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KZ650 cafe-racer 24 Jun 2020 12:20 #828889

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What a bummer! I feel sorry for your troubles. Finding 40 year old parts in good condition can be sketchy, even more so when they are coming from another country. Best of luck with your cylinder head.
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KZ650 cafe-racer 24 Jun 2020 14:05 #828902

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That just isn't right :( I can't believe anyone could just look at those photos and say it's all good and that they're just old parts! I used to think this sort of thing was very rare in Germany, but a couple of my past experiences coupled with this has caused me to rethink this. I have been more careful about who I deal with recently and will be even more diligent now.

On a side note, get in touch if you need any more parts sent from Germany and you want them checked before they leave the country.
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KZ650 cafe-racer 25 Jun 2020 11:12 #828965

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What a bummer! I feel sorry for your troubles. Finding 40 year old parts in good condition can be sketchy, even more so when they are coming from another country. Best of luck with your cylinder head.


It will be OK. I already have set of new exhaust studs plus looking like new chrome plated bolts for cam caps (came from KZ650) and two sets of dowel pins. Today I finished preparing cylinder head for glass beads blasting.



That just isn't right :( I can't believe anyone could just look at those photos and say it's all good and that they're just old parts! I used to think this sort of thing was very rare in Germany, but a couple of my past experiences coupled with this has caused me to rethink this. I have been more careful about who I deal with recently and will be even more diligent now.

On a side note, get in touch if you need any more parts sent from Germany and you want them checked before they leave the country.


Same thoughts was in my head when I received first answer from seller. I became used to get from German seller parts that pretty fit description, so what happened caught me completely unguarded. Once I had an issue with TourMax intake manifolds that turned out to be no TourMax at all, but that time seller apologized and refunded.

I hope it was the last THAT expensive part for the project. I am just used to not bother people when I could do things on my own:)
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KZ650 cafe-racer 25 Jun 2020 11:29 #828968

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gazzz wrote: I hope it was the last THAT expensive part for the project. I am just used to not bother people when I could do things on my own:)


Know the deal - I'm the same.
However, I've never been to Vienna and a ride there on the 750 with a backpack full of parts might be interesting :) Figure it's about half way.
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KZ650 cafe-racer 25 Jun 2020 12:51 #828979

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I don't think I would want to carry a cylinder head for an inline four, in a backpack, on a motorcycle!! :ohmy:
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KZ650 cafe-racer 25 Jun 2020 13:18 #828982

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Skidmark wrote: I don't think I would want to carry a cylinder head for an inline four, in a backpack, on a motorcycle!! :ohmy:


Ha! He did say he had all the big parts, but I do have some saddlebags around here somewhere ;)
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KZ650 cafe-racer 26 Jun 2020 13:25 #829042

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I don't think I would want to carry a cylinder head for an inline four, in a backpack, on a motorcycle!!


Passenger seat is perfect place for heavy parts. I am used to call Kawasaki Zephyr 750 "cargo motorcycle" as I use this motorcycle to transport all kind of heavy things like crankcases, cylinders, cylinder heads. Not counting raw materials and large parcels.


Ha! He did say he had all the big parts, but I do have some saddlebags around here somewhere


Yep, I am sincerely hope that all heavy parts I already have at hand:)



However, the best parts are self propelling parts of riding motorcycle. Meanwhile, beware of walking head. :lol:

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KZ650 cafe-racer 26 Jun 2020 14:07 #829044

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Gazzz, you are a very patient man. I think wars have started over less.
It is sad, but true that crooks are alive and well all over the planet, some pose as governments.
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KZ650 cafe-racer 28 Jun 2020 05:14 #829184

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Gazzz,you are a very patient man. I think wars have started over less.

 
Patience seems to be the only way in such situations, even as one wish to make a holy war on crook.


some pose as governments.

Yep, we have a whole bunch of those here in Ukraine.
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KZ650 cafe-racer 30 Jun 2020 08:07 #829432

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gazzz wrote: Thank you for good words!

I gladly share information, tips and tricks, however I never share blueprints. If I work out ready product (bolt-on solution which needs no modification of carburetors) I'll inform KZRider community about such option. There are some nuances with bolt-on solution: for instance I found out that outer diameter of intakes of carburetors with accelerating pump is slightly larger than those of carburetors without pump. And VM24 -s are very heavy, so I didn't like idea to leave them mount only to intake manifolds, so I am working on solving this issue too.

Sure, no problem at all ;) ..that is why is better ask first.
Your build gonna be insane!
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