale
'81 GPz/kz550 "TrackBike"
SeaGlider's '71 h1a/750 "FBG Sleeper"
Drewski's '74 h2b Tracy/zrx Project
'05 zx10r "RetroLookRacer"
'02 zrx1200r "DailyRider" SOLD & GONE!!
'99 zrx1100 "euro-style" SOLD & GONE!!
'75 s1-250 Triple "Survivor" SOLD & GONE!!
'74 h2b/FZ "Mongrel" BOTM, SOLD & GONE!!

Offline Hurco550

  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 3803
  • Keep er' Between the ditches
It is a very tough month to vote for sure. 3 very different but all great bikes.
"If you just picked up a drug habbit instead of a kawasaki triple at least you could get high while you waste money"
~ bradj
1988 tw200, the swamp donkey:
2006 Suzuki DR650 Adventure monowheel trailer build:
1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious:
1975 RD350 Road Racer:
1976 GT250 Rebuild:
Full Custom Pit Bike:
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1:
"much ingenuity with a little money is more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity" - Arnold Bennet

Offline bradj

  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 6198
Ill have these pipes done in time for the money shot drew if that greases the wheels