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Old 03-04-2014, 12:44 PM   #1
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I recently acquired a near new 1979 Kawasaki KZ650. It was a "barn find" with only 4100 miles and everything still there and original. I had plans on turning the bike into a cafe racer...but since my buddy got ahold of it and started getting it ready to run again I am being persuaded to restore it. So...I am kinda fishing here for advice and comments. On the fence!
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:40 PM   #2
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Good to see you posted here!

If you go cafe racer... lose the wheels. and go spoked.

If you want to do a resto-mod consider a inverted front suspension change. Im currently building a cafe bike with a GSXR750 suspension.
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:42 PM   #3
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Another list of things to clean up the bike:
get rid of the side covers and stock airbox. Get Pod filters.
Remove the rear undertail/fender.
Different gauge (or no gauges)
clipons or clubman bars.
Make your own seat. Im planning on doing that on my next build.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:09 PM   #4
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This is my inspiration...same bike...

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This is my inspiration...I want my bike to look similar to this one.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:23 PM   #5
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Looks great. I think it would look even better with spoked wheels though. Hah
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:23 PM   #6
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If you replace the wheels I'll buy the old ones
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:08 AM   #7
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Looking to possibly sell my tank off of my '79 KZ650...
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Old 03-13-2014, 11:55 AM   #8
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Can anyone tell me the type/name of the gas tank on this bike? Really like the looks of it...
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:00 PM   #9
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clean it and ride it or restore it but PLEASE! don't cafe (butcher) it.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:09 AM   #10
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Imho it's an appliance, cafe it if you want, restore it if ya want. It's not rare, it doesn't belong in a museum.
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If you sell the tank off it, I am interested. I have a 1980 KZ650 and I need a new tank.
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:09 PM   #12
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Another list of things to clean up the bike:
get rid of the side covers and stock airbox. Get Pod filters.
Remove the rear undertail/fender.
Different gauge (or no gauges)
clipons or clubman bars.
Make your own seat. Im planning on doing that on my next build.
dang man let him do what he wants
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