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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 30 Sep 2019 19:26 #811549

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I am picking up a one owner 1981 CSR 305 tomorrow. It has been park in storage for about 10 yrs and is all original and supposedly ran great when parked. Unfortunately they left fuel in it and I will obviously need to rebuild the carbs. Any advice on where to find parts? I want to get this bike up and running and keep it all original for my around town fun bike!!
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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 30 Sep 2019 19:29 #811550

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Here is a pic of the way I first got to see it.
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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 30 Sep 2019 19:57 #811551

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1982 KZ1000 LTD parts donor
1981 KZ1000 LTD awaiting resurrection
2000 ZRX1100 not ridden enough

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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 30 Sep 2019 20:17 #811552

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TexasKZ wrote: Welcome aboard!

www.z1enterprises.com/motorcycles/Kawasa...Z305-A1+305+CSR/1981


Thanks for the link!
I figured for $250 with original title, I cant go wrong!

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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 01 Oct 2019 04:55 #811561

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Howdy. "ran great when parked." the previous owner's always say that & that's always good for a chuckle. hee.


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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 01 Oct 2019 04:56 #811562

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That bike should clean up very nicely. You got a good deal. You can download a workshop manual here . Click on the "Articles" tab above. Do all suggested maintenance and dont trust 10 year old tires.

Ebay may have some bits and pieces.

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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 01 Oct 2019 05:40 #811567

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Can't beleive I forgot this one. It is a great source of factory parts and has Kawasaki' parts diagrams to boot.

www.partzilla.com/catalog/kawasaki/motorcycle/1981/csr-kz305-a1
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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 01 Oct 2019 05:52 #811568

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JR wrote: That bike should clean up very nicely. You got a good deal. You can download a workshop manual here . Click on the "Articles" tab above. Do all suggested maintenance and dont trust 10 year old tires.

Ebay may have some bits and pieces.

Welcome to the site.


Thanks for the info on the manual. We actually know the previous owners quite well, they are one of our first accounts we got when we started are business. I actually got to see this bike about 5 yrs ago when they first brought it to their body shop to store it and it was in great shape and very clean. It was supposed to go to their daughter but she was not interested. So at the time 5 yrs ago, it was ready for the street and than stored again at the shop.
Living in Arizona and how hot it gets here, anything and everything we buy used that has tires, gets a new set of rubbers immediately. During the summer the roads are littered with old tires that blew from the heat!

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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 01 Oct 2019 19:15 #811598

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Went to pick the KZ up today and the previous owner detailed it for me!!
Loaded it up and bring her to her new home. All cozy next to another Kawi!
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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 01 Oct 2019 19:43 #811601

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Wow!
Under all that dust and grime was a great looking bike!
1980 kz750E1, Delkevic exhaust

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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 02 Oct 2019 06:04 #811609

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Ok, so this maybe a stupid question.
I tried to open the seat and it seems stuck! I used the key and it releases the back of the seat, but something seems to be stuck towards the front. I just don't want to start pulling hard on it and something breaks!

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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 02 Oct 2019 20:22 #811660

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Figured out my seat "problem". That was easy enough!

So I had a couple of my friends over today and we were looking over the bike, and it looks like the tank had been emptied before they stored it. So it looks like it might be in better shape than expected. They did say that their dad was trying to fix a miss the motor was having before he passed. Ideas of what could cause a miss, could it be as easy as valve adjustment or just bad spark plugs?

I already have everything for a oil change, spark plugs, I also ordered a carb rebuild kit, but for now I am just going to clean them out and try to get it running. What else should I do?

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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 02 Oct 2019 20:29 #811661

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Wow that thing does look nice! A little cleaning makes for a whole new bike. :woohoo:

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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 03 Oct 2019 07:12 #811684

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I recommend making a copy of the maintenance chart in the fsm or the owner manual. Tape it on the wall of your garage near where you work on the bike. Do every single thing on the list, assuming that none of it was ever done. This will eliminate many potential problems and may help you see any other problems lurking in the dark recesses.
As Martin has often posted, it is a good idea to replace the rear brake shoes, even if they look good. The glue that holds the friction material on the metal shoes deteriorates with time. The material can suddenly come off,mresulting in a locked up wheel. Not much fun at highway speed in heavy traffic....
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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 03 Oct 2019 07:32 #811686

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TexasKZ wrote: I recommend making a copy of the maintenance chart in the fsm or the owner manual. Tape it on the wall of your garage near where you work on the bike. Do every single thing on the list, assuming that none of it was ever done. This will eliminate many potential problems and may help you see any other problems lurking in the dark recesses.
As Martin has often posted, it is a good idea to replace the rear brake shoes, even if they look good. The glue that holds the friction material on the metal shoes deteriorates with time. The material can suddenly come off,mresulting in a locked up wheel. Not much fun at highway speed in heavy traffic....


Excellent advice! Keep in mind that even if the previous owner actually performed all the maintenance tasks he did so at least 10 years ago! So, as an example, 10 year old brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir has absorbed moisture for 10 years and is no longer the same fluid that it was when new; it MUST be changed. That's just one example, and that assumes the previous owner performed all maintenance task the day he stopped riding - which for sure he did not do. Ed
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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 03 Oct 2019 14:41 #811712

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And light lubricants, like throttle and clutch lube, will have evaporated. Too many owners skip checking the valve adjustment because it seems rather intimidating. It is really important, and not that hard to do.
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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 03 Oct 2019 19:46 #811740

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Thanks for all the advice!
The front brakes did not work at all, the reservoir was in pretty bad shape, so I replaced it with a 2016 CRF250L reservoir. I am installing Tracker style bars, so I need a different reservoir anyways so it worked out. I plan on completely flushing the brake system and starting with all new fluid.
I also picked up carb kits today, so I will tear them down tomorrow. I plan on flushing the tank also. So that should take care of the fuel system.
I will also do a oil change tomorrow.
Best place to find a how to on the Valves? I have done them on other bikes, so not to scared to tackle the job!

Thanks Again everyone!

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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 03 Oct 2019 19:48 #811741

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Here is a picture of the new handlebars, much better than the ape hangers that were on it! Needed to mount the new bars so I could mount the new reservoir.
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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 07 Oct 2019 09:51 #811993

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Cleaned out the carbs and gas tank over the weekend. Got it to start up! Also cleaned up the motor and frame.
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NEW 1981 KZ305 owner!! 10 Oct 2019 06:53 #812158

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Frontend is coming together. Went with a larger tire than what it came with stock, 100/90/18, really like the look of the fatter tire. Big difference from when I got it. My new turn signals should be in tomorrow and still trying to figure out mirrors.
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