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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 11:07 #304746

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So I bought myself a hobby. This bike needs some serious TLC, and I plan to give it just that. I know it is going to be near impossible to find all the parts I will need, but I have already managed to track down a few things already. Here's a pic from today. It's still in the back of the truck, and it's a crappy cell pic, but you can get the idea. I will post more pics when I track down my digital camera I misplaced!

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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 11:08 #304747

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cool! B)
Still recovering,some days are better than others.

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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 11:11 #304748

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That goes a step beyond cool, right to F'N A!!!!! Nice find!
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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 11:14 #304750

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That bike is worth its weight in gold over here, I've only ever seen one in 35 years.:woohoo:
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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 11:15 #304751

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SPARKY47 wrote:

That bike is worth its weight in gold over here, I've only ever seen one in 35 years.:woohoo:


Well good....that let's me know where to list it for sale once I restore it to make the most money. IF I ever decide to sell it (probably not)! LOL!
Southern Maryland, USA

1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 11:17 #304753

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Way cool...been thinking about acquiring a Samurai also...maybe tbe scrambler type...
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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 11:27 #304756

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Most of them mated with oak trees here. I think they came as a bit of a shock after pre war tech 4 stroke thumpers and other such "classic" crap.:woohoo:
I had the following model, the S1 250 triple, but the twin was wilder.
The twin was the one with the rotary inlet valve gubbins I think.
Not sure...memory going:blink:
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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 11:29 #304757

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Yes, the A1's have rotary valves!
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1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
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1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 14:44 #304819

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Here are some pics of the 66 A1 next to my 82 kz750 E3

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1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
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Southern Maryland, USA

1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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Southern Maryland, USA

1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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Southern Maryland, USA

1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 14:47 #304824

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In the garage together

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1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
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1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 14:51 #304825

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Last but not least, the gas tank of the A1. Someone had customized the paint to incluce a naked woman and the words "Do it on a bike!" I have edited the photo in the hopes of not offending anyone.

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1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 14:59 #304828

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I'm not certain, but I think that sort of editing might offend me :-) I'd take a tshirt repro of that tank STAT.

Excellent project - can't wait to see what comes of it.
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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 15:04 #304832

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Strizzzo wrote:

I'm not certain, but I think that sort of editing might offend me :-) I'd take a tshirt repro of that tank STAT.

Excellent project - can't wait to see what comes of it.


LOL! Well, I edited it because I didn't want to offend anyone, nor did I want to be asked to not post here anymore.

As far as what will come of the project, I am HOPING to restore to original. Parts are going to be hard to come by, so I will either have to have parts fabbed, or embellish a little and stray a bit from the original.
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1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 15:05 #304834

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Shoot! I missed a pic!

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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 15:17 #304836

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It looks like it's in incredibly good shape for how old it is. At least from the pictures.
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1966 Kawasaki A1 Samurai restoration project 06 Jul 2009 15:19 #304838

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Man that looks like a fun little bike. B)
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tachrev wrote:

It looks like it's in incredibly good shape for how old it is. At least from the pictures.


It isn't in bad shape at all, though it does look a bit better in the photos than in person. There is less wear, rust, and damage than you would expect for a 43 year old motorcycle, so I'm guessing that it probably sat for quite some time! It does turn over with some effort, but I think the batt is discharged/old and there are some minor issues with the engine too. I will get this bad boy back up and running like new eventually though!
Southern Maryland, USA

1980 KZ250 LTD (traded, but still missed)
1982 KZ750 E3 (Cafe Project) (Dyna-S, Dyna Coils, V&H 4-1, K&N Pods, 6 Sigma Jet Kit, Acewell Computer, Woodcraft Clip-ons, Custom Rewire)
1966 A1 Samurai (Restoration Project)

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Z1 (need I...

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