Kawasaki ER5 Cafe Racer.

Coppice Eel.

New Member
How do everyone.
Been in the process of transforming my 1999 Kawasaki ER5 into a Cafe Racer. The bike was used as a second run around to work, right throughout the year, but been off the road for 10 years (SORT), not turned a wheel. The engine was left in good order (30,000 miles), but cosmetically in poor state.
Strip down began, logging everything with photos and video. I knew what I wanted in my head (60`s british style) but with no end product to hand, it was trying different thing along the way.
With the engine, it was still a complete strip-down, as I wanted the crankcases cleaned and polished, along with the barrel and head. Frame was cut of unnecessary brackets, seat loop added to the rear, then blasted and sprayed black.
Engine, rebuild with new gaskets, seals, then honed the barrels, re grind the valve seats, polished the outer casings and back in frame..... More further progress to follow.
 

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Brodie

Gold Coast, Queensland
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Should be quite interesting to see how you pull off the 60's Brit look. I am on board for sure.
 

Coppice Eel.

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As I chopped the Main Stand brackets off the frame, new threaded bushes were welded to the underside of the swinging arm, then buttons were made out of Stainless Steel, for a paddock stand. I always wanted to make a few parts out of Stainless, so my next little project was the Chainguard. Very pleased with the out come, exact copy of the plastic one. Secondhand, (Like new) Hagon Shocks were bought off Ebay, (£80).
 

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unclerob

Been Around the Block
Nice job on the chainguard!
Will be watching with interest as I had the same idea for a CB500 last year but went a different route in the end....
The Kawa frame looks like a better bet though, has a bit of a Seeley Mk2 look to it....
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Coppice Eel.

New Member
Nice job on the chainguard!
Will be watching with interest as I had the same idea for a CB500 last year but went a different route in the end....
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The Kawa frame looks like a better bet though, has a bit of a Seeley Mk2 look to it....
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Nice job on the chainguard!
Will be watching with interest as I had the same idea for a CB500 last year but went a different route in the end....
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The Kawa frame looks like a better bet though, has a bit of a Seeley Mk2 look to it....
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Thank you sir. Love the Norton. May I ask, what are the spoked wheels off?
 

unclerob

Been Around the Block
It isn't mine....unfortunately!
Was just meaning there are some similarities in the frame shape etc
I'd say the front wheel is Norvil....early design of floating discs.... but not sure about the rear
 

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