Hello, I am Christian, I am a 21 YO college kid. I recently bought my first bike, a 1980 kz650 LTD in rough but running shape (no charging system) for $750. 30,000 miles on odo. I've had minibikes and go-karts and that sort of thing, but this is a step more complicated so I will probably need help with it.
Ive fixed the charging system (I'm majoring in electrical engineering), but I need to fix a tach oil leak, finish tracking down stock airbox parts, touch up the paint on the frame, put that airbox on, and get her running well.
Heres some pictures of her after I spent a week in my basement cleaning her. Theres a lot of cosmetic things Id like to tackle (rusting, torn seat, damaged levers) but Id like to get everything working before I send more money down that hole.
Hi Christian, welcome and the bike looks to be in pretty good condition. Well worth spending on to get her great. Im guessing the tacho leak is from the cable head joint? Simple fix just needs a new o ring on the tacho drive shaft. Suggest you download a workshop manual from this site to see what I mean.
I was surprised by how good it started to look after a good cleaning. Everything was covered in a a thick coat of grime, which may have protected it. That header that crosses under the others was a massive pain to clean.
Welcome! I'm also a new member here and am also from PA (Allentown area). Looks like a nice project that you've got going there and nice of you to do this for your dad.
Perhaps a forum member might have your missing airbox parts. If not, here's two possible sources, both in southeast PA, if that helps:
West Enterprises Cycle Shack, Bechtelsville, PA (610) 754-7245. The owner, Don, and his son used to drag race a rather quick KZ650 back in the day. Don might have what you need in his inventory of stuff.
Larry's Cycle Salvage, Richlandtown, PA (215) 536-6958. These guys have a bunch of Japanese bikes that they've parted out over the years. The owner, Adam, and his late father, Larry (R.I.P.) have quite a history in the world of flat track racing.
Hope this helps.
Presently - 1980 KZ1000B4 LTD w/mild ported head, 1015cc Wiseco, Falicon Supercrank, R&D undercut trans, +2" swingarm
In a former life - KZ-based dragbike - CrMo car tire chassis, 1395cc, Hahn Racecraft turbo system, VP C16, Orient Express 3-spd auto, 7.80's @ 165-170.