First a quick intro:
25 years old, first motorcycle since riding 50cc’s as a 16 year old.I’ve been lurking around the forum for some time now, and have since gotten very good answers to my questions regarding the technicalities around the bike (thanks!). And instead of making a new post everytime I run into a problem, I thought it would be better to just make a project thread.
I bought a -79 KZ650B (I think it’s a B2A?) in august, and although it initially was very hard to get it running, it eventually fired up, and wow, I must say it was quite a joy to ride! (in comparison to 50cc’s atleast)
So, my plans for this project is to basically do a resto-mod (in my own way). And to get a more streamlined-look on the bike. Originally my plan was to do a café build, but after a while the original look just grew on me, so I’m going to keep the seat and rear fairing as it is, + no rear hoop, it would be a shame to chop it up IMO.
Here is a couple pictures from when I had just loaded it into the car after an 11-hour drive:
I figured I could start out with the things I have done to the bike so far:
Switched out the handlebar to a LSL00 Street bar (steel), drilled holes for wiring
Started cleaning/sanding and painting the frame with hammerite (ideally I would powdercoat it, but I want the bike ready for the season and I don’t have time to strip it all. Maybe in the future ---hammerite can be used as primer btw).
Disassembled the front forks, since the oil seals were leaking (I’m thinking of painting the lower fork legs black aswell)
Fabricated new (lowered) instrument gauge brackets (with lucas flush mount indicator lights)
(wired up already, ready for paint)
Starter clutch upgrade (ZR7S) with the complete secondary shaft, oil pump and pressure release valve
Changed the clutchplates while I was upgrading the starter clutch
Lucas 525 rear taillight + fabricated a bracket for it (ready for paint)
Oil + filter change (Ride ENI 10w-40 JASO-MA)
Halfway done with prepping the sidecovers, tank and rear fairing for new paint.
Parts I have acquired already, just have to mount them:
Henry abe airbox/airfilter
#107,5 and #110 main jets
#17,5 pilot jets
New gaskets for the carbs
R.S side cover complete with emblem (the bike came with one from an LTD or something)
New fuse box with blade fuses 4in-4out
Waterproof connectors for the wiring harness (I’m gonna change them all out to save me headaches from bad connections later on). + putting braided wire loom on them.
Short stem replica mirrors.
Headlight ear brackets (to go with the gauge bracket I fabricated)
Warren3200gt: For now I'm keeping all the parts I'm replacing, seems like these bikes are hard to come by in my country, and the parts are scarce. But when I replace the fender/guard and if I'm happy with the outcome I'll PM you
Kawasaki KZ650 1979
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