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  1. Bevelheadmhr

    Guzzi Cali Cafe - Build Thread

    Yes they do, originally found on the Guzzi Lemans Mk1
  2. Bevelheadmhr

    Guzzi Cali Cafe - Build Thread

    Quick test fit of the tank and seat to see how they look. Haven't fitted the set mounts yet, or those for the cockpit fairing, as need to finish the wiring first, so they don't fit quite right in the pics below...
  3. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z1000 Turbo Reborn

    The engine is being built for torque rather than outright top end horsepower. In the pic below, we see the frame as it sits today, but the ZXR shocks and wheels will be replaced with lighter, better items from Maxton and Dymag respectively.
  4. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z1000 Turbo Reborn

    The engine had a spacer plate beneath the block to lower the compression for the Turbo... remove the plate and the compression should be back up to 'normal'. It also needs cams, not sure what lift/duration to go for yet. But its early days, besides my mate is a real Zed Head, so will go with his...
  5. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z1000 Turbo Reborn

    To be clear, the Turbo system has long gone so it wont be turboed. But it will be 1428cc, with a new welded, balanced crank and lots of cool stuff thrown at it. Got to finish a couple of other projects first, but I already have a long list of expensive parts it'll need.. Starting with pair of...
  6. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z1000 Turbo Reborn

    MK2 cases, GPz1100B head, Orient express block, 1400cc MTC forged pistons, welded crank, flowed head. Used to run high 9's back in the mid 80's, on street tyres.
  7. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z1000 Turbo Reborn

    I've wanted to buy my old Turbo Zed back for awhile, as its owned by a friend. He started to restore / modify it but hasn't been able to do much with it for a few years. Like me he has other bikes that need work, and there's only so much time and money he can devote to his projects. So today I...
  8. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z650 Seventies Special

    Found a good set of cams, so the engine is now almost done. Also fitted a homemade manual camchain adjuster, as the original auto ones tend to stick and allow the camchain to be too slack. Next is to source a set of manifolds to suite the RS34 flatslides, then they can be test fitted. Oh and...
  9. Bevelheadmhr

    Guzzi Cali Cafe - Build Thread

    A big day today, finally got my paintwork back. Very pleased with the end result.
  10. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z650 Seventies Special

    The standard GPz1100 head gasket wouldn't work with the 1170 pistons, so another gasket had to be bought, this time from Cometic. That done the head could go on, and the build finally completed. Except... Turns out the cams I had weren't from a B2, even though they came out of the B2 engine...
  11. Bevelheadmhr

    Guzzi Cali Cafe - Build Thread

    After a long wait, the bodywork is finally being painted. The base colour is done (Honda Victory Red), while I've made some small changes to my original design. In the pics you can see the painter laying out the outline for the white panels. Took a few attempts before I was happy. The paint...
  12. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z650 Seventies Special

    With the cylinder block back from the machine shop, the engine assembly could finally continue. Sadly I cant go to my mates workshop (due to our lockdown) where he's doing the build, but he did send me a few pics of progress. Also the head has been rebuilt with new valves, seals and guides..
  13. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z650 Seventies Special

    We are once again in lockdown here in the UK, which makes getting anything done on the Zed almost impossible. The frame is at my mates work shop which I cant visit, while the block still hasn't been bored yet, though I'm told it'll be done next week. However, the internet is still working, so...
  14. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z650 Seventies Special

    The 1170 piston kit arrived this week, so the block has gone back to the machine shop to be bored out to 75mm to fit the new pistons..
  15. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z650 Seventies Special

    Due to the November lockdown here in the UK, progress has been frustratingly slow, but at least the lockdown ended today. The good news is that the Zed head has returned with new valve guides and reground seats. But before it can go off to be ceramically coated to match the rest of the engine...
  16. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z650 Seventies Special

    The front end is now almost complete, just need to pretty up the disc adaptor plates by machining them to match the discs, and paint the fork lowers black, and maybe also paint the spokes too..
  17. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z650 Seventies Special

    The top yoke has been modded to drop it over the adjuster nuts, while work has started on making the adaptor plates to mount the R6 discs to my old billet front wheel. The R6 forks are now ready to go on the bike, though I will be painting the fork lowers black. With the bike being at my mates...
  18. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z650 Seventies Special

    Test fitted the new billet yokes to take the wider 43mm forks in the pic below, after which I decided to machine the underside top yoke so it sits over the adjuster nuts, as it'll look better and give an extra 10mm or so of ground clearance, at the expense of making adjustment trickier. Still...
  19. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z650 Seventies Special

    The Z650 frame was cut in half and widened by 20mm to fit the bigger GPz1100 engine, and also allow room for a wider swingarm / wheel combo. That done, lots of parts no longer fit the now wider frame. One such part being the iconic 'duck tail'. So I reluctantly cut it in half and used an...
  20. Bevelheadmhr

    Kawasaki Z650 Seventies Special

    It certainly helps if you have ab extra pair of hands, and eyes when dropping the block over the pistons, sadly that wasn't possible at the time due to the lockdown. Also boring out the cylinders means they loose the slight chamfer they have at their base, which is there to help get the pistons...
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