Kawasaki ER-5 Cafe Racer

Exuptoy

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Got half hour earlier and tried the Ali Express front guard which was too big for anything bigger than a 125 really as the mounts were too narrow for the 110 front tyre and the curved section was a little too small. I decided to drill out the spot welds, fitted my recently acquired CB900F fork brace and wedged it up inside. Doesn’t look too bad I think.

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Also got my bar end mirror with flashers. They have yellow winkers and a white running light. Nice enough for less than £20 ($24)

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Exuptoy

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Cut my tank mount off and lowered it a little to close the gap between the tank and upper frame tube and I reckon it looks better.
Cut my subframe brace and inserted it with the aid of a 2lb hammer, cut a piece of 8mm thick plate to use as a rearset mount and tacked in place, got my new welding torch so started to run a nicer weld on the right hand suspension support tube then ran out of gas!!!
The pics below are how it currently sits until I get some gas.

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Exuptoy

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Got my M8 10mm high tensile shouldered bolts arrived to fit the caliper so that’s one job complete.

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Also got my rear wheel. Love the look but may be too big. Can always re-rim it with a 4.25x17?
What you guys think?

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Exuptoy

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I need an 18inch front to match the Z650 rear with a single front disc. Anyone have an idea of a suitable rim?
Z400, Z305???? The 650 front is 19!
 

teazer

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I know it's still on a lift, but have you measured swingarm droop and steering head angle by any chance and will the chain line clear the frame as well as the swingarm? The reason I ask is that it looks a few degrees steeper than I'd expect, but that may just be an optical illusion
 

Exuptoy

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I purposely left the LH suspension unit attached until the RH was complete to ensure I’d not altered the rake and trail. The only thing that has changed is the length between the swingarm pivot and shock mount, the angle of the shock was adjusted to be more vertical to maintain the spring rate after taking into account the longer shocks. Also the shocks are from 2017 Triumph Street Twin which actually weighs more than the ER5 so I’m not too worried.
 

Exuptoy

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KZ305 front wheel fitted, tyre is cracked so I’m gonna try and upsize it a little to get some proportion to the rear tyre. Looking at the wheel size at 1.6x18 and 2.15x18 I’d say a 90/90 and 130/80 are about right. I’d like to push the front to 100/90 but think it’ll be too big. RH wheel spacer is gonna need light machining to get the wheel central but I’ll have to turn up some kind of boss to accept the ER5 disc. At least I’ll have modern brakes on the front.

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