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New Canadian with an 81 KZ1000 Police Special 02 Nov 2010 00:15 #410351

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Hello all,

Just taking a minute to say hi. Been lurking around for a short time and decided to introduce myself and hopefully make my first post count:) .

Living in Chilliwack British Columbia and picked up an 81 Police Special as an early 40th birthday present from my wife about a month ago. It came as a roller plus a crap load of parts in bins. All the police kit is there but I decided to go street rod / Rat before I found that one project I was looking for. My wife is extremely understanding and was more than willing to let me spend some quality time in the shop, sipin' on beer and wrenching the nights and days away on what I've found to be a very special platform since I work in Corrections and the two jobs are related. I got the bike from a local highschool shop instructor that was looking to raise some funds for the kids in his class. We settled on $600. It was originaly an Oregon State Trooper bike that was imported to Canada this year. Along with all the parts the bike came with two sets of factory police stickers, a full gasket set, two saddles, two tanks, full documentation history, a shop manual and the original police special handout that police departments recieved with the bike.

The family is all Kawi with a 2007 Versys, a 92 Eliminator 250 (wifes bike) and now the Police Special in the garage. I've found this site to be more than helpful for information and the people are first class. No drama, just love it.

I'm going to try and post some pics here on the build. I've made some progress and didn't plan on posting until the bike was done but I can't wait anymore. :lol:

Like I said the bike showed up in boxes and a rolling frame. All the metal except the valve covers was painted with epoxy coach paint, not a bad job, not the best, but it is fitting in with look I'm going for and it's tough stuff that will last forever. Spent the better part of a week just on the wiring, throwing wrenches and spending more money on beer than electrical components. Found all the wires there but chased a bad ground for a couple of days that was located in the siren switch housing due to a pinched wire. Finaly killed that little bugger and moved on.

Since then I've added my own tail section (the 40 is for my birthday), pods, carb clean, case vent, drag bars, head light and bracket, spark plugs, guage lowering bracket, tank strip and sand, tank sealer (lots of brown inside), trottle cables, clutch cable, exhaust pipe wrap, glass pack mufflers with bracket and 8"baffles, valve cover vents piped together, new battery, fork seals, painted fork loweres, tail light and of course an oil change. This week I'm hoping to get the jets changed as there is some decent back fire on throttle chop. Up a couple or 3 jets on the pilots and mains along with the needle going up one slot should do the trick. Not looking for a daily rider, the Versys is for that, just want a bike to cruise and take to a local bike night in the summer.

Here goes my shot at some pictures. May take a few tries since I'm new but here it goes. Oh yeah, bare with me on the updates as the weather is getting colder and after a hot and heavy start to my build I'm going to have to slow down a bit. First plan was for spring but I'm sure after some brakes the bike will be on the road in no time.

Thanks for reading. Cheers.























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New Canadian with an 81 KZ1000 Police Special 02 Nov 2010 02:00 #410354

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Ah...last of the old 'C' models...nice find and it should be fun. Welcome to KZR and nice job on your first post!
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not a lot of those around..i believe there were only a few of that motored cop bikes made.....79-80 MKII police edition...cool bike...really cool...welcome
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Thanks for the welcome. The bike is a blast to work on and it sounds great. Dind't know if it was a unique model of police bike but it won't be gong back to that set up for a while. Maybe in a bunch of years when I get the build bug again.

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Cuff wrote:

...pods...hoping to get the jets changed as there is some decent back fire on throttle chop. Up a couple or 3 jets on the pilots and mains along with the needle going up one slot should do the trick....


Happy 40th, Cuff, and WELCOME to KZR Forum! :cheer:

Regarding popping from exhaust on trailing throttle ---

Am presupposing that the pilot adjustment screws are set in the default position per FSM (such as for example 1 3/8 turns out from lightly seated).

Before fitting larger pilot jets, would suggest first enrichening the carb pilot circuits beyond the default setting, starting with say 1/4 turn (clockwise on side located pilot sir screws, or counter-clockwise on bottom-located pilot mixture screws).
Then another 1/4 turn, and yet another, if needed.

If must resort to larger pilot jet, would first try the next larger size.

Good Fortune! :)
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Patton wrote:

Cuff wrote:

...pods...hoping to get the jets changed as there is some decent back fire on throttle chop. Up a couple or 3 jets on the pilots and mains along with the needle going up one slot should do the trick....


Happy 40th, Cuff, and WELCOME to KZR Forum! :cheer:

Regarding popping from exhaust on trailing throttle ---

Am presupposing that the pilot adjustment screws are set in the default position per FSM (such as for example 1 3/8 turns out from lightly seated).

Before fitting larger pilot jets, would suggest first enrichening the carb pilot circuits beyond the default setting, starting with say 1/4 turn (clockwise on side located pilot sir screws, or counter-clockwise on bottom-located pilot mixture screws).
Then another 1/4 turn, and yet another, if needed.

If must resort to larger pilot jet, would first try the next larger size.

Good Fortune! :)


Thanks for the welcome and birthday wishes Patton. I like your suggestion and look forword to more help but I went ahead today and bought some jets before checking in here.:ohmy:

Went with 22.5 pilots and 127.5 on the mains. Left the needles alone. The motor ran awesome. Idle is just under 1500 and steady and there are no hicups throughout throttle turn. Now I know testing in the garage isn't a good subsitute for a complete road test but without brakes the trip might be short.:P

Did have a set back today though. I guess my tank was worse off than I suspected and leaked fuel from both sides low in the seam. I'm now deciding if I'll get the tank professionally done or give it another coat of Por-15.

Oh well, more garage time.:)

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If you don't have a factory shop manual, download this one:
www.kawiworld.com/index.php?option=com_c...icle&id=77&Itemid=99

It should be compatable with your suppliment.
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New Canadian with an 81 KZ1000 Police Special 02 Nov 2010 21:04 #410521

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Thanks MFolks, found it last month. Very handy for some things. Wished I had it before I finished the wiring. ;-)

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New Canadian with an 81 KZ1000 Police Special 06 Feb 2011 14:51 #429035

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Well it's alive. Got a runner now with brakes and everything.:laugh: Still have a ways to go. Bike needs all those little lights to make it "leagal" and some cosmetic issues to sort out (wheels and rubber) but it's running fine now.

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Interesting muffler mount, It's gonna get hot and smell of hot rubber after a while. Maybe a metal mount with a rubber vibration absorber on the frame will work beter.
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I was thinking of the muffler mounts as well. It's still work in progress and don't see me finished tinkering with it ever. I have this addiction to working in my garage, it's like therapy and now that I have a hobby bike I can finally leave my Versys alone. :laugh:

The muffler mounts will be one of the secondary things I get to after the road required items get taken care of like lights, mirrors and rear plate bracket.

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