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Author Topic: Doing Research For Tracker Build Using Kawi Ninja 650 (Probably)  (Read 4011 times)

Offline crazypj

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The mileage limitation and 48 State bikes are relatively new so a pre 1980 shouldn't have any problems.
When Yamaha got fined $26,000,000 for bringing bikes in from Nevada (even tough modified to comply with California spec) it showed various counties how to make money by screwing people over with 'out of state' vehicles
'you can take my word for it or argue until you find out I'm right'
Best thing I ever overheard
"yep, PJ's my boss, he taught me everything I know, just didn't teach me everything he knows"
Brian Morgan, 1982

CB360's,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11736.0
XS650,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11922.0

Offline johnu

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The mileage limitation and 48 State bikes are relatively new so a pre 1980 shouldn't have any problems.
When Yamaha got fined $26,000,000 for bringing bikes in from Nevada (even tough modified to comply with California spec) it showed various counties how to make money by screwing people over with 'out of state' vehicles
Ok great, thanks!  Is 1980 the cut off for 48 state bikes?

Offline crazypj

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Ok great, thanks!  Is 1980 the cut off for 48 state bikes?
I don't remember but think it may be later, some time in 90's when major changes happened.
The only reason I know anything at all is due to some research I did while working as an instructor at MMI,
Florida is way too lenient on some modifications (usually jacked up 'mudboggers' not even close to legal specification)
'you can take my word for it or argue until you find out I'm right'
Best thing I ever overheard
"yep, PJ's my boss, he taught me everything I know, just didn't teach me everything he knows"
Brian Morgan, 1982

CB360's,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11736.0
XS650,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11922.0

Offline canyoncarver

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Just a thought on the KZ750 twin, you'll want to skip over any 83's.  They changed them to belt drive that year.
« Last Edit: May 10, 2018, 16:09:54 by canyoncarver »
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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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Just a though on the KZ750 twin, you'll want to skip over any 83's.  They changed them to belt drive that year.
Good call!

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Have you seen this? This bike has been on craigslist for months, maybe a year? He recently reduced the price. It could probably be had for cheap. I live close by, I could take a look for you.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/mcy/d/1977-kawasaki-kz750-carb-issue/6581877417.html
« Last Edit: May 08, 2018, 21:33:47 by doc_rot »

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Have you seen this? This bike has been on craigslist for months, maybe a year? He recently reduced the price. It could probably be had for cheap. I live close by, I could take a look for you.
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/mcy/d/1977-kawasaki-kz750-carb-issue/6581877417.html

I could swear somebody posted that in the CL thread. 
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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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I did, but back then it was listed or $2500 I think it was probably at least 9 months ago

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Haven't given up on this yet just been busy with other things!  I found a 2011 Ninja 650 at a tow yard that is $600, thing is though apparently it was dropped and one of the cases is cracked and all the oil leaked out and it doesn't run.  My concern is that there could be bigger issues inside the engine.  I don't like buying without hearing it run.  For $600 though you can't expect too much and I would doubt that engine internals are damaged.  I might just have to go and look at it.  Oh the other thing is it is being sold with lein paper work (all correct) so not sure if I would have a big bill at dmv for unpaid registration!

Offline crazypj

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It's probably just an outer cover as modern castings are very thin (even thinner than they were when GSX-R came out) You had to fit thicker covers or slider plates to race them as it became a pretty serious issue pretty quick, even a minor fall over(literally stationary and fell of stand, etc) could crack the cover. Can you check the bolts didn't bend and crack crankcase? That's about the only thing that would make it a 'no-go'
'you can take my word for it or argue until you find out I'm right'
Best thing I ever overheard
"yep, PJ's my boss, he taught me everything I know, just didn't teach me everything he knows"
Brian Morgan, 1982

CB360's,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11736.0
XS650,  http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=11922.0